Journal 9 – Chalk and Paint Blog Tour!

Chalk & Paint Thread Painted Mini Quilt!

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I was excited to find out that I was chosen to participate in the Chalk & Paint blog tour to showcase Sew Caroline’s newest fabric collection Chalk & Paint. I have always admired the vibrancy and whimsy that shines through in her fabric design and clothes patterns.
I fell in love with the Sprightly color way because of the mix of soft pastels and pops of bright colors, and I knew this was the perfect color way to show off my mini quilt.

IMG_4123   When I began designing this mini I challenged myself to go outside my box, to not just create a traditional mini quilt that consisted of perfectly symmetrical borders in a square shape, but to embrace the modern style and leave my comfort zone. I really took into consideration Sew Caroline’s inspiration of street art and tried to encompass that essence throughout my design. I knew I wanted to delve into mixed medias and improv quilting.   IMG_4156  IMG_4158  IMG_4164 IMG_4168  IMG_4170

I started by capturing the circular motion and fluidity you feel from the Sprayed Blooms print and translating that into a fun and whimsical thread painting. To create the same motion in the thread painting I actually applied the thread in the exact same motion your eye follows, so that if you look closely the thread flows in the same direction as the pattern. I used Aurifil 50 wt thread for the thread painting!

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I decided to showcase the hydrangea using cutouts from a variety of Chalk & Paint fabrics for the petals. I loved how the mix of fabrics in the hydrangea paired so well with calming solids in the thread painting.

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For the background I really wanted to keep it subdued and modern but with a twist, so I chose to add improv chunks of the Writings on Walls print and coordinating AGF solids. (This was way outside my comfort zone!) I thought the solids would keep the background subtle, yet the text print (which I love!) would add unexpected pops of texture.

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So my favorite part of the whole design might be surprising but it was not the thread painting! My favorite design element was the triangles.

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From the moment I saw the Triangle Brush Varnish print I knew I had to figure out a way to recreate that into a block. I decided to paper piece tiny strips of the Chalk and Paint fabrics to make the triangles.

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I wanted the triangles to look as if they were falling off the edges of the mini quilt. Some of the triangles I left whole to truly show off the gorgeous fabric, while others were chopped and pieced to appear floating. (If you look closely you will actually see a few triangles that are made of Chalk & Paint selvages.)

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For my quilting I stuck with the freeform, street art theme and did my version of graffiti quilting. The improv piecing created many seams and intersections in the background, so I decided to enhance that by free motion quilting a different design in each space. I decided to leave a few blocks and triangles unquilted to add dimension. I quilted he mini with Aurifil 50 wt thread.

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To finish off the Chalk & Paint mini quilt and tie all the elements together I bound it in the Dripping Paint print (stripe binding of course!). The mini is roughly 24 inches by 26 inches finished.

Here are a few extra photos of the mini hanging by street art, I am not sure what could be more perfect. (Don’t you just love the gum ball machine!)

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I am thrilled with my finished mini quilt! Now what will you be inspired to make?

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Check out the other stops on the Chalk & Paint Blog Tour for your inspiration!

Cristy Stuhldreher http://www.iloveyousew.com

Katie Skoog http://www.TheSimpleLifeCompany.com/blog

Jenn Thurston http://www.quiltedthimblecottage.com/blogs/quilts-and-conversations

Robin Hill http://www.patternrevolution.com

Alicia Bruce http://www.loveknotphoto.com/blog

Holly Hughes http://www.hollygetsquilty.com

Christopher Thompson http://www.thetattooedquilter.com

Alexis Wright http://mysweetsunshinestudio.com/

Adrianna Appl http://www.heyjunehandmade.com

Taylor Urban http://www.taylormadecreates.com

Hayley Crouse http://www.welcometothemousehouse.com

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And last but certainly not least..the Instagram GIVEWAY!
Do yo want to win a full Fat Quarter bundle of Sew Caroline’s Chalk & Paint fabric?

Here is how:
• Post/repost on Instagram your favorite image from the blog tour (any photo from any blog post) crediting the maker/photographer OR the giveaway image.
• Use the hashtag #chalkandpaintgiveaway and tag @sewcaroline
• You can enter once per day
Want more info about the giveaway? Go to: sewcaroline.com/2016/02/chalk-and-paint-blog-tour.html
Happy Quilting 🙂

xx Casey

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16 thoughts on “Journal 9 – Chalk and Paint Blog Tour!

  1. Julie faircloth says:

    Casey, your work is absolutely incredible! I may have a new “crush” on you and the way you thought through the design. Thanks for sharing all the details!! What a treat!!!

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  2. Cherry Parker says:

    Casey: I love your thread painting on the Art Gallery flower print! Can you provide me with any instructions and or pointers on your technique? I love your stitching!!!

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    • Casey Taylor Threads says:

      Thank you! I have found that Aurifil thread breaks the least and peltex interfacing helps to stabilize the piece. Other than that I would say just don’t go too fast because the thread gets too thick and tends to shred or pop.

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