Saturday, January 7, 2017

Progress is Good

So, here's my first take on the Shades of Red Miniature quilt swap. I decided it was a little too traditional for my partner, so this one is going to stay home with me. I love it, so I don't mind. This center piecing will finish at 7" square. I still need to decide on borders.

After deciding the one above was too traditional, I aimed for a lot more contemporary.

I think that solid red is going to be the border. I like how it lets all the attention go to the center piecing. This foundation is the 13-Square foundation from Miniatures in Minutes. The center piecing finishes at 6 1/2".  The design is a wee variation on the hearts project I put on the website -- this little guy:

It never ceases to amaze me what a difference fabric makes. That more traditional heart went to a swap partner, too. I really need to make one of these little heart minis for me! Though I also have a larger version done in batiks on a 17 by 17 grid.

And just because I was off the web for a while, I didn't show this little guy from a summer swap. The general guideline was that it be six inches or under. My partner requested neutrals with just a pop of color. So, here's another variation on the 13-square foundation (though I only used 11 by 11 in order to make it fit)-- this time based on a Trip Around the World. I called it "Color My World."


And a little close-up:

Whew. The next few days it's all about finishing little quilts. I am SO happy to be back in the sewing room!


  1. Welcome back! Can't wait to see what you come up with this year! Happy sewing.

    1. Thanks, Kathy! While I was definitely disgruntled to either not have a sewing space or be unable to use the one I did have for most of 2016, I'll admit sometimes absence does make the heart grow fonder. I'm just so happy to be back at it!

  2. What a fantastic mini heart for your quilt swap. Someone is going to love it. You do such precise and phenomenal work.

    1. Looking at her inspiration quilts, I think the hearts are much more her style. This one has been a lot of fun to work on.