Transparency Candy Mini Quilt
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Transparency Candy Mini Quilt

In January, The Quilter’s Planner hosted a month long photo challenge on Instagram. On January 16th, for the photo prompt “Sketch”, I drew out a mini quilt design (click on the link to see my original sketch). Today, I get to share with you the finished mini quilt that was made based on that sketch! I call this mini quilt “Transparency Candy” because the shapes of the purple remind me of a candy with a twisted candy wrapper.

Transparency Candy Mini Quilt

Transparency Candy Mini Quilt

This mini quilt was made as a Patreon reward, and my patron requested that I do something with transparency but perhaps instead of layering a color tone to mix primary colors to create a secondary color. Which is another fun way of playing with a transparency design and one I had been hoping to explore, so this was a really fun mini quilt to design, make, and create!

Transparency Candy Mini Quilt

Transparency Candy Mini Quilt

Picking fabric from my stash for this mini quilt was a bit challenging. I wasn’t in love with my all solids pull, and my all print fabric pull did not have enough contrast between the dark and light tones. Several people suggested doing a combination of solids and prints (including from the patron who is receiving this quilt), and once I allowed myself to blend solids and prints, I was much happier with the final fabric pull.

Transparency Candy Mini Quilt

Transparency Candy Mini Quilt

I used 3 different 50wt Aurifil thread colors (with matching bobbin thread) to quilt this mini quilt: 2735 (Medium Blue), 4225 (Eggplant), and 2250 (Red). I knew that I wanted the center quilting to be pebbles and that the surrounding area would be rings of color to help emphasize the concept of blending that is necessary to mix blue and red to create purple. My husband suggested to flip that quilting for the outer edges, and I thought it was a great solution. He also really wants the square spiral quilting in the dark purple edges to be known as the “pyramid” motif. 🙂

Transparency Candy Mini Quilt

Transparency Candy Mini Quilt

The back of the mini quilt is another purple print from my stash, and I added hanging tabs to all four corners so that the recipient can orient the quilt in whatever manner she finds pleasing. I machine stitched on the binding using more 50wt Aurifl 4225 (Eggplant).

Linking up with Finish It Friday.

33 thoughts on “Transparency Candy Mini Quilt

  1. Patti Dale says:

    I am totally inspired! It’s awesome!

  2. Cindy says:

    The quilting brings a lovely flow to the piece. I think the combination of prints and solids is great.

  3. Alison says:

    This is just gorgeous! I actually have some of that purple backing fabric myself! The quilting you did adds so much too the piece without being distracting.

  4. jayne says:

    I have never really played with transparency in any way. You seem to have mastered it and give me hope to try it one day! Great job and the quilting is wonderful!

  5. Beth LaMotte says:

    Wow! After reading your inspiration for the design and color, and seeing this gorgeous quilt, I am now craving some of that purple candy you mentioned as it is a well remembered childhood favorite! What a wonderful quilt!

  6. Lovely how you followed the design to quilt the outer part! Pearl Bracelets are great because they really are almost solids. 🙂

  7. Jolie says:

    Wow! This is great! Very dramatic and happy at the same time!

  8. Yvonne, love the way this turned out. I think this was the perfect choice from the fabric pull selections you posted earlier.

  9. Jan O says:

    I love how the quilting enhances the geometric shapes in this quilt. Good use of color blending. When you’re ready for more than primary-plus-primary-makes-secondary, google “additive and subtractive color mixing.”

  10. Ben says:

    It turned out great. I like the mixing of colors. In addition to Jan O’s suggestion, it is fun to try different layer blending modes in Photoshop to see different blending effects.

    The quilting is great, and I like that you allowed for hanging in any orientation.

  11. Your quilting is a perfect finish, and the Pyramid a fitting name. And four hanging corners, what a thought, so it can hang either or any way.

  12. Preeti says:

    Oh, wow! The colors, the quilting… I love everything about this piece!!

  13. Cathy says:

    Such a pretty modern quilt! I love it!

  14. Paula S. Pike says:

    Yvonne, this is absolutely stunning. I don’t do much with red and blue but this is definitely a masterpiece.

  15. Tish says:

    I really love that you mixed prints with solids on this one. The colors down to the quilting just makes the entire piece sing. Congrats on this finish and I’m sure its new owner will LOVE it.

  16. Really love the design of your quilt !

  17. Shauna T says:

    I love the mix of prints and solids, and the quilting it awesome!!!

  18. Jen says:

    This is an inspiring piece! I love the curves and the detail brought forth with the quilting! Great finish

  19. Miriam says:

    That is intriguing! Your patron should be totally pleased. What amazing quilting as always!

  20. Lisa says:

    This is quite a bit bigger than I realized. The transparency worked out very well with the combination of pattern and solids.

  21. Very pretty! Love the colors and the transparency affect. You definitely nailed the idea.

  22. OK how do you make your quilting lines so perfect! This quilt is another great creation, Yvonne!

  23. Kaja says:

    I always enjoying it when you play around with transparency. In this quilt I particularly like the combination of prints and solids and the way all the prints have some sort of circle pattern – it’s those little details that really lift a piece.

  24. Izzy says:

    This is gorgeous Yvonne! The quilting is fabulous.

  25. Carie says:

    Oh that is clever! And gorgeous, I love the colour and the quilting – what a beautiful mini 🙂

  26. This turned out so beautifully (no surprise). I really enjoy watching your projects come together.

  27. Vera says:

    What a great texture you have created by quilting! Neat pattern!

  28. What a fun design. I like the color transparency in your quilt and I love the quilting!

  29. Wow. It’s awesome. Another great finish.

  30. Love this quilt Yvonne and it’s actually bigger than I thought it was from the IG photos. What a great idea to put hanging corners on all 4 corners!

  31. Kristie Cook says:

    Wow! So much texture! It just makes you want to reach out and touch it. 🙂

  32. I love the mix of solids and prints in this quilt. It’s an added layer of interest, along with the transparency. The quilting is beautiful too 🙂

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