I went through my new partner’s Instagram posts and Pinterest boards, and she had said she loved Brave. I found this pattern on misha29.com and did it in triplicate. As a mom of twins, I have become accustomed to doing everything twice, so three wasn’t too bad. There were so many pieces in their eyes, they took forever! But totally worth it! I mean, how cute are these guys?
Their noses and mouths were stitched on afterward.
I used this arrow fabric for the backing and border to round out the theme. My partner loved it. I am glad I did something just for her based on her preferences and it turned out exactly like I had hoped.
I sent this little guy off almost a month ago now. It was for a Hogwarts Mini Quilt swap. My partner had requested something that was more indicative of Harry Potter without being too over the top. I used two patterns from the Fandom in Stitches Project of Doom Bookcase. I figured the books and the glasses would be obviously Harry Potter if you know the series, but could also be “Oh, cool books” if not.
For the backing fabric I used this fun Cotton and Steel potions fabric.
I did free-motion swirly quilting in the background areas, which was done with texty low-volume fabric.
I hope my partner liked it, I never heard from her. I love this mini though, and maybe some day I will get around to doing the full Harry Potter bookcase. (In all my free time!)
I finished a Disney mini quilt swap recently and had not one but two partner drops. The first partner dropped early in the swap, so I got a new partner assignment and stalked her Instagram feed for ideas. She had tons of Disney posts, but the one I really liked was a photo she had taken at Walt Disney World standing in front of the castle during the Wishes fireworks. I decided to use that as my inspiration.
Once my mini was done (and it was no small feat, it was crazy detailed paper piecing.) I looked back through my partner’s feed and discovered that she hadn’t posted even one progress shot of making her mini, and even more troubling, she didn’t really have a single crafty or sewing post, which seemed odd. I contacted the swap organizer and she contacted my partner who admitted to having dropped long ago, but the organizer didn’t get a message. Boo! Needless to say, I wasn’t going to send this to her, if she wasn’t fulfilling her end of the deal. So I kept it! And I love it. It’s on my wall above my sewing machine and it’s a perfect little piece next to a photo from our first trip to Disney World with the kids.
(I was assigned a third partner, the person this partner was supposed to be creating something for, and I made her something completely different. )
The Paper Piece pattern was from Fandom In Stitches. The pattern is by Daphne Seymour. It finished about 20×20” but I added a little extra at the top for the fireworks.
The fireworks were done with my embroidery machine. They were adapted from a castle/fireworks design and I moved them around and reversed them so they were more varied.
I quilted around the edges of the castle and then straight line quilted the background and the bottom of the castle.
For the backing I used firework fabric I have had forever that I am sure was a remnant but it was perfect!
This past weekend as I admired my growing collection of mini quilts and there was a little tiny dead spot on the wall in need of a tiny quilt to fill it. I have a couple pineapple quilts pinned on my Pinterest boards, which I thought would be a fun TV-show swap tie-in in case I ever had an opportunity to pay homage to the show Psych, has the Pineapple in-joke thing. Somehow, despite a ton of other things on my to-do list, I sat down and started cutting tiny scraps of yellow and green to make my own sunny pineapple quilt.
The squares are all 2 inches, and I used scraps I had on hand, most of which weren’t much larger than 2” anyway. (proof you CAN use all those tiny, hard-to-part-with scraps! I looked at a couple pineapple quilts for inspiration and sort of winged the pattern. It’s only four half-square triangles in yellow, and 8 in green. I could have gone nuts and done the whole thing HST, but I decided simple was better. I think the entire thing took me about 45 minutes to piece, so it was instant gratification.
I just simple, straight-line, perfectly imperfect diamond quilting, and all-told it was about 2 hours with a break in between. It’s about 9×13” total, which is smaller than my usual mini-quilt dimensions, and probably shouldn’t count toward my 52 quilts, but you know what? It’s my project and I love my Pineapple Quilt so I am counting it.
