Sky Color Mini Quilt
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Sky Color Mini {Project Quilting 15.2}

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:

August 13, 2023 Rain at Sunset

August 13, 2023 Rain at Sunset

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!

Fabric Pull

Fabric Pull

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.

Sky Color Mini Quilt

Sky Color Mini Quilt

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.

Sky Color Mini Quilt - Quilting Thread

Sky Color Mini Quilt – Quilting Thread

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.

Sky Color Mini Quilt Backing

Sky Color Mini Quilt Backing

The backing is the dark purple that is used in the upper left of the quilt top.

Sky Color Mini Quilt

Sky Color Mini Quilt

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.

13 thoughts on “Sky Color Mini {Project Quilting 15.2}

  1. What a stunning photo, and you captured it so well in fabric! I love this, Yvonne! Fun to see it on the wall with your gecko, too! I just finished mine – it was. fun challenge!

  2. Judy B says:

    That is a really cool interpretation of “Sky Colors”! Love the splash of yellow and orange in the corner!

  3. Kathleen McCormick says:

    What an amazing photo and a fun quilt that you made. I really love the piecing and the way it mimics the photo. PQ 15.2 is another fun prompt for the books.

  4. Stunning quilt and photograph!

  5. Cocoa Quilts says:

    That is a beautiful picture!!! I could sit for hours and watch the changes of that sunset! Love your quilt interpretation!!!

  6. Lovely! and so ‘you’ in design. Love your wall of art with the new piece and the gecko, incorporating a rainbow with your threads and supplies.

  7. Kate says:

    You captured the colors and drama from your photo really well. Love the simple quilting, very effective. It’s been fun to see how everyone interprets the challenge.

  8. Oh wow!! I really love how you used that photo – and you were able to capture the radiating light!! this is a perfect one!!!

  9. Danice G says:

    Beautiful mini quilt and fabrics. Great inspiration from your photograph.

  10. J Mur says:

    You completely nailed that inspiration photo! Well done!

  11. Kim Lapacek says:

    I absolutely adore this piece! I could look at it for ages! Great interpretation of the photo.

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  13. quiltinglearningcombo says:

    Hi Yvonne, I love how you abstracted your image to make the quilt. It’s really great.

I really appreciate the time and thought you take to comment, and I look forward to conversing with you. :)