Friday, January 8, 2016

Purple Paisley Portholes mini quilt

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.

17 comments:

  1. Hehe, I found the snail! :) Before I read your comment about FMQ detail on the back, I was going to say that I always love looking at your quilt backs. Those vines!! This is so pretty and Judy is super lucky!

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  2. You are not kidding!! Judy (me LOL) is super duper lucky!! LOVE it!! Love that you added a snail, it screams RENEE! :) This quilt makes me smile and I have been looking at it all day!! THANK YOU, Renee! It seems like we have been thinking/talking/plotting forever but it was SO worth the wait!! :) Definitely doing the happy dance!

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    1. PS I am working on my blog post right now - it will be up soon!! :D

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  3. OMG that is so amazing. I love everything about it. What a treasure to have Judy.

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  4. I love the purple thread against the linen, and once again I'm in love with the back of the quilt. I like quilt backs and I cannot lie (keep that out of your head... sorry / not sorry). Mwahahaha, I love a good snail hunt! :)

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    1. Also, doodle quilting. This needs to be discussed at greater length. The perfect word / phrase exists, we need to find it and own it.

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  5. You and Judy are wonderful free motion quilters and so much enjoy seeing what you both are creating. This is amazing!

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  6. You and Judy are wonderful free motion quilters and so much enjoy seeing what you both are creating. This is amazing!

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  7. This is truly incredible, I am sure sh must be thrilled with it. x

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  8. Ahhhh Renee... this is sooo amazing! It was brilliant to add paisleys an the intricacy of what you quilted is just incredible! I found the little snail too, LOL. You really rock at freestyle FMQ! Ooh maybe that's what you and Yvonne could call it, LOL. Like when a skater or a skier gets to express their athletic abilities in a completely original, but well thought out, artistic way.

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    1. Sorry, I got a little LOL happy there.

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  9. Total #CreativeGoodness.

    QuiltShopGal
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  10. Beautiful! I still need to finish my circle sample quilt.

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  11. Beautiful, and not at all boring! Maybe it would have been without all the flow quilting...seems from Yvonne's discussion that that's the new term...but the quilting makes it sing!

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  12. I know your quilting is amazing, but FOUR different circle methods? That is clever!

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  13. As always your quilting has be gobsmacked - you two were perfect swap partners for each other!

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  14. I love the orange peels! I like the echoing around them, and how it makes them look both refined and sketchy.

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