My partner listed her favourite colours as hot pink, gold, mint green, aqua green and lavender, and I thought I would try to make something incorporating as many of those colours as possible. The only thing I could think of that might look good with all those colours was a flower bed, so I started to design a flowery quilt block. This is what I came up with...
|A sketch of my original mini quilt design|
181 pieces in a 21 inch block. Crazy! I decided that I would use a selection of black-on-white and white-on-black text prints for the background and use my partner's favourite colours for the "flowers" and "leaves".
|Keeping track of all the pieces|
Once the top was pieced, it was time to think about quilting. I am not really one for minimal quilting, so I decided to quilt the different components of the quilt with different patterns and in different colours of thread.
|Thread choices for quilting|
After some deliberation, I went for free motion feathers in the pink flower petals, starbursts in the gold flower centres, leafy shapes in the green squares, and pebbles in the background areas. Plus some stitching in the ditch around all the different areas.
|Quilting the flower petals|
|The background quilting - I call this "pebbles", but Mr Q thinks it looks like a skin disease and calls it "pustules"|
I finished the quilt with another white-on-black text fabric for the binding...
|The completed quilt|
The quilt that arrived at my house was made by Charity in Washington. It is really lovely - beautifully understated with impeccable points and quilting that really enhances the design. I love that Charity let the text fabric (with lots of words about making and creativity) take centre stage. It looks fabulous on my expanding wall of mini quilts.
|The mini quilt that I received|
If you fancy having a look at the other quilts that were made as part of this swap, check out the #TextMeMiniQuiltSwap hashtag on Instagram.