Topsy Turvy: Mini Quilt #19

May 8, 2015

This week, I looked back over the mini quilts I have made so far for Mini Quilt Mania, and I realized that one thing I haven’t done yet is a block based mini quilt.

Topsy Turvy front view

Earlier this year I was lucky to win the Citrus Tattersall fabrics featured in this quilt from Judy at Quilt Paradigm.  The colors in the fabric are bold, but softened by the amount of white surrounding them.  I liked the idea of using these fabrics in a diagonal spectrum to create a quiet rainbow of color across the piece.

Topsy Turvy detail

I started out creating these simple little blocks by sewing a strip of Citrus fabric to a strip of white Kona cotton.  I then cut the strip at 45 degree angles resulting in triangles, half of which have the larger piece white, and the other half have the larger portion Citrus.

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When turned together, these triangles create a block with alternating colors.   I’m sure that someone, somewhere, has made this block before, but I couldn’t find it referenced, so I’m going to call it a Topsy Turvy block.

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Edge to edge quilting is not something I have much experience with, but I tend to like it when I see it used on other peoples quilts.  I thought that this project would be a good time to try out an all over clam shell quilting pattern.  I am so glad I gave it a try because I love it!  I received a set of batting samples from Hobbs batting at a quilt show and this mini was the first chance I had to try out one of the battings.  Since this quilt is mostly white, I knew I needed to go with one of the bleached battings.  I decided to try out the 80/20 batting, and I was quite pleased with the result.  When I first touched the batting, I thought that it felt sort of rough (I’m assuming that is the 20% polyester), but it quilted up beautifully and the quilt has just the right amount of poof!  I think I will be buying more of this batting to use on bigger projects.

Topsy Turvy back view

The binding is bias cut pieces of several of the Citrus fabrics.  I just love plaids and stripes cut on the bias!

Quilt Stats

Title:  Topsy Turvy Spectrum

Size: 10″x14.5″

Techniques:  Machine Piecing

Quilting:  Free motion clam shells done on a Bernina 1008

Fabric:  Citrus Tattersall by Another Point of View for Windham Fabrics and white Kona Cotton

Batting:  Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 Bleached Cotton

Thread:  Pieced using white Gutermann Mara 100, quilted with white cotton machine quilting thread

Binding:  Citrus Tattersall fabrics, cut on the bias in 2″ wide strips, machine stitched to the front, hand stitched to the back

What was New:

A block based mini

Hobbs 80/20 batting

Quilt 19 / 50

Quilt 19 / 50

Goal #5 is Finished!

Goal #5 is Finished!

 I’m linking this post up with Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts and Mini Quilt Monday at Modern Cozy.  Please drop by to see all of the awesome work being created!


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    May 8, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    Cute, easy block….my favorite kind especially for baby quilts! Thanks!

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    May 8, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    This is super cute. I love the soft rainbow. I think the blocks are called a double hourglass. But I love what you called them. 🙂

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    Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl
    May 9, 2015 at 1:04 am

    What a lovely rainbow mini without being too over the top in rainbow color, too. All over quilting patterns can be a lot of fun, and your first attempt turned out masterfully. I love the online quilting community; it is so fun to know you got this fabric from Judy! 🙂

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    May 9, 2015 at 8:16 am

    🙂 Your mini is so adorable, Cassandra! And makes me smile to see those fabrics cut up into such a cute quilt! The quilting looks great and that bat really makes it pop! I am using the 80/20 the first time myself in my rose linen quilt and I really like how it is behaving! 🙂

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    May 9, 2015 at 10:09 am

    So pretty!!

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    May 9, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    Oh! I would to make one like this as one of my humidicrib quilts. I tend to make mostly pictorial quilts for the babies, but I should try this.

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    May 13, 2015 at 11:31 am

    what a fab mini! I love the matched binding and the quilting is beautiful

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    May 17, 2015 at 9:03 am

    This wee quilt shouts of summer with its easy mix of bright plaids…and your quilting looks great! I use the unbleached 80/20 batting by Arctic Cotton in most of my projects…I love it!

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    Archie The Wonder Dog
    July 6, 2015 at 4:38 am

    It’s a gorgeous mini! I also love Hobbs 80/20 and it’s great for hand quilting – my favourite, in fact!

    *Visiting as a member of the official 2015 Finish-Along cheerleading squad*

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