May 04, 2017

TGIFF - Mix it Up! in Make Modern

Welcome to TGIFF! I'm not sure how we're at the end of the first week of May already, but the calendar tells me that's where we are 😊

I'm excited to finally get to share my Mix it Up! mini quilt. It's in the latest issue of Make Modern magazine, which was just released today. They've also included a lovely profile of me in this issue, for which I am incredibly honoured.
Mix it up mini quilt | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
I had fun turning the traditional orange peel block into a colour play wall quilt. I chose blue, yellow and green, but you could mix red and blue for purple, red and white for pink...there are so many possibilities!
Mix it up mini quilt | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com

This is my second quilt using black to create a faux border (the first one is my Love Birds quilt). I love how it frames the quilt. It could also be interesting to try the same idea with a different colour, so I don't think this is the last time you'll see the faux border.

I thought for days about how to quilt the solid grey background. I considered flow quilting, but had just finished a heavily-quilted project (which I still can't show you), so I wasn't really in the mood for that. I considered a swirl-hook design, but that just didn't feel right either...this went on and on and on. Finally, with the deadline approaching, I echo quilted around one set of orange peels and then sat staring at the machine for a moment, needing to just make the decision and Get. It. Done. Already! And that's when I thought of matchstick quilting and I'm so glad I did. I love how it looks! It adds interest while still allowing the orange peels to be the focus.
Mix it up mini quilt | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
Isn't that texture fantastic? I don't think there's an actual straight line in the whole quilt, but they look straight from a distance, so that's all that matters 😉
Mix it up mini quilt | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
Mix it Up! finishes at 36" square and is made with machine applique orange peels. It would be fun in prints or solids and there's lots of negative space for quilting, if you can decide what to fill it with!

Now I can't wait to see what you've finished lately 😊 Link it up and then don't forget to visit and comment on some of the other links. It's more fun when we all celebrate finishes together!



12 comments:

  1. Very clever! Love the name and the way you mixed two colors. It's a great design, and the quilting is *perfect*!

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  2. I like it! The colors are so bold - refreshing!

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  3. Love the match stick quilting! It really lets the orange peels be the star of the show...every star needs a strong supporting cast :)

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  4. Beautiful finish and congratulations on getting to share it!

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  5. Congratulations on the publication. It is a lovely quilt. I love the bright colors!

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  6. Congrats and what a beautiful quilt! I think your quilting was a perfect choice and I love the bright center!

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  7. Lovely quilt, very eye catching and a great colour mix. The black does frame it beautifully.

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  8. Your quilt is stunning! An orange peel is on my "to do" list now.

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  9. I love that you pointed out there isn't a straight line anywhere but they look straight from a distance and that's all that matters. Lightbulb moment for me! I have tried straight line quilting FMQ style and it looks similar to yours and I thought it was going to be too wobbly. It really DOES look good from a distance! That quilt is a beauty, by the way.

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  10. This is such a fun design, and your quilting decision was perfect, I think!! Lovely finish! I'll have to read the profile, too--Quilt Theory is featured in this issue of Make Modern as well!! What fun! <3

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  11. Beautiful. I love that quilt so much :)

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