whip up mini quilts – quilt-along + giveaway

by kath_red on 23/07/2010

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 [more or less] – 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. + 6 books to give away in that time. 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 + The pattern and templates for Kellie Wulfsohn’s little girl’s applique wallhanging ‘A little birdie told me’ is available at the Woman’s Day website

The first week I showcased my version of Lisa Call’s ‘Modern Geometric’ mini quilt, and last week I showed you how to make my Shibori Sampler.

This week I am going to my version of Jude Hill’s Crazy Cats Mini Quilt – the pattern, instructions and templates for this quilt is available online from the Chronicle Website.

Step 1. Gather your materials – you will need a nice vintage napkin or hand-towel or small cloth of some sort – if you don’t have anything suitable you can use plain cotton fabric. You will need some scraps of fabric for your patchwork squares, felt for the cat faces, muslin to use as foundations for the crazy patchwork squares and embroidery floss + fabric for backing and border.

Step 2. Make your crazy patch squares – you will need 3 of these and they are sewn onto a foundation of muslin or other cotton fabric. These are so fun to make – I co-ordinated my scraps of fabric with the applique design that was already on my found cotton hand-towel.

Step 3. Make your cat faces – cut out the faces using the templates provided and then embroider the faces onto them – I am afraid my faces turned out to look a little angry – mmm…

You will continue to follow the detailed instructions in the free pattern to finish putting this quilt together. I didn’t do as much hand-stitching as Jude did on her original quilt – so mine is plainer. Naturally my daughter has already suggested a fabulous space in her room where I can hang it!

Here is Jude Hill’s Crazy Cat’s mini quilt – gorgeous yes!

Have fun making this one – it really is such a versatile design and if you happen to be talented at hand stitching – there is a lot of room for showing your talents. Don’t forget to post your results in the whipup flickr pool – under the tag “Whip up mini quilts”.

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lisa July 23, 2010 at 9:46 am

Wow, I love those. Thanks for sharing!


2 Bonney July 23, 2010 at 10:14 am

The cat quilt is so cute! Who could imagine there are so many new ideas still out there!


3 Katherine July 24, 2010 at 4:10 pm

Fantastic. I have never done anything like this is my life. Loads of cross stitch and curtains but never patchwork.. I am well inspired to have a go, just need some time that’s all.


4 iHanna July 25, 2010 at 1:32 pm

How cute that your daughter suggests that you hang it in her room knowing you will oblige, of course. I love Jude’s quilting style and now I have printed the pattern – thank you!

I would love to win a book, but I am sure I will not have time to finish the quilt very soon (or maybe I will use the cats on a bag…)


5 Patty July 28, 2010 at 10:25 am

What fun! I’m off to find a hand towel to use for this cute project! Thanks for the ideas and patterns!


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