My first quilt of the year and I am calling it the french twist! I bought the fabric for this quilt in the summer of 2012 (Puttin' on the Ritz by Bunny Hill for Moda) and was waiting to come across a pattern for it and I'm so happy with how it turned out. I got the pinwheel pattern from Moda's Bake Shop and then added the french braid boarder (instructions below).
1 Layer Cake
1 Charm Pack
1/4 yards for inside boarder - my boarder is 3 inches
*Additional yardage required for backing and binding*
Finished size = 52 x 64 inches (not pre-washed)
I used this tutorial from Moda's Bakeshop to make the pinwheel quilt blocks...Candy Box Youth Quilt .
Since my layer cake was the pink set, I decided to use the blues and brown/greys from the charm pack for the centers. I did not use the scraps from the layer cake to make my binding. Instead I used it to make the french braid (see below)...
The French braid instructions:
I took my leftover 4x10 inch pieces from above and cut them into 2x5 inch pieces. I then began to sew these together into one long piece.
I found the most perfect backing for the quilt at JoAnn's and decided it would look great as a boarder too! I machine quilted diagonal lines to keep with all the angles in the quilt (and it made it easy to keep a straight line unlike my kids who love to hang out under my sewing table ONLY when I am at the table sewing...haha) and used a brown/grey thread.
Please let me know if I left anything out or if you have any questions! I am still deciding if this quilt will live with me or if it will find a new home with someone to love on it and thanks for reading my blog and all about frenchie (that's her pet name...fyi).