This raggedy piece of improv was originally intended for a laptop sleeve in 2013. My daughter requested a specific size of improv, in a very specific color scheme for a specific laptop bag, for specifically herself.
I wasn't going to make it for her, for we all know I'm extremely challenged in that department. I was sure she would take this 'work of love' and seriously do something with it. Seriously, I did. She didn't. I reclaimed it. You snooze, you lose!
It wasn't hard to figure out what I should make it into. Mini quilts...all the rage! Plus, I could really play with the quilting on this.
Much of the fabrics are from Britt's hand dyed stash, and the rest is my favorite...shot cottons. The combination of the two is one I use very often. I've never had any issues or problems mixing the two together.
I knew I would quilt the heck out of this! And I pretty much did just that! Dense matchstick quilting. Just exactly what I wanted to do...and do a lot of it!
I used a blue grey thread for the majority of the lines, and for fun I added chartreuse and orange. I knew it would be fine in the end, I just didn't know how fine it would be.
If it were a song, perhaps it would be these lyrics ' Oh Mickey, you're so fine, you're so fine you blow my mind'. It might be just me, but I was blown away with the quilting!
Truth: I used Coats & Clark thread. The colors matched perfect!
An idea hit me after the vertical lines were finished. Why not keep going and funk it up a bit?!
And that's when the curves started. It had to be. I couldn't stop quilting once I started.
I'm not sure there is anything more fun than putting your pedal to the metal when machine quilting! With no concern about making it perfect, it felt empowering to let it fly! Seriously, so much fun!
The grey back shows the colors of the thread and the crazy line detail. It makes me want to do it again!
I used my go to method for hanging this mini. The triangles and twill ribbon loops hold the narrow board against the piece and the hole in the center of the board makes hanging a piece of cake.
|16 1/2" x 22"|