Saturday, November 12, 2011

Baby You're a Firework

Okay so this pattern is actually called Firecracker but I couldn't resist the Katy Perry quote because I hear my kids playing it on Just Dance so it is stuck in my head!
This pattern is by Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts and I am a long time fan of her blog and I even saw her in person at Quilt Market this fall but couldn't think of anything cool to say to her so I didn't introduce myself. We are carrying a few of her patterns at the shop and they all use they Lazy Angle Ruler by Creative Grids(*love*).  
It was an easy to follow pattern and it uses fat eighths so you can really do it from your stash if you have a bunch of brights. I want to try it with a different color way next to see the different effects.
I quilted it with a simple meander but with some hidden things in the quilting like a sun,
 and some stars, hearts, a car, spirals, a triangle etc...
I played with some freehand "circle in a circles" in the stripy boarder (seen in above pic)-- some were more "ovals in ovals" but I am just gonna let that go. First time trying it and all that....
For the outer border I played with one of my arc templates that I bought at the quilt show. I noticed when working with the arc on the French Braid quilt that if I did arcs on opposing sides I would get these pointed ovals shapes alternating along the edge so I thought I would try that on here:
I learned with this quilt that I could buy 24 different fabrics that I really didn't like, put them together and get a quilt that I actually do like. Go figure! Even my husband and kids said they didn't were surprised at how cute it came out!
 It photographs well
and is kitty cat approved!


  1. Oh Mandy, I really love the way this works. well done. Can I buy online from your store? Not that i need any fabric just yet.... but I will. Stacey


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