Sunday, February 20, 2011

an inspired mini-quilt

My husband's birthday is today and one gift I gave him is a small quilt that I just finished. He's a minimalist painter and has been a fan of Denyse Schmidt since I introduced him to her work. He especially loves this quilt that was included in her recent exhibition at the University of Bridgeport.

(photo of Denyse's Hope as the Anchor of the Soul, Mount Lebanon Series, Quilt #3 courtesy of Heide at

So, I wanted to make him something that was a a bit influenced by Denyse's work, and also inspired by his paintings, like this one.

This is what I came up with.

It's a small, improvisational block, made entirely of solid cottons. The main color, backing, and binding is Kona Ready to Dye (which I accidentally picked up at Jo-Ann's, thinking it was Kona Snow), the darker greyish color is Moda Bella in Weathered Teak, the lighter grey is Bella Stone, and the blue is Bella Blue Raspberry. I really love how these colors work together.

It's quilted with quarter-inch vertical lines, and it's been washed and dried to get the yummy, crinkly texture that I love so much.

I think this little blue square is kind of fun, too.

And remember that I told you the quilt is improvisational? It totally is...while I was quilting it, there was apparently a scrap piece of batting that was stuck to the back of the quilt.

I didn't notice it at all while I was sewing, and it's now attached by thirteen rows of stitches. I showed it to to Jeff and told him that I could try to cut it out or rip the stitches, but he said it didn't bother him at all. Besides, he's going to hang this in his office at school, so nobody will ever see it.
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