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Monday, December 21, 2009

Featured Quilt of the Week - "The Big Top"

Can't you almost hear the cheerful hoots and toots of the calliope when you look at the bright, contemporary colors of this quilt?

"The Big Top" got its start while I was perusing a fabric store trying to find a particular green I needed for another quilt. Somehow, the fabric shown above just reached out and grabbed me as I walked by, and I couldn't resist it. The colors and design immediately reminded me of a circus or carnival. I knew I had to use it in a baby quilt. Needless to say, the fabric came home with me, and I pulled coordinating pieces for the front out of my stash.

I had no specific pattern for this quilt in mind but rather started with the center square and proceeded with a vague idea that I wanted the design to somehow radiate out from there.

I particularly like the red blocks with the stars that seem to burst as they stream out from the center. (Hmmm, maybe we have a hybrid here between Fourth of July fireworks and a circus tent!)

Quilting it with wavy lines added even more to the motion of the quilt. Lots of movement and color to stimulate the little one who is the recipient of this quilt.

The size is 39-1/2" square: a great size to keep Baby snug and warm in the car seat this winter. And, it's just the right size - not too big - to pack into the diaper bag.

Check out this quilt along with several others for sale on my website. As always, feel free to contact me (top of side bar) if you have any questions or desire more information about any of the baby quilts you see here.

Wishing you a warm, safe, and relaxing holiday season celebrated with loved ones and full of cheer! Merry Christmas!


Diane said...

Beautiful and I love those wavy lines. I adds to the texture beyond the straight lines of the quilt.

beth said...

I really the like the red squares radiating out! looks great! Did you mark those wavy lines?? they look pretty even.

Mama Pea Quilts said...

Hi, Diane - Many thanks! I've found that I really like quilting with wavy lines . . . free-form or stenciled.

Beth - Yes, on this quilt I DID pre-mark the wavy lines. Don'tcha wish we had double needles that would stitch that far apart?