Friday, October 30, 2015

Mini Vortex: A Finish


I enjoyed making my Scrap Vortex quilt that I couldn't bear to just put away the rainbow scraps I had left.  Some had already been sewn into groups ready to be used as fillers that were not needed.  So I put the pieces on my design wall, just to see what they would look like.


Once I saw how cute it would be, I couldn't leave it alone.  Later that afternoon I had a finished quilt top measuring about 21 inches square.


Then on another day I pieced a batting and backing for the quilt.  I basted it and began the quilting.


Using my built in walking foot I outlined the center of a daisy and began spiraling outwards.  It seemed a little uneven as I was quilting, but once I stepped back I loved it!  After awhile I was able to just gently guide the quilt in a circular motion while I stitched pedal to the metal.


While I absolutely love the look of the spiral quilting, I am not sure I would do it on anything bigger than a baby quilt.  It was the perfect design for a mini, taking about an hour and a half.

I was so excited to get it finished that I did the binding by machine.


The blue fabric was leftover from the binding of the big vortex quilt.


In keeping with the similarities to the big quilt, I chose purple for the backing.  It is pieced and made with leftovers from two different quilts.


I used a silvery gray polyester embroidery thread for the quilting.  It seems almost metallic which is the effect I was going for.


I seriously love the texture on this quilt.


I am so glad I decided to make this mini.


And Monkey wants everyone to know that it is still big enough for him.


XX,
Jasmine

P.S.  I will be linking up with some of the fun parties on my sidebar including Oh Scrap! and Finish it Up Friday.

20 comments:

  1. What a wonderful mini! The spiral quilting was a perfect choice for it.

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  2. That Monkey is just the cutest! On the cutest scrap vortex! Love the effect of the grey metallic-looking thread, and the pics in the sunshine.

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  3. Great way to scratch an itch and see how something works. I really like that you outlined the center of a flower as a starting point. :)

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  4. Love that quilting! Nice fast finish.

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  5. I love both of these! Your quilting choices are perfect for them.

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  6. What a fantastic mini and adorable monkey Jasmine. =)

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  7. Love the quilting. I don't have a walking foot but must look into that and of course i love the whole scrap thing.

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  8. I'm happy to see how nice this quilting looks on a mini. I have one on my design wall right now, a little smaller than yours I think, and I've been contemplating doing a spiral. Haven't decided yet if I should start smack in the center or start a little off center though.

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  9. Very cute, love the spiral quilting. I agree, while it is awesome, I think I would only use it on small quilts :-) I think you should make a matching pillow for the set!

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  10. I love your scrap vortex mini!!! Such a fun idea. And how perfect is that flower for the very center of your quilting?! I have made several minis out of the leftovers from big quilts, especially those I have given away, so that I get to keep a tiny bit of that lovely fabric for myself!

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  11. I'm betting that I have enough blocks done to do that too. Maybe a bit bigger. Yours is wonderful. I like that off center effect.

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  12. Your mini is a gem. And the spiral quilting just perfect for it.

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  13. How adorable! And the quilt is fun too! Thanks for sharing your scrap vortex mini with Oh Scrap!

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  14. I love both the big and small versions!

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  15. Looks brilliant! I know what you mean about not wanting to do on a big quilt. I think often of a overlapping circles on a quilt as a design but doign spiral quilting on a 24" gave me a pain in my arm from all the turning and was a teeny bit boring to do though the effect is really cool!

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  16. That quilt looks like so much fun to make! A very gratifying finish, I bet!

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  17. Love this! Would love to be able to spiral quilt - so dramatic!

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  18. This came out fantastic, Jasmine. Love the swirl quilting; that is on my bucket list for quilting.

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  19. Love scraps and love spiral quilting. Nicely done!

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