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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Studio Inspiration and NTT

Happy Needle and Thread Thursday, friends!  I don't know if you have noticed this, but I really don't make very many mini quilts.  I don't always know what to do with them, and even though I do have some display space in my studio, I like for the things on my wall to be a bit more cohesive (more on that later).  Because of this, I rarely sign up for swaps and challenges (even though I know I'm missing out on some fun).

Well, when I dove into my blue scraps last week for the BLUE show, I had a little epiphany.  I had so much fun with it, I decided that I'm going to create a giant scrap color wheel on the only available wall in my studio, and I'm SO excited about it.

I decided to pull out my reds next, because I knew the color gradient effect would be a little trickier to pull off.  I figured that if I could make the reds work, then the idea would be a go.  Lighter reds can very easily read as pink, which I tried hard to avoid.  Instead, for the lightest reds on the edge, I chose red prints mixed with lots of white.  It definitely works!  The color gradient shows up well, but the entire mini quilt still looks red.

I'm naming this little quilt Caboose, and I quilted it with the same swooping spiral design as the blue, using 50 wt. Aurifil #2265, Lobster Red.  I didn't mark the beginning spiral first with chalk this time though, so this one is not quite as smooth.  It isn't noticeable on the front, but lesson learned.  I'll mark them from here on out for sure.  The cloudy daylight is also casting some weird shadows making this one look wrinkly on the back, but it really isn't.

So, this wall is where my giant color wheel will go, and right now it is pretty uninspiring-

My original plan for the wall was to create a mini quilt for several of my favorite patterns, using similar colors as the quilt on the cover of each pattern.  Though it seemed like a good idea at the time, after making these four, I just wasn't feeling it.  I really don't like tiny piecing, and the wall was looking too hodge-podgy for my taste.  Without a better idea I just left them up, but now I can't wait to sew and hang my color wheel.  Two down, seven to go.  Stay tuned; orange is already in the works!

Last week's party was amazing.  Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts shared this beautiful quilt, and just look at how it sings against the snowy landscape!

This Fruit Salad quilt by Katie Mae Quilts is super fun.

And finally, this mermaid quilt by Jen at DeJong Dream House is so adorable that I can't stand it!

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  1. I'm getting right into mini quilts at the moment...yours is beautiful! xAli

  2. I agree with you that a scrappy colour wheel will brighten up your wall and having a theme will tie all the minis together - this red is awesome!

  3. I don't make small quilts either, I like them on the bed! I do have a couple for a wall and think sometimes to make a lot of small ones for a wall, but never get to it

  4. I make more mini quilts than I do large, mainly because I don't have the space to quilt the large ones, so I don't get them done as quickly. Small quilts are satisfying to make, make great gifts, and are a great way to try out something new. Your little mini quilt wall will perk up with the color wheel quilt. I love that green wall as a background!

  5. I love making mini quilts and can never resist tiny piecing for many of them! Great idea for a color wheel! I can't wait to see that!

  6. Oh! I can't WAIT to see your Color Wheel up on the wall!!!

  7. I have the same issue with making minis, but this idea is brilliant *and* you're blowing through scraps in the process. Yahoo!

  8. Can't wait to see all these color minis together. It should be fabulous.

  9. I love your red mini quilt as well.

  10. Laura's quilt is stunning! And what a fun idea for a color wheel on your wall. I look forward to seeing it completed. :) MelvaLovesScraps at NolanQualityCustoms dot com

  11. I can't wait to see the orange version ☺

  12. What a great idea for a color wheel! I love both your red and your blue quilts! I can't wait to see your orange! And what a great way to clear out the scraps. Good inspiration!

  13. When you do your spiral quilting (which I LOVE), do you quilt from the front or the back?

    1. thank you! I always quilt looking at the front of the quilt.

      :) Kelly


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