These are two more Christmas presents that I made this year. They were made for two crafty ladies who have both had an incredible influence on my sewing endeavors.
The top is a mini quilt for my dear friend, Dacia. I’m not sure where I got the idea for this one, but I’m quite happy with the result. I used an old CD to trace the circle shapes and then simply stitched them to the quilt using swirly free-motion designs. I then stipple quilted in between the circles, which helped to give the quilt some real texture. I love the way this one looks from the back! It’s bound in one of my newly discovered favorite fabrics (of the moment!): Art Gallery’s “Wallpaper” by Patricia Bravo.
The quilt on the bottom was made for my sister-in-law, Emily, in hopes of brightening up those long (dark) winters in Denmark. My brother and his wife moved to Denmark for a job last February. Only a few months later, Emily and Aaron had their first son, Ethan. Denmark is situated on the same latitude as Alaska, which means that in the wintertime they sometime have only 6-8 hours of light a day. I was hoping she could hang this in the kitchen or main room to offer a bit of a sunny scene. I used Ashley’s great tutorial for making a string quilt block to construct this mini quilt. Rather than using paper to foundation-piece these blocks, I used a lightweight muslin. That way I didn’t have to rip out the paper afterwards.
Here’s a close up of the backside of these quilts:
I’m itching to get started on another mini quilt. These are so much fun to make and finish up so much more quickly than a full sized quilt. Does anyone know of any great mini quilt patterns or have any photo inspirations they can share with me? I’d love to see! Post a link in the comments, if you like.