Yesterday I shipped off two more #miniminiquiltswap mini mini quilts to head to their new homes. It is hard to believe that mini mini quilts number 19 and 20 are complete; I never would have guessed I would make so many of these back when Kitty @Night Quilter introduced them to me in September. These really are fun projects that can be used to try new techniques.
Case in point: I used raw edge applique and a bit of fusible web to create a MiniMini quilt of Carla’s (@Granny Maud’s Girl) mini cooper, Poppy. Applique is not a typical technique for me, and it was fun to stretch my creative muscles a bit on this particulr mini quilt. Carla posted about a picnic quilt that she recently completed with the help of bee mates this year, and as the picnic quilt will live in her car, the photos of the quilt are all draped across her red Mini Cooper, Poppy.
When Carla and I agreed to swap mini mini quilts, Carla told me that she like bright colors (nothing dark) and floral prints. However, when I saw that she was able to make a mini mini quilt of my cat, I knew I had to spend some time thinking about the right thing to make for her. I recalled her recent post featuring Poppy, and so I scoured the internet (thanks Google Images) for an image of a mini cooper that I could use to create an applique version of a mini cooper.
I printed out 4 copies of the image and cut out various portions of the car and started building up the applique version of Poppy. The red body is all one piece. Then I added the windows, frame, roof and tires. The last items to get put down were the tiny headlights, rear view mirror, hood stripes, front grill plates, and license plate. I kind of hand embroidered on “Poppy” to the license plate prior to quilting. I say kind of, because I definitely hand stitched it, but very loosely.
Previous to seeing what Carla was planning for me and following her bright, floral inspiration, I had created this 4-inch square mini mini quilt which is now headed to South Carolina. I think the color combination is bright and cheery, and I really enjoyed quilting the flowers.
I clearly decided to stick with the floral quilting motif when I quilted the Poppy mini mini. I also outlined round Poppy, and I like how it helps the car to “pop” and poof up as the focal point. I found a fun red floral print in my stash that I think works really well as the binding. Conversely, the bright and cheerful yellow mini quilt was all pieced, backed, and bound using scraps from my scrap bin.
And here is the back view of the minimini quilts. The print for the back of Poppy’s mini quilt came from Helen @Midget Gem Quilts and felt like the perfect print to use.
Do you have a favorite method for trying and expanding out new to you techniques? I am enjoying using mini mini quilts, and occasionally mini quilts, to help me continue to grow and learn.