Oregon Coast Mini

I am going to tell you the unbelievable right now.  I actually finished the mini from the contest I held last July! Can you believe it?

The winner was Jill, with her idea for the Oregon Coast/Highway 101, and here is the resulting mini:

Highway 101 mini quilt by Better Off Thread

I was originally thinking I would make something more abstract and less literal, but I couldn’t get the idea of a quilted road sign out of my head.

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I found a sign image in the “Oregon Coastal News” and created a life-sized template in Photoshop for my quilt pattern.  I couldn’t find definite proof that this was ever an actual Highway 101 road sign (I even scanned Google Earth for an hour looking for the current sign.), but it’s art, so I get to take license!


Since it’s an Oregon quilt, I definitely wanted to use an Oregon based fabric designer.  I chose Madrona Road by Violet Craft.  I love every fabric line she has released and this line is so iconic to the Oregon countryside.  Madrona Road also goes well with my very favorite color right now; Empire Yellow by Art Gallery Fabrics.

Highway 101 mini quilt by Better Off Thread

I love how the hand stitching on the letters looks like dashed yellow lines on a road.  That was a very happy accident.

Highway 101 mini quilt by Better Off Thread

I debated on the quilting and decided to do swirly, floral doodles, to mirror the graphics in the fabric.

I really want to make more of these.  I would love a Pennsylvania Turnpike and California 101 version to hang in my home.

I hope you enjoy your mini, Jill!

21 thoughts on “Oregon Coast Mini

  1. I didn’t even think about the handstitching looking like the road, but you are totally right! And I love that it’s an Oregon based fabric designer. You did an amazing job! Can’t wait to get it hung up 🙂

  2. This is gorgeous!! I love Madrona Road, and pretty much anything that is made with it, but I really love the combination of square patchwork with the sweeping curvy sides of the sign. How on earth did you piece that???? It is a really lovely peice.
    E xx

  3. Ooh, so awesome! I just discovered your blog a few minutes ago and I’m already squee-ing over some of your projects. I can’t wait to read more!

  4. Lucky Jill! It must be great fun to see your idea translated into a design by someone we admire, and then to get to hang it on your wall! Madrona Road was a perfect choice, Janice, and the whole idea of making this and giving it away makes me totally happy! Lovely, in every way!

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