I have had this idea in my head for a while, and while I have a much bigger version for a queen-sized quilt (with more colors), so I was pretty excited to make a mini version for the challenge over at Ellison Lane and see it finished right away.
As you may know if you’ve read my blog before, I was a Classical archaeologist and so most of what I make is influenced by the ancient world. In this case, I made a nested Greek cross which you can find in many ancient buildings; Bete Giorgis or the Church of St. George, is an amazing building in Ehtiopia and is carved from solid rock. It’s also found all over the placein works of art (this one in Venice).
Using various shades of Kona solids for the greens (coming in at 1/2″ finished), and kona charcoal for the gray, I chose to quilt this on my Janome 600 rather than my longarm and just enjoy the process. I stitched in the ditch around each of the charcoal squares, and chalked in rays every 1 1/2″ that I more or less stuck to. I did add some variation in the lines in there, because I like a little bit of not-perfect since I think it gives it character, and you know it’s handmade. It was a tough call about whether or not to also stitch in the green crosses, and I had several different ideas for that, but in the end, I left them simple and plain, so that they might puff a bit.
This mini quilt is bound using the knife edge technique, and I had thought originally of binding it so that the colors would match all the way around, but didn’t have the time. In the end, I like how simple this is. Perfect wallhanging or table cover! Or a pillow, actually. It measures 22″ square, and forms are easy to find. Hmmm…. Maybe I need to go make me some pillows.
The question is, now, do I write up a pattern for the mini- or for the bed-sized version? Or both?