Friday, May 21, 2010

What the heck do you do with a mini-quilt?

 I signed up for the mini quilt swap last month  at Modify Tradition(great blog!) and just finished. The guidelines were for a traditional quilt with modern fabric and NO wonkiness.  Let me assure you that any wonkiness was completely unintentional!   Bought some yummy fabrics and this is the result....

What I used: to die for echino,  michael miller, and amy butler( If you live in NoCO and haven't been to Mama Said Sew on E. Mountain Ave. in Old Town, Fort Collins, get there as fast as you can!  Awesome!)

What I learned:  I'm a crappy quilter!  This was my third attempt and I'm realizing, stick with what you know!   I can't even maintain an even 1/4"seam when sewing strips!  Ugh!

I've been enamored with the winding ways quilts since I read Jennifer Chiaverini's book of the same name(great series,that![I just read a British chick lit book, can you tell?]).   With fabric like the echino--rather heavy linen-like--the seams were so bulky that it didn't have a prayer of lying flat!  So that will be turned into a pin cushion.

My next try was a double wedding ring, paper peiced.  Well, I don't know how to do that!  A goodly amount of wasted(I''ll figure out something for it!) fabric later, courthouse steps fit the bill.

After I finished, I realized I had made a quilt like this before using a Wonderland honey bun, not realizing it had a name--just thinking I was tweaking a log cabin. I guess what's true for cooking is the same for quilting--there's just not much that hasn't already been done!

So after all that--I love it!  I couldn't stop looking at it last night after I got the binding sewn on! 

As to the title of my answer to that question is to give it an envelope back and give the option of a fantastic pillow.  It could still hang on a wall or sit on a table, but I'm really happy with it as a pillow-mini-quilt!  Hope my partner likes it!

There's a meeting of the Fort Collins Modern Quilt Guild on Thursday, May 27 at  Half Moon Bay Coffee Co in Fort Collins from 5:30-8.  I'm hoping to make it--I think April was it's first month.

Have a great weekend!  And we still have room for 8 more quilter's at the retreat in November with
crazy mom quilts!


  1. great thinking Tara! i love your quilt...whether is be wall hanging, pillow or table topper!

  2. I make a lot of mini quilts, sometimes I make them into wall hangings, sometimes they become table toppers, I've even had a couple become placemats.
    If you don't have a 1/4" machine foot, it would help a ton for doing seams, unless your doing yours by hand.
    I like the quilt fabric you choose.


  3. I think your mini quilt is adorable! I just made one...or rather should say "tried" to make one...for a swap/challenge. I'm going to hang it in my sewing room to remind myself that I can function out of my comfort zone! LOL!!! It was the first time I ever tried a quilt of any type and I have to say it has inspired me to try it again! :o)



  4. I have never tried a mini quilt but of course I am just a beginner quilter. I haven't even got to sew lately. I hope to this weekend though. I think yours is great. I love it.

  5. I have made alot of mini quilts over the years and they sit in a box on a shelf -- Thanks so much for the idea so that now I can make use of them or even gift them to friends who are in desperate need of a new sofa cushion!

  6. Mini quilts are great for table toppers, wall decoration, gifts, pillows, or even a tote bag. They're also good to try out a pattern to see if you'd like to make a big quilt! They're always good to practice your quilting too!

  7. I have never had a mini quilt 1. because I could not think of anything to do with one and 2. I am not neat and perfectionistic enough and I think my flaws will be on display all the more in a mini quilt!
    Yours is looking good - great fabric choices

  8. Tara! I was so glad to visit your blog again today and find that you've posted 4 times since I was here last! HOORAY for getting those blog posts in your head to blogging online again! So great! And now you have 147 (!!!) followers. (I just became one.) That is really something. Congrats. I think that you ARE a quilter, it's just that we all have to start somewhere, right? I wish, though, that we could all be amazing quilters right away from the very beginning.

  9. I need to make some mini quilts and practice. I did take a class to quilt and just havent had a chance to keep it up.

  10. As the recipient of said mini quilt....I LOVE IT! It's perfect in everyway. Don't be so hard on yourself, in the grand scheme of things, nobody will notice the slight imperfections in the quilt top(if there are any).
    Anyway, I love it and can't wait to use it as a pillow in my studio. but it may be a wall hanging in my office to start off with. I have shown everyone who will look and they have all raved about it!
    Actually, I may want to come to this retreat in the fall. I'm trying to do some machine quilting but its really frustrating. maybe the classes there will help. I hope adding a male won't mess up the "vibe".
    Cheers, Marcus

  11. I love that little quilt. The imperfection and "wonkiness" are a style element!

    Go with it!

    Thanks for stopping by!

    love, kelee

  12. It was Granny's birthday yesterday and I could not help but think of everyone that bought a quilt from her. She is gone but not forgotten. I sure do miss your posts!!