A Mini Adventure

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I am a co-host for a mini quilt sew-a-long in 2015 over on Threadbias. We are making quilts from the Little Quilts book by Sarah Fielke and Amy Lobsiger (you might have noticed that I am posting round ups for each month…and they are really fun to see how other quilters are interpreting these projects).

I’ve made the mini for each month now and thought I would share my interpretations of each quilt.

January’s project was Drawn Together – a lovely paper pieced mini that really called to me.

DrawnTogether.WendyMy favorite part of this project was the fabric selection. I have been challenging myself to use my stash first (rather than buy new fabric), and to also go to fabric in my stash that has been there for some time. The print for the large points (as well as the back) is Hullabaloo by Urban Chiks for Moda. I honestly do not remember when I bought this, but it was a long time ago and when I rediscovered it I decided it had to be my inspiration print for this little quilt. Other fabrics used are: Spot on by Robert Kaufman (gray dots), a basic print in coral from the 2014 collection of Cotton and Steel, a green dot from the Happy Go Lucky collection by Bonnie and Camille, and the charcoal Stof Quilters Basic (text print) in the center of the star. Additionally, I used Bella Bleached white for the background. The text print on the borders is a dark gray and white…unfortunately the selvedge was cut off and I don’t remember the name or designer of the fabric. I used more of the Stof dark gray for the binding.

drawntogether.backrevealI decided not to hand quilt this mini, but used an elongated stitch and echoed the star with some machine quilting.

drawntogether.onwallThis quilt has found a happy place on my wall above my quilt rack and next to my grandmother’s china cabinet filled with quilts.

February’s project was My Heart. I actually made this quilt in December and gave it to my sister, Paula. She loved it and it cheered her up and let her know I was thinking of her. Paula lost her battle with colon cancer in March and I decided to keep this little quilt for myself – something that will always remind me of Paula and our shared love.

MyHeart.WendyI stayed true to the scrappy version in the book, but decided to substitute a gray for the brown fabric. I picked out fabrics I knew Paula would love (see that little bird in the bottom row? Paula LOVED birds!), including some fun text prints.

MyHeart.Mini.FrontDetail0001 The back is a print from Lotta Jonsdotter’s collection Bella. And I added a sweet label from Sweetwater to remind Paula of the Christmas it arrived.

MyHeart.Mini.BackReveal0001This was a fun quilt to make…there is some needle turn reverse applique to sew up the tiny hearts…but it goes fast! I decided to machine quilt this piece rather than hand quilt as I was running short on time!

March’s quilt was Paper Dolls.

PaperDolls.WendyThe tiny scraps of fabric which make up the back mosaic came from my scrap bins. I had some fun stylizing the little girls’ dresses. This was the first time I used wool felt and also the first time I did a curved binding. I decided this one needed to find a home with my sister, Donna! She has it hanging in her craft room.

In April, the project selected was Polka Dot Baskets. I really love this little quilt and decided it needed a spring version.

PolkaDotBaskets.front10001I chose different colors of polka dots for each basket and coordinated low volume backgrounds. Although I did use black for the handles, I decided that black thread for quilting would be too harsh…so instead I used a gray thread and machine quilted around some of the blocks; I also used white thread for some of the other quilting.

PolkaDotBaskets.close up0001The little label patch was one I bought from Sweetwater…they have the cutest labels and I decided that it should be on the front since this is most likely going to be hung on the wall.

PolkaDotBaskets.label0001I went with a scrappy binding to emphasis the different polka dot prints used…and chose a yellow dot from the Sweetwater Hometown collection for the back.

PolkaDotBaskets.backreveal0001Finally, May’s project! Fans of May is a darling mini quilt. I wanted a vintage look for my version.

FansofMay.SunShot0001I chose sweet prints in blue, pink and yellow…and used a lot of polka dots. Instead of rick rack, I chose an antique lace for the edges of my fans (you can see that well in the photo above because of the sun shadow).

FansofMay.Close UP0001I used a yellow dot for the outer border to make this piece a little sunnier than the one in the book. I quilted some diagonal straight lines through the middle section, and then echoed the shape of the fans along the outer border. I chose a solid blue binding and a blue dot fabric for the back.

FansofMay.BackReveal0001Despite the itty bitty scraps of fabric and careful piecing, I rather enjoyed making this little quilt. I could imagine this mini on top of a little girl’s dresser!

Some might ask – what do you do with a mini quilt? Well, you can hang them on the wall, use them as a dresser or table topper, gift them to a friend or celebrate a special occasion. Either way, you will have fun making them!

Stay tuned for more mini quilts in my future.

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    • Kay on May 19, 2015 at 12:29

    I love these. So tiny and precise. Wendy, you are the creative winner of my blogging world. Love the fact that you kept the one you made for Paula. It will be so special for you to have.

    You doing OK? Have been thinking of you. Big hugs.

    • Paula K. on May 21, 2015 at 07:52

    i love minis. Where did you find the patterns for these great little quilts! I am so sorry to hear the sad news about your sister. My prayers go out to you. Sincerely, Paula K.

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