Friday, July 31, 2020

Bright Strippy Spiral, Finished...

...and it's a keeper. 

This started out as a Squirrel in April, and I was obsessed with playing with bright colorful strips. The palette ended up all warm colors because a totally mixed palette looked too juvenile. I'm pleased with the way these colors work together. 

After waiting * forever * for the charcoal fabric to arrive (thank you, coronavirus shipping issues), I was finally able to lay it all out and piece the top. I had tried out some layouts in EQ, and this is the one I liked best.  

Knowing now what I didn't know then, I would have made the spiral grow clockwise from the center, to make the quilting easier. Going clockwise, as you quilt your way from the center out, the distance to the right edge of the fabric lessens, whereas going counter clockwise, you end up with most of the width of the quilt all bunched up to the right of the needle. 

By pure chance, I found the most perfect backing fabric. I love it!

Someone asked in the comments of a previous post for a tutorial, and I had planned to write one. Then I learned that there's already a pattern for something very similar. I don't want to infringe on the pattern designer's rights, so I'll suggest you check out Karen Griska's Yellow Brick Road pattern. I will say, my quilt uses 4-1/2" (unfinished) squares made from 1-1/2" wide strips, 15 squares wide by 17 squares long, and my layout is oblong because of the number of squares stacked together at the center. It ended up about 60 x 68" before quilting.

I'm keeping this quilt for me. Even though it's in the 90s here with 89% humidity and a feels-like temp of 105, I'm celebrating the finish of this hot quilt. 


  1. Congratulations on the finish! You have had really serendipitous luck with the perfect backing fabrics lately. :)

  2. Wow that is lovely and some of my favorite colors.

  3. The charcoal was worth the wait - it looks terrific! You're right - that backing is perfect! What a pretty quilt.

  4. Wow, that’s a great strip scrap buster! It looks great!

  5. Congrats on a fabulous finish!! I don't blame you one bit for keeping this quilt for yourself. I certainly would, if I had made it!

  6. Nicely done!!! I really really like the backing you chose to go with it!! perfect!

  7. Hooray that you are going to keep this beauty - congrats on this glorious finish.