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Paint Chip Challenge: Fabric Pull

The Music City MQG is doing another fun project this summer: a Paint Chip Challenge! The goal is to design a mini quilt outside our color comfort zone by using two randomly chosen colors.


Here are the rules (paraphrased from Instagram):

  • You must use your two chip colors (prints are allowed as long as they are mostly the color). You can add ONE bridge color, PLUS black or white.
  • What you make is up to you! Minis, mini-minis, bags, table runners… play around and have fun! As a general guideline, 18″-24″ is a sweet spot.
  • To keep everyone on track, post a photo of your fabric pull in July, and show us your WIP in August. Tag with #mcmqgpaintchipchallenge, #musiccitymqg, #nashvillequilters, and #paintchipchallenge
  • Finished projects will be shown off at the September meeting!

At the June guild meeting, we all pulled two paint chips from a box (which of course made me think of Project Runway’s infamous Button Bag). I pulled Kissable, a coral, and Flirty Fuschia… the names don’t really matter but I think it’s funny that they fit a theme. These two colors are definitely a challenge for me!


I don’t have a ton of pink in my stash, so I stuck the paint chips in my purse and I’ve been looking for matches any time I find myself near fabric. The Paint Chip Challenge was front and center on my shop hop list last weekend.

Here’s my fabric pull:

The Loominius woven print (Big Love in Candy) has both colors, so I’m going to use that as the main “print.” I don’t think I’ve found a perfect match for the coral, but I’m calling it close enough.

The fuschia is easier to find, and I found a perfect match while I was visiting Jenny’s house (who needs a fabric store?), so I might order some of the Kona Cerise if I need it.

I don’t have a firm plan in place, but I think I want to try Anna Maria Horner’s free Spinning Blooms pattern that utilizes reverse applique. I’ve always wanted to try applique, and a mini quilt is a good place to practice a new skill. I also want to add some hand quilting, and the round flowers seem like a good candidate for some bright perle floss.

I actually lost one of the paint chips somewhere during the shop hop, so Amelia and I found an excuse to stop by Lowe’s (good thing I’ve been putting off buying air filters) to pick up another set.

Future quilter alert!

The final product is due at the September guild meeting, and I’ll share a WIP update In August. Stay tuned!

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