The story behind this quilt began last fall during the 30 Days of Quilt Design challenge on Instagram. As I skimmed through some of my Pinterest boards looking for ideas early in the challenge, I rediscovered this book cover by Jessica Hische. The intertwined elongated ovals looked like something that would lend itself well to a quilt, and thus the pattern you see here was born!
When I sketched the design back in September, I used rainbow colors but when I turned it into a full-size quilt in November (still in my “to be quilted” pile), I used a palette of navy and gray with bits of orange and turquoise. The idea of a rainbow didn’t leave me though, and the wheels in my head started turning when I saw Yvonne announce the Alison Glass linky party. I already had all of these fabrics in my stash — they’re all simply different colors of her Endpaper print. (I didn’t take a photo of the back, but it’s the same as the background and binding.) I love how vibrant the colors are, and how the subtle print gives the overall look a lot more texture.
I had to redo the quilt math to turn a throw-sized quilt into a mini but that was easy since I’d already done it once. The finish product measures 21″ square. I tried spiral quilting for the first time ever one this one and after a few fits and starts (more about that here), I was pretty happy with the overall result. It’s far from perfect — you can see several mistakes in this photo alone if you try! Still, I feel like it’s not too shabby at all for a first attempt and I looked forward to giving spiral quilting another go sometime soon.
(And how about that adorable photo assistant??)