Wednesday, May 18, 2011

How to make Pipes and Piperoni quilt for granddaughter

                                                  Pipes and Piperoni
                                                       57" square
"I'm very proud to design and make a personal, one-of-a-kind quilt for a special little girl."

How I did it: I just finished Pipes and Piperoni, a quilt for my one-year-old granddaughter Piper.  The title comes from two of her nicknames used by her mommy and daddy.  After looking locally in the Central Valley of California, in Washington state, and even in Canada, I found a cute polka dot fabric in Berkeley, California that reminded me of pepperoni (Piperoni). I fashioned paper-pieced pizza slices with it.


The "pizza" fabric has the pink and green colors found in Piper's bedroom.  I had searched in many places, and when I saw that fabric, I knew I wouldn't find anything better.

The sashing strips dividing the slices of pizza represent plumbing pipes, and the cornerstones stand for pipe connectors.

The quilt concept and layout are my own, and the quilt measures about 57" square.

Lessons & tips: Be open to alternatives when it comes to choosing theme fabrics.  I was looking for polka dots to represent the pepperoni slices.  I saw this fabric which looks more like bubbles, with the circles overlapping one another.  It wasn't what I had in mind, but it was very cute, girly and the color scheme was just right.  It took just a few seconds to decide that it was "the" fabric for the project.

Electric Quilt 6 quilt design program
Stonemountain and Daughter, Berkeley, California

It took me 6 weeks.

It made me Proud and happy

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