This is part of a year-long series of posts about the quilts from Modern Patchwork. I'm highlighting a different quilt each month, and will be remaking either a regular size or mini quilt version of each of the book quilts.
Last week, I was planning to make the larger Roller Rink quilt, as it's shown in Modern Patchwork. That was still my plan last night, but then I pulled out these gray, black, and linen-colored Echino scraps. I knew right away they were perfect for this project AND perfect for a baby quilt that's on my list to make. So, now I'm making a Roller Rink baby quilt. (This has to happen to quilters other than me, right? I can't tell you how many times I change my mind mid-project!)
This is what the smaller quilt top will look like. It will have 3 rows of 9 blocks (27 total blocks) and will measure 36" x 48". I'm going to wait until I'm finished with the top to decide how I'm going to make the back.
If you want to make a baby quilt top like this, you can use the book instructions with the following changes:
You'll be making 27 blocks - 14 light and 13 dark. These blocks are going to be pieced in a scrappy manner, not the strip piecing used in the main book quilt. You can read more about this and see a mini quilt made this way on Page 23.
FABRIC SQUARES FOR BLOCKS: For a scrappy quilt with 27 blocks, you'll need a total of 189 squares 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" each. For a quilt that looks like mine, you'll need:
- 162 gray and black squares
- 9 red-orange squares (mine are Kona Flame)
- 9 acid yellow squares (mine are Art Gallery Empire Yellow)
- 9 turquoise squares (mine are Kona Turquoise)
LIGHT NEUTRAL SOLID FABRIC: You'll need 5/8 yard at least 42" wide. Follow the same basic cutting directions, but cut only 1 of each size WOF strip, Subcut each strip into 28 pieces in the sizes noted on Page 18. (Ignore the last bullet point about the quilt back.)
DARK NEUTRAL SOLID FABRIC: You'll need 5/8 yard at least 42" wide. Follow the same basic cutting directions, but cut only 1 of each size WOF strip, Subcut each strip into 26 pieces in the sizes noted on Page 18. (Ignore the last bullet point about the quilt back.)
For my dark neutral solid, I'm going to use Quilter's Linen in Gray.
I hope to get started with the piecing today and will show you how it's coming along next Thursday.