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I wanted to share with you the latest quilt I have received back from the publisher, Preschool Primer.
The quilt is part of More Quick & Easy Quilts for Kids published by Annie's Quilting.
It's always a fun time when quilts come back from the publisher. Typically it's been over 6 months since I've seen the quilt and while I was making it, I didn't have much time to enjoy it since it was due by a specific deadline. It's always neat to see how the photo stylists have arranged the quilt for photography in the book.
This quilt was designed as a teaching tool for tots to learn their colors and shapes. The quilt features 6 different colors - red, blue, green, yellow, orange and purple - and 6 different shapes - triangle, square, rectangle, circle, heart and star. Some of the shapes are pieced and others are appliqued. Since it is designed as a functional quilt, I chose to use raw edge fusible applique with a machine buttonhole stitch. The binding is a scrappy mix of the colors in the quilt and it is quilted with a simple meander edge to edge. Many times the deadlines are tight enough that edge to edge quilting is all I have time to complete.
As a designer, sometimes I'm my own harshest critic. If I were to change one thing when I was making this quilt - I would use a fabric other than white for the background so it doesn't show dirt as easily. I love the contrast and the crispness of the white fabric but it's not super functional if the quilt is going to be used a lot. To give you an idea of what a different background would look like, here is a reimaged version of the quilt using a blue-gray tonal as the background.
So if you have a little one or need a quick quilt as a gift, consider making Preschool Primer. If you do, be sure to share a picture on the Quilter's World facebook page or on my Masterpiece Quilting facebook page.