Monday, February 13, 2012

Modern Mini Challenge

Modern Mini Challenge
I was very excited when Jennifer asked me to participate in her blog hop for the Modern Mini Challenge.  Mini quilts have been on my mind this year.  I've wanted to try several more difficult blocks and techniques, but don't want to commit to a large quilt, hence mini quilts.  It's a fabulous way to try new ideas without the commitment. 

I rarely do traditional blocks, but for a very long time I've wanted to try a New York Beauty block.  There are so many different designs, and they are all pretty much amazing.  Through Pinterest I ran across this collection of blocks by Donna Duquette.  (Edit 2/21/13: The blocks are no longer posted at the previous link. I do not have any additional information regarding where to access these blocks). I fell in with #4 and had to make it--as in, I started that night.



 





I had a lot of fun with the design process.  I'm a bit addicted to designing with the color wheel right now so that's the direction I headed.

I found that piecing these curves was the hardest part for me. 




I debated quite a bit on how to quilt this guy.  The outer corners were tough.  I ended up using my trusty hera marker to mark my lines on the charcoal fabric. (I ended up remarking the lines shown in the following picture.  I decided the ones you see below were just too close together.)

First I marked and stitched my reference line. 

The rest of my stitching was based from this line.  For each new row of quilting, I aligned my ruler 1" from the beginning of the previous line and a 1/4" from the edge of the circle.  Then I marked this line with the hera marker.  The stitching began creating a fan effect as I continued adding lines.  I first marked and stitched my lines starting from the right side of my reference line.  Then I added stitching lines marked from the left side of my reference line.

This picture shows the stitched lines marked from the right side.

Now both sides are complete.

After I finished all the quilting and even attached the binding, I realized I wasn't happy with the circular quilting in the center.  I unpicked all of it and requilted that section.

I'm much happier with the final result.

Thanks again to Jennifer for hosting the Modern Mini Challenge.  Don't forget the great prizes and schedule.

Fabulous prizes donated by the Fat Quarter Shop:
  • 2 Fat Quarter bundles of the complete line from Denyse Schmidt’s reprint of the Flea Market Fancy line for the Viewer’s Choice Awards
  • $100 gift certificate for James’ choice award
  • 2 $75 gift certificates for the Luck-of-the-draw awards.
 Start working on your mini quilt to enter! The contest to link up starts March 5th!
  • 2/6/12 - 2/19/12 Weeks 1 & 2: Inspiration Weeks- MMC bloggers share their modern minis and kick-start your creativity plus information about the prizes from our sponsors!
  • 2/20/12 - 3/4/12 Weeks 3 & 4: Sew. Sew. Sew! Work on those minis and create your Modern Mini Challenge piece.
  • 3/5/12 - 3/9/12 Week 5: Link up your Modern Mini Challenge piece at Ellison Lane Quilts, voting begins and winners are announced on the 9th!

76 comments:

  1. That's pretty insane, Kati. Wowza. Nice job!!

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  2. Amazing Kati! What an awesome mini.

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  3. wowee wow wow!!!! Simply AMAZING! Did you draft the pattern yourself? I would have a really hard time with fabric selection on a color wheel, your color choices are just lovely lovely! And the quilting is gorgeous!

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  4. Kati this is stunning!
    Thanks so much for being a part of the blog hop. It's wonderful to have you join us. :)

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  5. This is just stunning! I need to add this to my wish list....

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  6. Absolutely amazing! Your quilting is just breathtaking! I love all of the teeny tiny lines that meet in the center, wow! And I can't believe you unpicked all of the circular quilting, but the end result was totally worth it, wow!

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  7. Oh wow, that looks absolutely fab, and the quilting is out of this world!

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  8. Stunning!!! The colors, and the quilting are beautiful! Love it!

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  10. Wow! I totally love that mini, it is just excellent!!

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  11. That's beautiful! I don't think i'd ever have the patience to unpick and requilt something.

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  12. I already thudded over this one...I need to make it now...STUNNING!

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  13. This is so awesome, there are no words! wow. Just beautiful.

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  14. Kati, my gosh that is AMAZING!! Your piecing and quilting are crazy perfect! Love it.

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  15. What a stunner this one is!! Great to see your process for the piecing and those incredible quilting lines!!!

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  16. beautiful! the quilting is so mathematically precise looking!

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  17. Another amazing quilt. Thanks for sharing Kati.

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  18. Love this mini - the colours and design are fabulous and the quilting - perfect! Thank you for sharing how you did it on the corners.

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  19. Stunning! I love the quilting. It reminds me of the spirograph I used to play with as a kid.

