I love to look at antique quilts for inspiration and it often surprises me how "modern” they are. We perceive antique quilts to be traditional and dull coloured, but the more I look the more I find that would be wild even by today’s standards.
This quilt was inspired by an antique quilt in a book, which incorporated Dresden plates with red circles between them. I loved the repetition of the appliquéd circles, the circles created by the plates, and the circles created by the space within the plates. Why not take circles to the max and add spots? When it comes to my quilts, too many spots are never enough! The spots are the secret here - they need to be the reverse of each other to create balance. You could easily switch colours though - this quilt looks wonderful with green, blue or even a black and white background.
Finished quilt size: 174cm x 248cm (68 ½” x 97 ½”) Double bed size.
Note: It is recommended that all fabric be 100% cotton or linen, and be ironed. You may want to colour test any dark fabric to ensure that it will not run. Unless otherwise stated, all seams are ¼” throughout, and all strips are cut across the width of the fabric, from fold to selvedge.
Note: Instructions are given here to make this quilt using either a wedge ruler OR the template provided. I recommend the ruler as it is easy, accurate and fast!