Metallic Mini Finished

This week I managed to get my Modern Metallic mini quilt finished, just in time to get it entered in PNW Metallic Challenge competition.

miniture log cabin quilt patternThis quilt is made up of 3 inch log cabin blocks, you can find the paper piecing pattern I used in my original post.  As it was a metallic challenge I choose my most favorite metallic fabric, Michael Miller’s Mirror Ball Dot in Rice, Silver, Platinum, Onyx and a splash of Citron.

finished mini log cabin quilting detailI knew I really wanted to quilt with metallic thread though I had never done it before. First up I tried hand quilting but that was an unmitigated disaster.  Metallic thread is so fine that I was just making a hash of everything.  After several attempts to get hand quilting to work,  I finally resorted to machine quilting, which has its own issues.

finished mini log cabin detailThis time I was smart enough to do some online research… resulting in a tips list:

1.  Use a new, sharp needle.
2.  Load a lighter weight neutral thread in your bobbin
3.  Loosen the upper tension on your machine and make sure the metallic thread is not catching on any particular point.
4.  Stitch really really slowly to avoid breakage.
5.  Try not to get too upset when the thread breaks.

I can not imagine trying to quilt a normal size quilt with metallic thread.  I do not have the patience to even attempt such a feat but I will be forever in awe of anyone who is crazy enough to do it!

finished mini log cabin binding detailAs for the last step, binding, I was ridiculously indecisive and  actually bound this quilt twice!   My first biding was a citron solid – which I was not thrilled with and so unpicked.  I finally settled on a solid black binding, something neutral and not too fussy.  I have never unpicked a binding before but when you are dealing with something so small you can make these rash decisions and change your mind without too much hassle.

Quilt Details:

Block:   3 inch paper pieced log cabin
Fabric:  Mirror Ball Dot
Finished size:  15 x 15 inches


Miniture Quilts Paper Piecing Monday

I am back… sorry about the radio silence last week… I was kind of forced to take a little break but we are now back on-line and ready to go… starting with Paper Piecing Monday miniature style.

The Portland Modern Quilt Guild is currently taking part in some miniature quilt challenges, so  I just had to give it a try.  Because of the size of the quilt blocks usually used in these quilts, precision is incredibly important.  Even the slimmest of miscalculations can cause big issues when you are working at such a small scale, unless of course, you work with a paper piecing pattern.

So I decided to use a simple 3 inch log cabin block for my Metallic Challenge mini quilt…

3 inch log cabin blocksOf course I had to use one of my fave fabrics, Michael Miller’s Mirror Ball.  It was just perfect for this challenge and worked well with the small scale block.

metalic quilt detail copyYou can find the paper piecing pattern I used here…. miniature log cabin pattern.   The blocks came together really quickly and my final quilt is 15 inches by 15 inches square and now all I have to do is work out how I want to back and quilt it.

metalic miniture