make it – paint chip challenge mini

14 Aug
August 14, 2015

this is the first quilt mini that i designed myself. our modern quilt guild came up with this challenge, and at the end of the challenge, the mini’s were going to be shown during art walk at dry goods design.

i signed up, got my chip, and then promptly started procrastinating. i got a little obsessed with this kaleidoscope idea, but wasn’t sure how to execute. i drew a few bits of ideas, but then realized the real challenge was going to be finding fabric. the chip was on the pale side, and pale solids are actually harder to find than i’d thought they’d be. i found one solid in the shirting area at joanns, and decided shirting was a great resource to pursue. i went to a thrift store, started sifting through mens’ shirts, and found that super pale color that had eluded me.

i also started shifting what i wanted my mini to be. i got really into this idea of stripes, specifically hand made stripes, cross cut with themselves. the center was the focus, and then i decided to turn the sides the other direction. i got really inspired by meg callahan, i love her modern use of color cut with white. i’d actually really like to make my mini in full size. someday.

art walk has come and gone, my quilt has been returned. now this little treasure is headed to my mom and dad for their 25th wedding anniversary. i love when things i make go to people i love. i worked so hard on this, figuring out how to make my design happen, asking for help and advice from some quilting friends. it’s a different role than i’m used to as a designer, but it was so gratifying to see the finished piece as i’d envisioned. to many more sewing victories!

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