Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Amanda's Mini Quilt
Happy Tuesday! Over the next few weeks I'm going to share a mini quilt each week that I made this past Spring. When we rearranged the sewing room this past winter (still need to get decent photos to share!), I realized just how many sewing/quilting/crafting books I own. Quite a lot as it turns out. This is great, but I am pretty bad about making anything from them. So I decided to do something about it! I had a goal this year to make more sewn gifts, so I paired these two challenges together and made some Birthday mini quilts. Today I'm sharing one I made for my friend Amanda, for her birthday later this month!
Amanda loves blues and grays, so that's where I started as I was pulling fabrics for her mini quilt. I focused on mint, turquoise, teal, dark gray and black. I used mainly blenders, all from various Art Gallery Fabrics collections. I wanted something carefree and cool, so I turned to Quilt Improv by Lucie Summers. She shares a variety of building blocks to work from, and I went with the x-block technique. It was lots of fun to make and I think it turned out really cute!
I used small blocks to make an 18" square mini quilt, perfect for hanging in the Mooverse (Amanda's craft room!). I quilted free-motion swirls using white Aurifil 50wt thread.
It's backed in a print from Rapture by Pat Bravo and bound up in one of my favorite prints from Chromatics by AGF In-House.
As always, I attached my binding by machine. You can find a tutorial for the method I use here. It's easy and quick!
I love making mini quilts because they are a small opportunity to play. They don't take much time or fabric, so it's the perfect chance to try something new and different!