Earlier this spring I bought a fat-eighth bundle of Les Amis by Patty Sloniger from Amanda's wonderful shop Westwood Acres. I was so, so excited to cut into it that I didn't spend enough time planning what I was actually putting together and very nearly created something horrible. After sitting in one of my WIP bins for a couple of months, I finally got the blocks out and introduced them to my seam ripper. After removing the offensive yellow the blocks went back in the bin until I was sure of my next move. I knew that I wanted to use both colorways of this fun line together, but was having a hard time envisioning how to make that happen. Then came my copy of Camille Roskelley's latest book, Simply Retro. I knew that her Swell pattern would be the first one that I made and it didn't take long for me to decide that mixing my Les Amis with Kona Snow was the way to go.
The blocks came together very quickly thanks to chain-piecing and in no time I had this little top complete. For the backing, I just sewed together several of my scraps into a large patchwork block and added Kona Ash and Kona Coal to bring it up to size. I had such a hard time choosing the binding fabric for this one! I thought that a scrappy binding would be fun, but all of my scraps were about 6" and there was no way that I was going to piece all of those together, so Kona Celery was the winner.
I took this little quilt with me to my parents' house last month and this was actually the first one that I quilted on my mom's longarm. This loopy, swirly pattern is by far the one that comes most naturally to me so I thought that would be a good one to start with. I think the swirls add to the playfulness of all the little creatures in the quilt.
And since this was another quilt made just because I wanted to, it is now listed in my shop. That's right, people, I actually did it! Not too much listed yet, but since I don't see this sewing-thing slowing down any I thought it might be good to at least have an excuse for all my making!