I am excited to kick off Mini Quilt Mania with finish #1! For this quilt I wanted to use the New Year as an inspiration. For a lot of people, New Year’s is a time for big parties and fireworks. For me, the New Year is celebrated by watching the Times Square Ball Drop on television. So I decided I would focus on that iconic piece of lighted metal and glass for my inspiration for this quilt.
While I usually like to observe my objects of inspiration in person, I am in the midwest, and the Times Square Ball is not. Turning to the internet, I looked at several sources including the fact sheet found on the Times Square Alliance page about the New Year’s Eve Ball. Not really a true sphere, the ball is made up of triangles within triangles. These triangles are lit using LEDs (really exciting to the theatre designer part of me!) which allows for almost endless color combinations and patterns. I started out by creating a line drawing of triangles within triangles. Then I added borders around each main triangle to represent the metal structure of the ball.
I knew that I wanted to use medium to dark greys in the borders of the triangles to give the design a slightly industrial feel. (I like to juxtapose “utilitarian” with “pretty!”) Then I started to experiment with color. At first I was thinking along the lines of emphasizing the hexagons formed in the design, but I soon moved onto star configurations. The gallery below is a small sample of the designs I considered.
I am pretty sure the most challenging part of this process was decided which color scheme to go with! Ultimately, I ended up choosing the Red, Orange, and Violet Stars.
I pulled from stash fabrics for this project, and decided to select one dark and one light material of each of the three star colors. I also pulled three different grey fabrics for the triangle borders. The top is constructed using paper foundation piecing techniques.
For the quilting design, I wanted to emphasize the straight lines found in the quilt top, and I ended up choosing to outline and enhance each element of the design using a coordinating thread. Since I was quilting in several colors, I used a white backing fabric to really show off the colors of the threads.
Overall, I am really happy with this quilt, and I may consider creating a larger scale quilt using this block design.
Title: Happy New Year 2015!
Size: 12.5″ x 14.25″
Techniques: Paper Foundation Piecing
Quilting: Outline stitching with additional interior lines using a walking foot on a Bernina 1008
Fabrics: White Kona Cotton, 100% cotton prints and batiks
Batting: Warm and White Cotton Batting
Thread: Pieced using Gutermann Mara 100 in white, Quilted using cotton machine quilting thread in dark grey, Mettler cotton quilting threads in Red, Magenta, and Orange
Binding: Grey bias- cut in 2″ strips, machine stitched to the front of the quilt, and hand stitched to the back.
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