Showing posts with label Mini quilts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mini quilts. Show all posts

Monday, December 21, 2020

A little Winter Mini Madness! December Island Batik Ambassador Challenge

 I decided that today would be the perfect day to post my December Island Batik Ambassador challenge because it is the Winter Solstice.  I'm excited that even though it's the start of winter, that the days will be getting longer from here on out.  This year has been a trying one, and I was thinking that a little Mini Madness might be the solution - so I created this Winter Mini Medallion quilt using the fat quarter bundle of Glacier View that I received in my Ambassador box this summer.  I love these beautiful blues and thought they would be perfect for a winter quilt!

The theme for this challenge was to create a quilt 36 x 36 or larger:

A medallion quilt is all about a center block and borders. Use what you learned from your research in the Creative Borders and Bindings Challenge to help you create your masterpiece! Your center medallion block can be anything, appliqué, paper pieced, traditionally pieced, improv or any other idea you come up with.


I started out playing with design ideas earlier this summer, using EQ8 to come up with various ideas.  After a lot of playing around I came up with the start of a plan:

So fun!  But so many blocks!  And that cute shoo fly border is made up of 2 inch blocks, which is not going to happen.  But it's a beginning, and I really like the dresden plate center, so it was a good start! 

I love the fabric with the trees!  It made a nice center for my dresden plate block  - perfect for fussy cutting.  Back to the drawing board.  My next draft seemed a little more do-able.

Until I got to the third border, that is.  That's the point where I realized that the fabric I wanted to use as the dark part of the stars was not going to stretch near far enough!  Back to EQ8 to decide what to do next.

Maybe just use the blocks in the corners?  At this point I was a bit tired of making those ribbon star blocks and put them up on the design wall to decide if there was another way.

I kind of liked the idea of alternating the blocks with white space, so decided on that for my final design!

From here it was just a matter of making a few more ribbon stars, then sewing them together, and  getting the final border going.

Yes, this looks good to me!  I love it!  I actually made another design switch here to better show off those penquins in the outer blocks.  I originally had a more complicated version of the Economy Block, but changed so that the center square was larger to give them more space.

I decided to use the Fusible Cotton batting from Hobbs again - I just love not needing to baste my quilt!  This batting is definitely up there on my favorites list now!

 I had a perfectly sized piece left from my November project, so was quickly on my way to getting the quilting started.  With a Schmetz needle and Aurifil thread loaded, I was ready to tackle getting this project finished.  My cone of white Aurifil thread is sure getting a workout this month, this is the third blue and white quilt I've made this month!

I kept my quiting simple, lots of curvy designs to soften all the straight piecing.  It sure is a pretty little quilt!  I quilted the last border in diamonds using a ruler foot and straight ruler.  I'm getting better at using these tools, and am finding myself much more comfortable with practice.  
After Christmas it will be lovely on this table!   This quilt will end up being washed, so I'm interested in seeing how the batting looks after that, I'll be sure to remember to updat you when that happens.

I think Scamper approves!  He takes advantage of this spot to look out the front window and supervise who comes in and out of the front door, so is the reason I'll be washing it!

Would you like to join me in my Winter Mini Madness?  I've written up the instructions for making this quilt and am happy to make it available as a pattern.  I had hopes of doing this as a Quilt Along this month, but things were just too crazy for that so this is the next best thing.  If you loved doing the June Mini Madness quilt, I think you will love this one, too.  If it helps with your winter madness I am happy - it helped with mine!

Winter Mini Medallion Pattern

Thanks to Island Batik for a wonderful year as an Island Batik Ambassador!  Thank you for all the wonderful fabric and the great group of Ambassadors that have inspired and encouraged me!  I'll post a review of all my 2020 projects next week - it's been quite a year.

Make sure to visit the rest of the Island Batik Ambassadors this month and see what they make for this challenge!

Thursday, July 09, 2020

Crazy Jane Update - blocks done in May

I can't remember if I posted these blocks yet or not, but was cleaning out my downloads file and spotted them.  Yes, Crazy Jane is on my list for this year, and I am still aiming to get her finished!  This is the block I was stuck on for way to long.  I ended up machine piecing it, and it came out really well.
Then I got the next one done, just a few tiny appliques.  Not bad at all!
And I enjoyed finding a lighthouse to fussy cut for the center of this one.  With even tinier appliqued melons!
The next block has a whole lot of applique.  I just need to prep it, then I'll get it's the thinking about it phase that gets me stuck every time.  

I've been working on some other sewing projects this week, but am looking forward to my weekend quilting.  I plan on getting busy with my UFO for the month, quilting a shop sample, and some more Jane.  A good reward for getting my work done!  Let me tell you, sewing a petticoat for square dancing is pretty boring work, and I'll deserve a quilting break over the weekend.  What are you working on this week?  

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Small, smaller smallest - do you love miniature quilts?

I sure do!  The smaller the better!  

I have all four walls in my sewing room adorned with mini quilts - above my sewing machine:
By the window:
Above the door:
And beside the closet!
So fun (and a fabulous way to be able to display more quilts).

I was super excited about the Small, Smaller, Smallest blog hop hosted by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt - and it's been fun seeing all the posts so far.

For my project, I decided to finish this mini that I actually started a year ago.  Thimble included for scale!

I made this quilt using fabrics supplied to me by Island Batik.  The blocks are by Hope's Quilt Designs.  I quilted my mini with Aurifil thread (provided by Aurifil Thread!) - I tried using 80 wt in the blocks and it was so wonderful!  You get the impression of texture without seeing the thread so much.    Now I just have to find a spot for my mini on my wall!

Here is the list of participants in the hop again, make sure you read them all!

March 5

March 6

March 7

March 8

Oh, I have a couple of Miniature Quilts magazines to give away as well!

If you notice in my first picture, I made the blue and white one in the center for my wall above my sewing machine.  Leave me a comment and on  Friday evening I'll draw one winner for both magazines.

Thanks for reading

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Deciding the Layout for March MiniMadness quilt

I've been having fun making these little blocks and finished enough yesterday so I can decide how I want to lay them out!  I have many options:
Squares with light points in.

Squares with light point out.

Rotate the center squares.

I created 10 different layouts and could have continued on!  I picked the four I liked best and I hope you will help me choose which one to make!  In the layout below I have labeled them with A, B, C and D.  Leave a comment here or on my facebook page and let me know what you like!

Here they are:

Thanks for helping me come to a decision!