Fabri-Quilt asked me to make them a quilt using their solids to display at Quilt Market. I have been wanting to try my Scrappy Applique methods using only solids for a while, and I thought this would be the perfect chance!
I was SO pleased with how it turned out, it was hard to put it in the mail and ship it away!
This pattern is from my book, Scrappy Bits Applique. Like all the patterns in my book, a pull out template is included, which makes things nice and easy! I did increase the size by 125% for a finished size of about 66″ x 47″. You could increase the size on your own, or send it to a local print shop and have them do it for a few bucks (which is what I did).
Like the sample from my book, I arranged the colors to show temperature– starting at the poles with cool colors, and transitioning to the equator for progressively warmer colors.
I added a sky blue border to frame the map, and used a charcoal for the binding.
I also pieced these little stripes into the binding to show off the spectrum of colors used! I love the effect of that tiny detail!
Positioning the stripes in the right spot made the binding process take a bit longer, but it was well worth it. To ensure they would be in the right spot, I didn’t connect all of my binding into one long strip before I started. I added each pieced section to one strip of binding, then attached another strip to the other side– so I had two different pieces of binding that were pieced : charcoal strip, colored stripes, charcoal strip. I started the binding at the colored strips, positioning them, then sewing them down first (first in one direction, then the other, since the colored stripes were in the middle leaving about 10″ at the end of each ). Once those pieces were sewn down, I added additional strips to complete the binding, attaching the pieces like you do at the end of your binding strip.
I quilted a swirl pattern over the whole quilt. I love my first all solids Scrappy Applique quilt, and I plan to do many more! Perhaps I need another one of these for myself…. !