I’ve been bitten by the improv bug lately, and I’m happy I get to share a small improv finish with you all!
The Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild did a “Crayon Challenge” swap over the last couple of months. Everyone who wanted to participate picked three crayons at random, and then created a mini based on the colors they chose. It was okay to add some neutrals, but the quilt should be predominantly the colors chosen.
I’m always excited for an excuse to get out of my color comfort zone, so I happily played along. I was looking forward to a challenge, so I was actually a little bummed that I chose yellow, orange and scarlet. As my friend said, only I would manage to pull an analogous color scheme! It’s okay, I got over being bummed pretty quickly. 😉
I knew I wanted to do something with improv, and I just so happened to have purchased a Kona bundle of yellows to reds that has been collecting dust for ages. So I decided to finally cut into them and create a sunset inspired quilt.
For the design, I actually was inspired by this Quilt Design a Day design I made a couple years ago, and used the idea of a color progression in my own version as well. I wanted the impression of a gradient, but didn’t keep everything in strict color order to give it a more organic feel.
With all the color, I wanted a neutral to bring in some contrast and make the colors stand out more. I was originally going to add white, but then I tried it with the charcoal and I liked how it referenced the dark Crayola branding on the crayons.
For the quilting, I used three colors: red, orange and yellow of various brands. The quilting is 1/4″ straight line with a walking foot.
Overall I was really happy with how it turned out! My one critique is that I like the proportion of the columns in the original design a bit better, and in the mini they felt a little wider than I would have liked. Notes for the future!
This design is super fast to put together, and I have a feeling I’ll be doing more of these in the future. And minis in general. I love how fast minis are but then never know what to do with them when I’m done.
Name: Crayola Sunset
Dimensions: 15″ x 16″
Fabrics: ~13 Kona solids
Back: Stash stuff
Desire to make more improv minis: 8/10