Friday, July 21, 2017

Skittles - McCalls Quick Quilts Feature

Today I am excited to share another secret finish from a few month's ago!!!!!     This is called Skittles and I just love it!!!!   I tell you what, there is something about a baby size quilt that you just can't help but love.   They are just so adorable in their little patchwork goodness and you can't help imagine them being wrapped around a sweet little angel ;)

Skittles is featured in McCalls Quick Quilts August/September issue.     It looks a little complex, but it goes together super quick using the simple stitch and flip method.   Meaning it will make for a great little go to baby quilt when you are in a pinch to make up something fast but still super cute!!!

The "O" block was originally published in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 14.  I knew at that point, that I wanted to add an X block to the design and make it a cute hugs and kisses quilt!!!   And the nice thing is, all it takes is a rotation on the same units to make the X block, again, simple and fast ;) 

For my quilt, I used a variety of Blue and Green prints from Blueberry Park by Karen Lewis for Robert Kaufman Fabrics. I just love these fun prints and how they really show off the wonderful variety of colors in each color family!! And they really give it that “all boy” feel.  And of course, if you wanted to go "all girl" you could just swap out the blues and greens for pinks and purples ;)

And Getting stared on your own Skittles quilt is super easy because this Baby Quilt is totally Layer Cake Friendly.  All you need is 36 squares, so just grab a Layer Cake from your stash and you are good to start cutting!!   And of course, you can always do a scrappy version as well and do some stash busting :)

When it came time to quilt Skittles I decided to keep it simple for this baby boy version!!  I quilted a wavy horizontal line all the way across the quilt, and then flipped it 90 degrees on the long arm and repeated the quilting to create a fun wavy crosshatch.  Simple and totally keeping with the "all boy" idea of the quilt ;)

And it made for such a great baby quilt texture.  My goad was to do the lines far enough apart to still keep the snuggly goodness, but close enough together to create a really fun texture.   And I was super happy with how it turned out :)  Snuggly, check, Texture, check :)

And one last thought.   I know I have said it before, but I just love the way they stylize photo's for magazines.   Photography is one of the things I really want to get better at, and so I always love seeing the way they do these shots.   So pretty!!!  I have downloaded a photography craftsy class, now just to make the time to sit and watch it ;)

And that is my Skittles Quilt!!!!   It finishes at 42"x 42" so ya, baby size goodness.     And if you want to see a little more of my Skittles Quilt, you can pop on over to McCalls's Quilting blog to read a special guest blog that I have posted over there ;)   And there just might be a giveaway for my Irish Chain Quilts book as well!!!!   Good Luck ;)

And that's all for today!!!   I hope that you have a very Happy Quilting Day :)

Linking up these finishes to Amanda's and Myra's ;) 
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  1. Hi Melissa,
    This is so cute - the colors play so nicely together. I am sure the mom and baby that receive this will absolutely love it. ~smile~ Roseanne

  2. Such a sweet baby quilt! I've loved this quilt since you blogged about it several months ago--all your versions are so tempting! Congratulations on yet another published quilt😊

  3. Cute cute cute! I love this darling little quilt.
    And congratulations on the publish!

  4. That is such a great finish! I have that issue and have thought of making this myself. Now I just need to pick fabrics and get started. Have a great weekend! --Andrea

  5. Too cute! I love the color combination!

  6. pretty quilt Melissa: I've really been loving the blues and greens in quilts lately. :-) And look at what I found: I'm sure you'll recognize what I'm talking about when you go to that page! :-) Hugs, H

  7. I like everything about that quilt!

  8. Too cute! Great colors, design, and quilting! Some lucky baby will love it!

  9. great quilt. congrats on the publish!


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