I Love This Quilt: Pom Pom Parade, Part 2

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note: click here to read part 1 of this story

Hi everyone, I’ve got great news! I spent the day with my quilting group last Saturday and got 2/3 of my blocks for Pom Pom Parade pieced together and then on Sunday pieced the final 1/3 of the blocks and pieced the top together. This quilt went together in a jiffy and it feels so colorful and summery, I’m just in love with it! Here’s a little synopsis of my weekend’s worth of sewing…

My quilt group is called the UFO Quilters and we meet on the third Saturday of each month to share a potluck lunch and binge sew. This month we had a full house of ladies showing up, so I arrived early to “claim” my space and layout my blocks for construction.

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I spent the next couple of hours piecing blocks together. I pieced the blocks in batches of 10 at a time to make things go a little faster. I felt like a little block factory – the blocks were going together so quickly.

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Before I knew it, it was lunchtime. My quilting group always brings an array of delicious munchies!

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As usual, my dogs like to assist with my quilting projects. Jasper’s way of assisting is sharing a chair with me while I sew (only one of us really enjoys this “assistance” –as you can see, Jasper does not leave much room for me).

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By the end of quilting day, 20 of the 30 blocks were sewn together.

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And by the end of the next day, all 30 blocks were complete!

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My next step was to layout my block arrangement. Luckily this quilt finishes at 60” x 72”, so I could use my queen bed to layout out the blocks on. As you can see, my other “assistant” Izzy was quick to mess up my arrangement. It took a while of shifting blocks around until I was happy with the arrangement. And then Izzy kept messing it up!

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Once we got through the minor doggie trials and tribulations, I ended up with a beautiful Tula Pink summer quilt! This quilt will be perfect to take to Jazz in the Park or Film on the Rocks this summer.

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Izzy tested out the final product and approves…next step is quilting. At this point in my quilting career, I have yet to take up long arm quilting, so my mom, Jackie Arnold of Snowy Peaks Quilt Company, does my quilting for me. Currently, she is quilting several other quilts for The Quilting Company, so it may be a few weeks before she can get to this one. Check back in late June to see my completed Pom Pom Parade!

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p.s.: want to make your own Picnic? Click here to download the pattern for free!

Comments (4)

  • DEBZ J

    I love your VERSION of this quilt. I am planning to make the same version. But I have a question for you: In the original the squares all had the same color solid strips..you added a pop of color with a bright pop of color different for each.
    How did you choose the solids? And what are your thought on this idea…
    All centers are stripes and each has black solid strips. Thanks Debi

    May 31, 2018 at 1:45 pm
  • anissa a

    HI Debi – I ordered a fat quarter bundle of Tula Pink’s Pom Poms, Stripes and Solids collection from FreeSpirit Fabrics. I simply used as many of the fabrics as I liked and mixed them up randomly throughout the quilt. Where the pattern says to cut “assorted denims”, I instead, used the stripes and pom poms and where the pattern says to cut “assorted prints”, I used the solids. Quite honestly, I didn’t put much thought into which fabric went with which other fabric – I just worked with what came in the FQ bundle and mixed up the color combinations. It was “fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants” designing. Your idea of using the black and black stripe seems as though it would make a striking quilt top —give it a try!

    May 31, 2018 at 4:20 pm
  • Lisa H

    I love the look of your quilt. I especially love Kaffe fabrics. However, the picture in my copy of the magazine was so dark you couldn’t recognize it as Kaffe fabrics. 🙁

    June 4, 2018 at 9:08 pm
    • anissa a

      Hi Lisa – there are no Kaffe fabrics in this quilt. all of the fabrics are by Tula Pink for FreeSpirit Fabrics.

      June 14, 2018 at 1:28 pm

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