I've loved seeing everyone's minis and couldn't decide what to do for mine. Then I saw this pattern and knew exactly what I was going to do...an optical illusion mini!
|Cubit from Stitched Together Studios|
The quilt pattern measures 69-1/2" square, so I had to do a little math to shrink the design down to the 12" challenge size. I decided to make just the center four blocks.
Our weather has been a bit gray and dreary lately, so I gravitated toward bright oranges and yellows for my made fabric. These were the colors of our leaves last week...after the rain (and snow flurries!); they're mostly brown now.
I wasn't sure what colors I wanted to use for the sides of the focal squares, so I auditioned multiple options. It seemed like the obvious answer was to go with some type of grays/blacks, so I tried several of those, experimenting to see if patterned prints would work. I also threw in a couple colored versions to see how they'd look.
I was glad I auditioned so many different choices, and while I liked my first choice (upper left--gray solid and darker gray scroll) best, I was surprised at some of the others that I liked as well--especially the pink and purple; it just wasn't the look I was going for with this project.
I played around a bit more in Photoshop to see how the different blocks would look (I realize in real life the blocks would be mirror images...these are just quick mock-ups where I copied, pasted and rotated one block three more times.)
Which do you like best? I think I'm going to go with the top version, but I'm going to sleep on it first before I start sewing again, and would love to hear your opinion!