|Purple Paisley Portholes mini quilt, measures 16" x 22.5"|
Back in May of last year Judy at Quilt Paradigm and I agreed to swap mini quilts around the end of the year. Well, it's pretty close to the end of 2015, and we were both on the same schedule (the quilts were even delivered on the same day!), so that's close enough. You can go see the amazing quilt Judy made for me over on her blog!
|Purple Paisley Portholes: quilted paisley #1|
My only plans for Judy's quilt was for there to be lots of free motion quilting (she's pretty awesome with free motion quilting!) and purple (her favorite color).
|Purple Paisley Portholes: quilted paisley #2|
But after months of trying to come up with some awesome design I had nothing. So before heading to Quilt Bliss in November I decided whatever I made in the circles class would be purple and then I'd turn it into something for Judy.
|Purple Paisley Portholes: quilted paisley #3|
Still, it was over a month before I finally took the circles (made using 4 different methods) and turned them into a quilt top. I just wasn't feeling inspired by the circles (and hadn't come up with anything better), when finally I decided to just put a paisley in the center of each and then doodle quilt on the rest of the quilt!
|Purple Paisley Portholes: quilted paisley #4|
I used various purple fabrics from my stash on a natural linen fabric (which is not the best for detailed FMQ, btw). I used two layers of batting--Warm and Natural and Quilter's Dream wool.
|Purple Paisley Portholes: mini quilt back|
I used Aurifil medium lavender (#2540) and medium purple (#2545) to add lots of interest to this otherwise simple (okay, boring) quilt! And I matched the thread color in the bobbin so the back would be just as pretty as the front.
|Purple Paisley Portholes: back double orange peel quilting detail|
Are you wondering if there is a snail in this quilt? Why, yes, yes there is. If you need a hint, check out the photo of paisley #1.