One of the options given in the pattern is the choice of an improvisationally pieced low-volume background, or a background using just one fabric, which is what I did. Since Nicole's original color wheel had the scrappier background, I thought I might as well test with the other option, plus I had a print I really wanted to use - Gramercy's NY Circuit Ashen by Leah Duncan for Art Gallery. Something about it told me it would be awesome here.
I really debated on the quilting, and I think there are a lot of patterns that would be fun to try on this mini, but I finally decided on a spiral for the 'rainbow,' using Auriful 50wt #2843 (palm leaf), which definitely shows, but isn't stark. Plus I used it on my City Sampler quilt, and it worked beautifully there.
For the background, I used Auriful 50wt #2021 (natural white) to create a starburst type of effect, quite similar to what I'd done on my Riley Blake Meets Mango early last year. I couldn't decide what to do on the center circle, so I left it alone for now, finishing the mini off with more of the Gramercy, letting the color wheel really stand out.
Quite simply, this mini was a joy to make. I highly recommend Nicole's pattern - look for it to be available for sale shortly. Meanwhile, check out #themotleywheel on instagram to see several versions of the pattern already in process. I can't wait to see more!