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  20. ok, do you mean to be such an over-achiever or does it just happen effortlessly?! You're killing me with how gorgeous this is! Always SO impressed with you and your beautiful work. Thanks for the inspiration :-)

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  21. Wow!!!!!
    That is just so beautiful and your quilting is amazing!
    What a wonderful Mini!

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  22. I am in awe!!!! Wow - that is gorgeous. The quilting could not be more perfect!

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  23. Stunning!! Did anyone have a Spirograph when they were a kid? That's what this reminds me of!

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  24. GASP! This is UNBELIEVABLE! Kati, it's incredible. I agree that the quilting is insanely perfect.

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  25. Absolutely fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!

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  26. I love how you used the lighter colors on the inside and the darker colors on the inside. And that quilting is amazing! I agree that the current circle quilting was a great choice. Nice job!

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  27. Kati, the stitching on this is absolutely incredible! Wow!

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  28. You are so inspiring and talented Katy! Stunning mini.

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  29. What a stunner! I attempted this block the other week, but enlarged the pattern so I could make one of the same size with only a quarter of the piecing. So I definitely admire your precision!

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  30. Wow! Your quilt is absolutely stunning! I love everything about it. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

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  31. This is gorgeous, very inspiring...and I LOVE that quilting in the corners, it was worth the effort :)

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  32. Kati, you have done it again!! Absolutely beautifil.
    I _need_ to make this as a wall hanging for my future sewing room - simple no way to escape that :) The thing that makes it even more fantastic is your use of colours - love it!

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  33. Kati, this is great! The quilting is perfect!

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  34. Holy Cow!! Bea-u-ti-ful !! Your wallhanging is so Gorgeous, I really want to make it. Love that you did the color wheel. Thanks for sharing how you did your quilting, it really finishes it off. I do like your second center you did as well. Thanks for a great burst of inspiration!

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  35. Speechless, (for once!), it's incredible Kati x

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  36. WOW, that is stunning! Congrats on a fabulous mini!

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  37. Stunning and the quilting is brilliant. Well done!

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  38. I already gushed over this mini on Flickr, but I had to come to your blog for some more! It's just amazing, Kati!

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  39. Woweeee! That is one beautiful quilt and gorgeous stitching!! I love it!!

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  40. Wow! That is absolutely stunning! I especially love the quilting - it reminds me of patterns I used to make at school.

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  41. This is absolutely so amazing. And the quilting. Wow!

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  42. I CAN NOT believe this quilt!! I often look at a quilt and think I'd probably change this color or do this a bit different. NOT this time, I wouldn't change a thing; it is absolutely gorgeous. PERFECT!

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  43. Wow its amazing and your quilting on here looks stunning, you were definitelt right to unpick and re-do that centre it has made it absolutely perfect

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  44. OOoooooh, wow, love this Kati! NY Beauty is on my WHIMM list (Work Hidden in My Mind) and your bright, fresh colors really appeal. Great quilting tips -love it!

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  45. Wow! It's an amazing mini! I love the way your straight quilting lines complemented the round piecing! Thanks for doing a tutorial for that!

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  46. i am so glad for the blog hop so that i came across your blog!. i love your work. and this mini quilt, wow.thanks for sharing.

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  47. beautiful! Just beautiful! Sometime I'll try that block, too. I've seen it, too, but decided I wanted to try others before.

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  48. Wow, this is a fantastic quilt. I just love it.

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  49. That's awesome! Love every aspect, and I'm glad you explained the quilting because I was staring & trying to figure it out in the earlier photos.

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  50. Beautiful and I love the quilting, too. It makes the mini even more special.

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  51. Wow! If this doesn't win, I don't know what should! Incredible piece of fabric art!

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  52. This is really spectacular! I love it!

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  53. Kati, this is wonderful, great work!! thanks for sharing and please pat yourself on the shoulder for this gem, it really is amazing :-)
    Claudia

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  54. What is there to say, but: wow, amazing, awesome, fantastic, ooohhhhh ahhhhhh! I mean really Kati it's amazing all that you do :) This is inspiring for sure. Thank You so much and I hope your having a great day!

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  55. fantastic quilt! And the quilting is just spectacular! Thanks for showing us how you did it!

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  56. This beauty made me sign up for the group. Your wonderful quilting reminds me of the nail and thread pictures from the 70s.

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  57. Beautiful!! And I love the quilting design.

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  58. That is breathtaking, especially the quilting.

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  59. yep, Love it! and great quitling!

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  60. Hi Kati, do you know where I can find the pattern for the circle of geese around the outside? I love that addition to the NY Beauty and I'd like to make one that way. I found one like it but it only makes a 12" block. Not big enough.

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  61. Nevermind, I found it. Thanks for the inspiration.

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