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52 Quilts: Number 14 – Mini Pineapple Quilt

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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.

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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.

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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!

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52 Quilts: Number 13 – Adventure Time Pixel Quilt

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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.

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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!

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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.

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52 Quilts: Number 12 – Mike Wazowski is on a quilt!

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“I’m on a Quilt!” – Mike Wazowski

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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52 Quilts: Number 10 – Skinny Mini Quilt Swap

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Quilt 10 of 52 Made by Jen at just-joshin.com

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.

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There’s just something about a striped binding, I can’t get enough.

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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!)

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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)

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This was a fun, quick project I really enjoyed. I can’t wait to see my Skinny Mini in the mailbox soon!

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52 Quilts: Number 9 – Harry Potter Inspired Hazel Hedgehog

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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52 Quilts: Number 6 – Geometric Millenium Falcon

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Last year I went down the Rabbit Hole of online craft swaps, and found it an excellent way to try new things I might otherwise never do. One of the projects that seemed so far out of reach was foundation paper piecing, which is sort of a paint-by-numbers method of creating complex images from fabric. I have done quite a few paper-pieced projects since I started last summer, and one of the pattern designers I absolutely adore is Kristy from Quiet Play. I love how well-designed her patterns are and they are so cute too. When I decided to host a swap myself, a May the 4th Star Wars mini quilt swap, I admit I got a little fan-girlish when Kristy not only signed up to participate in the swap, but she designed a handful of new Star Wars inspired patterns inspired by my swap.

When she asked for testers for these patterns, I squealed and raised my virtual hand yelling “Me! Me! Me!”

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I got to test the new Geometric Millennium Falcon pattern. (Free download from Craftsy) There is also a solid version, as well as geometric and solid versions of AT-AT and TIE Fighters.

First of all, the Millennium Falcon is a huge favorite of mine so I loved making this. I plan to make one for my son to match his new Star Wars Quilt, but this one is for me. I participated in a fabric swap last year where each participant sent in 5×5” squares of Low-Volume prints and we each got back an assortment. The grey and beige and text and patterns were perfect for the Falcon.

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I love the texture the low-volume adds and I was excited to find a project for this assortment of fun prints. (I am also delighted that I have a much left!)

The pattern was easy to follow and went together very smoothly. There was only one issue I had and that was with a font printing weird on one of my computers, so I think it was totally me, not the pattern. If you’re new to paper piecing, don’t worry about jumping in with these patterns, they are easy to follow and the one thing that I struggled with most was weird angle pieces, but Kristy has this awesome tutorial for those too!

I had a tiny bit of scrap of this Millennium Falcon fabric, just wide enough for the backing. I did a simple wavy-lines quilting treatment on it, practicing for another quilt project. It’s simple but I like it.

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I love my new mini quilt, the fabric, the design, but most of all that it’s MINE!

If you have a Star Wars lover in your life, you should definitely check out these patterns, after all, they are awesome and FREE!

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52 Quilts: Number 5 – JiJi Mini Quilt

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The third swap I shipped out last week was for an awesome Birthday Swap I am in all year. Each month has a birthday girl and all the people in the group send a package to that person. January’s recipient is a big Studio Ghibli fan so I made this little JiJi the cat mini quilt and some other fun Ghibli-inspired goodies.

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Jiji is the cat in Kiki’s Delivery Service, which is such a cute movie. I am a big Ghibli fan too, so I had a great time with this one.

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The pink background fabric reminded me of Japanese fans and the flowers on the back of Cherry Blossoms. They’re like hints of Japan without being overly Japanese I guess. I also really like the bright color contrasting with the black cat.

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As an additional project I used the Silhouette machine to cut vinyl and make this mug to look like the one in the movie. I think it is a pretty good homage to the movie. I added the outline of Kiki and Jiji on the broom to the back and couldn’t resist a little Soot Sprite on the bottom. (I made a couple extra Soot Sprites and now they’re on my sewing machine.)

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And finally, I made a Tortoro zip pouch. The fabric is from Spoonflower. I had some left from a Ghibli Swap last year, and I used the Noodlehead Wide Open Pouch tutorial, which makes a great little travel pouch. The bottom portion is navy linen and it is even lined.

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I rounded out the extras with a Totoro Polaroid block, since the birthday girl was also in the Polaroid swap I did a couple months ago, a Kiki’s Delivery service Key Fob and some birthday cake gum.

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52 Quilts: Number 3 – Winning Love Rainbow Mini Quilt

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I actually finished this the first week in January but since I made this spectacularly rainbow-y mini quilt for a mini quilt swap I waited to share. Last year I signed up for my first (of many) craft swaps and I got crazy addicted to swaps. I have enjoyed swapping so much, I have made lots of virtual friends in this awesome swapping community on Instagram and had a lot of fun. I even hosted my own little swap, the ROYGBIV charm swap, where each participant sent in 56 five-inch squares of an assigned color and everyone got back a rainbow assortment. This little quilt is mostly made from those fabrics, they were perfect.

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The Winning Love Mini Swap is inspired by last year’s Marriage Equality ruling and it shipped during No Name Calling Week. It’s honestly a little intimidating making something for someone who is talented and creative. I enjoy the opportunity to try out things I might not make otherwise and I hope that my work is appreciated by the recipients.

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I love the colors and I hope my swap partner enjoys the mini quilt. I found this super colorful, rainbow swirly fabric last year and I knew it would be a perfect back for a rainbow quilt. I had a tiny bit of the rainbow stripes that I was thrilled was enough to bind it.

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