So I was originally going to call this post, ‘Weekend Sewing’ or something similar to that, as most of these sweet little minis were started on a weekend! But I thought not. Instead, I chose to capture the flourishing obsession that’s been growing inside of me lately for making mini quilts!!
Let’s hear it for the Mini Quilts! Hooray!
The first mini that has come across my sewing table is my cutest-of-cute Pandamonium Mini Quilt by Fat Quarter Shop!
Gahh! Isn’t she the sweetest?! I smile like a Cheshire every time I look at it!
I chose to keep as close to the true colours that are in the original pattern, using a few subtle print fabrics for the white and pink parts and keeping the rest as basic solid colours. I stuck to my ‘traditional’ version of straight-line vertical quilting, backing it with a black and cream floral print fabric that was the perfect find within my stash! (I had one of those, ‘Oh, I forgot I had this fabric! It’s absolutely perfect for this project! Yay!’) I then finished it off with a green binding, a lot like the one in the pattern.
This little beauty now hangs on my bedroom door, where I pass it every day with a smile as it captures everything I love about quilting… pattern, texture, line, colour, shape, geometry and creativity!
Mini number two: my Patchwork Pineapple Mini by Sassafras Lane Designs for Dear Stella!
I’ve only quite recently become partial to the odd pineapple design or two, whether it be on fabric, on a t-shirt, in the kitchen, in ornament form or as a fun little quilt pattern!
I think I first came across this design on Pinterest. Then on Instagram. And then again on Facebook. I saw it as a sign and thought I should investigate it more… As soon as I saw that it was a FREE pattern, I knew then that I just had to make it!
And so I did!
Now I must admit, I did alter the pattern a little bit – I made mine slightly bigger than what the pattern says to make it. Instead of the finished mini measuring 8.5″x11.5″, mine measures 19.5″x27.5″! I simply wanted to make it a bit bigger so that it would fit the space I’m planning on hanging it. I think one day I’ll make it to the true size of the original, but at right now, I’m super-happy with the results I have with this one!
I chose to quilt a simple design, echoing the patchwork squares that make up the main body of the pineapple. Now I just have to finish hand sewing the binding to the back, make and stitch a rod pocket to the top, give it a good press and then hang it into place! Yay!
And the last mini that has been making my life happy and one that I’m pretty sure I’ve over-shared these last couple days/weeks is my Crown of Thorns Mini Quilt!
I’m so darned proud of this little beauty and I’m so happy that you all seem to like it too! All of your lovely feedback and comments about it have simply blown me away, making me so thankful for such delightful and supportive readers, viewers and friends! Thank you!!
So I really hope you don’t mind me sharing a few more photos with you… This last one is where the quilt has ended up – on the wall above my sewing table, where I can admire it as I design, cut, sew, quilt and daydream!
If you would like to make this yourself, you can check out the tutorial I made here!
Have you been making any fun little Mini Quilts lately? Let me know! I would love to be inspired by you!
Happy Sewing, Friends!
PS. Don’t forget to enter my RJR Fabrics GIVEAWAY! Click here to find out how to enter! Entries close: Friday 7th August 2015!
6 responses to “Let’s Hear it for the Minis!”
These are all so fun! I just love minis 🙂
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Thanks so much!! 😊
Hi. I just made the panda. I think it is so cute vi gave my to an exchange staff we had for her to enjoy in Japan. I love the pineapple quilt so cute and yummy. I may have to make that one next. Great job on all your quilts! Ps I saw your rjr quilt on their Instagram. Congrats!!
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Thank you! 😊
Wow, awesome idea about giving your Panda Quilt to an exchange staff! I’m sure she loved it! 👍
Yay! I love all your minis but seriously, that pineapple mini quilt has me swooning. I saw the pineapple on instagram as well and immediately started researching it because it is totally one of my favorite things! I signed up to get an email from one of the ladies on Instagram who turned the pineapple tutorial into a whole quilt of pineapples.. I feel it’s a bit over eager for me right at this moment but I plan to make it one day! It makes my heart happy every time I look at it.
Also, I watched the video to your Crown of Thorns mini [also brilliant!], and I really appreciated your tip on squaring up half triangle squares. I was just thinking to myself, “I wish she would give more detail about doing that..” and then BOOM you were doing it! So appreciate that. I find that to be the most frustrating part about making half triangle squares. I need to invest in a little square that will help me… do you have any suggestions in common sizes to buy the square rulers in? 4″ seem pretty standard? I need to invest in more rulers. I have such a difficult time making sure my squares are square!!
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I saw that big pineapple quilt on Instagram too! I really liked it! 😃
I agree that squaring up HSTs can be frustrating! Especially when you’re not quite in the mood for it! The two square rulers that I use are a 4.5″ and a 6.5″. It’s not often that I’ll make HSTs bigger than 6.5″, so I find these two the best to have in my collection. 👍