Plus, I think it fills the empty spot perfectly and it’s right above my sewing desk with some of my other swap minis. The Harry Potter quilt is from Linneypooh on Instagram from a swap last year, the 3 circular quilts are my skinny-mini from RuthieWindSong, the Disney Dudes is from rnbobbiejo and Wall-e is from Mightypigeon_art, it just arrived as part a Pixar swap this month. I made the sewing machine last summer from the awesome Quiet Play pattern. This is my second mini quilt wall, I filled up the area above my shelves. Obviously I need a bigger sewing room at this rate!
I sent two swap packages last week, and this is the second one. The theme for this swap is Cartoons of our Time, which included a few main modern cartoons: Adventure Time, Futurama, Gravity Falls, Phineas and Ferb and Steven Universe. My partner preferred Adventure time so while it took me forever to decide what to make, I finally decided on a pixel quilt.
Unlike my last pixel quilt, this one was really trying to be a mini quilt, but it still didn’t work out quite mini. I used 1.5” squares to start, and increased the seam allowance to make the finished squares less than 1” each. All 6 characters started out the same size, but somehow got a little wonky so I improvised some sashing to even them out.
For the quilting I did a free-motion wave top to bottom which adds to the wonkyness. All in all I like how it ended up. I haven’t really ever watched Adventure time, so I had to consult with my husband about which characters I should include. I found peler bead patterns for 7-8 different ones and had him cull the selection. I suppose if I had scaled down to only 4 it could have ended up an actual mini quilt!
For extras I included another Hour basket, made from the same fabric I used for the backing. I also made a little key fob, plus picked up a couple Adventure time Funko POP minis and a Mad-Libs book.
This little quilt is number 12 in my 52 quilts project, made for a Pixar craft swap on Instagram. It is also one of my favorite things I have ever made. I am a huge fan of all things Pixar and Monsters Inc is one of my all-time favorites, so when my partner said Mike Wazowski was a favorite, I knew I would have fun. I didn’t anticipate I would have so much trouble giving this one up!
I started with the Mike paper-piecing pattern from Fandominstitches.com which is just about the coolest resources ever for nerdy quilt patterns. The pattern was only 10×10 though, so I knew I needed to add something. At first I thought about using the monster fabric I had for the backing and doing a border, but it seemed like it needed something else. I had a little pile of solid scraps when I was sorting fabric and they just seemed perfect for the doors at the opening sequence of the movie. I pieced them all and then quilted little door patterns onto each one.
The backing fabric I have had forever, one of those things I saw in a remnant bin or something and knew I had to have it at the time, but had no real plan for it. It was perfect for this project.
Around Mike I did a little free-motion stippling to give it a little texture. I am still no expert at free motion quilting but I think I am getting better.
This swap required not only one medium-sized craft, but also two smaller ones. I made this little fabric basket, based on the 1 Hour Basket from Kelby Sews. The bottle-cap and balloon fabric was inspired by the movie UP, which is another favorite of mine and my partner. I added some Pixar Postcards, lip balm and a key fob. I also had a little fun with pearler beads and made the house from UP into a little magnet.
I am so glad that Mike with one Eye found a home that will love him as much as I do. He was so much fun to see come together. I love the details of the doors and even more I love when an idea ends up better than I imagined.
I finished this quilt a couple weekends ago, but I can finally share it. I made it as a special request from a dear friend. Her aunt was recently diagnosed with Cancer and she wanted to give her a quilt to comfort her during her treatment. We picked out the fabric, which is Kate Spain Paradiso. (affiliate link.)
The lap quilt is about 50×70 and I wanted to do something that was relatively quick piecing, since it needed to be done in a weekend. I paired the Paradiso with Zen Chic Modern Background Paper by Moda. (affiliate link.) I love using text fabric as a neutral.
My inspiration pattern was this baby quilt from craftbuds.com. It uses a half snowball block. I adapted the idea and increased the size of the blocks. I only had six fabrics plus the neutral so I tried to keep one of each pattern in each row. I love the way the little neutral blocks formed and the text and scribbles give it fun character. I did the piecing in a couple hours on a day off work.
