Saturday, 20 May 2017

Pantone Quilt 2017 - Nature's Neutral

This is my first time taking part in the Pantone Quilt Challenge and I'm quite excited about it!

My first idea was a string quilt with very bright greens, yellows and blues. But then, one morning I looked at my Pantone mug and changed my mind.


I quickly sketched a block design which is inspired by this very iconic Pantone look:
A solid colour with the Pantone colour number in black in a white box below.


That was so much better than a string block!  


For the black colour numbers I picked four different graphic black and white fabrics. I paired each green with a different b/w fabric. 


To support this very graphic quilt design I wanted to quilt simple straight lines. My sewing machine gave me some head aches though as the fabric shifted so much and distorted the blocks that I decided to quilt it on the longarm.


I opted for a light grey thread colour similar to the solid background and quilted densely 1/4" apart. For the batting I used Quilters Dream Poly, which was in my goodie bag I got at QuiltCon. I normally use cotton batting or a cotton blend, but for this quilt I didn't want any crinkles so I gave the Poly batting a try. The quilt lays nice and flat so the little advertising in the QuiltCon goodie bag actually worked! I think I might use that again for similar purposes.


Since the topic of this year's Pantone colour is 'Greenery' I at least used some very floral fabric for the back. And you know what? For the very first time ever I hand sewed my binding! I have always sewed it with the machine, I guess it needed Katie Pedersen and Marla Varner who kindly showed me at my recent workshop at Katie's lovely Seattle studio how to do hand binding. So thank you, you two!! And surprisingly I loved it! Took me two hours for approx. 100" but that can only get better I suppose!


My husband recently spotted this awesome new graffiti at a tram station close to our home. I attached double sided tape to the back of the quilt and stuck it to the wall. Worked really well!

I am entering this mini quilt into the Pantone Quilt Challenge, link to vote here.
Voting opens May 29 2017.



Quilt stats:
Name: Nature's Neutral
Size: 29 x 21.5"
Solid fabrics: Kona Bella Solids in Peridot, Basil, Chartreuse, Grass Green and Silver
Binding fabric: Black/White cross hatch Architextures by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufmann

25 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness I love this!! What a great inspiration it's just so perfect.

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  2. Your matchstick quilting is flawless.

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    1. Oh thank you! First time doing it on the longarm!

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  3. What a clever design and executed beautifully. And yay for hand binding!

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  4. Liebe Daniela,

    ich glaube, dass Du mit dem Quilt ganz weit vorn liegst. Er ist toll geworden und spiegelt die Firma auch wunderbar wieder. Dazu das Graffiti im Hintergrund: einfach perfekt.

    LG Mareike

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    1. Vielen Dank, liebe Mareike! Ich bin sehr gespannt wie die Jury entscheidet!

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  5. I love this - you had such an amazing idea! Good luck! :-)

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  6. Great idea, Daniela! You worked it out beautifully...I love hearing how you make things...and that graffiti wall couldn't be a more perfect backdrop!! Good Luck in the challenge!!

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  7. You did such a nice job on your quilt!

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  8. Liebe daniela.

    der Quilt ist so schlicht, modern und klasse geworden. Ich mag ihn sehr (als Nicht- so- der- grünfan). Magst du ihn wohl noch beim Farbenspiel verlinken? Da darf doch der greeneryquilt nicht fehlen, oder? Ich würde mich sehr freuen.

    Liebe Grüße

    Judith

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    1. Vielen Dank, liebe Judith! Ich linke den Blog Post sehr gerne!

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  9. I 💚 everything about this one! The graphic design, the print on the back, the quilting and the hand binding. Thanks for sharing your process.

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    1. Thank you, Marla! I did the binding edges the way you taught me!

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  10. visiting from crazy mum quilts. This is stunning and the photography is amazing. I hope you win the competition.

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    1. Oh thank you so much! Fingers crossed!!

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  11. Great design concept! Good luck for the competition. And the graphity wall is an amazing photo background :)

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  12. I like it a lot! I subscribe to the theory, that you "can't have too much green" in your stash, your house, your clothing.....no such thing as too much green. *smile*

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    1. Thanks so much! I haven't used green that much but I really liked working with green, I got especially inspired by all the other beautiful quilts!

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  13. *Applauds* gives award for best displayed mini. That graffiti background is the bomb! I entered my Wonky Wallhanging in the mini category too.
    Popped by from FIUF
    http://thriftshopcommando.blogspot.com

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