I have been doing a lot of pattern testing recently. I enjoy the process of getting to interact with pattern designers who I think are really cool, plus it’s fun to get my hands on new patterns before the release date. I had a new experience a while when I tested my first quilt pattern. I have been following the blog Ellis & Higgs for a while and I really admire the work that Nadra does.
She put out a call for testers for two new mini quilt patterns, the Notting Hill House mini and the Sugar Candies mini. I was excited to find out I was chosen and I got to test the Notting Hill House mini. I really love making mini quilts– they satisfy my urge to do piecing and quilting and are easily finished in a short period of time. (Unlike the quilt I’ve been working on for over two years now!)
This quilt was really fun to make. I started cutting my pieces one morning when Luke was at pre-school. Once the cutting was done I told myself, “I’ll just sew through step one now, then I’ll come back to it later.” I got so hooked sewing it that I was almost late to pick up Luke from school. It is all easy shapes to piece and it goes really quickly.
The fabric I used is from a half yard bundle I got ages ago. I have used it for my other mini quilts and I wanted to use it for this project so it can hang with my other minis, too. I am not sure my fabric choice for the bottom part of the house was the best– no one seems to be able to tell its a house without me telling them. I think that it’s really obvious from Nadra’s version and from the other testers versions. Oh well, can’t change it now! I’ve still got leftover fabric so I want to make up the Sugar Candies pattern next.
If you’re looking for a fun, quick, quilty project I’d recommend this pattern!