When I took a look yesterday afternoon, I was very excited by the Project Quilting 15.2 challenge theme: Sky Color. We are to take inspiration from the colors of the sky, but exclude or use less than 10% of the usual blue. I knew *exactly* what photograph I wanted to use as my inspiration:
I snapped a quick photograph of the stunning sunset on August 13, 2023, with my cell phone. A rain shower had passed east to west across town, and the sun setting behind the mountain lit up the sky and rain with colors I hadn’t really seen together like this before!
So, at 5:00 last night, I pulled some fabric and got started! I told myself I was going to make something quick and mug rug sized. Well, it ended up a bit larger than a mug rug, but I had the quilt top pieced after an hour. I paused to make and eat dinner, then with another hour and a half of work (for a total of 2.5 hours) I had the mini quilt complete. I waited until this morning to get photos of the finished mini quilt, though.
The mini quilt is 13¾” wide by 10¾” tall. I opted to use a traditional binding in a color that is not included in the pieced quilt top, and I machine stitched it to the back, and then top stitched the binding to the front of the quilt by machine, too.
While I was cooking dinner last night, I was thinking about how I wanted to quilt the mini quilt. Then I remembered that I have some Aurifil monofilament that I have never used before. I used the monofilament on top and a 50wt thread that matched the quilt backing: 2581 (Dark Dusty Grape). I used an 80/12 needle and my walking foot, and it worked beautifully. I even kept the same thread combination for finishing the binding.
The backing is the dark purple that is used in the upper left of the quilt top.
I had a blast with this challenge and think it’s going to inspire a lot of really beautiful quilts. I know I’ll enjoy getting to see mine on my wall for years to come!
Linking up with PQ15.2 Sky Color.