The winner had to make a quilt at least 50" square for the Siblings Together Charity to give to children who had been separated from their siblings and were meeting up at a summer camp.
The fat quarters were called Savannah Bop, a children's novelty-style design. I found them pretty but not enough contrast in colours for me and a couple of the designs did not lend themselves to being cut up into patchwork pieces. So, I really had to think how to use them. I love Gwen Marston quilts and her liberated style so I decided to make a Medallion Quilt in her style, using the giraffe print for the centre square. Then I used some strong coloured fabric from my stash to add ZING! An orange with white polka dot, a bright egg-yolk yellow stripe and a bright lime green Kona cotton.
I used the idea from Emily Cier's book of circles to showcase the fat quarter designs appliqued onto the lime green Kona cotton background as another border.
The final border was made from squares of the fat quarters interspersed with piano keys of the scraps.
The Giveaway asked for a quilt measuring a minimum of 50" square. My quilt finished at 56" square. Result!
Now for the backing. Because of the size I was into piecing the backing and really didn't have anything suitable but I did have a vintage sheet used originally on my son's bed in the 1980s. Just the colours and surprisingly, a patchwork design of hexagons. To add more interest I added appliqued circles of the fabrics used in the quilt:
I did a combination of hand quilting: Perle cotton to outline stars, giraffes etc and to outline the piano keys. I used ordinary quilting cotton to quilt in the ditch between the borders.
Then the binding was made from three different yellow fabrics I had, including one I had used in the Wonky Stars borders of the quilt.
So, here at last is the finished quilt:
I am really pleased with it. It is bright, cheerful and has lots of things for a child to look at and discuss. I used a good quality batting and, along with the soft sheet backing it gives a lovely feel to the quilt.
I am sorry it took so long to make but I hope it will make one child feel loved and wanted. I will be posting it next week to Delma Hughes, the Siblings Together Group's organiser.