Quilts · WIP Wednesday

Tinker Toy by Prairie Grass Patterns

Right now I have eight patterns in my quilting queue. Eight! And a few of these have self-imposed deadlines, with two needing to be done by October and two I’d love to have finished for pre-holiday enjoyment. But as excited as I am about these new projects, I’ve felt a little guilty beginning them. Because I’ve also had two pieced tops hanging on my sewing-room wall for weeks, just waiting to be quilted.

One of these was this lovely little number:

tinker toy quilt pattern

I started Tinker Toy by Prairie Grass Patterns a few months ago and had the top done in about a week. After that, the project stalled. Not because I lost enthusiasm, but because I was excited to start another pattern and knew quilting Tinker Toy would take a little while. So, vowing to return to it ASAP, I hung it up, then moved on to the next quilt top.

But as any sewist knows, there will always be another quilt to make! And since my Tinker Toy features bright shades of pink, green, gray, and teal, which  complement its primary floral prints (from the Heartland collection by Pat Bravo/Art Gallery Fabrics, see below), it feels more suited to warmer weather. With fall and winter quilts on tap, I knew the longer I waited to quilt it, the likelier I’d be to keep waiting.

Which is why I made it this week’s WIP Wednesday project! I’d actually done a bit of quilting on it before now, but this morning I happily sewed the very last stitches.


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Besides the fun geometric design, this quilt is notable (to me) for two reasons. The first is that, at 68” x 89”, it’s the largest I’ve ever finished. And the second is that it represents my first foray into free-motion quilting! I have a lot to learn and much to practice in that department, but for now, I’m all about these stippled swirls.

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I absolutely love how this turned out. And who knows? Maybe I’ll put Tinker Toy back in the quilting queue and try it again in warm fall or winter hues!

Check out April Rosenthal’s Prairie Grass Patterns HERE!



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