11 May Minimal Mini series – MM4
Where does the time go?! I had hoped to do a Minimal Mini post about once a week and I just looked and it has been almost a month! A trip to visit family and two other deadlines and next thing I know days have zipped by!
Those of you who follow me on Instagram and Facebook might remember seeing MM4 before. I posted it in March as part of Amy Ellis‘ #IGquiltfest, but it doesn’t feel right to leave it out of the blog series, so I hope you’ll forgive me.
Actually, MM4 was the first mini I made in this series. I was excited by the idea of the “ghost” flying geese. I’m generally happy with how this one turned out. The ghost geese are Kona Snow and the background is Kona White and I wasn’t really sure they would show up at all. The two colors are very close. The grey is Kona Shadow. I love the texture the quilting adds – you can see it better in the picture at right (before binding).
I know I’m being picky here, but it bothers me that the seam allowances show through. On the geese themselves, I should have pressed them toward the geese instead of away. It is still a mystery to me why I didn’t do that (I swear I had a reason for doing it that way but I cannot, for the life of me, remember what it was). The seam where the geese section is pieced into the sides divides the piece visually when I really don’t want it to. I considered piecing the sections horizontally with a left side piece, then the two geese and a right side piece, but that would have led to lots more seams. I used my usual Quilter’s Dream Cotton Select Natural batting and a very light printed back. Perhaps I should have used pure white batting on this one. I prefer to use unbleached batting, but, on a white quilt, it might have been a good idea. Do you have any tricks for white quilts?
I’ll be back soon (less than a month for sure!) with MM5.
PaigePosted at 08:01h, 11 May
I know, the shadowing bothers me as well in my quilts. I have pressed in the opposite direction before and depending on the number of geese, I have trimmed some of the darker fabric in the seam allowance away and that really helps.