When the Pantone challenge was announced back in March, I hadn’t originally planned to participate. But I couldn’t shake the idea of this mini quilt — based on a tile pattern I saw a few years ago and have had in my head ever since. I thought it might work well in white, light green and dark green and sure enough, it did! I used Kona cotton in white, pistachio and clover. I’ve used pistachio several times now in several different quilts and have decided it’s the perfect medium green — not too pastel, but not too dark either.
To make the blocks, I drew up templates in Illustrator and traced it onto template plastic. This worked well enough, but if I had a do-over I would definitely paper piece each block. Although my accuracy isn’t completely awful, paper piecing would have made it even better without much additional effort. It would’ve take a little more fabric, yes, but not too much more time.
Isn’t it interesting how the greens look different against different backgrounds? The colors seem so much more vibrant with green grass behind them than they do with my concrete patio as a backdrop!
In several spots, I left a whole or half block empty. After the whole mini was pieced, I went back and completed the “missing” parts of each diamond shape with hand quilted lines in green embroidery floss. I really love the texture and interest this technique added to the finished mini! I’ll definitely have to try it again the next time I make something with negative space.
The finished mini is 22″ wide and just over 20″ tall. I love it!