Whip Up Mini Quilts

I love seeing some mini quilts from my book being showcased around. Have you made one? Let me know.

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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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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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I have a new post up all about the history and popularity of mini quilts – head on over to my love for you to see all the lovely pics and to win a copy too.

[picture of quilt wall from whip up mini quilts book]

The blog tour continues: [with lots of chances to win a copy]

June 1 - Craftzine – essential quilting tools
June 2 - Crafty Pod – book review + giveaway
June 3 - Chronicle Books – Behind the making of the book
June 4 – Indie Fixx – Designing your own mini-quilts
June 7 – Craft Sanity – Piped binding tutorial
June 8 – Hand Made by Alissa chatting about mini quilts
June 9 – My Love for You Background on Mini Quilts
June 10 - Film in the Fridge
June 11 - The Haystack Needle Decorating with mini quilts
June 12 – West Coast Crafty

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