Sunday, June 30, 2019

Louvered Mini Quilt

As a member of the Modern Quilt Guild, I'm able to participate in a couple quilt challenges they do each year. This spring, Riley Blake sponsored the challenge. I received five fat eighths of fabric and decided to revisit a couple techniques from previous quilts for this one.

Louvered mini quilt with twisted strips for texture

Several of the prints are from Christopher Thompson's (The Tattooed Quilter) collection with Riley Blake. I didn't want to order more of any of the fabrics, so knew I would be making a mini quilt this time.

Riley Blake fabrics for the Modern Quilt Guild challenge

I wanted to combine two quilts I had made before into one. I wanted the angled graphic lines of this one and the fabric twists of this one.

Mini quilt inspired by light shining through a window
Twisted strips create texture in the quilt

I cut the pink, white, and aqua fabrics into 1" strips. I first sewed the pink and white strips together along one long side then pressed them right sides out.

Cutting strips

I then added them with the strips of aqua to make the center panel. Each time I added another strip, I started it just about 1/8" lower than the strip before. This caused the strips to remain vertical while creating an angled top and bottom edge.

Textured strips

I cut the solid blue fat eighth at an angle that mimicked the panel of strips, then trimmed the panel to match.

Trimming the angled edges for the textured mini quilt

I started with all the strips pressed to the left and sewed the bottom solid section on first. Then I sewed the top solid blue section on, manually "flipping" the strips over as the needle got to each one. I was ecstatic that it worked!

Adding textured strips to the mini quilt

I pieced the scraps together to make the back (and cut the striped fabric into 2 1/4" strips for the binding).

Piecing the quilt back

I pin basted the layers together with a scrap of Warm & Natural batting.

Pin basting to prep for quilting

Then I used 50wt Aurifil #2735 Medium Blue and my walking foot to quilt straight lines parallel to the strip panel. I left the strips unquilted since it was only about 2" wide.

Straight line quilting on my Louvered mini quilt

After a quick trim, I sewed on the striped binding (by machine of course!).

Mural in Liberty, MO

I finished the quilt in time to take some fun pictures on a local mural before submitting it for the challenge.

Striped binding on texture mini quilt

I titled the quilt "Louvered."

Pieced mini quilt back

The winners of the challenge were announced recently, and unfortunately, mine was not on the list. However, that won't deter me one bit from entering again next time around!

Louvered mini quilt with twisted strips for texture

This was the fourth time I've made a quilt for one of the Modern Quilt Guild fabric challenges. (You can read about the first one here and the second one here. I haven't blogged about the third one yet!)

I love supporting the guild and participating each time. I'm already looking forward to seeing what fabrics will be chosen for the fall fabric challenge!

Linking up with Main Crush Monday, Design Wall Monday, What I Made Monday, Monday Making, Moving It Forward, Colour & Inspiration Tuesday, To-Do Tuesday, Wednesday Wait Loss, Midweek Makers, Needle & Thread Thursday, and Beauties Pageant.

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  1. Sometimes it's not necessarily about getting in, but about the fun in the process, right? This little one looks like it was fun to create in a short amount of time. I love the photo wall; I need to find some of those around here.

  2. What a fun mini. The centre section reminds me of teeth. Ooh, you've given me an idea. :) Thanks for showing how it's done.

  3. What great little quilts! Very clever and love the texture you created!

  4. That looks amazing. The judges must have had a tough time narrowing the field! Thanks for linking up to What I Made Monday.

  5. I love this! Now I want to try it. Thanks for the inspiration Laura!

  6. This technique fascinated me. I definitely want to try it. Your post title.. Louvered Mini Quilt.. is quite accurate and descriptive but it reminds me of mini-blinds. You creation is way too beautiful to have a name that recalls the chore of dusting those mini-blinds. LOL The straight line quilting pattern and color choices really enhance the mini-quilt.

  7. Very creative, Laura! And love the photo on the graffiti wall.

  8. I love the texture of this one, both from the twisted fabrics and the diagonal quilting :)

  9. This is a great mini and I love the blending of your two quilts.

  10. Such a beautiful technique that it was certainly with revisiting it even if you didn't win. Lovely quilt! Thanks for linking to Wednesday Wait Loss.

  11. This is an amazing mini quilt! The texture is fantastic. Your technique is genius! I love everything about it! Thank you so much for linking up with To-Do Tuesday last week!

  12. Always a sucker for texture on quilts, I love your louvers. They are so perfectly done, and at least the challenge got the idea made.


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