April 19 Update: Pink Tartan is up for auction in SAQA's Spotlight Auction through April 29, 2023. Read all about the auction on the SAQA website and bid on my quilt here!
The first Project QUILTING challenge of season 14 is Pink Tint. Pros and cons to a color challenge. It can be anything. And it can be anything. Well this week folks have been talking about making their donation pieces for the SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) Spotlight Auction which runs in conjunction with the upcoming conference (which I'm unfortunately not attending). One of the things on my idea list that I created before the current Project QUILTING season started was to make pieces that were the correct size for the Spotlight Auction as well as the SAQA Benefit Auction that happens later in the year.
So then I had a size (6" x 8", of which 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" will show in the window of the mat) and a color: pink. I pulled some fabrics to consider, from my larger pile, these scraps and colors/textures caught my eye. I narrowed down even more from there as I worked.
I still didn't have much of a plan of what I was going to create, but 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" is not a lot of real estate to work with. I love a skinny strip, an 1/8" wide pieced strip of fabric, so I decided to start with one of those using slice and insert. Then another. Then another. I cut my starting piece of fabric oversize since I didn't have a plan, so I kept checking what 6" x 8" and, more importantly, 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" looked like and decided to stop there with the piecing. Then I shopped my thread to pick greys and pinks in a variety of weights. Then I shopped my thread to pick greys and pinks in a variety of weights.
I used Aurifil 50wt Baby Pink (#2423) and Fuchsia (#4020); 40wt Light Peony (#2437), Antique Rose (#2430), Light Blue Grey (#2610), and Dark Pewter (#2630); and 28wt Grey (#2605) for some walking foot quilting, adding to the woven feel of the piecing.
I call it Pink Tartan as the piecing and quilting emulate a woven design. It is 6" x 8" finished with a feature area 4 1/2" x 6 1/2". I love the back view on the medium grey solid. Perhaps this is really two sided. :-)
I am donating this piece to the SAQA Spotlight Auction 2023. The fundraiser auction coincides with the 2023 SAQA Conference, but you do not to be attending the SAQA conference or a member of SAQA. Bidding will be open to everyone via the Handbid platform in April. SAQA members have until February 20 to complete the online submission form for donating artwork to the auction.
As a longtime participant of Project QUILTING, I'm excited to be a sponsor this year. Each week as a Weekly Sponsor I have contributed a PDF pattern to one winner. Week 3, I am the Ultimate Weekly Sponsor. The prize is a spot in one of my self-hosted open enrollment live virtual workshops. I'm also a Grand Prize Sponsor. Again, the prize is a spot in one of my self-hosted open enrollment live virtual workshops.
I'm linking up on Kim's blog for the Project QUILTING Pink Tint challenge.
Love the plaid look of this! Great job finishing it up
Thank you, Ellyn!
The grunge (or grunge like) background is perfect and really ties in the colors for the skinny strips and quilting beautifully. Looks like a really fun piece to make!
Thank you, Yvonne. It is indeed Moda Grunge. I haven't used Grunge much, but I really like it.
Definitely two sided! So creative! Love the use of thread colors to make a weave design.
Thank you, Joy. It's nice when something comes together quickly. :-)
Great project Sarah. Love the quilting.
Thank you, Carla!
so cool! The skinny strips are wonderful!
Thank you, Kim. It's a great design element... that's easier than it looks! :-)
Anja @ Anja Quilts
Well done! I love the quilting.
Thank you, Anja. I had fun with it. I like this type of quilting where I'm just making each decision as it comes... pick a thread color... pick a place for the next line of quilting. No firm plan of what I'm doing. Just filling in until I'm happy with the density.
Simplistic and elegant finished look! Beautiful!
Thank you, Dolores. I hope it finds a good home.