I'm always up for a challenge! Especially if it's fabric related. I am a very devoted blog hopper and happened upon this blog some time ago. Every couple of months I start again at the beginning of the list (there are only around 200 or so ;o) and just wander down the list till it's time to start again. It's so inspiring to see what all the blogger folks are up to and I just love finding new blogs, I mean... things to make, a new technique to try... you name it, I love it all.
A couple weeks ago I was checking in on Ellison Lane Quilts again and noticed there was a challenge to make a modern miniature quilt. I have been wanting to make another tree quilt using a pattern for Lilly Pilly by Australian designer Kellie Wulfsohn/Don't Look Now. I already made one regular size for my mom's 60th birthday and had all of her friends attending her surprise party sign a leaf. It turned out very neat. So... for the last year and a half I wanted to make one for myself. I decided to reduce it to half size and had the pattern reduced and ready to go when I came across the Modern Mini Challenge. I decided to kick it into gear and give myself a deadline to get it done! Of course, the Flea Market Fancy FQ's were a wonderful incentive as well. After some careful planning and discussion with my Robert Kaufman classic and bright charm squares, I knew what color all 148 leaves wanted to be. There are 74 colors.
The quilting inspiration came along just a few days ago when I was on yet another blog. The leafy branches really fit with the leaves of the tree. I practiced it with paper and pen and I am pretty happy with how it turned out. I used pebble quilting in and around the colored leaves and still need some practice on that... it's very "organic".
So here is my Modern Mini Challenge entry...
18.5" x 30"
74 Kona Colored leaves raw edge appliqued under white tulle
on Kona White background with Kona Black binding.