Sylvia is Finished

My friend Ms. M got me hooked on quilting about three and a half years ago. She lured me in by forcing me to buy fabrics in my favorite color (purple) and then she dropped a Turning Twenty pattern on me. She walked me through each step and I quickly progressed from that gateway experience to more hard-core (if imperfectly executed) techniques.

While Ms M was bringing me over to the dark side, I knew that Cindy was also a fabric user, as is Ms. M’s sister. The two other sisters suggested that we make mini quilts from blocks that we could make and swap with one another. They had the perfect book: Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler from Elm Creek Quilts. I was enthralled with this book! It had so many interesting traditional blocks and easy to follow directions. The four of us each selected four blocks to make and then we went fabric shopping. It was fun but stressful as we each tried to find fabrics that appealed to us, but that also worked with the color palettes of the other three.


This book was well loved. The sticky notes helped us keep track of who was making which blocks.

Did I mention that all of this occurred about 3 years ago? Well, last night I finally finished the binding for my Sylvia mini quilt. Cindy had to step in and take over the addition of  the mitered borders — thanks Cindy. But this project helped me master paper piecing. It also got me out of my color comfort zone. I like how brave I was to add some variety and color to my background fabrics.

Today I finally hung Sylvia in my office at work. I know our younger sister in Florida really wants this quilt for her living room, but I think I need to enjoy it for a few weeks before I send it south.


Mini quilt block swap for Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler


Here is Cindy’s version of the Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler — she really got her purple on!

Glam Girl Lotion Mini Quilt

I decided to make the Glam Girl Lotion Mini Quilt in bold, sophisticated colors and fabrics.  Here is my result!


Sandy designed this foundation paper pieced pattern to be super easy and she was spot on in her design!  This pattern goes together quickly and delivers a punch of quilted cuteness and sophistication.  I was thinking a metallic fabric would be nice to use and then I came across this feminine scroll which works well with black and white polka dots.


I used blue painter’s tape as a guide for my quilting stitches.  I frequently use this tape because it does not leave a residue on my fabric and I can easily move and re-use the tape as needed.

I added a small hanging sleeve to the back.


The finished size of this mini quilt is 7 1/4 inches wide and 10 1/2 inches long.


Like this pattern?  Download it here:Glam Girl Lotion Mini Quilt

Glam Girl Lipstick Mini Quilt

My mini quilt obsession continues with another one of Sandy’s great designs!  This  foundation paper pieced pattern is from the Glam Girl Series that Sandy is known for.   Since it’s almost spring here in Ohio, I was inspired to use some “springy” colors from my stash.  What do you think?


I am still “refining” my machine quilting skills.  Since I love polka dots so much, I added more to the binding.  I like the results!


The finished size of this mini quilt is 6 inches wide by 11 inches long.  It is the perfect size to hang in a narrow space AND you can use this pattern for some of those skinny mini quilt swaps!


Like this pattern?  Download it here:Glam Girl Lipstick Mini Quilt

Sandy has designed this pattern to be fast and fun!  Your lipstick mini quilt is sure to pack a punch of glamorous cuteness where ever it lands!


Misc. Monday

Mini quilts are popular now and after making this one, I am officially a mini quilt addict!


Just one small block packs a big punch of quilting satisfaction.  I had so much fun sewing this block together, I got to practice my machine quilting AND I combined some cute fabrics from my stash.


Sandy designed this block and I’ve been waiting to use this purple and teal batik print for just the right project.  The dots and swirls reminded me of some sparkly nail polish I saw at the drug store.  There are so many shades and textures of nail polish out today and it proves the theory that quilting inspiration can be found just about anywhere!


Like the pattern?  You can download it for free:  Nail Polish Mini Quilt

Since my addiction to mini quilts is now out in the open, I will be posting more photos and patterns in the future.  Sandy has some great designs in progress!