Chalk & Paint Thread Painted Mini Quilt!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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!)
I am thrilled with my finished mini quilt! Now what will you be inspired to make?
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
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 🙂