Mini – Quilt Paint Chip Challenge Top is Finished

The quilt top for the mini-quilt, paint chip challenge is finished. I wasn’t happy with the way it first came out, so I changed it up a bit.

Before


After




I thought this pattern was a good choice. The abstract composition gave me the feeling of random chaos. Before I sewed the strips together in the first version, above, I thought the random chaoticness didn’t communicate that at all.

So I did some playing with the fabrics, color combinations, the sizes of the blocks, and their positions. 

On the second row, I added a long block. 

On the fourth row, I added a block, using two half – square triangles. It provided enough change to really give it that “randomness” I wanted it to have.

One of the comments I received The Colorful Fabriholic, said, not to go lighter with the binding, and she is right. (Thank you to all who commented). It would make the grey, which I’m trying to draw attention away from, more attention. 

Too late last night I auditioned some bindings, and the darker blue used in some of the squares seems like a good choice. I’m going to sit with that idea for awhile, while I baste and machine quilt, and see if I still feel the same way when it’s time to add the binding, and I’m not tired.

More to come, and I need to get started on a pirate baby quilt, and a girl’s baby quilt during the next few days.

On another note, the anniversary issue of Make Modern e-zine is now on sale. 
It is the first anniversary of this outstanding modern magazine from Australia. I do write features for this magazine, and I am really proud to be a part of it. My article this month is about what inspires Alison Glass’s designs, and “getting to know,” her better, “up close and personal.”

I want to make this clear to all of my readers. I am not praising this magazine, because I am one of the writers. I wouldn’t write for any publisher or publication that I didn’t feel produced a stellar product. 

It is my opinion that if you enjoyed Hey Quilty!!, you are going to love Make Modern.  Along with feature articles about everything to do with modern quilting and sewing, there are patterns from some very talented quilters and quilt bloggers. This bimonthly e-zine, also covers quilting math, book reviews, give-a-ways, and tons of recommended quilting and sewing resources to help readers reach their quilting goals. The photographs are stunning. Who doesn’t love that?

Have a great weekend and Happy Quilting!!


WIP Mini-Quilt Paint Chip Challenge

I’ve been working away on this WIP, and gathering fabrics for a pirate baby themed quilt, for my friends daughter, and her husband, who are expecting around Thanksgiving. (I will be posting more about that this week).

I’ve also been scrambling to get my fabrics together, washed and cut for Cheryl’s Mystery Quilt; see her site Meadow Mist designs. 

And these are the most immediate WIP’s that have “hurry it up,” deadlines. Some of my other projects have been pushed down to 4, 5 and six on the priority WIP project list.


A quick digression – I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July weekend. We visited some friends on Candlewood Lake and had a great time.

My other mission during this holiday weekend was to work on my quilt guild’s paint chip, mini-quilt challenge. Above are leftover fabric scraps that I will incorporate into the back, using mostly, light blue solid fabric.

Below are all the rows, finally finished. By tomorrow they will be sewn together, and I can begin work on the back and binding.





I’ll be honest, I don’t love how this is coming out so far. It’s the grey fabric that I used in the background that I’m not so crazy about. On the positive side, it gives the piece movement and texture. On the negative side, it looks like a weird piece of minky fabric. I wasn’t not intending for that to be the look. 

In retrospect, I wish I had used light blue for the background and the grey fabric for some of the small pieces.

As my first quilting teacher said, “There is no such thing as a mistake in quilting. It is an opportunity to learn something new, and be creative.”  She also said “There’s no such thing as the quilting police,” either.  (Thank goodness for that!!)

So for now, I’ll hold off on my disappointment with this piece until it’s finished. That light blue binding may be just the thing that tones the grey background fabric down.

Linking up today with WIP Wednesdays at Freshly Pieced.


Let’s see. Happy quilting!!

Mini-Quilt Paint Chip Challenge

As I’ve mentioned in the past, I belong to a lovely guild; the Hudson Valley Modern Quilt Guild.  We are having a mini-paint chip challenge. And I am very focused on finishing this quilt quickly, because I am a month behind. That said, below is my WIP.



I have a few more rows to make, and then I will piece the rows together. 

In case you missed my paint chip, and my fabric map, it is below.




Linking up WIP Wednesday’s at Freshly Pieced.

Wishing everyone a Happy Fourth of July.

Pint Chip Challenge – Have You Ever Made a Mini-Quilt?

My quilt guild is having a paint chip challenge. I didn’t know what that was, but soon found out. There are two cards, each with four very different color combinations printed on them. I chose this one, which was actually the better of the two in my opinion. It’s all so subjective.

The other had a lot of brown in it and some orange. Although we had rules, we didn’t have to stick to solids only, and the measurements didn’t have to be exactly 22.5″ x 22.5″, but it did have to qualify as a mini quilt. I looked at so many books for inspiration.

And to throw one little monkey wrench into this project, I came to the party a month late. In other words, chop, chop – I have to make this in a hurry. That said, I found all the fabrics in my stash. Yay!!  I did buy Fun-Size Quilts; 17 Popular Designers Play with Fat Quarters, compiled by Karen M. Burns, from 
Pins and Needles in Mt.Kisco, NY.

I chose this pattern, because I thought it would be fast and easy. It measures 17.5″ x 22.5″ but I am going to make it a bit wider to finish at 22.5″ x 22.5″.

The gray will be the background and the squares and rectangles will be in the teal fabric, with white markings, the light blue solid and this pink and gray leaf print fabric. This is now my 4th WIP. Let’s see how fast I can get this done. Wish me good luck.