Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Modern Mini Quilt Challenge

Today is my day as guest blogger on Jennifer's Modern Mini Quilt Challenge. You are not here by mistake, I promise. Jennifer must have had a moment of silliness when she thought that you might be the least bit interested in reading about my limited experience with mini quilts. The talented people that have preceded me on this blog hop make me feel unworthy to be mentioned in the same group, but here goes. Welcome to those who are here for the first time.
So what is a mini quilt, anyway? My definition is the same as any other quilt, only smaller: it's a pieced top, some batting and some backing.
A mini can be way small (3"x4"), like this name tag I made myself for the Sewing Summit back in October,
or it can be a mug rug like this (9"x12") one that I gave away on my blogaversary in August,
or these two made for the Goodie swap last summer.

A mini is a great way to practice a new technique or try something you are afraid to make in a larger size. I like to make them for swaps and small gifts, too.
Last April I participated in my first quilt-along on Lynne's blog. I learned all sorts of things from making this mini; how to  piece a circle, how to hand quilt with Perle cotton, and how to be patient and wait for the next instruction. I think the last thing was the most difficult. Making this mini gave me more practice on paper piecing, too.
This mini was made for my partner in the Post-Sewing Summit Swap.

mini quilt
I just finished working on this mini a few days ago. It is made with one of my favorite new fabric lines, A Stitch in Color. You always learn something when you make a quilt and a mini is the perfect piece to learn what you do or don't like. I decided I do not like all these fabrics in one quilt. I would like to use them with other fabrics or broken up with a solid. This was my first string quilt and that was a lot of fun. I learned I would like to make another string quilt, for sure.

So do you know what you'll be making for your chance to win some great prizes? I've been working on my entry.

You have 5 chances to win.

James’ choice (Jen’s hubby’s favorite)
Viewer’s choice Mug Rugs
Viewer’s choice Mini Quilts
(mug rugs and mini quilts- the viewers choose from a selection chosen by a select panel of bloggers)
Luck of the Draw (Random Number Generator chooses 2 winners)

Both Viewer’s Choice Winners will receive a fat quarter bundle of the FULL LINE of Flea Market Fancy reprint by Denyse Schmidt.

Flea Market Fancy

James’ Choice Winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop
Both Luck of the Draw Winners will receive a $75 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop

Contest Requirements:
1. Create a modern mini quilt or mug rug – only one entry per person
2. Enter your mini quilt or mug rug in the linky party at Ellison Lane Quilts on Monday, March 5.
You do NOT have to have a blog to enter. You may link a picture from your Flickr account.
3. Your entry (blog post or Flickr description) should include the size of the item

There are a few more days left on this blog hop, so make sure to check out all the other great inspirational posts.

Thanks for stopping by,



Patchwork and Play said...

Jennifer has great taste, that's why she picked you! You have made some really great minis and I look forward to seeing what you are creating for the challenge!

Kelli said...

I love all of your mini's.. esp. your string quilt. I would like to try one some day, too. I may have to enter the mini challenge, sounds like fun! Thanks for the info!

Laura @ Needles, Pins and Baking Tins said...

Beautiful mini's Di :-) loving the strings!

Flying Blind... said...

I love everything - you doubting Thomas you!

There will be a lot of Fat Quarterly Retreat folks copying that name tag for sure xxx

susan said...

Oh you more than deserve to be in that elite group! I love what you make, including this latest mini.

Annabella said...

As the proud owner of one of your mini quilts, I know you make the most wonderful things! Great minis Di - and such a wonderful variety!

Cindy said...

Great job Di! Love them all!

Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts said...

Lovely minis Di. So honored to have you join in the blog hop my friend! xo

Katy Cameron said...

Shush now, you're perfectly worthy, love your wee minis! And you're right, they're a perfect learning medium :o)

selfsewn said...

I think you are totally worthy of this blog hop Diane.
You have made some lovely minis!

My mini is waiting to be quilted!

Lindsey R. :: LRstitched said...

I think you are just where you belong, I find your blog very inspiring!

Beautiful minis, I can't wait to see your entry.

Glad to share the day with you! :)

Valerie said...

Di, this looks great! Such fun, bright colors!

amy smart said...

Love your minis, Di! And your SSummit badge was totally my favorite of all. :)

Helen L said...

Your summit badge was so cute, and the string quilt is great too: it would be great to put under a baby and it would give them plenty to look at and make them happy :-)

Geri Centonze said...

what great minis Di...I know I use my mug rug every day!

Leanne said...

I love all your minis! Thank you for sharing them.

Tsoniki said...

I love your examples! I just started making mug rugs - I sent one for a Valentine's Day Swap and another for a mug rug swap. I really love your name tag, I am planning on attending the Sewing Summit this year so maybe I will make one as well!

Kersten said...

Those are fabulous! Thanks for sharing.