Making Shadow Quilts

A few weeks ago, Janice of Color, Creating, and Quilting and Jen of A Dream and a Stitch decided to make a Shadow Quilt using a pattern designed by Debora of Studio Dragonfly Quilts, and they asked the other New Quilt Bloggers if they’d like to join in. Although I’m really busy at the moment, I found the idea of making a Shadow quilt pretty tempting. And fast! So fast in fact that I made two!

After studying the pattern, I decided to play with warm and cool colors and see what developed. After looking at my stash, I choose two different purple batiks for the background and shadows, and a series of yellows, oranges and reds for the squares.

I’m really happy with the results—I think the warm colors really come forward, and the purples recede, creating a nice 3D effect.

This mini quilt uses a 4 x 5 block setting, and finishes at 17” x 21”. I quilted this wall hanging very simply, by stitching in the ditch around the shadows and the squares.

I decided to add a flange for a nice pop of color. I think if I was to do it over, I might cut the flange just a tiny bit smaller, but I think it works none the less.

While I was working on my purple wall hanging, I kept texting updates to a friend of mine who was really encouraging. In fact, she absolutely loved it, so I decided to make her one too since they are so fast and easy and hey, she's my bestie!

Her favorite color is teal, with orange a close second. The thought of using opposites on the color wheel was very interesting to me. I was especially eager to see how they played off each other to create a 3D effect, and I think the result is wonderful!

I kept finding lots of orange fabrics in my stash and I simply couldn't decide which ones to include so I included them all! I made this mini quilt 5 x 5, so it finishes 22" x 22".

I didn’t get her quilt done because I went to see my daughter in college this weekend, but I know it’ll finish up fast. Alice loves sparklies almost as much as she loves teal and orange so I had to put a glittery orange square in the quilt!

I totally love how easy Shadow quilts are to make, and I encourage you to make one and share the results in my Quilting with the Inquiring Quilter Facebook group, or on Instagram with the hashtag #shadowminiquilt. Be sure to visit these participants to see the other Shadow quilts!

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Tell me…if you made a Shadow quilt, what colors would you use? How would you quilt it?