Mini quilts, wall hangings, mug rugs, whatever you want to call them I LOVE making small quilts! I think it is a great way to test out new techniques before commiting to a larger size quilt. Mini quilts can be just one block, or a miniature size of a few blocks.
I also like to use them as ways to finish projects while working on larger or longer term projects. (i.e. I am working on a Tula Nova Quilt at the moment and minis give me the excitement of starting and finishing something new!)
This year I have decided to participate in Knot and Thread Designs 12 Minis in 12 Months sew along. I am nervously excited about the idea of starting and finishing a mini quilt every month this year. I’ve decided that every month I want to push myself and see if I can try a new technique, or pattern and see what happens! A few of the ideas I have for trying new things are:
- Free Motion Quilting
- Hand Quilting
- A medallion quilt
- Ruler Quilting
Every month after I put the mini up on my instagram I will share here what I learned and a peek into the making process.
For January’s Mini I was very inspired by @crafycops #bluerkblock project and after seeing Micheal Ann Made’s Mini Raspberry Kiss Block I knew I needed to make a mini quilt to represent the project. After cutting the paper pieces and pulling all of the tone on tone and blue scraps I could find in our stash I got to work. Although the finished block size is only 2.5” x 2.5” the blocks are time consuming! These blocks were the perfect candidates for assembly line quilting. I simply would do one step at a time and made sure to keep the pairs of fabric together. This allowed for me to avoid mistakes in cutting and piecing.
One the foundation paper piecing was done I removed the paper from the back of the squares and added the triangles so the blocks would look as if they were on point when pieced together.
I laid out the blocks to make sure none of the blocks looked too similar next to each other. I then pieced the blocks together! Because the blocks were so tiny and I wanted the blocks themselves to stand out I decided to stitch in the ditch around each of the blocks on point.
Because I know I will want to hang the quilt in the future, I made sure to add two hangers to the back of the quilt when I was adding my binding to the back. Since I was taking the time to add the hangers I decided to make one of them my quilt label as well. On the label I included the following information:
- 12 minis in 12 months
- January 2018
- Made by Kaylin
While making my Mini Blue Raspberry Kiss block I binged the new season of Grace and Frankie on Netflix. (If you haven’t watched the show you should definitely check it out! It is a hoot!