Little Bits Quilting Bee | talking pre-cut fabric | Sunny Day Mat

by kath_red on 17/02/2012

in Little Bits Quilting Bee, Quilting

Sunny Day Mat … a circular quilted play mat by Kathreen Ricketson

Throughout February I will be featuring quilts from my book Little Bits Quilting Bee (published by Chronicle late last year). Because designer fabric is often only in print for one season it can be difficult for quilt designers and authors to choose fabrics that will be still available when the book or pattern is published; so to help you out I will be offering advice and alternate fabric choices for many of the quilts in my book. 

Sunny Day Mat is a textured mat that is perfect for play and equally wonderful as a couch throw. This mat is sunny in name and sunny in nature, it is bright and cheerful but does require some attention to detail when piecing those points.
For this quilt I used a Layer cake called Botany by Lauren+Jessi Jung for Moda, it is not longer available, but what drew me to this fabric was the range of yellow and oranges and greens, I then chose a few solid coloured fat quarters from various manufacturers to coordinate and then finished off with some chenille from moda that matched as well.

I have some ideas of alternate fabrics that you might like to try:

  • I love Salt Air by Cosmo Cricut for Moda Quilts
  • Delighted  by The Quilted Fish for Riley Blake Designs (you’ll need 1.5 packs of these) (layer cakes available from Quilt essentials) (pictured below)
  • Pair these Layer cake packs with any of the fat quarters from Candy Corn Kona Collection (available at FabricBub) or Creamsicle by Hoffman Fabrics (available from MapleLeafDesigns)

To make this quilt top you’ll need:

  • 1 pack of layer cakes, 7 fat quarters and 14 inch (36cm) square of chenille, plus 1/2 yard of fabric to match your backing for the binding.
  • You’ll also need a copy of my book – and they are available in all good book shops and online too.
  • I quilted this in a free-style stipple design.
Quilt images are copyright John Paul Urizar who did a great job on the photography in the book.
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1 Flash February 17, 2012 at 2:52 pm

OMG! This is gorgeous.


2 Tina @ February 26, 2012 at 7:49 pm

I love this pattern! I like your choices for alternate fabrics, too! Very warm and springy!


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