Whip Up Mini Quilts – quilt-along + Giveaway

by kath_red on 01/07/2010

in Features, Whip Up Mini Quilts

Do you have a copy of the Whip Up Mini Quilts book? Lets make the quilts from the book together. Post them on the whipup flickr group under the tag “Whip up mini quilts”.

Here is what we are going to do – each week – say on a friday – for 6 weeks – I am going to post one of the quilts from the book that I have made – and give you a few tips and ideas to help you make it. At the same time I will be giving away a copy of the book (that’s 6 books to give away). Do you want to join in?

And if you don’t yet have a copy of the book but want to join in straight away – there are 2 free Mini Quilt patterns available for download from the Chronicle website

My version of Lisa Call’s ‘Modern Geometric’

Lisa Call’s ‘Modern Geometric’ Quilt is totally fun to make. It was the first from the book I made simply because I really wanted to give this technique a try. Its made using improvisational piecing. Lisa recommends cutting the strips with a rotary cutter – but I wanted a more irregular look so I cut the pieces freehand with scissors. It went together really quickly, the main thing is to sew then trim, then sew, then trim again.

In the pattern you are encouraged to cut the thin strips first and lay them out on top of your larger square of background fabric. Then step back from the design, checking for proportion – asymmetry is best for this design. Then mark with tailor’s chalk where your lines are to be cut. Cut your background into 4 main sections and sew your strips onto these sides. Adding in optional color changes as desired. Then sew it all back up together again – and trim.

It is finished with straight line quilting – I loved doing this – the quilting lines are quite close together but because its such a small quilt this was fun rather than arduous. I recommend using a ‘walking foot’ on your sewing machine. Also (because I like a short cut) instead of pin basting I used basting spray glue and it worked perfectly.

The pattern recommends facing your quilt rather than binding it in the regular way – this keeps that clean modern look of the quilt front. Facing a quilt is just as easy as binding – you just need to pull the binding all the way to the back so the seam line ends up on the edge of the quilt. You will need to hand sew it to the back. I had so much fun that I had to make 2 and am planning on more. They look so lovely grouped together on my family room wall.

Here is Lisa Call’s original quilt from the book:

Have fun making this one – or one of the other quilts from the book. Don’t forget to post your results in the whipup flickr pool – under the tag “Whip up mini quilts”. You have one week to post your finished mini quilt or progress report and then link here in the comments – and I will draw a winner.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jeni July 1, 2010 at 11:16 pm

Sounds like fun! It’s a lovely quilt! I so admire quilts made of primarily solid fabrics :)


2 Megan Fanelli July 2, 2010 at 9:40 am

I’ve got to make these!


3 Heather July 2, 2010 at 1:30 pm

This sounds like a great idea…. Solids make a stunning quilt and just the quilting for the pattern…..LOVE IT..


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