Mini quilting

I did something a little outside of my comfort zone and joined an Instagram Mini Swap! Schnizel and Boo’s, to be precise. I thought it would make a fun blog post to show my progress shots as documentation of the entire quilting process.

My partner likes low volume and pretty florals, so I decided to pull some favorite low-volume prints that feature gray. They would contrast nicely with the peach and yellow florals that I chose to feature.

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The final pull was slightly different than this stack. The grid, crosshatch and succulent prints are from Carolyn Friedlander. The large gray floral is Eloise Renouf for Cloud 9. The gold with tiny flowers is from the appropriately named Petit Fleurs collection, and the peach is from Elizabeth Olwen for Cloud 9 Fabrics.

Next up was cutting and block assembly. I decided to do quarter-circle blocks for a mini Trill design (I’m a little obsessed with that shape at the moment), so I laid them out and glue basted the blocks four at a time.

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Top assembly. Part of the appeal of mini quilts for me is that they encourage a level of detail that would just be too overwhelming on a large quilt. I usually press to one side to help nest seams to make rows and then press them to one side again to save time. But open was possible and looked great, so open it was.

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Here is the finished top.

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The next step was quilting.

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I added texture with my favorite wavy walking foot quilting. This is the back, with another Elizabeth Olwen fabric, from her Grey Abbey collection.IMG_1848

And the back. I put some pockets in for easy hanging.

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And the big reveal:

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I don’t think my partner reads this site, but just in case I won’t reveal who the recipient is until she gets it. It goes out Monday morning with a few little treats.

NJMQG will be having a mini quilt swap in February. Have you swapped before? What do you do with the quilts you receive?

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