Friday, January 08, 2016

Finish - A Mini Mini Double Double!

Can I truly call this the first finish of 2016?
Perhaps the first mini mini finish! Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl got me all interested in this mini mini business that's been sweeping the blogosphere. Honestly, a project that can go from design dreaming to binding in a couple hours and be popped in a envelope for mailing... one can see why they've been so popular! I made one just for fun and then the swapping bug bit me!

For my first swapped mini mini, it all began with these wee HSTs - offcuts from Dog Gone Cute Twins. And Jayne @ Twiggy & Opal's collection of black and white quilts!

But black and white alone wouldn't do. It needed a little pop! Enter Cotton + Steel Dottie in Goldilocks.
And then the selvages. I actually have a bag devoted to black and white selvages!
I used Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl's selvage binding tutorial. It worked like a charm! There wasn't quite enough C+S selvage to go around, so I had to improvise!
Here you can see one of the last of my quilt labels, the lovely C+S backing fabric, AND the fact that this mini mini didn't fit in the envelope I planned to use!

The Mini Deets  
Title:  What's Black and White and Read All Over? (Mini Mini #2)
Swapped with: Jayne @ Twiggy & Opal
Size: ? ( I sent it away before I measured!)
Fabric Used:
Black & white selvages
Straight lines in white radiating from the centre
Selvage from backing fabric 

Backing: Cotton + Steel Basics Dottie in Golidlocks
Favourite Part(s):  Using those itty bitty HST trims from my Dog Gone Cute quilts
And since Yvonne got the ball rolling on this one, there's no way I couldn't swap with her. For inspiration, I turned to my blue Kona scraps. Yvonne has a thing for blue... you might have noticed.
 I made some very wee strip sets, cut 'em apart, and sewed them together again.
Who needs Eleanor Burns' Quilt in a Day techniques? If you make 'em small enough, you can make a quilt in an afternoon!
 All joking aside, you should check out Quilt in a Day. But I digress. All quilted and ready to bind.
I didn't think that Yvonne's selvage binding trickery worked for this one, so I went with a 1½ inch (I think) strip that I sewed to the front and then ironed the raw edge under on the back.
Since this little quilt isn't likely to see snow again, it just had to go for a little playtime outside! I hope she likes it!
The Mini Deets  
Title: Am I Blue Confetti (Mini Mini #3)
Swapped with: Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl
Size: 5 by 5 inches

Konas Used: Astral, Deep Blue, Lapis, Niagra, Peacock, Turquoise, White
Quilting: Matchstick quilting in white with three lines of royal blue
Binding: Nightfall  
Backing: Bluebell
Favourite Part(s): Making an mini inspired by Twiggy & Opal's Confetti Dots

Even though these are wee little finishes, I'm still linking them up with TGIFF @ Quilt Matters and with Finish Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts! A finish is a finish, no matter how small.

And if you don't have a finish this Friday, never fear! You can always blog about a project from your dark quilty past and link up with this month's volume of Throwback Thursday. Make it a Flashback Friday! The link-up (and giveaway) is open until Sunday at midnight.



  1. 2017? You are a way ahead of yourself :) These mini minis are delightful, what a lovely surprise to receive in the post.

  2. Oh beautiful! *blue swooning* I love it and thank you so much for putting the time and care into the mini mini for me.

  3. these are adorable. I've got a mini swap coming up soon called the skinny mini swap and at first the 8 inch max width was a bit daunting but I'm really looking forward to the challenge.

  4. My first finish last year was a mini mini, so YES it can be the first finish of a new year :) I love both of these. I'm sure their new owners love them very much.

  5. Cute! I haven't made one yet but I might :)

  6. Both are really cute. I'm sure Yvonne will be thrilled.

  7. very sweet. I had not considered making mini minis, so maybe that is something to add to the list...

  8. I've been tossing too small scraps! Now I'm thinking they'd make mini minis just for fun. I agree, mini minis are everywhere!

  9. Both of your minis are adorable!

  10. They are both lovely, but I adore that blue one. LOVE! Great photo of it with the mug too. So glad you linked up to TGIFF, Jenn!

  11. Especially love the blue confetti and the straight line quilting on it! I like your quilt labels too!

  12. I love the mini minis, especially the blue one. :-)

  13. oh, boy! these are seriously cute

  14. Doesn't everyone have a bag just for black and white selvedges? Yes, I had noticed Yvonne gas a thing for blue, so you chose fabrics brilliantly for her, and the chartreuse does lift the black and white.


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