For quilting, I went with basic vertical lines, but made them wavy every few inches.
The quilt made its way to its new owner this past week. I hope it brings her comfort during her treatments.
Every time I think I won’t sign up for more craft swaps, something shows up in my feed that just sounds like too much fun. This is one of those swaps. A lot of the swaps I have done are nerdy fandom inspired, but this was a simple concept with a fun name: Skinny Mini Quilt Swap.
The rules were just as simple: Make a mini quilt no wider than 8” and no taller than 24” and that’s it. I decided to try out Flying Geese pattern, which I hadn’t made before. I admit it’s not perfect, but I love the colors. I used a very light and subtle text fabric for the white and more of my ROYGBIV charms for the geese.
It came in at about 5”x20” so it’s definitely skinny and mini.
There’s just something about a striped binding, I can’t get enough.
I used a tall, skinny, super colorful scrap I had for the back and even tried to make a little label. (Something I definitely need to work on!)
My recipient commented that she lives in a very small house so I tried to keep extras to a tiny, useful minimum. I included a mini-charm pack of fabric and Wonderclips (Affiliate Link)
This was a fun, quick project I really enjoyed. I can’t wait to see my Skinny Mini in the mailbox soon!
February brought another Birthday for one of the members in my 2016 Birthday Fun Swap. Like last month’s, I made a mini quilt for the recipient. This month’s birthday girl is a HUGE Harry Potter fan, so her package was entirely HP-inspired. She mentioned she’d really like a critter quilt from one of Elizabeth Hartman’s patterns. I used the Hazel Hedgehog pattern and Harry Potter-ized it a little.
This pattern is so cute and fun. I have seen hundreds of Hazels on instagram in every color scheme and they are just so cute. I just did one block and used Gryffindor stripes for the body part to make it look like Harry. I couldn’t find actual striped fabric, so I made my own. Yep, the stripes in the “scarf” and the binding are actually alternating 1” strips. It worked perfectly for the look but it’s kind of bulky due to all the seams.
I added the glasses and iconic scar from heat-transfer vinyl, which I don’t think would hold up to repeated washing, but worked fine for a mini quilt. For the back I used some Harry Potter fabric I picked up a Joann fabrics last summer, assuming that I would need it for something sometime.
I also made a cross-body bag using Chambray and another Harry Potter fabric I picked last summer. I rounded out the package with a Magical Creatures coloring book, a fleece Gryffindor scarf and a couple other small items, not pictured.
The bag is Dog Under My Desk’s Two Zip Hipster pattern. I love this pattern. I think I have made it 5-6 times at least and it’s one of my favorite, most versatile bags.
(This is part 2 of 2 posts about the quilts I made for my sons.)
In my previous post, I showed off my son’s all-blue triangle quilt. Now here is my other son’s Star Wars quilt. I ordered a Fat Quarter bundle of Star Wars Force Awakens fabric way back at the end of the summer, without knowing much at all about the movie, but assuming he would love it. (He does. We took the kids twice in the theater in the first two weeks.) I got the bundle from Massdrop,(affiliate link) which is a newish social-driven shopping site. They have quilting supplies as well as some other things now. and the offerings vary daily. The more people buy in, the cheaper the price. Win-win.
I used the Hopscotch Pattern from Olive Tree, which I have made a few times before and found it works great with Fat Quarters. It’s sort of a disappearing 4-patch, which showcases larger prints.
Like the other print, I sent this to Missouri Star Quilt Co for their quilting service. I decided on their service because they offered this pattern. It has TIE fighters and X-Wings in the swirls, which is perfect for this quilt.
The back is Millennium Falcon print and a little topping of Force Awakens text fabric. I love the Millennium Falcon, so this backing fabric was an easy choice for me.
I don’t know about you, but I think he likes it.
When he was making his bed recently, he commented, “Geez this quilt is heavy, you must have put a LOT of LOVE into it!”
Two happy little boys and their new, snuggly, made with LOTS of LOVE quilts.