This is my pixelated heart quilt. I signed up to a workshop with Katy "I'm a Ginger Monkey" Jones in summer 2015 to make the pixelated heart pattern that had appeared in one of the early (maybe the first) issues of Quilt Now. The pattern calls for, I think, seven fabrics and a background and in some cases more than a fat quarter. Unfortunately my stash consists mostly of fat quarters, so I was struggling to find fabric for this quilt without buying more.
Then I had one of those stupid brainwaves: one week before the class, I decided to go rainbow scrappy and cut from all of my fat quarters: a rainbow heart and a low volume background. I multi-tasked and cut the sky for My Small world quilt at the same time - I haven't finished that yet!
Piecing this quilt was easy and fast. Mostly the workshop was all about hanging out with Katy. I steamed through seven of the nine sections in the six hours we were there. And then I totally ignored the quilt. The problem was that I wanted to make it bigger - bed-sized rather than lap-sized. But I couldn't quite decide how. I'd had a plan when I was cutting, and cut enough extra squares to carry out that plan, but then I had another idea which would involve cutting more, so I stalled.
In the end, done is better than perfect, but my original idea, which I went with in the end, turned out absolutely perfect (in my honest opinion...). And once I'd made that decision in January, I had a finished quilt in just a couple of weeks! I quilted it with wobbly "straight" lines approximately 1/2" apart and I backed it with half a duvet cover from Asda.
the original finish post. As I couldn't decide on just one quilt to enter, I've also entered another special quilt, Jessica's Sunrise Quilt - read that post here.