DQS14 Progress

by Nicole
I have been sewing like the wind to make progress on the color wheel mini for my DQS14 partner.

I used low volume fabrics for the background to contrast with the rainbow colors in the wheel. I decided to quilt the mini on my domestic machine rather than the long arm. I find it much easier to quilt straight lines on the smaller machine. That meant pulling out the pins for basting. 


I debated on how to quilt the mini. At first I thought about doing some back-and-forth quilting, but decided to outline the spokes of the wheel instead. The outlines complement the shape and were nice, simple and easy to make.


Then for the background, I went with some stippling. I used invisible thread and had the hardest time trying to avoid stitching over the lines I had already quilted. Yup, the thread really is that invisible! 


I’m so excited for my partner to receive this mini. I also plan on sending something else with the package as an extra, but am still thinking on what to include.
If you were my partner, what would you like to get as an extra, in addition to the mini? 

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Marjorie's Busy Corner January 22, 2014 - 1:50 pm

This is gorgeous fabric Nicole….if it were me; some lovely thread would be a nice addition/

Leanne January 22, 2014 - 2:25 pm

This is going to be so wonderful, I have been watching your flickr pictures.

Jenn @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge January 22, 2014 - 2:31 pm

I love all those low volume prints and the quilting on the spokes is perfect. If I were your swap partner, I think I'd be happy just to get the block, but a mini charm pack of some of the fabrics you used would be fun to have… I don't know if swappers send stuff like that though!

Debbie January 22, 2014 - 2:33 pm

I'm loving this more all the time! Thread or fabric is always a great extra!

Toni January 22, 2014 - 3:52 pm

Your partner is going to be thrilled! I love receiving little scrap packs from my friends in swaps.

Terry@ a quilting blog January 22, 2014 - 3:54 pm

Your partner is so lucky..this mini is just gorgeous!!! Perhaps a mini pincushion to match this mini would be a nice addition!

Jolana January 22, 2014 - 4:31 pm

Oh, it looks wonderful!! Your partner will be really lucky! 🙂

Rx for Quilting January 22, 2014 - 4:44 pm

I am loving this quilt so much. Your partner is very lucky. I think anything quilting related would be very much appreciated.

Donna January 22, 2014 - 5:25 pm

The combination of rainbow and low volume just sends me over the edge. Love! I'm liking the idea of a little scrap pack as an extra but whatever you choose will be icing on an awesome cake.

Christine S January 22, 2014 - 6:38 pm

Love it!!!

Katy Cameron January 22, 2014 - 11:22 pm

Oooh, looking great so far :o)

Gertie Pye January 22, 2014 - 11:22 pm

This is just so beautiful Nicole. If I were your partner I would be thanking my lucky stars I got this beauty and not worry about any extras! Maybe put in something small & tasty like peanut butter M&Ms yum x

DeborahGun January 23, 2014 - 1:41 am

stunning – I just love this 🙂

Suzanne January 23, 2014 - 2:09 pm

Since you are inspiring with the color wheel, what about a small sketchbook and some colored pencils? I think whatever you include would be wonderful especially if it were wrapped with rainbow accents…like ribbons or rainbow fabric strings.

OPQuilt January 23, 2014 - 6:32 pm

I assume it's in the guidelines for your swap, but if it were me, I'd just want that mini! Lovely quilt–can hardly wait to see the full reveal.

Elizabeth E.

Connie January 23, 2014 - 7:04 pm

Good Morning Nicole, I am over the moon happy to have found your yummy blog. This quilt is amazing, I have never seen one before and I am enchanted by the technique, the fabric choices and the colors. You, young woman are incredibly talented. I'm adding you to my front page blog-list, so that I never miss a post. Now, I am a retired lady, that has just started quilting. I'm just a new-bee, but I'm having a wonderful adventure learning more every day 🙂
At the moment I'm having a Give-A-Way of a set of mug rugs and dish towel that I made (remember I'm just a beginner and I have lots to learn) but please come visit and put your name in the hat.
Your newest fan and follower,
Connie 🙂

pandchintz January 23, 2014 - 10:43 pm

It's looking very good! If I was your partner, being from the other side of the world, maybe a sample of chocolate bars or sweets. But that's 'cos I have a sweet tooth!!

Linh January 25, 2014 - 2:36 pm

I love color wheels, especially yours. I can't wait to have time to make one for myself. It would just make me happy to look at one while I'm sewing. The fabric you used is so me. I would be ecstatic just getting this but since you're such a great partner something rainbow should go with it whether it be a bag a skittles or rainbow scraps. Thanks for sharing and giving me such great inspiration.

Grisel Martinez May 22, 2014 - 7:45 pm

You do such lovely work. I wish I was your partner who is getting this. I would include a throw pillow or I love pincushions. I wish I was the partner for this. : > )

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