I had started playing around with my SpongeBob fabric when I decided I needed to make some half square triangles laid out like flying geese. Really what I liked about the SpongeBob fabric was the colors- shades of blue with orange, yellow and salmon pink accents- mostly from SpongeBob and Patrick, but also from some random circles. I picked some fabrics out of my stash that matched those coordinating colors and went to work on the HSTs. As they all came together, it became clear that the blue of the SpongeBob fabric was the background and the accent colors were the stars of the show.
I found a light blue fabric that complemented the blues for the border, and then laid it out on the floor to be basted.
As you can see from the picture, my backing would have required a bunch of cutting and piecing to make it fit. So, I decided to add a little design from some scraps to it. Funny how the same fabric looks so much brighter in the photo above and washed out in the one on the right!
Once that problem was solved, it was time to do the quilting. I first outlined the colored triangles, and then realized that they would “pop” a little more if the blue background was more heavily quilted. I wanted to stick with the nautical theme and quilt bubbles on the blue. I changed out the foot on my sewing machine to a quilting foot and then discovered that circles are REALLY hard. I should have remembered from the ugly Christmas quilt! And those had been done with traced lines! After doing the first row, I realized that this was now becoming another practice quilt. So, I thought I’d try a whole bunch of quilting patterns: a new one for each row. Surprisingly enough, it was the stippling that was the easiest. Funny, since that
was the one I was really afraid to try. Of all the others, only the curved back and forth lines came out even half-way decent!
After finishing up the quilting, I wanted to try the machine binding again. Quick and easy! I ignored my own advice to use a larger binding and went with what was already cut and sewn- the plaid I loved from my hearts quilt. The colors were just right and- it was already rolled up and ready to go! If I were making this as a gift, there were a few places I would take out and redo, but overall, the few mistakes are an easy trade off for the ease of the machine binding!
Totally bound in less than two hours! And now ready to be donated somewhere!