Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Quilts of All Sizes.
You might be asking yourself "what's so fun about a mini-quilt?" In fact, a very good friend of mine, who is quite the crafty gal herself, told me that she thought a little quilt to hang on the wall was about the silliest thing she'd ever heard of. (And she hadn't heard of it before I explained to her what it is I was making during our in-depth discussion of sewing, quilting, crafting, etc.)
So here's the answer to that burning question--what's so fun about a mini-quilt?
1. They are quick to make. Almost-instant gratification.
2. Things that are small tend to be cute.
3. Great way to try new fabric without a long-term commitment. I admit, I have struggled with commitment in the past.
4. Perfect for experimenting with design & technique.
5. A great way to use up scraps.
And....mini quilts are also a good excuse to cut into fabric that you buy for absolutely no other reason than you simply could not resist it. Case in point:
I really, really, really loved this sewing-machine print fabric. (I found it at Stash Modern Fabric on etsy; she has an awesome selection!) And I was dying to sew with it. True story: my 5-year-old son was even excited when he saw the fabric and immediately said, "We gotta make a quilt out of that!" Yep, that's my boy! He's learned to like fabric the way I've learned to like Disney Jr.
I had some fun experimenting with colors I don't normally use (hello mint green and purple!) and continuing my pursuit of that ever-elusive scant quarter-inch seam allowance (a piecing foot for my machine sure helps!).
There are getting to be quite a few quilts around the house, so these two minis are listed on my etsy shop. Another one will be going out the door this weekend: to my mother for her birthday. She always tells me not to spend any money on her, but one year I actually did that and got her nothing for her birthday and believe me, I won't do that again. So, she is a getting a scrappy improve quilt made up of mostly leftovers from the very first quilt I made, last spring. It looks like this:
She likes green so this will work for her. And I will claim that I didn't buy any new fabric for the quilt so she won't suffer from motherly guilt. Everybody's happy. And I have room for another quilt in the house, which is good.