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!!

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  • Reply Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl July 6, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    You are so right that the binding might be what pulls it all together for you! Good luck getting it sewn up. 🙂

  • Reply The Colorful Fabriholic July 7, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    I actually like your grey background, but if you think it's too dark, there are some things you can do to lighten it up. You could use a light thread color and very dense quilting in only the background to add lightness to the grey, leaving the accent colors unquilted. Also, think about a darker binding rather than a lighter one. A lighter binding will emphasize the darkness of the grey background.

  • Reply Laura Chaney July 8, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    Hmm… I see where you're coming from on the background. I think the quilting and binding could totally change the look, however, so I vote that you persevere! And a baby pirate quilt?? Awesome!

    I came to your blog today through a link up, and I wondered if you might be interested in joining in another link up. My mom and I post one each Friday called Crafty Comment Karma, for people to link up any of their crafting, quilting or sewing posts. It's open for the whole week until the next one goes up, so I hope you think about joining us! Link-up located here: http://bit.ly/1FT3LsD

  • Reply Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts July 9, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    It is so disappointing to not like the project you are working on. Hopefully you will like it once it is finished. Quilting and binding can change the whole look!

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