Jen, from A Dream and a Stitch designed this awesome mini, combining a house block with a mini quilt block. It reminded me of my grandma’s house on the beach, so that inspired my color choices.
*A little bit of backstory. My grandma was 43 when I was born. Obviously, too young to be a grandma, so I called her Honey. I am 43 today, and I can totally feel her on this topic.
Honey’s house was blue with a red door, and she had a bay window in the front. So, I had to do a little bit of re-drafting of the pattern for my window placement. The upstairs windows were moved, too, as I’m a bit uptight.
Here is my fabric pull. I ended up switching out the yellow with a light blue for the windows. I found this red fabric with a yellow polka dot in a good size, and fussy cut it to make my door.
The top went together quilt easily, although I didn’t do a good job matching up the path that leads to the front door. I did notice it before quilting, and I had every intention of fixing it, but I forgot. So, we’re going to say the house has settled a bit over the years. It is an old house.
The mini mini quilt had me terribly excited. For the actual top I used a tiny pineapple block, stolen from my Jen Kingwell project that starts next week. It works well here, and I like the colors.
I had these tiny clothespins laying about in my studio. I’ve had them for years, and I’m not certain where they came from anymore. I’m happy to say that they now have a home. I embroidered a clotheslines across the posts, using the Hungarian braided chain stitch. I followed Mary Corbet’s tutorial on Youtube. If you type “Hungarian braided chain stitch” into Google, her video is the first hit. I had planned to hook the clothespins into that, but it is too tight, so they are tacked on with stitches through the loops.
For my backing I used an old Laurel Burch cat print I had on my shelf. (Honey was a cat person.)
I did a few different quilting methods on this project. I’m most proud of the “molar” feather I did on the front door. After the class I took last week I’m infatuated with feathers.
Since a real quilter lives in this house, there is another quilt to hang on the line. This one is what initially got me so worked up. I have these itty bitty 1″ triangle templates I purchased many years ago. I don’t know what my thought process during purchase was, but they have been languishing in my EPP desk for years. Now they are all happy, because they got to play with my Alison Glass scrap bin and make a lovely tiny rainbow quilt. I prepped the bits before going on vacation, and hand stitched them during our recent trip to Aruba. 1″ triangles are overly fussy. They make me doubt the wisdom of the 1/4″ hexagons I bought last month.
This mini is backed in a Heather Ross lawn, so it was easy to work with. I thought about doing a real binding and using batting, but I don’t have enough Xanax to get me through that. Instead I just layered the top and the back, then stitched around the outside, and turned it right side out. I did do some quilting, because I couldn’t resist. I love how it turned out.
I tried to do an invisible join on my binding for this one. I’ve done it before for larger quilts. For some reason it is quite challenging for me. Something with that spatial relationship eludes me. I tried it twice before giving up and going with a regular binding. So, you can see the end, but if you bug me about it I’ll be sad, so don’t. I tried glue basting to attach the binding to the back, and it worked well enough. I’m not sure that it is a better technique than pins for me. It was a little fussy, and I got glue on my shirt. For a larger quilt it might be harder, although maybe with practice I will get better.
I will be giving away a copy of The Quilter Planner Mini. I recently won two, so I’m going to spread the love. I’ll also include two fat quarters of some beautiful green fabrics, in case you are wanting to get your greenery on this year. There may be some other planner related goodies, too, if I can get to the store. To enter, leave a comment on this post. I will use a random number generator to select a winner. Winner will be announced on March 18th.
**Giveaway is now closed. **
Check out everyone else’s mini quilts, too.
March 10 Reveal Day
*Jen Rosin A Dream and a Stitch
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Jennifer Fulton at Inquiring Quilter
Karen Thurn at Tu-Na Quilts, Travels and Eats
Melva Nolan at Melva Loves Scraps
Vicki at Vicki’s Crafts & Quilting
Julie Stocker at Pink Doxies
Anja Clyke at Anja Quilts
Diann at Little Penguin Quilts
Jayne at Twiggy & Opal
Susan Arnold at Quilt Fabrication
Leanne Milsom at Lizzie the Quilter
Sandra Walker at Mmm! Quilts!
March 11 Reveal Day
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Tami at Sew Much for Free Time
Suzy Webster at Adventurous Applique & Quilting
Tish Stemple at Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland
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Anne Boundy at Said With Love
Barbara Wootie at The Flashing Scissors