Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Poinsettia {a mini quilt} + a giveaway!



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! 



Now for the giveaway details:
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!
xo
Cristin

46 comments:

Marcia R. said...

Your mini is lovely! What did you not like about the linen? Was it difficult to sew the points? Cause it looks fantastic. And I really must buy some of the squared elements - what a great blender! love your choices of fabric, the pattern and your construction. Nice job!

J Martin said...

Love the mini quilt and the sweet hand stitching! I am inspired to try a mini for my sewing room.
J Martin

Laurel09 said...

Very pretty - I'm impressed with the hand quilting! Thank you for the chance to win some fabric!

EgayZra said...

Love the pattern and the fabric :)

Heather D. said...

A very pretty mini quilt! I'm not going to look for your mistake, we all have them!! I love the look of the linen with this fabric line.

Cristin said...

The linen is thicker than quilting cotton do it made bulky seams and made hand quilting more difficult too. Atleast it looks good!

Marlena said...

Love the mini and the Meadowsweet fabrics! Attempting some hand quilting is on my to do list this year. Thanks for the helpful links!

Kelli said...

Beautiful! Love the hand-quilting touches and the springy hints of color.

Courtneysews said...

This is so cute!! Thanks for the chance to get your craps!

LethargicLass said...

I love Sandi Henderson so this is a great chance! I like mini quilts because you don't have to commit a lot of time or money for a great finish :)

Kim @ TiesThatBindQuilting said...

I've never made a mini quilt. These are such lovely fabrics! What didn't you like about using the linen?

Cristin said...

Haha craps ��

Cristin said...

The linen is thicker than quilting cotton so it made bulky seams and made hand quilting more difficult too. Atleast it looks good!

bea said...

It's lovely and so bright and cheery on your wall. Thank you for the giveaway. I missed out on this pretty line of fabric before.

Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures said...

Sometimes great things come in small packages. Nice job!

Rachel said...

I love your mini! I love making mini quilts/pillows, it's a fun way to try out new things without a big commitment. I'd love some meadowsweet!

Maria said...

A lovely mini!

Maria said...

A lovely mini!

Ella said...

Congrats on so many firsts!

Julie said...

Good for you to hand stitch. I am too chicken to try!

Jennyroo said...

I can put your leftovers to good use!!!! Thanks for sharing!

Amy's Crafty Shenanigans said...

I love linen and it really goes with the fabrics - it looks perfect to me!!!

Carly said...

That is beautiful! Love Meadowsweet - one of my favorite fabric lines ever. :)

Jenny said...

Thanks for a chance heading over from IG

Jenny said...

Thanks for a chance heading over from IG

Kristina @ withaKquilting said...

very pretty mini! I love the plaid. I too would love your leftovers.

Kate W said...

Your mini is gotgeous! Love the fabrics!! K.whitsell@yahoo.com

Samantha said...

Beautiful mini! I think I will have to add this pattern to my list. That list is ever growing ;) thanks for the chance to win your pretty leftovers too :)

paront1222@comcast.net said...

Love your fabric choice for your mini....
Those fabrics would LOVE to come live with me :)
Hoping to win the giveaway....

I'm enjoying following you on IG and all your great projects!
Peggy in NJ
paront1222@comcast.net

scrosske said...

This is a great project!! I'm putting it on my loooooong bucket list. Thanks for the chance to win! :)

Nikki Lynn Thomas said...

I'm a big fan of minis. They're great for trying out patterns & techniques or for swaps. I even used them as the basis for my daughter's nursery decor.

Kira Rae said...

I love meadow sweet! I have a few pieces hanging around my house I'd love to add to! Quitedkira@mail.com

Briawna said...

What a sweet little mini! I just delved into the world of mini quilts, too and they're so addicting. This stack of fabrics is so gorgeous. Thanks for the chance to win! Briawna.hugh@gmail

Alisa said...

I am a fan of meadowsweet! Your mini is beautiful. I haven't made a mini but it attracts me right now...faster finish!

Alli said...

The mini is gorgeous! I don't love hand quilting either bc I'm too impatient, but I always love the way it looks! And what a yummy fabric bundle :)

Endeavors of the Heart said...

I love the fabrics and the mini!! My email address is:
joel.damaris@gmail.com

XXOO, Damaris

Gill said...

Gorgeous!
I'd love to try making a mini!
Thanks for a lovely giveaway!

Kristine said...

I love your mini!! The colours are fabulous!

Kristineholland@gmail.com

Hannah said...

Your mini quilt looks great! I would love to win the fabric!

Brynn said...

What a great mini! I haven't made one yet - too busy making big quilts, I guess. Yours is adorable, with excellent fabric choices and a very complementary pattern. Nicely done!

Angie said...

Love this mini! I love the look of linen....but agree that it's thickness makes the seams a bit bulky. It's worth the extra work in the end...your quilt it beautiful :)

Kara said...

Your mini loks great! And after really scrutinizing it, I can't see any mistakes!

Erin Alana said...

LOVE the mini quilt AND the bright happiness of the Meadowsweet fabric! Thanks for the chance to win!
thebakers2@hotmail.com

Anne Simonot said...

Oh very pretty little project! I tried hand-quilting once but decided it was much too time-consuming for me. annesimonot@sasktel.net

Laurie said...

I love this quilt and those fabrics. Great job!

Laura said...

Love the mini quilt! You're inspiring me to try my hand at hand quilting.

Lovely fabrics too!