I really hemmed and hawed about what quilts to enter into the Bloggers Quilt Festival hosted by Amy @Amy’s Creative Side this fall. I have several quilts that I am really proud and excited to have made in the past 6 months, and narrowing down 2 to enter was tough.
Ultimately, I chose to enter the Connection Block Mini quilt into the Small Quilts Category so that I could share more about the details on the mini quilt. Previously I just linked to the Sew Mama Sew tutorial for instructions on how to piece the block, but I enjoyed making this mini quilt and I LOVED quilting it so much that I am excited to be able to share more details with you about it today.
The pieced block finished at 24.5-inches square, and after quilting and binding, the mini quilt finished at 23.25-inches square (~5% shrinkage), which makes the perimeter 93-inches.
I used Kona solids for the mini quilt (Kona Blue Jay for the background, Kona Nautical for the top half circle, Kona Marine for the right half circle, Kona Sky for the bottom half circle, Kona Riviera for the left half circle, and Kona Surf for the binding), and I color matched with my 50wt Aurifil stash for the quilting.
I used a combination of walking foot / straight line quilting and free motion quilting. I started by creating the strong diagonal lines that pass through the center of the quilt in a small crosshatch. I then echoed each half circle with my walking foot. To fill in the negative space, I found the central point between the echo of the half circle and the inner crosshatch line for each quadrant and I then echoed that shape once in each direction. In the remaining space, I free motion quilted chains of circles that expand and contract to fill the gap. I love the way the size of the circles emphasized the size change of the shape of the negative space and draws my eye around the quilt.
I have found that smaller quilts can be a great canvas for trying new techniques, like gaining confidence in curved piecing and exploring new quilting designs. I love the way this mini came together, and I thank you for taking a closer look at my Connection Block Mini Quilt!