One of the ways that we help to raise money is by holding a mini-quilt silent auction. Guild members are asked to donate mini-quilts through out the months leading up to the show and then we hold two separate auctions, one on Saturday and one on Sunday. Well I've been trying to work up some mini's to donate and had time to finish one up on Monday night.
When I was making my Crown of Thorns blocks this month, I ended up with a bunch of leftover HST and I decided to make up a mini using them. I laid them out randomly at first and snapped a quick B&W picture to see how the values looked. I wasn't in love. But I did notice how strongly those darker values stood out. I went back to rearranging...
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In the end I really liked this layout. The left side is a little washed out from my lamp in the picture below but you get the point...it's fun right?!
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I had to cut a few more background squares to finish off the design like I pictured it but it was worth the extra effort in the end.
I tried my hand at match stick quilting in the background using a beige-y colored thread and left the colored areas un-quilted. I've no idea what the brand is. I like the texture it gives the quilt and that it really makes the colored squares pop off the wall. I used scraps from the top to make the binding and thought it would be fun to throw in a few colorful bits. I didn't space them very well because the purple bit got lost in a corner but I still like the overall effect.
The mini finished at 17" square and has fast triangle backs for hanging with a dowel. I absolutely love the mini and brought it with me to work this morning so I could admire it for a few days before it goes off to the mini-quilt donation pile next week. Now I just need to name it. Any suggestions?
If you're in the New England area and want a chance at this mini you'll have to come and visit us at the quilt show Saturday, April 18th and Sunday, April 19th in Lebanon, NH! Who knows? Maybe I'll try to buy it back for myself!
Linking up with Finish It Up Friday and Crazy Mom Quilts!