I got the idea for this quilt from the 3 Dudes Quilt tutorial by Missouri Star Quilt Company. I followed the same basic procedure that they used, but I started with 5 strips in my blocks instead of four. I also made my strip sets using half strips so that I got more variety in my fabric combinations.
I love the movement in this quilt. It reminds me of looking into a kaleidoscope. I'm thinking I will pull this pattern out again someday. 40 strips made the quilt finish at about 54 inches square. That's just about right for a baby to grow into.
I quilted it with all-over free motion swirls on my longarm. Swirly designs are by far my favorite. I love the texture and movement they add to any quilt.
For the back of the quilt, I used a soft blue minky with sea animals. I really enjoy the weight and feel of minky. I also appreciate how well it shows off the quilting.
I bound this one completely by machine. To secure the binding, I used tiny free motion loops. The added bit of whimsy is perfect for a child's quilt.
The quilt has already made it to Cincinnati where it is keeping a brand new baby girl nice and warm. Quilts make wonderful hugs for the people you love, especially when they're far away.