47" x 62"
As I was staring at the Striped Octagon center (pattern available from Tierney Barden: 'Striped Octagon'), I had numerous ideas before I settled on the final design. Which is what I love about quilting! Nothing is set in stone...things can morph several times before settling on anything.
I tried to carry the octagon colors through the white. Some stripes went to the edge, some were abruptly stopped. Really, I just wanted to have lots of colors and stripes, yet leave some wide open spaces...otherwise know as 'negative space'!
There were a few pitfalls trying to match the stripes with the center. I didn't expect having to work so hard for it, but I did and it was worth it.
Letting the top stew for a week or two, finally an idea came to me on how I wanted to quilt it. I started with the center panel by making circles in each white square and in the center of each octagon stripe. Making pebbles is fun, trying to make one perfect circle is not fun, nor is it easy! I did my best!
Each stripe is quilted in a matching thread using 1/4" straight lines, with some extend through the background.
The rest of the quilting combines straight lines and circles. Which...led me to the name of this quilt...'Tinker Toys'.
These are Tinker Toys! Wooden spool like circles and lots of colorful sticks that can be made into all kinds of amazing things! An imagination toy!
'Tinker Toys' is a seemingly complex design, but has a childlike playfulness that I couldn't resist exploring! I'm very pleased with this 'out of the box' finish! Playful, whimsical, rainbow all wrapped together in one little package!
The binding was interesting to say the least! I decided well before I started quilting on it that I was going to take the time to add a matched binding. All the stripes that went to the edges on the top were extended through the binding. Time consuming and totally worth it!
I used Kona White on the front and Kona Breakers for the back. Whew! Tinkering is not a description you would use to describe quilting. Maybe tinkering on an old car! It does seem fitting for this quilt!