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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!!


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3 Comments

  • Reply Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl July 9, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    I'm glad you got the top to a point you were happy with and pieced. Jan had wise advice about the binding. I hope you enjoy quilting this up.

  • Reply The Colorful Fabriholic July 10, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    Thanks for the shout-out! I really like the "planned randomness" your revised layout created – Something about the balance is more pleasing. (Someone used that phrase in a comment on my blog last week and I love it – so descriptive of what we quilters sometimes try to achieve!) I'm glad you're more pleased with your project now.

  • Reply Soma Acharya July 14, 2015 at 2:02 am

    I like your version! It will be a beautiful quilt 🙂

    -Soma

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