I made this mini quilt for the Sew My Stash mini quilt swap that finished earlier this month. My initial plan was a rainbow New York Beauty variation made of 9 blocks arranged diagonally across the quilt.
|My initial sketch|
After making a test block, I realised I didn't have enough rainbow coloured fabrics to do my vision justice, so I decided on an alternative arrangement of 4 blocks with a little more variety in the pieced arcs. At this point I was considering a pieced background of various black-on-white and white-on-black prints.
|My initial fabric pull and updated plan|
By the time I started piecing I had decided to use plainer black and white background fabrics to let the rainbow scraps really stand out. Here are the first four arcs pieced on foundation papers.
|First four arcs pieced|
I added a bit more complexity with another 2 pieced arcs...
|All components pieced and ready to sew together|
Once the top was finished, I stopped for a couple of days to consider my options. My original plan had been to quilt the white background areas in white and the black areas in black. However, I had recently finished another mini quilt where I had used matching threads for complex quilting, and had been a bit disappointed that all the quilting was pretty much invisible on the front of the quilt. So, I bit the bullet and went for grey thread that would show up on both black and white background fabrics. It was a bit nerve wracking and a bit exhilarating, but I'm glad that I went for it. I stitched in the ditch around the points, and then free motion quilted in concentric circles using my domestic sewing machine.