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Monday, March 5, 2012

Modern Mini Quilt Challenge: Rainbow Lake

I don't know if you've heard about the Modern Mini Quilt Challenge happening at Ellison Lane Quilts, but it's kind of a big deal. ;) The prizes are awesome, and it's been fun seeing all the mini's popping up all over blogland! Originally I wasn't going to enter, but after racing to finish a lot of swap items last week, I needed a time out to sew something for me! I whipped this out just in time! :)


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I call it "Rainbow Lake"


I've had this idea in my head for a long time! Every time I'd look at the circle of geese mini's I'd always see the negative space as a fun playground for color! I was going for a blending effect of the colors, where the geese were "drifting" into the color in front of them, adding the next hue of color, leaving their ripples a one step down on the color spectrum. I was originally going to have the geese be the solid color, and use prints for the "ripples", but I couldn't resist working in just solids. I love the bold effect of it!


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The quilting was fun too! It was so hard to sew on this... it was so crisp and bold, but I like how it came out in the end.

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I added some simple straight line stitching around the border in red, orange, green and teal.

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The quilt finishes up at 17.5" by 17.5"
The sashing is 2.5" wide
I used mostly all Konas, though a few colors are random fabrics I had in my stash
(I think some remnants I've collected from the fabric store over time).
I'm kind of amazed that I didn't have to go buy any fabrics to complete this, or thread for that matter!
I used the Circle of Geese pattern from Piece by Number.


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There are loads of prizes: 
2 random picks, 1 picked by Jennifer's hubby, and 2 that are viewer's choice! (crossing my fingers!! ;) I'll keep you updated if I need you to vote for me! lol - I can dream right?!) :D



Diane

24 comments:

  1. Are you sure this isn't supposed to come to me? Didn't you buy fabric lately? ;-) Just hoping haha.

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  2. So beautiful! I love your photos of this, and the quilting, too!

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  3. Gorgeous Diane, and I couldn`t have done my mini without your tutorial on piecing curves!

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  4. Oh so beautiful and so wonderful bright colours! Your design is really good!

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  5. Wow Diane, that really is gorgeous!

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  6. love!!!! what a great use of the flying geese. you're a quilting genius :)

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  7. Your opening line made me giggle..."...but it's kind of a big deal." :D I LOVE this mini. Love love how creative you have been with the use of colour and negative space. Did I mention that I love it?

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  8. This is seriously beautiful. I didn't even see the geese until I read the post. What a fabulously great way of looking at a block and making it totally unique. Love it totally!! From the piecing to the quilting.

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  9. The only thing to say is WOW! Cheers, Karen

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  10. So lovely! The quilting choice really makes the secondary pattern pop!

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  11. What a BEAUTIFUL mini quilt!

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  12. Just, simply, wonderfully lovely!

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  13. The pattern is so fun and that quilting must have been a delight to incorporate in there!

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  14. I didn't know you entered! I don't know how I missed this, but it's Beautiful!!! My favorite color is rainbows(who can choose with so many colors)And you have your colors perfectly balanced! I struggle with that.

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  15. Just lovely! Someday I hope to make one!

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  16. That's so lovely, really bright and bold. :o)

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  17. absolutely amazing! i just love it! thanks for joining my 12 in'12 challenge and linking up!

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