Well I've had lots of fun making up the Cotton Candy Expanding Squares Quilt and the feedback has been great; so much so I've written a pattern.
I was so in love with the Cotton Candy Collection when it arrived in store I just had to have a go and with 4 distinct bright fabrics and 4 with white backgrounds it seemed the perfect combination for HSTs. Here are a few early layout photos, notice the changing layout and the post it notes on the large one where I decided I wanted the flowers to face a different way. I also had one of the yellow squares the wrong way up too DOH!
HST's really are my favourite type of quilt as slight changes in layout and colour combos can give a completely different feel to the quilt.
After lots of fiddling about I decided on the pink centre and used the layout in the right hand photo. This photo then became my layout photo so that I could make sure I got the triangles the right way round, not that it put my seam ripper out of action, there were still a few oopsies along the way! Binding is also one of the skills I am still developing, in my reluctance to had stitch I keep trying ways of machine stitching it on, it's getting better but far from perfect yet, the white border does help hide some of this though!
This is the finished quilt which is a lovely lap sized quilt and bright and cheerful too.
I will say that this is the first pattern I've written so any feedback is more than welcome, hopefully I've managed to describe the process well and not left any important details out. The quilt is all Half Square Triangles (HSTs) so relatively easy to put together. You can make the quilt top from a metric skinny fat quarter of each fabric plus 1/2m of the white Kona cotton. It needs the skinny fat quarter as you can't quite get all of the squares out of a normal fat quarter unfortunately. I've put together a quilt kit here which includes all of the fabrics for the top and optional binding. I used the sketch fabric for the backing as we have new grey sofas and I though it would go well, I do think the other fabrics would look equally as good as backing or maybe even a plain fabric. The size of the quilt means that a normal quilting cotton is just wide enough for the backing so there is no joining needed.