Polka Dot Bikini Quilt by Sharon McConnell
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Bloggers’ Quilt Festival: Polka Dot Bikini Quilt

Polka Dot Bikini Quilt, modern wedding ring quilt, by Sharon McConnell

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).

Polka Dot Bikini Quilt by Sharon McConnell

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.

Polka Dot Bikini Quilt by Sharon McConnell

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.

So that’s my entry in the Quilt Festival. You can see lots of fabulous quilts and vote for your favorite Here….mine is in the small quilt category.

Polka Dot Bikini (the original)

designed and pieced by me, long-arm quilted by Jenny Pedigo

Thanks for reading bit about my quilt!


9 thoughts on “Bloggers’ Quilt Festival: Polka Dot Bikini Quilt

  1. April S says:

    I could never see this quilt too much! It is what I would call “happy” colors.

  2. cindy says:

    Loved this quilt from the first time I saw it. Gorgeous!!! Great entry into festival.

  3. Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl says:

    This is such a stunning quilt, Sharon, and I enjoy getting to read more about it and see it again. 🙂 The colors you used are so saturated and happy. I hope you enjoy the festival, and good luck!

  4. Carol says:

    This is one of my favourite quilts of all time! Just a fabulous pattern and use of colour.

  5. Hilary Florence says:

    A wonderfully bold and colourful quilt. Very strong

  6. Megan Null says:

    What a fun quilt! I’ll have to make some time to go through your process quilts. It’s always fascinating to see how a quilt evolves.

  7. Mary Huey says:

    Great quilt — interesting design, love the colors and the quilting!

  8. Aoife says:

    I am totally blown away by this quilt! I love every single thing about it. And the quilting is stunning as well! So glad to have found you in the BQF!!

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