I have been on a bit of a quilting kick lately. I just finished a quilt with fabric I bought right after Andrew was born (2 and a quarter years ago) and I will post about it once I get some photos taken. I also finished the quilt top of this mini medallion quilt from a free pattern by Chrissy from Sew Lux. I need to quilt it and bind it, which I am hoping to do soon. I had some fabric scraps left over from my mini medallion quilt and I wanted to make some mini quilts with them. I have been totally inspired by Camille Roskelley and her ever growing wall of mini quilts (see the last photo in this post.) I bought her Swoon mini pattern a while ago and finally got around to using it.
I loved making the Swoon blocks. They were really fun to piece. I find I struggle with accuracy in my piecing. Some of the points ended up a little blunted on the ends, but I still think they’re really cute. I used a light floral patterned fabric for the middle part of the blocks and that fabric sort of blends in to the cream background fabric. Something a little darker might have been better, or maybe I should have switched the two main fabrics so that the floral could have been on the larger pieces? It’s obviously too late to make any changes now, but I want to make this pattern again. Next time I will definitely chose two fabrics that stand out more from the background fabric.
The third mini quilt I made is the Color My Heart pattern from Fat Quarter Shop. It’s a free pattern and I’d seen a bunch of cute versions of it on Instagram. I made my version smaller than the pattern– I cut 2.5″ squares instead of 5″ squares so it would be a really mini quilt. This one was super easy and quick once the cutting was done.
I quilted all three of these with straight lines using my walking foot. Straight lines are definitely my preferred way to quilt. I struggle with doing free motion type quilting– on small things I do OK with it, but I just like how the straight lines look. I sewed the binding by machine since I knew these were going to go on a wall. I made little triangle pockets on the back corners of the quilts and inserted dowels into the pockets. The upper dowel sits on a nail and the lower dowel is just to keep the bottoms from curling up at the corners.
Once I finished I really struggled finding a place to hang them! I tried various places in the house and they all looked weird. I finally settled on hanging them on the wall by our stairs. Of course they are now within reach of little fingers but so far no one has bothered them. I think I have enough of this fabric to make another mini quilt or two, so I may add to the display over time.
I think I am hooked on mini quilts– they are a fun change of pace. Hopefully it won’t be too crazy to have minis in every room of the house… I can absolutely see that happening!