Thursday, January 7, 2016

Bitty Bits Backwards

Today is Day 2 of the Irish Chain Quilts Remake I mentioned yesterday :)   And I am so super excited to share my newest finish today!!!  Here it is Bitty Bits!!!

Bitty Bits is in the  Improvisational Piecing section of Irish Chain Quilts.   It is such a fun quilt to make and a wonderful intro into Improvisational Piecing if you have never tried it before.  I love that you get all of the fun wonky angles but still have the structure of the chain ;)

I used a bundle of Peppered Cottons (shot cottens) from Studio E that I picked up at my last Market for the background and for the chain I used a bunch shades of white.   It was great because it used up all of those little bits of yardage leftovers that you have from being the background of other projects. Having them all mixed up in the chain was just perfect and burned through a bunch of scraps ;)  Double bonus!!!

I had a lot of fun quilting this one!!!  Swirls are my all time favorite!!  Honestly, I could quilt them for days on end ;)  To mix it up a bit, I played with the scale of the swirls, using small, medium, and a few large swirls.  I love the added depth it gives the quilt ;)  And after I was done the swirls, I decided that I loved it just the way it is and left the white chain unquilted.  I love the little pop it gives the chain ;)   So fun!!!

 I have wanted to make this quilt in this backwards layout since the day after I finished the original Bitty Bits!!!   I even wrote about wanting to do this layout in the book!!!  Here is the original Bitty Bits from Irish Chain Quilts.

And it turned out just the way I hoped it would!!!   How fun is it in reverse, having the colors in the background and the neutrals in the chain!!!  And yes, I tend to lean towards the cool tones, they are my favorite because of the purples.  But how fun would it be to do it in warm yellows, oranges, and reds ;)   And what about a monochromatic one with shades of your favorite color.  Oh ya, adding more quilts to the list ;)

I am just so thrilled with my new Backwards Bitty Bits and I hope you love it every bit as much as I do!!!  If you have made your own Bitty Bits quilt I would love to see it!!!  You can email me a picture at

And that is it for today :)  Tomorrow is the trunk show but I still have one more Irish Chain Quilts remake to share tomorrow so be sure to pop back in ;)

Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!
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