Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Paisley Moon mini quilt

Paisley Moon mini quilt: measures about 16.5" x 16".

Earlier this year the Blue Moon Quilters (a small group of friends that sometimes get together) decided to do another mini quilt swap.  The theme this year was to make a moon mini quilt.  I spent a LOT of time thinking about what to make for Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl (my random draw this time).  Finally I decided on a large crescent moon with detailed paisley free motion quilting!

Paisley Moon mini quilt: crescent quilting detail--I used Aurifil Silver Moon #4060 variegated thread so there would be a slightly darker areas to suggest the darker marias on the moon.  It's subtle, but they aren't as noticeable during crescent moons anyway.

Both sides of the moon are appliqued on.  I made as accurate a moon template as possible (using an ellipse for the crescent inner curve) and used Kona Silver and Pepper (which is actually a very dark navy and not at all a grey or black).

Paisley Moon mini quilt: the dark side of the moon quilting detail.  I used 28wt Aurifil Dark Pewter #2630 which is the darkest grey I have that wouldn't completely disappear on the Kona Pepper.

I used two layers of Quilter's Dream Orient because I had large enough scraps and hate messing around with my wool (I have a mild wool allergy, plus its stinks like sheep, but I have like super human smelling sensitivity).

Paisley Moon mini quilt: the back!

The back is Kona Charcoal, and I used mostly matching Aurifil 50wt threads in the bobbin.  The organic straight line quilting is Aurifil Dark Navy #2784.  Going around some of the stars really helped break up the monotony of FMQ those lines, ha.

Paisley Moon mini quilt: back of the crescent moon quilting detail.  The bobbin thread is Aurifil Aluminum #2615.

Here's the quilt label I made in a hurry.  I literally thought "2007" before writing it and then my brain clicked and I was like UGH wrong decade.

Paisley Moon mini quilt: simple quilt label

One of our members, Sara @BlueQuailStudio moved to Michigan recently, so unfortunately wasn't able to make our swap meeting, but here are the other 3 quilts!  I was gifted the one on the right, made by Afton at Quilting Mod:

Blue Moon Quilters mini quilt swap!  Left quilt made by Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl.


  1. This is beautiful! And I'm sure Yvonne will love it with her huge interest in all things space related.

  2. Oh, this is just cute - I really, really love the paisley quilting on the moon.

  3. Oh my GOSH!! That must be HOURS of quilting in the little quilt! Of the three pictured, yours is definitely my fave! Beautiful!

  4. They are all three beautiful! I'll just bet Yvonne was 'over the moon' when she received hers!

  5. I love your quilting on this one, Renee! The stars in the background are such a fun detail and those paisleys are stunning.

  6. I really appreciate the detail and thought you put into the mini quilt, Renee, especially the accuracy of representing the crescent moon with an ellipse! The Kona Pepper actually seems quite fitting for the "dark side" of the moon as it is still so visible to the naked eye. I'm so lucky to have another one of your beautifully quilted minis on my wall!! :)

  7. Wow! This is incredible!! Such a simple idea but completely transformed into a beautiful piece of art with all the quilting. I'm so glad you shared the picture. :)