Swaps & minis

I keep swearing off swaps and then turning right back around and signing up again.  I guess I just love making mini quilts.

Over the last couple of months I have taken part in the #cottonandsteelminiquiltswap (who doesn't love C+S!) and a private swap with a lovely IG friend.  The mini's were (predictably) geese based.

My Cotton + Steel swap partner liked an un-fussy mini and so I came up with Goose Chase.....

 I quilted 1/2" straightlines (of the organic kind) in both directions using Aurifil #2026, which blended in perfectly with the Essex linen.

For the backing and binding I manned up and cut into my precious Viewfinders, it was well worth the sacrifice.

And because I cannot resist shrinking any Goose block, I made a pincushion as an extra....

My second swap was for a lovely on line friend, who wanted a Goosey mini for her sewing room and I knew exactly what I wanted to make her. 

 I stash dived and picked out these fabrics...

and designed Triple Goosed......

because why make one circle of geese, when you can have three! ;-)  I quilted a wide(ish) crosshatch using #Aurifil 2600 (my favourite grey thread) and bound the mini in Architextures Crosshatch in black.  This mini has made it across the pond and I am happy to say that Jessica loves it.

My obsession with all things goosey does not seem to be waning, although I appear to have run out of names!  If you fancy having a go at either of these patterns, you can find them in my Craftsy store or my Payhip store for EU buyers.  I am having a 20% off summer sale on all of my patterns at the minute as well :).


Bloggers quilt festival - Spring 2015

spring 2015 BQF Button 

I love participating in the Bloggers quilt festival, so I have dusted off my blog writing skills and am entering my Tissue Box quilt in the Mini category.

This mini was inspired by a design on a box of tissues I picked up in my local Supermarket.  I have a real thing about bright geometric designs at the minute, I like the challenge of trying to work out how to piece it.

I like to make life easy for myself and wanted to piece the block with as few pieces and weird angles as possible and this is what I came up with...

I split the block down into 10 foundation paper pieced blocks and out came my Trust Kona card for the fabric selections.  That little 15" block contains 35 different colours!

IG overgramming mosaic!

The mini was originally being made for a swap I was participating in, but I just couldn't part company with it. 
Quilt stats:
Design:My own
Fabrics: Kona solids
Binding & Backing:Kona Charcoal and Alison Glass Sunprint
Quilting:Straight lines using walking foot.
Thread:  Pieced and quilted with #Aurifil thread in medium grey (50wt #2605)
Size: 20" square

I am now off to check out all the pretties in the festival.  Thanks for visiting!


Tissue box mini quilt!

Shortly after I finished the IKEA quilt, I found this tissue box in my local supermarket....

I thought it would make an amazing mini, I just had to work out how to do it.  After a few computer designs and one failed attempt at paper piecing them, I had a workable pattern.  I cannot tell you how happy I was when it finally worked -  patience is not my strong point!  

I do love mosaic!

I was originally making this for my #rainbowminiswap partner, but made the mistake of holding it up against my grey wall......  yep, that's where it's staying!

So I made another, this time with prints...

I used 40wt Aurifil in #2600 for the quilting - blended perfectly across the colours.

After a lot of Instagram encouragement I also wrote a pattern for it, which was tested by some very lovely friends of mine.  Their versions show just how different this pattern can look, depending on what fabrics you use.

Karen used her gorgeous printed fabrics and made this beauty....

photo credit - Karenlewistextiles
 Karie created this stunner using a mix of Alison Glass and Cotton+Steel fabrics...

and my lovely friend Tarra used a mix of solids and tone on tone to make this gorgeous version..

The pattern includes instructions and paper pieced templates to make a 20" finished mini.  If you fancy making a mini of your own, you can find the pattern in my Payhip shop now.