My first mini quilt!
I typically don't go for quilts that cannot be snuggled under, picnic'd on, or draped over chairs as a fort. BUT. This pattern is fun, classic, and even a little paper pieced to make it extra special.
Finished size: 18" square
Each of the four quadrants has eight paper-pieced points for a total of 32 points. I unfortunately chose linen as my background for those points and if I were to make this quilt again, I would NOT choose linen. Anyhow, there was a fat quarter stack of Sandi Henderson's classic collection, Meadowsweet that I had been saving for some years... and I decided this was the perfect project to cut into it for. The blue circles are the only non-Meadowsweet print, which is Modern Whimsey by Laurie Wisbrun. Besides the solid linen, I used Squared Elements in Almondette for sashing.
If you look closely I've made a mistake in the blocks, but I'm not going to say what it is! I thought about tearing it apart and fixing said error, but my perfectionist self is gone, and it is what it is. Whatever. Maybe it will grow on me.
This is not only my first mini quilt wall hanging... it is also my first go at HAND-QUILTING!
That's right! In my 6 years of quilting I have never once attempted to use just needle, thread, and my own hands to quilt. It just seems so slow and tedious. Which, I found out, IS slow and tedious. Hand-quilting. But on this mini it was a pretty small undertaking and it kept my hands occupied while watching the olympics on more than a few evenings. I did very minimal quilting as its just going to hang on my wall.
I read (and re-read) this post by Anna Maria Horner for tips, pointers, and a bit of encouragement about the mechanics of hand-quilting. It was extremely helpful.
It now resides above my cutting table. I love it. I'm sure its the first of many more mini's to come... they're rather fun to make! Thanks for the paper piecing lesson, Faith! You're the best!
Giveaway is now closed!
If you're a fan of the Meadowsweet fabric like I am, leave a comment on this post and I'll draw one random name on Friday, March 7th, who will receive the remaining fabric from this Poinsettia project! Even some of the linen for good measure! ;-)
Do make sure to leave an email address or some way for me to contact you. "no-reply" comments will miss out and I'll choose another winner.
International entries welcome!
Thanks so much for stopping by!