Do you know what skittles are? Or is that an Aussie expression? No, I'm not talking about the lollies/candy, I'm talking about the game that children play that is like 10 pin bowling. As a speech pathologist I often use this game to keep the children motivated. I stick sounds or targetted words to each pin and as the child bowls them over they have to say what's on the pin. I pretty much play games all day!
Anyway, back to quilting... so here's my latest design - Skittles - can you see those pins teetering? My wonderful mother came up with the name, thanks mum, its perfect!! Skittles is a fun baby sized quilt that's nice and easy. I made this quilt top in an evening using ... yes, you guessed it... the "stack and slash" method. I think this would look great as a lap sized quilt as well, all you'd have to do is double the number of blocks.
I auditioned a couple of different solids for the sashing but nothing beat the white to really show off Saffron Craig's gorgeous new Bird Tree range. Saffron has just released these fabrics in indigo and blue as well - perfect for boys!
I loved hand quilting this one. It was so easy just following the line of the skittles and I really like how the stitches show up on the white. My husband came up with the idea to have the stitches randomly meandering around the strips (he's such a good sort getting involved like that). I did machine quilt in the ditch around the blocks first and this added to the ease of hand quilting as I never use a hoop. I've been meaning to do a post on how I hand quilt, but its a bit difficult with hubby (the photographer) being away most of the time. Hopefully I'll be able to soon.
Want to win a copy of this pdf pattern? Just leave a comment telling me about a favourite childhood game. I'll pick 3 winners on Monday 25th October. The first winner will also win this little stack of fabrics from Saffron's Bird Tree and Forest Elementals fabrics, enough to make your own Skittles quilt (but you don't have to!).
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