Top Spin was actually inspired by a childhood toy. You remember those old tops that spun in lots of different colors, oh how I loved playing with it. So when I saw the wonderfully bright colors and happy prints of Zen Chic's Hey Dot, it reminded me of that toy and I set out to design something akin to that. And Top Spin was the result ;)
Top Spin is a fairly simple design, so it goes together fast. And as you can see, it has a lot, and I mean a lot, of Half Square Triangles. The design includes 3 sizes of Half Square triangles and I love the movement it gives the quilt ;) I love using the Bloc Loc Rulers to square up my Half Square Triangles. It makes them go so fast and they are super accurate. And when I pair it with my Matilda rotating mat, it goes even quicker ;) Great tools if you make a lot of Half Square Triangles ;)
And I love, love, love the low volume background in this quilt!!! It just makes all of those happy colors pop all the more ;) And I used the low volumes from the Hey Dot line, but of course, it would look equally awesome in a whole variety of scrappy low volumes!! You use 32 Fat Quarters for the blocks, and 6 1/2 yards of Background, so you can bust a whole lot of low volume scraps!!!
And Top Spin is a big quilt!! It finishes at 96" x 96" so it works great for a queen size bed. And again, it really does go together quickly for a queen sized quilt ;) I gave this quilt to my Sister in Law and it is still on her bed today ;) It makes me smile to see how much she loves it!! It really is a splash of sunshine each morning!!
I hope you have enjoyed today's Tutorial Throwback Thursday!!! To make your own Top Spin quilt just click on any of the quilt name links for the free step by step tutorial. And when you are done, I would love to see your quilt!! You can email me a picture at firstname.lastname@example.org, post it to social media with #happyquiltingwithmc or or add it to my flickr group here ;) I can't wait to see your Top Spin quilts!!!
Thanks for popping in today and I hope you have a very Happy Quilting Day!!!