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?!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…