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Arcade Quarters - The Cover Version

Sure, the rainbow Arcade Quarters is entirely gorgeous, and I could have left it at that, but the pattern would have been written for a very specific bundle (that included 12 different colors) and would have had a lot of waste. And while I know quilters love scraps, I wanted something a little more efficient and approachable.

I played around until I found this group of Kona solids that really felt like me: Steel, Black, Caribbean, Breakers, Acid Lime, and Kale. Bright greens and blues are my favorite place on the color wheel, and I love how the acid lime really pops with the cooler colors.

Reducing the number of colors used also let me see the secondary patterns that I hadn't previously noticed - the on-point squares of brighter (Breakers and Acid Lime) and deeper (Caribbean and Kale) color, as well as the opposing triangles of greens and blues. As I was experimenting with the color placement I could really see how color choice could really change the primary shape you saw.

To finish it off, I grabbed this perfect striped triangle from Libs Elliott's Stealth collection (you've probably noticed by now that her fabrics are some of my favorites!) and did some straight line quilting with my walking foot to really highlight the stripes and triangles. There was a lot of thread to bury, but it was worth the extra effort to really let the pattern shine.

Love this version and want to grab the fabric without doing the math? Kendra at Piece Fabric Co has put together a kit - buy the pattern in the shop and her bundle here, and you'll be ready to stitch up your own in no time!

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