Bauhaus Mini

Bauhaus Mini by Amy Friend

Recently, I asked my former colleague, Victoria Solan, for some suggestions for modern inspiration to use in my quilting. She recommended Bauhaus 1919-1933; Workshops for Modernity by Barry Bergdoll and Leah Dickerman. Well, before I even opened the book, I was inspired to somehow replicate the cover image by Joost Schmidt from 1926.  His was an offset print on cardboard measuring 12 1/8″ x 9 3/16″.  Mine is an improvisationally pieced mini quilt measuring 18″ x 21″.

The Bauhaus was a school of art and design founded in Germany in 1919.  It was shut down by the Nazis in 1933.  In that sort time, they discussed and experimented with the idea of modern art.  I love the graphic quality of the cover image and the radiating circles.  I didn’t even attempt the fine lines that you will see on the cover but rather began with an inset circle and then hand cut curves of about 1/2″ to an inch and a quarter. The initial curved were tight and therefore tricky, as was hand cutting the black circle and matching its seams with the black arc. But I really enjoyed that challenge.

Bauhaus Mini by Amy Friend

Due to the difference in media, I had the opportunity to add another dimension to my piece with quilting lines. I chose to echo the arc like shape in the black and grey sections with dark grey lines of quilting spaced 1/4″ apart.  Then I quilted in concentric circles in light grey thread for the colorful portion of the mini.

I had a lot of fun with this experiment. I found it technically challenging and forced myself to reach a bit for my color palette including that green that isn’t normally included in my work.



  1. Very cool…at first I thought the shadow was a neat curved bottom!:)

  2. I love it, it is a wonderful piece. Would you consider making something similar in large lap or bed size?

  3. wow!!! stunning, Amy!! I was in Berlin years ago and there I visited Bauhaus’s Museum!! I loooove its style!!

  4. Mona Keegan says:

    Amy, outstanding! I have gotten so off the track of creating quilts with learning the longarm. This is lovely. Thank you for sharing. mona

  5. When I saw your early pics of work on this, it didn’t call me. But THEN it totally came together and I’m totally drawn to it!!! Wonderful interpretation and I know the effort you put in to the construction was challenging. Thanks so much for sharing and maybe helping to push others of us.

  6. Barb Brian says:

    So fun…love it Amy!

  7. Amy, it totally arrests the eye! It’s odd that you can see the whole thing at once. I love it!!

  8. WooHoo! Just fabulous!

  9. I think the touch of green is great! It doesn’t always feel natural to add a color you don’t gravitate toward immediately. But sometimes stepping out of our comfort zones makes for an amazing outcome. I’m trying to expand the colors in my projects too.

  10. Wow, the quilt is stunning. My current project was chosen to emphasize a palette outside my go to colors and now I’m getting closer to figuring out the next step.

  11. Judy Tucker says:

    This is spectacular Amy. I think it’s it may be one of the best quilts you’ve made! It’s definitely my favorite! It so deserves to be in a show. Quilt Con?? Well, done! Brava!

  12. Very fun quilt – fantastic!

  13. barbara woods says:

    sounds great

  14. What great fabrics! Some lucky person will really enjoy them! Thanks for the giveaway!

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