I created this mini quilt, which I've named Twenty Shades of Pink, for the Quilt Alliance's TWENTY 2013 Quilt Contest, Exhibition, and Auction. The theme of the challenge was really broad; basically, you could create anything that celebrates "twenty:" the numeral, the concept, the quantity, the word, etc.
It probably comes as no surprise that I would choose a simple approach to this task, so I used twenty different shades (technically speaking, hues) of pink solid cotton fabric, ranging from pale pink to deep fuchsia. I arranged the colors so that they were in order from dark to light, and then back to dark and light again, giving the quilt a bit of an ombre effect.
I sewed the twenty fabric strips together and then I cut the pieced section into three segments of varying widths, which I then rearranged and sewed back together. The quilt measures 20 inches square in accordance with the guidelines of the challenge.
I machine quilted it with straight lines of stitches in pink cotton quilting thread.
And I used a solid light gray cotton for the binding and backing, which I thought worked well and didn't compete with all of the pinks.
My favorite part of this quilt is that little strip of patchwork at the bottom. I love it, and I think it really makes the design, if I do say so myself.
And I think this design would look really stunning as a bed sized quilt, don't you? Large strips of solid pink fabrics, or perhaps twenty hues of another color? Blue would be kind of amazing....
Twenty Shades of Pink will be on display at the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo in Paducah later this year, as well as some other venues, and it will be auctioned off as a benefit for the Quilt Alliance. I'll keep you posted on the auction as it gets closer.