Two weeks ago, Stephanie @Late Night Quilter ordered a mini quilt through my Etsy store to support my blog. When I asked her if she had any preferences for what I make her, she responded, “I would love something in the colors you often work with … Blues. I love shades of Aqua the most.” I had some free time to sketch out some ideas, and I really liked one option for its ability to have a bit of color transparency fun (of course I liked that about the design!). Heading to my stash, I thought that nothing really says aqua quite like the StudioE Prisms in Aqua print.
In fact, I was not sure what I wanted to call this block design until I used the Prisms print. After piecing the top together, I thought its resemblance to the way sunlight bounces around at the bottom of a pool in the summer was striking, so I called the design and mini quilt “Pool Tile”.
I thought that a bit of straight line quilting, using 50wt Aurifil 1125, would help enhance the bouncing light and reflection idea. I like how the unquilted diamonds puffy out a bit much like the bright spots of sunlight glinting off of water.
I don’t have a local pool that I can visit, but that would have been a fun photo shoot! Instead, I hung the quilt up on the play structure at the park near my home, and I thought the light wind puffing it out into a sail was fun.
The coordinating solids in the quilt top are Kona Baby Blue and Kona Oasis (which is also the binding). The mini quilt finished at 24.25-inches square.
I used Kona Bone for the backing and added two hanging tabs in the corners. When I see quilting designs on the back of quilts, I think that I should explore some whole cloth quilts at some point. So many ideas!
I plan to work on writing a mini quilt tutorial to share with you for this quilt in early February, so stay tuned!