As promised, here's another new baby pattern for those gorgeous charm packs sitting in your stash.
But first some background; the very first pattern of mine that was published in a magazine was my "Gathered In" quilt pattern, which appeared on the front cover of Down Under Quilts a couple of years ago. It was an incredibly surreal experience seeing my quilt on a cover.
It was a lap-sized 'stack and slash' quilt using 22, 10 inch squares. I was going for traditional fabrics with a modern layout.
Then I thought it would be great to make a baby sized version using a charm pack (5 inch squares) with more modern fabrics.
I think it works really well with Sweetwater's Reunion range and the pale blue background. I also added an extra border between the little squares in the middle and the outer border.
After much deliberation I quilted it with dense straight line quilting (about 1/4 inch apart) in quadrants. I love the look, but it was a bit of a headache trying to stop it from pulling/warping. If I was doing it again, I would quilt it a little less densely, which would also make it a little softer.
Although it looks similar to my "Scattered Showers" quilt, it's constructed in a different manner. Scattered Showers uses strip piecing, whereas this one uses the stack and slash method (and smaller scraps of fabric). Both are easy and quick to put together.
I would like to try this pattern in girly colours when I get a chance. If anyone gets around to it before I do, send me a pic, I'd love to see it.
You can find the downloadable pattern here, or ask you local quilt store for the hard copy version.