Monday, May 21, 2012

Blogger's Quilt Festival: Rainbow Star Mini Quilt

It's been a bit too long since I last posted, but I thought there's no better way to get back into blogging than through participating in Blogger's Quilt Festival!
I love looking at the hundreds of inspiring quilts!!


Today I'd like to show the mini quilt I completed for Leah as part of the Fab Little Quilt Swap through Flickr.




My swap partner said that she liked bright colours, rainbows and stars among other things. I came across this tutorial to paper piece 'Aunt Rachel's Star' block and auditioned a few different colour/rainbow variations:




And finally settled on this one:



Then the paper piecing began .... Each half square triangle block is less than 1 inch square.



Here's the star block all completed.




Prior to completing the block I had been weighing up whether I wanted to make
4 stars in different rainbow variations, but once I completed one block
I knew I wanted it to be the "star" of the quilt (pun intended ;-)
so I decided on a 3D rainbow pinwheel border to finish it off.



A close-up of one of the 3D pinwheels .....




I did a little bit of machine quilting in the ditch around the centre pinwheel, star and border. I then hand quilted it using DMC perle cotton size 8 in white. I echo quilted all of white half square triangles and then around the star and finally around each of the pinwheels. The hand quilting is nearly my favourite thing about this quilt - it gives it so much texture and I really love it!!




So here is a photo of it all finished, hanging out in my local park. It ended up being 20 inches square.




It was hard to give away because it was very much my style too, but I hope Leah is enjoying looking at it on her wall :)



Thanks so much for stopping by!!

I hope you go and check out more of the wonderful quilts linked up to Blogger's Quilt Festival.
A big thanks to Amy for putting it on again!!







27 comments:

  1. What a fresh bright little quilt. I should think it hard to give away but I bet your friend loves it.

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  2. Good use of color. The dimensional pinwheels make a pretty border.

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  3. wow! this little quilt just melts my heart! I can't believe how small those pieces are!!

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  4. Love the 3D pinwheels! I'm trying to figure out how you did it... prairie points with a corner caught in the seam?

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  5. Great mini! I love tiny pieces - and I adore those 3D pinwheels!

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  6. Hi Amelia, that's SO sweet! Glad to have you back again! Hope to see you more soon. Only just back myself as well. Enjoy the Festival!

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  7. Those pinwheels are the best!

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  8. Your Rainbow Mini Star is delightful. I really love it.

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  9. Love the central star's color progression--and the 3-D pinwheels! Wow!

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  10. The star is beautiful.I love this mini quilt and the 3D pinwheels are such a fun addition.

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  11. Love this!! Was there a tutorial for the 3D pinwheels also?

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  12. Love those pinwheels! How did you that?

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  13. I love this mini quilt - the pinwheels are fabulous and your handquilting really finishes it off!

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  14. It's a beautiful quilt! I love the colors and the 3D pinwheels! The hand quilting looks really nice too!

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  15. Wow, your quilt looks amazing! I can't believe those half square triangles are less than an inch. I could not make that quilt. And those tiny pinwheels are just gorgeous!

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  16. By the way, how did you manage to add 'reply' to your comments?

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  17. I figured it out! Thanks! Hope you're having a great day. Chat soon xx

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  18. If you love it so much you hate to give it away, you know that you have done a wonderful thing by giving it away. it is adorable. paper piecing is one thing I don't get. I am so impressed. thanks for sharing. janita

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  19. In love with your mini quilt! The 3D pinwheels are a great addition. Beautiful!

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  20. Wow! Love this quilt. I like that you used just one star, giving it emphasis. And the 3D pinwheels are perfect

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  21. Those pin wheels are gorgeous!!!That quilt is just amazing.

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  22. j'aime ces petites roues si originales, superbe réalisation

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  23. That is just lovely... I love that 3d pinwheel! O am sure she will be mire than delighted to have receive this!

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  24. Hi Amelia I met you with your sis at Nest Studio! Your work is amazing- such a talented family!

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  25. What a pretty little quilt! I like the pinwheels. I found you on the MM Fb page, and I do love quilting and fabric, thank you, so I will look in again regularly :)
    It's nice to meet you! I hope you post again soon.

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