Violet Calm: Mini Quilt #24

This quilt continues the color series I have been working on within Mini Quilt Mania.  While other quilts in this series have the color distributed across the piece, the violet circle in this quilt creates a single focal point.  Having a central focus gives this quilt a sense of calm and serenity.  Violet Calm front view

For the violet circle, I first pieced together several violet fabrics spaced with white strips into a roughly square shape.  From this section I cut a circle.  Then I cut a circle with a 1/2″ smaller radius from the white background fabric.  The smaller opening provided the seam allowance necessary to piece the violet circle into place.Violet Calm center detail

I struggled to determine the quilting pattern for this project.  There are so many possibilities!  Ultimately, I landed on juxtaposing the circular focal shape with straight line matchstick quilting.  The white bars within the focal shape remain un-quilted and extend to the edges of the piece.  The quilting lines going through the violet areas of the quilt are shades of violet and magenta that most closely match the fabric they intersect.  One section of violet stitching runs perpendicular to the rest of the stitching to break up the overall pattern.

Violet Calm back viewThe binding for this quilt is created using a variety of scraps from the fabrics used to create the violet circle.

Violet Calm front edge detail

Quilt Stats

Title:  Violet Calm

Size:  20″x20″

Techniques:  Machine Piecing

Quilting:  Matchstick quilting done with a walking foot on a Bernina 1008

Fabric:  Assorted Violet Prints and Batiks, White Kona Cotton

Batting:  Warm and White Cotton Batting

Thread:  Pieced with white Gutermann Mara 100.  Quilted with Connecting Threads 50wt Essential Cotton in Magenta and Grape, Variegated violet 50wt Wonderfil Cotton Quilting Thread, white cotton machine quilting thread

Binding:  Scrappy binding using fabrics pieced into the quilt top

What was new?

Machine piecing a circle into a solid background fabric

Quilt 24 / 50

Quilt 24 / 50

Goal #1 is finished!

Goal #1 is finished!

 

 

Yellow Rays: Mini Quilt #23

This mini quilt, the second in my color series, has been a long time in the making.  I started this baby in the midst of a crazy work schedule, and eventually had to ask myself what I wanted from this piece.  Was it to be done? Or was I going for awesome?  Neither of these answers would necessarily be wrong, but I had to aim for the latter on this project.

Yellow Rays mini quilt

Since I’ve been patterning and sewing like a crazy person to get through this summer theatre season at work, I have been doing a lot of projects where “finished” is the major goal- opening night comes whether or not we are completely ready.  (This isn’t to say that things aren’t well made- we just can’t expect “perfect” when we are moving at this kind of pace) It was kind of nice to cut myself a little slack on deadlines for this project and make something that is really well thought out and constructed.

Yellow Rays front view

The segments of yellow were strip pieced first and then slashed diagonally and spaced with a piece of white Kona cotton between them and to the side.  I am trying to use this series of quilts to explore various methods of activating negative space in the quilt composition.

Yellow Rays front detail

Green Grass, the first quilt in this color series, was quilted using free motion quilting with a mix of green and white thread.  For this quilt, I thought it would be interesting to move away from organic quilting and try some different linear patterns with my walking foot.

Yellow Rays back view

 

Yellow Rays back detail

Quilt Stats

Title:  Yellow Rays

Size: 20″x20″

Techniques:  Machine piecing

Quilting:  Linear quilting with a walking foot on a Bernina 1008

Fabric:  Assorted yellow prints and white Kona Cotton

Batting:  Warm and White cotton batting

Thread:  Pieced using white Gutermann Mara 100, Quilted with white machine quilting thread and 50 wt cotton Aurifil in yellow

Binding:  Scrappy yellow prints also used in the quilt top, cut on the bias in 2″ wide strips, machine stitched to the front, hand stitched to the back

What was new?

Exploration of linear quilting designs to activate negative space using a walking foot

 

Quilt 23 / 50

Quilt 23 / 50

Goal #9 is Finished!

Goal #9 is Finished!