You know how sometimes you get an idea in your head and you know you won’t be complete till you do it? Well that was my first mini quilt: Chicken Marsala
I created this mini for the 2015 Pantone Quilt Challenge hosted by Anne from Play Crafts and Adrianne from On The Windy Side. The contest is to make a quilted item with the Pantone color of the year, Marsala.
I’m not usually one to enter contests but when I started brainstorming what I could do for this one the only thing that kept jumping in my head was chicken marsala. I might need to lay off the Food Network for a bit… (PS I’m pretty sure I’m hilarious and that this is the funniest quilt that will be entered!)
I grabbed some marsala fabric and this fun heritage off beige print for the background. I was going for a more traditional look with the color scheme (oh and the chicken decal lends well to that.)
I improv pieced the marsala fabric just a bit larger than the chicken silhouette shape, then cut out that shape using Heat ‘n Bond Light and fused it to the background fabric. I treated it as a raw edge appliqué but instead of stitching the appliqué down with an outline it’s the Heat ‘n Bond and quilting that holds the chicken in place.
I’m quite pleased for my first improv attempt and yes, I was watching the MQG webinar on improv piecing while I did this!
It’s quilted with a ~ 1/4″ straight stitching using an off white Aurifill 40w. I did one line of the marsala (as seen on Instagram) thread and HATED it so I ripped it out and stuck with the off white.
My mini quilt measures 20″ x 22″ and for my first mini quilt/wall hanging I’m quite pleased! It’s hanging right next to my thread / bracelet holder over my ironing board and will surely be surrounded by more minis soon (I think I’ve caught the mini bug too!)
Entry: Mini Quilt Category
Size: 20″ x 22″