This my entry into the Modern Mini Challenge
Title: "Rainbow Compass" made using the pattern "Sunshine Rose Garden" from the July/August 2007 issue of Quilter's Newsletter.
Fabrics: Robert Kaufman Kona Solids. 64 different colours plus white (you can see a photo of the fabrics I used here
Backing: Robert Kaufman Kona Solid in white. You can see a photo of the back here
Binding: "Stripe in Bright" from the line Remix by Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman
Quilting: I used a monofilimant thread with white thread in the bobbin (Connecting Threads Essential Cotton Thread) to outline each of the compass points using my walking foot. I then used white thread on both the top and bottom along with my free motion foot to quilt a tiny pebble in the background (based loosely on Leah Day's Pebbling Tutorial
. There are closeup photos of the quilting on the front here
and on the back here
Batting: Hobbs Heirloom Premium 80/20 Batting.
Finished Size: 20" by 20".
Started: February 8, 2012
Completed: March 1, 2012.
I bought a used copy the magzine I used when I stumbled across the foundations for the pattern on the Quilter's Newsletter website -- I knew that I wanted to try the pattern and neeeded the rest of it to do so. You can see what the quilt in the pattern looks like here
I thought that a rainbow colour palette for the compass would be perfect but I somehow needed to get 64 different Konas that worked well together. I do have a Kona colour card but it's still hard to pick out the perfect colours and see what they look like next to each other. So, I ordered one of each of the store-made Kona jelly rolls offered by Mad About Patchwork
. I then took the bright, colour wheel colours from those rolls and lined the strips up in the order of the colour wheel. I then took out strips that didn't seem to fit until I was left with 64 strips. The compass points are small enough that one 2.5"xWOF strip is more than enough for each compass point.
Some fun facts:
- The compass is paper-pieced. The centre circle was inserted using Dale Fleming's Six-Minute Circle technique. The compass is pieced into the background using a standard curved piecing technique.
- There are 64 compass points, each is a different colour of Kona solid.
- The compass has a total of 184 pieces.
- It took approximately 8 hours to piece the top and 6 hours to quilt it. I have pieced and quilted lap-sized quilts in less time than it took to make this mini!
- While quilting I used 5 bobbins of thread.
- I made two quilt tops simultaneously so that I would have a backup if I screwed something up (the total piecing time for both tops together was 12 hours.) I am probably going to use the second compass in a larger quilt.