Mini Minis - Round 3

Mini Minis – Round 3


I shipped off two more mini mini quilts yesterday, and I have agreed to 6 more swaps at the moment. *gulp* These two mini minis were both fun to create, so how about a closer look?!

Mini Minis - Round 3
Mini Minis – Round 3

I met Helen @Midget Gem Quilts by participating in the Stash Bee this year. We are both in Hive 2, and it has been a pleasure getting to know her. When asked if she had any requests or preferences, Helen responded, “I love interpretations of log cabin or squares within squares. I love architectural type shapes and fabrics. I love both neutral low volume and also blue and orange like yourself; purple too.”

I figured a courthouse steps log cabin block would just about perfectly fulfill the log cabin AND architectural shape. I used low volume and Carolyn Friedlander (an architect) oranges for the main portion of the block, along with a touch of blue in the center and more Carolyn Friedlander for the binding.

Mini Minis - Courthouse Steps for Helen
Mini Minis – Courthouse Steps for Helen

And since I felt the only thing I left out was the touch of purple, I used an orphan hourglass block in purple and white for the back… which also mimics the courthouse steps block shape, too.

Mini Minis - Round 3 (View of Back of Quilts)
Mini Minis – Round 3 (View of Back of Quilts)

I also am swapping with Anne @Play Crafts. I have been so inspired by Anne’s brainchild, Quilt Design a Day (QDAD), and we chatted about design inspiration for the minis. Anne requested the theme “friendship”, she mentioned the she is typically drawn more to secondary colors (orange, green, and purple), and she also likes indigo/navy.

Mini Minis - Friendship Star for Anne
Mini Minis – Friendship Star for Anne

I immediately gravitated toward making a Friendship Star block. I used secondary colors for the block itself, and then framed it out with a deep navy blue. Around the outside of the Friendship Star block, I embroidered words that generically are used to explain and define friendship. In the center of the star itself are words that Anne’s friends use to describe Anne and her friendship to them. The quilty community is the best. Everyone I contacted to ask about Anne quickly wrote back and I have already shared the lovely messages of friendship with Anne. Needless to say, this one is pretty special and I am so excited for Anne to receive it.

And isn’t the block lovely in a sea of my lavender (secondary colors: green and purple)? I also snuck in a deep royal purple on the back of this mini as well.

Mini Minis Round 3 - One to Keep
Mini Minis Round 3 – One to Keep

I also made a third mini, andI will be keeping this one for myself. I wanted to play with a “whole cloth” quilted mini. As I was working on this mini, I was trying to channel a common dream I have about being able to breathe underwater. It finishes out at almost 6-inches square, which is much larger than the mini minis being swapped which are typically in the 3 to 4-inch size range.

I have received 2 mini mini quilts in the mail, one from Renee @Quilts of a Feather (grey and yellow) and one from Jayne @Twiggy and Opal (rainbow squares). I am excited to watch this space in front of my sewing machine fill up with beautiful inspiration!


I have a lot of quilting that I am excited to work on. Now I just need to buckle down, focus and execute. Starting with 6 more of these fantastic mini mini quilts! I think…


  • Lovely minis! I’ve been brainstorming mini ideas like crazy, it’s so fun! 🙂 How do you hang your minis? I can’t see pins or anything, so I’m curious.

  • I love them all but particularly love mine , and Yvonne used my favourite facrics ! I can’t wait for the postman . Know how I’m doing Yvonne’s . Just have to get started

  • Those are really really great minis Yvonne! I’ve been enjoying seeing what you create for these minis, and now I see the 2 that have arrived. Wow, LOVE the wholecloth medium-mini (is there a term?!) you did!! Love that seafoam colour and your quilting is awesome. I have always loved the water: being in it, gazing at it, being on it. When I was little I used to wish I could live under the water somehow! Not forever, but just for times when I felt like it.

  • Wow, that friendship star is such a special one, what an incredibly thoughtful idea for it. And your other 2 are gorgeous as well, can’t believe how well you met your brief on the log cabin one (a very helpful brief too!) and your whole cloth one is just amazing – again even more so in context of its size. I think your wall will soon be looking stunning, and better still it will be full of memories, ideas, friends and completely unique.

I really appreciate the time and thought you take to comment, and I look forward to conversing with you. :)