Thursday, June 13, 2013

Modern Mini Challenge

I am reposting this post that I wrote about my Spiral Flying Geese quilt to submit it to the Modern Mini Challenge.

As soon as I returned from Sew South I knew I didn't want that feeling of camaraderie and friendship to end, so I organized a swap for anyone who wanted to join. It's a secret swap and no one knows who is making something special for them, except me! I assigned the partners with a random draw and even pulled the name of my own partner from the hat. I was so happy when I saw her name.

I had been watching Janice of Better Off Thread  post Instagram photos of a mini she had designed and was working on and I was instantly smitten. This spiral of geese is completely an imitation of her spectacular version.

I knew I wanted to make something really special for my partner and since I was so enamored of Janice's mini I asked her if she had a pattern for it. She was so generous to share her pattern with me (which is now for sale on Craftsy).

I love the way this mini turned out. I sure hope my partner does, too.

Made with a rainbow of scraps on a Kona White background, this mini was foundation paper pieced in 8 arcs and then sewn together.

Then the background is cut and it is reverse appliqued to the spiral.

I will never claim to have done as beautiful a quilting job as Janice, but I gave it a good college try. I used Thermolam Plus for the batting to give it a firmer feel for hanging. {We'll just ignore the fact that I accidentally ordered a whole bolt of this last year from JoAnn's and it was not the fusible I thought I was ordering}

Bound with Lecien mini black and white stripe is the perfect finish for this mini quilt. Thanks to my friends on Instagram, they told me how to make the corners on the back so it can be hung, if my partner chooses to display it by hanging it up.

I used one of my quilt labels, folded in half and sewn into the binding on the back. It made it to it's partner's house and now resides with Lindsey.

Quilt Stats:

Name: Rainbow Spiral of Flying Geese Mini
Fabric: rainbow scraps, Kona White background and backing
Binding: Lecien Black and White mini stripe
quilted by me with Guttermann Polyester Thread
batting: Thermolam Plus
Finished size: 23 1/4" x 23 1/4"


Kris said...

One of my favorites!

suemac said...

It is really cute. Your partner is lucky.

heart of charnwood said...

Still LOVE it! :o)

the running hare said...


Janice @ Better off Thread said...

I said it before, but you did a fantastic job! Thank you for being my guinea pig!

Tanyia said...

I really love this and the quilting gives the perfect touch to it!

Mrs Flying Blind... said...

Will never get bored seeing this xxx

Cindy said...

Love it!

Dianne Neale said...

This is so clever!

Unknown said...

Spiral Flying Geese quilt..
They are great!

Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane said...

a stunner! :) Thanks for sharing this in the Modern Mini Challenge Di.

Tricia ~~ Handmade Whimzy said...

That's beautiful!

Carolyn said...

I love this mini quilt and how the colors pop off the white. So pretty!