Fully embracing Mini Quilts

If you are not on Instagram you probably are not aware of the flurry of mini quilt swaps that have been happening over the last year or so.   Hundreds and hundreds of mini quilts have been made a swapped all over the world and people’s homes now have walls adorned in beautiful little quilts.  After resisting for nearly a year, in February I finally signed up for my first mini quilt swap – the Cotton and Steel mini quilt swap.

I shared my first quilt for this swap a couple of months ago, including the paper piecing pattern I used for this quilt on my original post…….

Economy block mini quilt copyI liked it but I was not exactly what I wanted.  So I went back to the drawing board and came up with this beauty…

cotton and steel sampler mini quilt copyI loved making this 15 inch square sampler and shrinking all these quilt blocks down to 3 inches was fun.  Nearly all these blocks were paper pieced as I find it is the easiest way for me to get accuracy at this small size.

cotton and steel sampler close upI really loved putting this quilt together…and even found some prints I could fussy cut at this small size!

So with my Cotton and Steel mini done I felt the need to sign up for another mini swap… this time the Lizzy House mini quilt swap.  Now Lizzy House is my favorite designer… I love her prints. As so many of my quilts end up going to kids charities Lizzy Houses fun, modern novelty prints were an instant hit with me.

So what do you do when you have a huge collection of fabulous Lizzy House prints… you make hexagons of course…

lizzy house hexagon mini wipSo this is my Lizzy House mini work in progress.  The day I signed up for the swap I started making hexagons and once I had them all I had a blast arranging and re-arranging them until I had a layout I was happy with.

Lizzy House hexagon close upThis quilt has been so much fun to make…though a little tough on my hands as there has been a lot of hand sewing…

lizzy house hexagon cu I started making this mini before I had my partner details (yes I was that excited!).  After you sign up you get assigned a partner, you get sent a list of likes and dislikes and you can stalk them on Instagram so you can make something appropriate for them.  So as much as I love these hexagons, I was not sure it was totally up my partners alley… so I made another mini…

lizzy house NY beauty mini quilt..which is much more her style. This quilt is uses four different New York beauty patterns… and I love the unity of the similar shapes of the New York Beauty block combined with the disconnect of the different patterns pieces.

lizzy house NY beauty mini quilt detailI am sure my partner will love which ever mini I end up sending.  I have a couple more weeks before the quilts have to be sent and there is a chance I will change my mind again and make something else.  This is the joy of mini quilts…they are so quick and easy to make.

So I can now say I am a mini quilt addict, though I have controlled myself this month and not signed up for any more swaps…yet.

A little miniature fun

Any one who is active on Instragram will be aware of the flurry of miniature quilt swaps going on at the moment and last week I finally succumbed signed up for one …  now if I am honest I would say that I did not always get what was so cool about miniatures but I finally worked it out…

(a)  It is a quilt you can complete quickly and easy and have the satisfaction of a finish

(b) You can try new techniques quickly and easily (I keep thinking they are going to be a great way to practice my free motion quilting).

(c) They look really cool pinned up together on the wall of your sewing space.

So with this in mind I had some fun this weekend making 3 inch Economy blocks…

3 inch economy blockWhat I love about the Economy block is that it allows for really great fussy cutting and what I love about paper piecing is that it allows for accuracy when working on such a small scale.

I must admit I got a little carried away and finished a whole mini quilt this weekend…

mini paper pieced quilt cotton and steelYou can find a pattern sheet for these blocks here….Miniature Economy Block and these mini blocks  will join my mini log cabin and my mini flying geese patterns in the “Free paper piecing pattern” tab.

economy block detailI must tell you I am not done yet with miniature patterns…but it is back to green stars next week…promise.

Liberty Love

Last week, while drugged up on cold and flu medication, I decided to play with my small stash of Liberty fabrics.  I started slowly collecting fabric just over a year a go, when a darling friend gave me two Liberty lawn fat quarters as a thank you present.

Liberty Lawn

For those of you not familiar with the fabric it is a light weight, beautiful cotton that comes in the most fabulous designs and is made by the famous British store Liberty of London….Ironically I have bought quite a bit of stuff at Liberty in my time in England but never went to the fabric section!

Liberty Lawn 2

I had originally popped my Liberty cherry with the sample pillow for my Introduction to Paper Piecing class at Modern Domestic (my main Liberty enabler!).

Liberty paper pieced star

This 16 inch star used some bigger slices of my stash but I loved how the delicate Liberty fabric plays against the Essex linen.

class pillow detailAnyway this week I had the crazy idea to make some mini dresden plate flowers with my Liberty stash.  I wanted to go small because I also had a collection of 21/2 inch squares that my darling BF had bought back for me from London…and I wanted hand work because it meant I did not have to leave the couch.  The end result was this…

mini liberty dresden plate

The finished 16 point flower is 5 inches wide.

5 inch flower

Somewhere during this process my husband declared that I had officially gone crazy and I think he might be right.  I have made up a little travel kit and I am now obsessed with making these things….

my liberty kit

I found a pattern sheet on-line at AMC-Quilts that I used (LINK HERE)… their PDF pattern was the perfect size and I just printed it on card stock and cut out the petal pieces and started to sew.

mini Liberty dresden plates

I am not sure what I am going to do with them but for now I am happy to just make away.