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 Responses to 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. It’s so great! Graphic and pretty all at the same time. I’m sure she’ll love all the thought that went in to this.

  3. Very very cool. What a great mini

  4. That turned out really gorgeous!

  5. It turned out fabulous! Great job, I love your choice of fabrics and quilting!

  6. 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

  7. Love it and such a great idea.

  8. Lauren aka Giddy99

    This is brilliant! This inspires so many home-related quilts I could do! :)

  9. Oh I love this idea! We move all the time and I might just have to make something similar for all the highways we’ve traversed in our travels. And your quilting on this is just perfect for the design!

  10. It’s wonderful!!

  11. It turned out beautiful!

  12. What a fabulous idea! Just crying out for Route 66 if you ask me

  13. So awesome! Great work and I agree with the others, a Route 66 is in order, too!

  14. This is very very cool.

  15. Whoa…lucky Jill! This is beautiful, Janice.

  16. 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!

  17. This is so awesome, love it!

  18. 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!

  19. I love this so much Janice!! You did an absolutely fantastic job!

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