22 March 2014

It's a pantone finish !!

Meet my newest mini quilt - Pixelated Purple Heart !

I decided to join in the Pantone Radiant Orchid challenge as I have quite a few purples in my stash - originally I made another small quilt for the challenge but I ran out of a fabric and I'm having issues trying to replace it - but that's a story for another day!

On Monday I saw a photo by @thatswhatlindseymade on Instagram and immediately thought of doing the pixelated heart but as a mini - I just reduced the size of the squares from 5 inches to 1 inch!

 By Wednesday night the top was pieced 

on Thursday night I sat at my machine for a wonderfully therapeutic matchstick quilting session - the mini is 15 inches square - it took around 3 hours to quilt and with stitching about a 1/8 inch apart its got around 20,000 quilting stitches ! love that my sewing machine counts the stitches for me !

I wasn’t sure about using the dark thread on the background but decided to just do it and I’m really happy with how it turned out !

and it took me a little while to work out that I could just move the needle over rather than cut threads at the end of each line !!

I finished off the binding earlier today.

Quilt Stats
size: 15” square
pattern: Pixelated Heart – free pattern from Robert Kaufman
top fabrics: various prints and solids from my stash – Kona Snow background
backing fabric: Art Gallery Fabrics – Oval Elements in Prune
binding fabric: Kona Snow
batting: Warm and White cotton

quilting: matchstick straight line by me
thread: King Tut #948 by Superior Threads

The challenge was organised by Adrianne over at On the Windy Side and Anne at Play Crafts and its been fabulous to see the different quilts being made over at the flickr page

I’m so glad to have made the challenge deadline and I’d best be off to upload the link - it closes soon ! 

** edited to add that I missed out on getting my link on the challenge page - I've had issues my laptop and the internet most of the day which is a bit of a bummer (must learn how to do a blog post and add photos on my ipad) but at least I have a sweet mini for my wall :) ** 

2014 Pantone Quilt Challenge: Radiant Orchid


  1. Your quilt is fantastic! I love the tiny pieces and the matchstick quilting and the purple thread is the perfect touch.

  2. I just love all the tiny piecing and the quilting just really accents it so nicely.

  3. This has turned out really beautifully. I love the way you've quilted it :)

  4. Drats on missing the deadline because you have a great little quilt with my favorite type of quilting!

  5. The quilting looks fab, but gosh, a lot of quilting

  6. This is so pretty, Leanne, and I don't even like heart shapes! You did such a nice job on it... and all that quilting... I'm very sorry you didn't make the deadline for entering. You would surely have won something. But maybe I shouldn't be saying that. I really like your quilt. A good effort, for sure!

  7. Leanne, it is wonderful. I'm sorry you didn't link up, your quilt would have been an awesome addition to the lovely quilts in the group.

  8. What a great mini quilt! I love the straight line quilting done in orchid purple. It's such a shame you didn't get to link up but still the challenge inspired you to come up with a wonderful little quilt.


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