I have found that working on children’s quilts has been a great way for me to get over my fear of using certain colors. (and since I don’t have kids – I’ve made a few puppy quilts too – which also qualify) For some dumb reason I think we’re more open, and more creative, and more willing to go out on a limb when we’re doing things for kids (or pups). We don’t mind using crazy color combinations, or wild bright colors!
Here’s a charity quilt that I pieced for the Quilts For Kids Challenge (from the Downy commercials). Obviously this one is for a boy!
and here’s a close-up that shows the four different types of quilting that I’ve chosen to do on this quilt.
I’m using a red variegated LAVA thread (from Superior Threads), which has become one of my go-to threads for my quilting. The border area uses the LAVA which has some freemotion meandering, in a fairly loose curve (could it look like little racetracks?). The LAVA is also used for the large spirals in the solid racecar blocks. The spirals are done using the Pro-Stitcher (computerized quilting), so that’s why they’re coming out so consistent. And then finally, the same LAVA is also being used for the continuous curve quilting in the 4-patch units. I’m using a yellow So Fine! thread (from Superior Threads) for the clam shell pattern in the yellow border. There’s also a dark grey So Fine being used for some of the ditch quilting.
I should have the quilting finished this afternoon!