As I began preparing posts for the upcoming year, I realized that there would be occasions I would need a general graphic or background image. I considered creating a graphic from scratch in a photo editing program, but the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to create a quilt to use as a background image. This is the quilt I designed.
As I began sketching, the only major requirement I had of this design was a large area of negative space. I knew that I would want to be able to easily place text over the image. Ultimately I landed on a classic “Flying Geese” border design with separate corner blocks.
When choosing colors, I had a few requirements:
- The palette must be eye-catching even in a thumbnail scale
- Text placed over the finished quilt image should be easy to read
- I must like the colors
- All fabrics must be readily available in my stash
White with shots of bright pink, red, violet, and orange fulfilled all of these requirements
I paper pieced each corner block and border for the quilt top and then chose a bright red and orange dot for the back of this little quilt.
I quilted the piece using diagonal lines approximately 1/2″ apart. I am happy with the finished quilt, and I think I will be able to use it in a lot of different configurations.
- A corner border where text can be placed in the opposite corner
- A side border with text along the opposite side
- A center only version that supplies texture, but no bright colors
- And of course, the full quilt image
I am very happy with the cheerful color scheme, and I’m certain that this image will be making an appearance frequently in the coming year.
Techniques: Paper Piecing
Quilting: Diagonal lines using a walking foot on a Bernina 1008
Fabrics: Background- White Kona Cotton, Triangles- 100% cotton prints
Batting: Warm and White cotton batting
Thread: Pieced with Gutermann Mara 100 in white, Quilted with cotton machine quilting thread in white
Binding: White Kona Cotton bias cut at 2″ wide, machine stitched to the quilt front, and hand stitched on the back
I am linking this post up with Let’s Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts, Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts, and Whoop Whoop Friday at Confessions of a Fabric Addict. I hope you all have a wonderful New Year!
Lorna McMahonDecember 31, 2014 at 10:58 pm
Stunning! This piece is so lovely – the colours – the quilting – It’s all perfect! Nice job and Happy New Year! Come on 2015!
Beth in MNDecember 31, 2014 at 11:36 pm
What a fun bright block. I enjoy your small projects and process explanation.
AnnJanuary 2, 2015 at 1:10 pm
What a wonderful idea! I love the multiple uses of this quilt as well as the colors. Great idea. Thanks for sharing.
JanineMarieJanuary 2, 2015 at 10:36 pm
What a neat graphic–and I like your explanation of how it came to be. I look forward to seeing how it pops up on your blog this year.
karenFebruary 27, 2015 at 1:53 am
Are there patterns available for these Mini quilts? I love them
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