This month for the Island Batik August Challenge is the Marvelous Mini Challenge for us to make some miniature quilts.
This brought me back to thinking of my Grandmother Virginia and Grandfather Robert Kinsey who used to got to “First Monday” in Canton, Texas every month and would sell their handmade goods. My grandfather loved to work with wood, and made lots of shelves, toys, coat racks and other customized items.
One of the items that he made were this miniature quilt racks. My grandmother would then sew, by hand, these cute miniature quilts to go on the quilt rack. These miniature quilts are around 5″ x 9 1/2″. They sold a lot of these over the years at the flea market. They are both gone now, and miss them, and seeing these quick racks in my sewing room reminds me of them.
Part 1 – first two mini-quilts
So for one part of this months challenge, I decided to create some of my own miniature quilts to put on this racks.
I used various Island Batik fabrics, including the Wonderous collection, and the Glorious Greens gradations collection from my January quilt. Both of these fabric collections worked well together in the green’s and reds. I finished quilting with scraps of Hobbs Cotton Batting, it gives the look of traditional quilts without the need to do excessive quilting. You can quilt as close as 1/4″ and as far away as 4″. I stitched around 1″ apart on these two mini’s.
Schmetz Needles have a “Color Code Chart” that helps you find just the right needle for what you are quilting or whatever sewing project you are working on. The Green is the “Quilting” needles, and it worked perfectly for quilting these tiny quilts.
These quilts are 5″ x 9″, so that they will fit on the Frames my grandfather made.
Both quilts are “postage stamp” quilts, as they use 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ squares, to finish at 1″ each.
They take time to make, and to sew together, but really make a fun quilt. It takes time to cut the squares, but a great scrap buster, and the more colors the better.
The second one, I added a border, so used less squares of fabric. I used some more scraps to bind both quilts.
I used Hobbs Cotton batting scraps on this one as well, and quilted with Aurifil thread with straight stitches on my Juki machine.
Part 2 – two more mini-quilts
I decided to make a couple little bit bigger quilts to put on another small quilt frame that my grandfather had made. One was done similar to my Island Batik May Triangle Tricks quilt challenge, with the Blue Stash builder fabric scraps.
The other was done as a crazy quilt blocks, using some of my Island Batik scraps of Wonderous that I had on hand.
Both were finished with some “Oster” Island Batik fabric, I love the look of this fabric, and it goes with multiple variations, and some more Hobbs Wool batting scraps. I did some free-motion quilting on these two with Aurifil thread and Schmetz Needles as these are great size for practicing (ok, I need more practice). I love how Aurifil thread is a high quality and does not break as often as other threads do.
Part 3 – Wall Hanging
A couple years ago, I received some items from my Mother-in-law Norma, who loved to quilt. One of those items was a partially completed Cathedral Window quilt (90″ x 48″).
Norma had hand stitched the quilt, most likely while talking with her mother, who was probably working on her own quilt. They enjoyed working on quilts together.
Since I was wanting to make a mini wall quilt for my office wall, I thought this would be fun idea.
A couple years ago I took a class by Lisa Ellis at the Houston Quilt Festival and learned how to make a cathedral window quilt block in a more modern way, without all the hand sewing. We made a small mug rug size block, in that class. I could not find my handouts, but I guessed my way thru looking at the one I completed in class.
I used some of the Island Batik fabric that was part of the “Stash Builder” sets that I received from Island Batik. I cut multiple 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ squares, and used 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ Island Batik white squares as my contrast for the block.
The Mini quilt came out at 13″ x 13″. While I loved making this, I can see why these quilts took so long to make. It took a lot more time that I was expecting, even using the sewing machine.
I wanted the quilt to “stand up” on the wall, so I added two layers of Hobbs Heirloom Premium Wool Batting, so it was more stiff and would lay straight while being light weight. Wool fiber breath, and are naturally mildew resistant when quilted with cotton fabrics, so making a wall hanging for work where is is very humid, will keep this wall quilt mildew free.
The design of this quilt, basically quilts itself as you work on the top. You go ahead and sandwich the quilt before you fold back the white pieces to make the curves. Then all you have to do is square-up the quilt and add binding. I did the self-binding method, with the extra fabric from the back. The only disadvantage of this method was that I couldn’t add pockets at the corners to use hooks to hang on the wall. I used some Command Velcro strips to hang on the wall.
I was happy to hang in my office, along with my Mini-wall quilt that I did for my March Aurifil Italian Color Builder Challenge quilt so I can share my love of this fabric with those I work with, and do Zoom or Teams meetings with.
Here are all of my mini-quilts for August Island Batik Challenge, Marvelous Mini’s.
For the little mini-quilts, I will add them to my wall display with some of my grandmother’s mini-quilts in my Quilting Studio. (I need to make a couple more to fill it up, maybe with scraps of future Island Batik projects). This box will keep them dust free.
Have you made any mini-quilts? If so, what type of mini-quilts to you like to make? What do you do with them? If not, what is holding you up? It is a lot of fun, and can usually be done in a day or two.
If you enjoyed my mini-quilts, check out the other Island Batik Ambassadors for more ideas.
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