I've decided to enter Tesseract into the Modern Mini Quilt Challenge at Ellison Lane Quilts. It was a toss up between this one and my PTS10 pillow - but Tesseract won out, the main reason being this challenge was all about trying something new, which I did on several levels with this mini.
I designed this for the Emerald Challenge earlier this year, and used a new-to-me block (the Kaleidoscope block) for it. The greens are all Oakshott cottons, and the background is a mixture of low volume grey fabrics (Architextures, Simply Colour grey ombre and a Sweetwater text print). The inspiration for the layout comes from emerald gems, and also Lizzy House's Diamond Mountain quilt, which uses these blocks in a similar way.
I used two layers of bamboo batting for this mini quilt - I love the extra loft it's given without the puff that comes from polyester batting. I didn't want too much puff on this one, but did want the greens to pop a bit more than they would with a single layer. Having said that, I'm not sure that it was such a good plan to go down the no-binding path. Getting it to fold over at the back was a bit of a challenge. Also, my corners are quite rounded, and I'm not sure how flat it will sit when it's hanging. Which it still isn't. Ahem.
It is pieced and quilted entirely using Aurifil 50wt thread (2021 and 2865) - I love that the quilting blends into the background so well (although it blended so well while quilting I did have a bit of trouble seeing where I was going ;o) ) I really loved doing angular quilting too - a first for me, but definitely not the last. I really want to make a triangle quilt and quilt it like I did the green bits on this one.
Fabric - Oakshott greens, various low volume grey prints for background.
Size - 24" square.
This is unique..I just love it
Still an all-time favourite!
Great patchwork and quilting! Minis are so fun.
It's really lovely and I like the no binding on it. It kind of makes the mini a bit grander by not boxing it in. Good luck (even though you dont need it!)
You are right, this little mini is a winner!! Such beautiful colors and quilting. I think I like a little roundedness on the corners.
Your quilting skills never fail to amaze me!
This one is always a favourite!
So beautiful and it still makes me gasp with amazement. Everything you do is gorgeous.
It is really gorgeous!
Such a gorgeous quilt with absolutely beautiful quilting! Nice to see it again :-)
Beautiful, and the colours are so rich. Reminds me of a party dress I had when I was little!
This is gorgeous :)
Beautiful - I couldn't even choose whether my favourite part is the design or the colours or the quilting, all fab
Beautiful and your quilting is so good. Di x
love love LOVE!!!!!!
It is amazing! The quilting adds s o much texture!
Stunning mini- love the Oakshotts and your beautiful quilting!
This looks absolutely amazing thanks for sharing
wow it is amazingly lovely. congrats!
Amazing Jess. Your quilting continues to impress me!
LOVE,LOVE, LOVE! Awesome quilting.
Gorgeous!! Love the quilting!
This is just gorgeous! And your quilting is fantastic... great job!
Fabulous! The Kaleidoscope pattern is gorgeous, the piecing is spot on and I loved the pieced sections, and the quilting adds to the quilt. Can you tell I love your mini quilt? Thank you for sharing your talents.
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