Bandanna Bundle Buster Quilt...say that four times really fast...it's a mouth full. The Bundle Buster Quilt is a pattern designed by Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl, and let me tell you, it is a quick fun way to use up fabric. Great for those Fat Quarter bundles you might have laying around. Originally, it was released in the Stash Builder Subscription Box but in September, Yvonne was finally able to release it for sale (read more about it here). I wanted this pattern when she first wrote about it being in the Stash Builder Box, so I was pretty quick to purchase it when it was finally released, though I wasn't quite sure what I would make with it.
I've known for a while now that I wanted to make my friend Jackie a bandanna quilt. She wears them all the time and is known for having all the pretty different color ones.
So on New Years Eve, pulled out fabric for three different projects that had been bubbling in my head and decided my "ring in the New Year" project would be the Bandanna Bundle Buster Quilt.
Since the blocks are made up of rather large pieces (perfect for showing off fabric), it went together super quick.
I had all the blocks pieced by midnight and the top finished by the next day. Quilting was going to have to wait just a bit.
I had to decide on how to quilt this one. I decided a simple all over quilt motif would be the best. I'm pretty sure any custom quilting I would do, couldn't compete with all the business of the paisleys in the fabric. I figured an all over edge to edge design would be the best, and allow the quilt to stay soft and perfect for cuddling.
So I decided on a simple stipple in Aurifil #2610 Light Blue Grey. It's more of a medium grey in color and played nicely on all the fabrics. Never underestimate the power of this wonderful neutral color.
Now I'll admit, stippling is not my most favorite thing to do. I'm so use to quilting on a smaller scale, that I find it a challenge to keep it larger motifs even and consistent. Plus there were other obstacles.
The not so tiny, once feral, Junior Bug decided to finally check out my quilting space. Just as I would get into the groove, his fat little butt would jump up onto my table and quilt, causing a few annoying bobbles.
He seemed rather annoyed that I wouldn't let him stay comfortable and kept running him away from the table.
But despite the challenges, after two evenings of quilting, the Bandanna quilt was finished.
For binding I decided on a machine flange binding in solid black and white. I had hoped the solids would frame the quilt nicely and give the eyes a place to land. It's a pretty busy quilt over all.
Monday evening I was able to deliver the Bandanna quilt to my friend. I have no doubt that this quilt will be well loved and that makes me one very very happy quilter.
I also wanted to share with you that sign us for the 2017 New Bloggers Blog Hop is going on right now till the end of the month.
This year the hop is hosted by Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl, Leanne at She Can Quilt and Beth at Cooking Up Quilts. What is the hop? It is a place for new quilt bloggers to learn more about the technical side of blogging and the best part...make new friends! I participated in the hop the past two years and have made some of the best quilty friends EVER.
The criteria for the hop is:
- You have to blog mainly about quilting for at least 2 months but no more than 3 years.
- You write at least 4 posts each month.
- You are willing to be actively involved in the hop by visiting and commenting on other participant's blogs.
- You are willing to participate in group discussions by signing up to join Slack.
You can read more about the hop on Yvonne's page here. If you are new to blogging, I hope you will give it some consideration and sign up. I cherish all the quilting friends that stop by Wonderland and would not have met most of them, had it not been for this blog hop. Heck, I didn't even know what a blog hop was until I signed up, so if you are new to blogging and you are reading this, I bet you are one step ahead of where I was. So go sign up!