I have been cramming a lot of sewing into this Fall Break "staycation" and finished up my Sunnyside snowball and nine patch quilt yesterday!
I love the colors in this fabric collection, and I think that the white background really keeps it light and airy! One thing about this pattern- there is a LOT of seam matching. The blocks themselves are pretty straightforward- just snowball and nine patches (six inches finished) with cleverly placed white squares, but it's when the blocks go together that things can get tricky.
A consistent 1/4 inch seam is crucial to getting all of the nine patch squares to line up perfectly with the edges of the snowball block. For the most part I did okay, but there are a few places on the quilt where my alignment wasn't perfect. I don't think it takes away from the quilt as a whole though; it's just a bit annoying.
On the back, I used up every single scrap, along with wide stripes of orange and green. The Sunnyside fabrics have so much blue and gray, and I really wanted some contrast and color pop on the backing.
I had a fat eighth bundle of these fabrics, and the pattern left a perfect 2.5 inch strip of each one. I took that as a sign from above that this quilt was begging for a scrappy binding, and I really love it! Sometimes, I think that busier quilts need a solid binding to contain the crazy a little bit, but with all of the white in this one, the scrappy binding works!
If you've never seen this fabric line up close, it has some really cool prints that include raindrops, clouds, and a cute text print. It is whimsical without being overdone and feeling like novelty fabric. In the close up photo above, you can see a good shot of all three. It's fun, but subtle enough that it doesn't look themed. I decided to use this subtle design as inspiration for the name.
After working on Hush, Little Baby, it feels wonderful to finish a quilt that I really love, that feels much more "me."