circle time...{ plus a giveaway}

Do you remember this lovely fat quarter bundle of Laurie Wisbrun's new fabric collection Don't be Crabby! I showed you a while ago? Adorable, right? I especially love those houndstooth crabs, how clever!

 From the moment I saw this collection I knew I wanted to make a baby boy quilt. I went through my stash and added some fun polka dotty fabric to the stack and then I got stuck! I didn't want to cut all these lovely creatures into small pieces, yet I was not keen on keeping large blocks of fabric uncut, either.

While browsing online for some ideas, I came across Amy's amazing tutorial on how to make really gorgeous, perfectly round circles and I knew that was the way to go. The circles are large enough to showcase the pretty creatures, plus kids like circles, right?

I used baby text print fabric in green and light blue for the background. I then stitched the circles to the background using a regular running stitch and embroidery thread.

I like the way this quilt back turned out, I just took pieces of leftover fabric and "played puzzle" until  it looked just right. 

I then did some simple triple straight line quilting to make sort of a grid and frame all the circles. I especially like the way quilting makes these circles pop a little.

This quilt finished at 36" x 36". I had a lot of fun making it and loved the challenge of coming up with a design for this specific fabric collection. (I usually start with a pattern and decide on the fabric later, so this was like walking backwards for me.)

This fabric collection will be available in stores in December, but thanks to Laurie Wisbrun and Robert Kaufman I have one FQ bundle to give away to one lucky winner.

To enter, leave a comment letting me know what you'd make using this fabric. That's it, easy peasy.
!!!!!This giveaway is open to US residents only!!!!!!

Mr. Random and I will draw a winner on Sunday night. Good luck! Thanks for stopping by!


A huge thank you to everyone, all 90 of you, who participated in this giveaway.

Mr. Random has chosen a winner: #34
Valerie, who said:
I love what you did with this fabric! And I have a nephew coming in February... hmmm...... :)

Congratulations, Valerie! I'll email you shortly.