Cotton Candy Quilt Pattern Release! + TGIFF

Thursday, April 4, 2019

When I taught middle school math in Las Vegas, I became good friends with the geography teacher two doors down from my classroom. Seven years later, we both live in Kansas City, we both have three boys, and we both own our own business! It was a no-brainer to collaborate on a Cotton Candy quilt!


Cotton Candy quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts

Kiffany owns Cottontale KC which sells organic cotton candy. She has spun sugar for the Chiefs, is regularly on our local news, is in food magazines, and even has her cotton candy served in local restaurants!


Cotton Candy quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts


After deciding there had to be a cotton candy quilt, I stumbled upon three different rose minky fabrics at my local Jo-Ann store. They called it "swirl fur," but I knew it was *really* cotton candy!


Rose minky/cuddle fabric for Cotton Candy quilt

I drew the quilt out in EQ so that I could experiment with different layouts and background color options. (You can see some of those at the end of this post!) This helped me to decide that the Kona cotton color "Bright Periwinkle" would be a great choice! I also knew immediately that I wanted a white and pink candy stripe binding!

The pattern includes lots of tips and tricks for working with the minky fabric. It's so easy to use!


Cotton Candy quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts

I decided to use two layers of Hobbs wool batting when quilting the quilt. I thought if I would densely quilt the background fabric, that would reduce the puffiness of the batting, but if I left the cotton candy un-quilted, then those would puff up. And it worked! The quilt has so much texture!! The Aurifil thread #4225 Eggplant was a great match! I used 50wt until my spool ran out, then I switched to 40wt!


Cotton Candy quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts
Cotton Candy quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts
Cotton Candy quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts

After finishing the free motion quilting, the cones were a bit distorted from all the puffiness of the batting. I decided to use my domestic machine to stitch straight lines on the sides of the cones. This really helped the cones to visually look more crisp!


Cotton Candy quilt by Slice of Pi QuiltsCotton Candy quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts

The pink and white candy stripe binding is like the cherry on top! (PS. I will forever be amazed at the magic of bias binding! It goes around curves like butter!)


Striped binding
Bias striped binding
Bias striped binding

I absolutely love how the rose minky fabric really does look like cotton candy!


Cotton Candy quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts
Cotton Candy quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts

The quilt takes me right back to the carnivals, rodeos, and baseball games from when I was a kid!


Cotton Candy quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts

To celebrate the pattern release, Kiffany and I are giving away a Cotton Candy mini quilt and a sample pack of all-natural cotton candy on Instagram! The giveaway starts on Friday (4/5), so be sure to pop over there and enter to win!


Cotton Candy quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts

For the mini quilt, I ordered Shannon Fabrics Cuddle Rose in Saltwater and Hot Pink. I wanted to use the same Kona Bright Periwinkle for the background and of course pink and white striped binding!

The Cotton Candy quilt is one of several new patterns that I am releasing in conjunction with spring Quilt Market. You can get the digital pattern now in my Etsy shop! Paper patterns will arrive just before Market in May.

Included in the pattern are several other color suggestions!

Cotton Candy quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts
This yellow version uses the same three minky fabrics as the cover quilt, but Kona's Maize for the background.



Cotton Candy quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts
Same quilt! Just Kona's Sassy Pink for the background!

Cotton Candy quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts
Same fabrics as the cover quilt, but a more random layout for the blocks.

Cotton Candy quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts
Same minky fabrics, but Kona's Honey Dew for the background. And these blocks are all upright. Looks just like a stand of cotton candy at Silver Dollar City!

Cotton Candy quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts
This one uses Kona's Pond for the background, and three different shades of pink for the rose minky. Shannon Fabrics has Rose Cuddle in Paris Pink, Hot Pink, and Baby Pink.

Cotton Candy quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts
This one uses Shannon Fabric's Rose Cuddle in Fuchsia and Turquoise paired with Kona's Magenta for the background.

Cotton Candy quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts
Using just one rose minky color would be great too! This one keeps the Kona Bright Periwinkle background like the cover quilt.

Cotton Candy quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts
This one color minky version uses Kona Pool for the background.

What color combination is your favorite??


Please tell your local quilt shop that you would like them to carry the pattern!

Cotton Candy quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts

From the pattern description on the back cover, "Cotton Candy is a fun and unique quilt sure to bring a smile to your face this summer! This intermediate level pattern uses traditional piecing, raw-edge applique, and bias binding. Rose minky fabric creates the unique texture and dimension that's reminiscent of the sweet sugar treat found at carnivals, fairs, boardwalks, and baseball games."

The pattern includes directions for five quilt sizes: mini, baby/lap, throw, twin, and queen.


Cotton Candy quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts

There's still plenty of sewing time between now and summer! Be sure to get your Cotton Candy pattern in my Etsy shop! I can't wait to see what you create!


This week is also my turn to host TGIFF! Please link up what you made this week!


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14 comments:

  1. Hi, Laura! Your creativity just blows me away!!! This is one super cute quilt which does indeed bring back memories of carnivals and rodeos and sticky fingers!!! Love it!!

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  2. Sew cute, Laura! It never registered how much that rose cuddle looks just like cotton candy. Brilliant. My favorite version is the random layout. Any color background will do.

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  3. What a fun idea for your friend Laura. I bet a lot of little girls would love this quilt.

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  4. I am continually amazed by your creativity. Such a cute quilt and you are a super sleuth when it comes to finding just the right fabric. Congratulations on another beautiful pattern.

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  5. Kathy R.
    A beautiful and clever quilt. You do a great job at thinking up new and interesting quilts. Any child would love to be under this quilt running their fingers over the minky cotton candy.

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  6. Cotton candy it is!! Perfect fabric paired with the perfect pattern...magic! Definitely want to give this pattern a try!

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  7. That certainly is a fun quilt!

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  8. so cute!!! I love the minky! It's perfect!

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  9. What a sweet (ha! pun not originally intended) quilt Laura! Thanks for hosting TGIFF!

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  10. Hi Laura, what a great collaboration! Congrats!!!

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  11. Wow! Talk about a sweet pattern! I love all the color variations and that light pink really does look like cotton candy from a carnival!!

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  12. You're always so clever, and I seriously want to pet that cotton candy. Thanks for linking up to What I Made Monday!

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  13. So creative. I love the feel of Cuddle. And the rose versions are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing your new pattern on Wednesday Wait Loss. Congratulations.

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