The Motley Wheel

by Nicole
A year ago, I made this mini color wheel for my partner, Karie of Two Kwik Quilters. She said she loves rainbow quilts so I thought a little color wheel would be perfect. For more on the quilt, check out this post

DQS14_Color Wheel
That little quilt got quite a lot of love not just from Karie, but from some folks on Instagram. Some people asked me if a pattern was available. I can now say, “Yes!”

I’ve written a full-color, step-by-step pattern. I modified the original quilt, reducing the number of spokes from 32 to 24 and changing the background from a regular patchwork to an improv background.  The result is The Motley Wheel.  

The Motley Wheel

The Motley Wheel is a 20โ€ mini color wheel. The colors flow from red and orange through yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet and back to red. I love the contrast between the colors in the wheel and the low-volume of the background and center.

I had fun deciding what to put in the center. I chose a quote by Clem Snide, โ€œFind love and give it all away.โ€ The center fabric is from the Collage collection by Carrie Bloomston.

The Motley Wheel_Center Circle

For the quilting, I stitched wavy lines in the wheel and spirals in the background.

The Motley Wheel_Detail

I’m making the final edits to the pattern based on feedback from the testers. Once I’m done, I’ll list the pattern in my Etsy shop. Stay tuned!

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Kathy@KayakQuilting February 17, 2015 - 1:02 pm

I look forward to this! I need a color wheel in my sewing space and what a better exercise than to make one! Thanks!

mascanlon February 17, 2015 - 1:52 pm

Been collecting all the colors! Looking forward to the pattern.

Blue.Ridge.Girl {ShadowsoftheBlueRidge} February 17, 2015 - 2:28 pm

How beautiful and fun! Your improv background really adds dimension ๐Ÿ™‚

Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl February 17, 2015 - 2:36 pm

Beautiful and good luck with the finishing touches on the pattern!

Debbie February 17, 2015 - 2:57 pm

Very cool! I had forgotten your original had even more spokes! But I do love the new pattern with that improve LV background – one of these days I'll try that option!

GerryART February 17, 2015 - 3:44 pm

Very cool ! ! ! !
hugs 'n smiles,

Bobbi D. February 17, 2015 - 4:48 pm

yay! i did not know you had an Etsy shop. Have to go check that out. Love this one! ๐Ÿ™‚

Jayne February 17, 2015 - 6:19 pm

Love it and can't wait to see the pattern!

Taryn V. February 18, 2015 - 12:04 am

It is beautiful! The center quote is absolutely perfect for this mini! I love the wavy quilting lines radiating out from the center.

Lori February 18, 2015 - 3:51 am

I love this mini! And I can't wait to check out the pattern.

pandchintz February 18, 2015 - 9:10 pm

Yay! How exciting!! Well doe you.

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