Presenting the beginnings of Junebug’s quilt. I had different plans for the quilt pattern when I committed to the project, but she got it into her head that I was going to do a “hexagon quilt” for her as well, so here I am, once again cutting out little shapes to hand stitch.
She thumbed through my various quilt pattern books and fell in love with the Travel Quilt in Quilting On The Go*, which is a big bunch of 60 degree diamonds arranged into stars and…blob box things. (Oh yes, I’m terribly technical in my crafting descriptions!) The top will be entirely hand pieced, which is rather intimidating; but I keep running into the problem of not having a portable project, so maybe this will be rather fantastic for me. The Rocket Age quilt blocks are just a touch too big to tote around anymore.
Junebug loves all things American flag, so when we saw the “Star Spangled” fabric line** we were unhesitatingly sold. I love that it is patriotic, but not in a military officer sort of way. She’s wanted a red, white, and blue quilt all along, but I couldn’t really find a suitable array of fabrics until this line popped onto the radar. It’s so perfect for a little person–more “summer holiday fun” whimsy than “united we stand” seriousness. (Both of which are good, but the latter is just a touch heavy for a kindergartner’s bedroom.) I’ve also thrown in some random fabrics from the stash, and am on the hunt for some more low volume with blue and/or aqua.
After cutting out the diamonds, I laid them out a bit to see if the idea in my head translated well into reality. I was worried that using prints on the white stars would be a little too much, but I think we’re going to be OK in that regard, especially if I heavily quilt the colored blob-boxes and outline quilt the white stars.
Junebug is so, so pleased. I guess it’s a rather perfect summer project. (I call the time from Memorial Day through Labor Day “Patriotic Season” because of all the flag-flying holidays that happen during that time.)
Now for lots of basting and piecing. Onward into summer!
*Quilting On The Go is a great book if you’re interested in learning more about English Paper Piecing. You can also check out the author’s blog, Life Under Quilts, for more EPP inspiration.
**”Star Spangled” is designed by Doodlebug Design and distributed by Riley Blake Designs. (I think I’ve developed a little crafting crush on Riley Blake, and their new sister line, Penny Rose Fabrics.)