I know. If you have been following my blog, you have seen the Polka Dot Bikini quilt more than you want to. Here is one more post for my entry into the Bloggers’ Quilt Festival at Amy’s Creative Side. This is one of my favorite quilts, and definitely my best selling pattern to date (you can buy the pattern in my shop or on Craftsy, and a kit of fabrics is available from Canton Village Quilt Works).
I think my favorite part of this quilt as a finished product is the bright saturated colors. You won’t find a speck of white on the whole thing! The solids are a mix, and the polka dot fabrics around the border came from Kaffe Fassett and Art Gallery (oval elements).
My other favorite thing about this quilt is the process I went through to make it. This is proof that some of our best work comes from “happy accidents” or experiments. I remember when I started this quilt, I didn’t have an end plan. I just wanted to experiment with curved piecing and see if I could make a pickle dish/wedding ring type quilt without all the fussy templates and unwieldy piecing. The blocks started as one thing, and I just kept cutting them up and experimenting until I found what I settled on for the design. I finished the top at my first visit to Camp Stitchalot (December 2012), where I made some great friends and my eyes were really opened to the possibility of designing quilts and producing my patterns.
I posted a series on this blog as a quilt-along last winter into spring. You can visit those posts Here, and for the quilt-along, I made this second version of the pattern. It is just a rearrangement of the blocks and new color scheme.
Polka Dot Bikini (the original)
designed and pieced by me, long-arm quilted by Jenny Pedigo
Thanks for reading bit about my quilt!