Ombre Vibes Mini

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Ombre Vibes Mini by Amy Friend

A little over a year ago now, I designed a quilt for Sizzix that I called Ombre Vibes. It is available as a free pattern on the Sizzix site.  Sizzix now owns the sample quilt that I made and I have been intended to make one for myself but keep putting it off.  I was asked to teach an Ombre Vibes quilt class this fall so I figured it was now time to make another version!  Sizzix is kindly sending the original for me to share at the class so I made this sample to share another colorway, a smaller size, and a different quilting approach.

Ombre Vibes Mini by Amy Friend

The original Ombre Vibes was made with 6″ finished squares and HST units.  This mini version is half the size using 3″ finished squares and HST units.  It finishes at 27″ square.

Ombre Vibes Mini by Amy Friend

It can be tricky to find 6 solids in a nice gradient.  I chose to start with a FQ pack of Pure Elements by Art Gallery Fabrics and added in the lightest shade of pink for the center and one of the medium pink shades from a Kona bundle in order to achieve the gradient I needed.  The grays are all Kona.  I was so thrilled to find the perfect binding fabric in my stash!  It’s Tula Pink’s Swarm in Jam.  Not only does it match the darkest shade of pink but it includes one of the medium shades too!

Ombre Vibes Mini by Amy Friend

For my original Ombre Vibes, I quilted with tiny pebbles in the center square and then quilted wavy radiating lines from the center to the outer edges.  In order to show a quilting alternative, and since this one was smaller and therefore this approach more feasible, I quilted with a dense diagonal grid.  The lines are all 1/4″ or 1/2″ apart.  They are primarily quilted with a 50 weight Aurifil in light pink but I added some rows of gray stitches too. I think you can see this if you look closely.

I hope you are all enjoying summer!

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