This quilt all started with the backing fabric. I saw this fabric and fell in love with it and knew right away I wanted to do a red, grey and white quilt top – a top with stark white fabric. The quilt backing fabric is Zuzu Circles by Alice Kennedy for Timeless Treasures. Isn’t it just so awesome?
I had a lot of fun picking out reds and grey fabrics from my stash. I tried to only use fabrics that had a lot of high contrast to them. I used Kona White as the background fabric and wanted the prints to really stand out against that. I also cut up some of the backing fabric and used a little of that on the front, too.
The quilt top was made up of one block that looked like this and that I randomly rotated all over the quilt top to get a random scattering of the prints:
The blocks were made up of eight 3″ x 2.5″ rectangles sewn together and then two 2″ x 8.5″ strips of white sewn onto the sides, to make an 8.5″ block. I used some 8.5″ plain squares of Kona white to make some negative space on the quilt. There were 54 blocks total for the whole quilt, 6 across and 9 blocks down.
I used Warm and White cotton batting for this quilt – a must for white quilts where you don’t want the batting to dull the whiteness. I used TWO layers of batting on this quilt – I wish you could feel how heavy and warm that makes the quilt. I’ve been doing that a lot lately and really like it. It still machine quilts up just fine. If you use two layers of batting, do make sure that you use a heavier needle – a #14 quilting needle, to get through all those layers.
For the binding, I had to go with my favorite gingham binding and it was perfect because I had used some of the gingham in the quilt top. It’s Robert Kaufman Carolina ⅛” Gingham in Silver.
This quilt finished at 48″ x 72″, a great size to curl up for a nap with – it’s long enough for just about anyone. I never make my quilts more than 60″ wide, though, because that is the width of my ping pong table and that is where I baste them! I can make them as long as I want, though.
This quilt top sewed up so quickly – it was done before I knew it. My least favorite part of quilting is sewing the quilt back together. I’ve been using a method recently that makes this process a lot easier ➡︎ I’m going to be posting about it next time, I hope!
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