Violet Calm: Mini Quilt #24

July 30, 2015

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!




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    July 30, 2015 at 8:03 am

    I love this quilt, it made me want to drop all my current projects and make something similar.

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    Julie Stocker
    July 30, 2015 at 8:14 am

    Your thread color choices make this mini! Very nice work, and worth the extra time to make it special. Congratulations!

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    Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl
    July 30, 2015 at 10:06 am

    The straight line quilting flowing out of the center really adds to this mini quilt, Cassandra. I think you have a great sense of composition and this is a great miniature work of art. 🙂

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    July 30, 2015 at 10:40 am

    What a beautiful finish. I love how you combined the straight match stick quilting with the curves of the violet circle. Congrats on your finish.

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    July 30, 2015 at 10:41 am

    I really, really love your mini quilts. I love the matchstick quilting you did. I wish I could sit and learn from you!

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    Wanda Ann Dotson
    July 30, 2015 at 11:04 am

    The mini packs a big punch — a big punch of violet. I’m in love. I’m intrigued how you used thread to extend the design out to the edges — genius.

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    July 30, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    I really like the color choices, the interspersing of white strips and the quilting. The matchstick quilting is so perfect. The explanation of how you set the circle into the background was excellent.

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    Diana @ Red Delicious Life
    July 30, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    I just love this! Your decision on how to quilt it was perfect!

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    July 30, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    I love this. The color of thread and directionality of the quilting really makes the composition work well.

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    July 30, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    This is a very nice mini quilt. I like the different fabrics all in magenta and I like the quilting. It really enhances the overall look of the quilt.

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    Deb Chimes
    July 31, 2015 at 5:10 am

    This is incredible! What an amazing creation.

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    July 31, 2015 at 8:16 am

    what a fabulous quilt. I love this one. The colour, the design and especially the quilting are all brilliant. There’s also a lot of skill in piecing that circle…

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    October 18, 2015 at 5:50 am

    This is so wonderful! I love the extra dimension the quilting adds.

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    October 29, 2015 at 9:18 am

    Love this concept so much. I saw someone else on here wants to drop what they are doing and try this design. I have to admit I want to do it too and see where it goes. Great job and thanks for being so inspiring with your design. Any chance you will make it a pattern?

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