My friend Terri Ann @Childlike Fascination, who was also one of the co-hosts of the 2015 New Quilt Bloggers’s Blog Hop, has worked hard to develop an idea she had to make patchwork and craft more accessible to everyone – not just quilters and sewists. This weekend, Terri Ann launched Mini Barn Quilts, and today I am really excited to share with you my review of one of the kits that I had the opportunity to play with over the weekend.
This weekend I had the extreme pleasure to get to work with the Hexi Flower Mini Barn Quilt Kit. As regular readers of my blog might know, English Paper Piecing (EPP) is not currently on my list of obsessions, so I jumped at the chance of making this version of a Hexi Flower! The quality of the kit was apparent when I opened the bag. I love that it is made from bamboo (a very renewable resource), and the details like the light etching on the base plate for positioning the pieces make it a very polished kit that was very user friendly and intuitive to use (especially for us quilters!).
As these are craft kits, the sky is really the limit in how to decorate and assemble them (staining, painting…). However, I really wanted to work with my fabric stash, and what better project to use my newly acquired Tula Pink Eden, Mosaic in Glacier? I started by meticulously cutting out sections of the fabric. On the wrong side of the fabric, I traced around the edge of a hexi piece so that when I was ready to glue the piece to the fabric, I would be confident in where to position the bamboo.
It isn’t necessary to precut the fabric, but I also trimmed my fabric into roughly hexi shapes to be able to layout on the base plate to make sure I was happy with the colors and grouping prior to committing to gluing them to the bamboo pieces. The Mosaic print seemed so perfect with its almost hex-groupings, and I liked that I got to use the full color gradient of groupings from the print.
Well, this is where life and mother nature threw me a curve ball. I had planned to leave my tiny mountain town and go shopping for Mod Podge in a large craft store this weekend. However, the mudslides of Thursday evening made my town an island and it really was not an option. To the extent that my husband had to be flown in a light aircraft to get home mid-day on Friday (no injuries let alone fatalities are reported from the mudslides, and due to quick thinking my husband managed to save our commuter car from being totaled). We are very lucky. However, it left me exploring the cupboards around the house wondering if I could still make this mini barn quilt or if I would have to be patient and wait. I found some Spray 77, and I sprayed the adhesive on the bamboo pieces and it worked wonderfully to adhere to the fabric.
One of the really nice things about Spray 77 is that it tacks very quickly. So after a few minutes, I used a razor blade to trim away the excess fabric. Note that I did the trimming on my typical Olfa mat, not my nice butcher block table top. 🙂
A little bit of wood glue and positioning following the etched lines on the backing plate later, and I had a finished hexi flower mini barn quilt!
When my husband cut this rose for me on Saturday, he told me it is likely the last rose of the season. It smells glorious, for the record, and I want to share it with you here to help remember the beauty of flowers as we enter fall and winter weather.
The mini barn quilts come with simple hanging hardware, or you can purchase a mini easel from the store for display. I chose to hang my Hexi Flower on the wall behind my sewing space to enjoy. As the mini barn quilts finish at 5 inches square, it is right at home with my growing mini mini quilt collection.
My mother gifted me a beautiful angel Christmas tree ornament a few years ago that I felt needed to be on permanent display. It says, “Follow your heart wherever it takes you.” I keep it in my sewing room (just under my business license from my town), and I think it is apt and appropriate to hang my Mini Barn Quilt with it as well. It takes a leap of faith, hard work, and moments of fear to follow your heart. Terri Ann, congratulations on making such a beautiful and polished product.
I have already ordered several more to give as Christmas gifts this year. I would love to know what creative ideas you have for decorating a mini barn quilt. Would you use fabric, paint, stain, or something else entirely?