I just returned home from Greenville, South Carolina, where I had the pleasure of spending time with the Greenville Modern Quilt Guild for a lecture and workshop. My good friend, Cheryl from Meadow Mist Designs, is part of the guild and I had the pleasure of staying with her while I was there. Because I was flying coast to coast, I planned to arrive on Thursday to be ready for a Friday night lecture, leaving my early Friday open. Cheryl suggested I consider participating in a challenge with a few other local friends: using a photograph, create a block, mini block, or mini quilt, and we would get together as a group on Friday to see the results. It sounded like fun, and I liked the the photograph for the challenge, a grouping of pansies.
I took one look at the pansies and all I could see was my Diffraction Block. A quick sketch on some scratch paper and I was convinced that with a combination of piecing techniques (curves, improv and the diffraction block), that I could create a fun pieced pansy.
For the lower half of the pansy, I pieced a yellow circle inset into a white background. Then using Kona Royal, I created 2 Diffraction blocks. After the blocks were created, I added in the purple triangles where the blocks meet.
For the upper half of the pansy, I left out the center ray in each Diffraction block and improv pieced in large arcs using Kona Royal as a frame after the block was complete.
After the mini was pieced together, I also chose to round the lower two corners to make the pansy feel more “cropped in”. I matched Kona Royal binding at the top and used a bias binding in green to finish the mini. The mini quilt finished at 21″ tall and 21″ wide.
I used a combination of Aurifil thread:
- 28wt 2135 (Yellow – outlining the yellow wedges),
- 50wt 4225 (Eggplant – outlining the inserted lines and straight line quilting in the background),
- 50wt 2024 (White – quilting the background), and
- 50wt 2870 (Green – hand stitching down the binding).
Linking up with Brag About Your Beauties.