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.
20 thoughts on “Mini Mini Quilts 19 & 20”
Thank you so much, Yvonne! I can tell you right now that Poppy and I are going to be fighting over it. Should it live in the upstairs sewing room? (My choice, but Poppy does not like stairs in spite of anything you might have seen in The Italian Job.) Or should it live somewhere closer to Poppy?
I am so very glad we decided to swap!
Did you notice that we ended up swapping Puppy and Poppy? How freaky is that?
You did a fantastic job on poppy. Twenty minis since September WOW!
Wow…Poppy is awesome. And more amazing because it’s so small. Great work.
That mini cooper really is mini! It’s wonderful that you personalized the mini for Carla, it’s such a thoughtful little quilt. I also really like the little yellow one. All the triangular pices are appealing, and the quilting works so well!
You nailed it on the Mini, Poppy! The backing is perfect, too. I have done applique in the same manner. Your scale is amazing, as is your quilting. I like the pieced block as well… so tiny! I must make more after Christmas! You are such an inspiration!
Fun! I love those pictures with the ruler.
Yvonne, both of the mini mini’s that you created are fabulous! I truly love doing applique, my favorite method is satin stitched fusible style. You did a great job in creating both of these. Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful creative day!
The mini mini OF the mini is an example of extreme cuteness! I’m sure your mini-Poppy will have pride of place when it reaches the recipient’s sewing room. 🙂
Two more great mini quilts. I still have to bind my first two. I’m interested i knowing how you bound these two.
I am very impressed by the perfection of your mitered corners? Can you share your secret?
So teeny tiny! I love these. What a fun project.
they look so cute and fun. Great idea to make Poppy!
Yvonne, it turned out wonderfully!! What a great idea and you executed it perfectly 🙂 I got a good chuckle out of Carla’s comment, swapping Poppy and Puppy LOL
You are positively obsessed. In a good way. I’m sure Carla will LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the mini Poppy (In fact, from her comment, it appears that she already does!) With your productivity, you are fuel to the flames of the mini mini craze. Or should I say Mini mini mini… hee hee hee.
OH MY! It’s POPPY! You are a mini-mini genius! I can only imagine how much Carla is going to love it. And I didn’t know that she made you a mini-mini of Puppy. Must have missed that one. You guys were spot on for the swap.
That car turned out pretty awesome! You made a mini mini mini quilt. So that’s fun.
I was just thinking the same as Renee! Your mini minis never look like they could possibly be as small as they actually are, they’re so neat and precise still. And I love the Poppy backing fabric.
Love the mini quilts! I can see that they would be very satisfying to make!
I am smitten with this mini exchange. Love both Puppy and Poppy. The generosity and creativity of quilters never ceases to amaze me.