Monday, 5 March 2012

Woven Mini


We spent the weekend in Brisbane (about 10 hours away, 300 if you have small children - thankfully, we flew up) for my brother in law's birthday (my Spinning Stars quilt was for him) and to catch up with some dear friends and family. A mini quilt is a great thing to take away for hand quilting, especially when you little toddlers are being doted upon so that you can stitch and drink tea. I came home exhausted but all full up of rich memories and conversation.



Welcome if you've stopped by from Ellison Lane's Modern Mini Challenge! I wrote in an earlier post about my inspiration to make a quilt after I saw this art by Lucy Barker. It evoked such strong memories of banana lounges by the pool as a kid, lazing around, looking at the way the colours sat with each other, following their pattern. It was perhaps a sign of a passion to come, for colour and line and shape.



I came home and made this template out of woven, coloured card.


And stitched the colours together to make a mini quilt, 24 "x 30".


It was a risk for me to finish it. And I'm still so drawn to the flat, patchworked top. I chose hand-quilting so that it was easy to stop and start, to follow the weave. And I experimented with my stitching. I'm still not sure how I feel about the introduction of texture to the quilt. What do you think?


And I found one tiny mistake, in the layout, just this afternoon, as I was deciding when to stop stitching. Can you see it? I actually like it. I don't usually plan a quilt so meticulously. It's like a little joke between my mini and me. 


Modern Mini Challenge

17 comments:

  1. Just AWESOME! What a wonderful mini! Love the hand quilting.

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  2. Oh I've been waiting to see this one finished!!!!


    Perfect!!

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  3. This is a fantastic little quilt. I love the pattern you came up with, the colors, and the hand stitching. Beautiful job!

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  4. Oh Jodi I just completely adore this!! I loved it since seeing your inspiration (which totally rocks btw!) but now it's done, the quilting just makes it. The texture looks wonderful, truly. Brings it to life! Fabulous. If I had a prize to give you I would :)

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  5. I saw the progress posts as you were planning the layout and making the quilt top. It's great to see it all finished.
    The quilting looks amazing I love all the different patterns you've used. I think quilting brings a quilt to life.
    Love it!! =D

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  6. This is great! I actually really like the texture that the quilting adds. Nice job!

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  7. Beautiful!!! I love colors!!!!!!!

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  8. this is stunning! it is amazing how solids work so well! the quilting really adds to it! x

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  9. this is stunning! it is amazing how solids work so well! the quilting really adds to it! x

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  10. this quilt is very cute. The hand quilting looks really nice :)

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  11. It looks fantastic Jodi--well done and I love the inspiration too!

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  12. It's funny that you say that. I am so drawn to your unfinished top, too. But the finished mini is lovely as well!

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  13. Hi! Your quilt is so beautiful! I love the colours and your design is wonderful! You had so great idea for your quilt!

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  14. This looks amazing in the solids!!!

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  15. Great job! I love all the colors!

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  16. This is such a great little quilt. I just discovered your blog and see so many projects I can't wait to read about! --- Christy

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I so love your comments! I read all of them and reply when I can. If you don't hear back, I'm lost under a mound of scraps or outside jumping on the trampoline with the kids. Jodi. xx