Mini Minis 28 through 31
2016 Finished Quilts, Quilts

#MiniMiniQuiltSwap Not Slowing Yet

Mini Minis 28 through 31

Mini Minis 28 through 31

I have made and shipped off another batch of mini mini quilts! Although each was made with intent and purpose, it turns out that one of these things is not like the other…

Red Mini Minis

Red Mini Minis

Just before QuiltCon, I agreed to a mini mini swap with Jane (@janequiltsslowly on Instagram). I asked her to remind me about this swap when I returned home, and she politely waited a few days which I greatly appreciated. Integration back into real life was not entirely smooth, and I was needing a lot more sleep than normal to recover some of the personal energy I had expended acting more extroverted than is normally my nature. Regardless, she and I agreed to do a bit of improv work with solids for one another, and she also said she wouldn’t mind a bit of “red herring” thrown in. Well, in my scrap box I had a bit of the red left over from Red Herring, so I started with it and scraps of a black through gray gradient to make some fabric with a think red line. Then I cut up the made fabric and pieced together her Mini Mini, which I have named Thin Red Line in my head.

Thin Red Line Pieced Top

Thin Red Line Pieced Top

Once Jane’s mini mini was complete, I had a bit of the made fabric left over so I just turned it into a second mini mini to swap with a willing partner.

About that time, Stephanie @Spontaneous Threads wrote a blog post and introduced me to the idea of Wabi-Sabi. She defined it in her post as:

Wabi-Sabi: “the art of finding beauty in imperfection…to see the singular beauty in something that at first does not appear obviously beautiful. Bringing wabi-sabi into ones life doesn’t require money or even special skills. It takes a mind quiet enough to appreciate muted beauty, courage not to fear bareness, willingness to accept things as they are. It depends on the ability to slow down, shifting balance from doing to being, to appreciating rather than perfecting”.

There was so much there that resonated with me, and after an email discussion, we agreed to a mini mini swap with one another. I was inspired by Wabi-Sabi, and incorporating some of Stephanie’s favorite warm colors into the design (Andover Chambray for the top, Cloud9 Cirrus Solid for the back and binding), I created the Wabi-Sabi mini mini quilt.



A bit more research that I did on Wabi-Sabi before embarking on the journey of making the mini mini quilt: Wabi-sabi is sometimes described as an ascetic of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”. Wabi-sabi derived from a Buddist concept known as the three marks. The three marks of existence are 1. Impermanence 2. Suffering and 3. Emptiness.

Sunburst Shards

Sunburst Shards

And last, but certainly not least, is a sweet mini mini quilt that I made for my mother. She gifted me a mini mini quilt while we were together at QuiltCon (made based on my Notched block tutorial!), and I wanted to make her something special in return. I used scraps of fabric left over from my Sunburst quilt to create Sunburst Shards. She and I share a love for the color blue, so I know this mini is going to a good home. I couldn’t resist taking a photo of the two quilts together before I shipped it home, though. 🙂

My Mini Mini Wall

My Mini Mini Wall

Speaking of mini mini quilts that I have received, this is the current state of my mini mini quilt wall, which is just behind my sewing machine. I am running out of room! Don’t worry, I’m sure I’ll come up with other locations to place the mini minis that I trade for! <3

18 thoughts on “#MiniMiniQuiltSwap Not Slowing Yet

  1. Lisa says:

    Awesome Yvonne! Love that angular black quilt!

  2. Paige says:

    Your are building quite a collection of mini’s! I like the blue mini on your original quilt.

  3. Jayne Willis says:

    I have never heard of Wabi-sabi, thank you for sharing! You always have gorgeous mini’s and your wall is filling up fast! Love the thin red line with the grey!

  4. Sandra says:

    More wonderful creations! What a fun wall to look at all the day long. I especially have an affinity for the Buddhist concepts you mention and love the idea of Wabi-Sabi. Thank you for this. And now on to my first mini mini for Anja…

  5. Judy says:

    Thin Red Line – Beautifully done!!! That is amazing tiny work! I am not a fan of doing tiny work but I have to admit, looking at it absolutely fascinates me!

    Your mini wall looks great!! Such awesome eye candy to look at when taking those ‘thinking’ breaks while sewing 🙂

  6. Janequiltsslowly says:

    So excited to see the Red Line mini mini in my mailbox!!! Thank you for sharing with me.

  7. Miriam says:

    Profound statement and concept. i really needed it today.

    As always, I think your mini-minis are wonderful, and I appreciate all the stories behind them. I try to make my projects with someone in mind and unique to the receiver. There are a few times when I do “assembly line sewing” but I still try to make small changes personal to each recipient.

    Love your mini wall!

  8. Good Morning Yvonne! As always, your mini mini’s are splendid! I especially liked the Thin Red LinePieced Top, using the tight satin stitch like you did added a wonderful element. Your wall is filling up fabulously quickly how spectacular for you! Thank you for sharing and have a fantastic creative day!

  9. Gayle says:

    Your mini-mini wall is too much fun! You put a lot of thought in your little pieces. Thanks for sharing Wabi-Sabi. I now have a short description for my usual crafting style. My hair too. I even have an old blog post that sort of talks about it.

  10. Cindy says:

    I think red line mini has to be my favourite of all the minis you have made so far. I had never heard of Wabi-Sabi thanks for the info.

  11. You may or may not have a wee addiction on your hands, Yvonne. But it seems pretty harmless! Not hard on the stash either!

  12. Beautiful minis! When I first saw the mini with the thin red lines I had assumed that was some sort of stitching then in the close up I saw that it was actually a super thin pieced in fabric, very cool!

  13. Renee says:

    Ah man your wall is totally lacking a quilted paisley.

  14. Shasta says:

    So awesome! Each of these pieces is a work of art. Love the photo of the two blue quilts – what a difference in scale.

  15. NeverJustJennifer says:

    I love the pop of red that mine adds to your wall!

  16. Jasmine says:

    These are super cute, and I loved the peek at your wall. I’m glad the ruler was on the edge to really see the scale.

  17. Sally says:

    Your mini, mini wall looks amazing! How do you ‘stick’ them up? And I love the idea, and your interpretation of ‘wabi sabi’.

  18. LOVE the wall, the cat one reminds me of my boyfriends cat, sass and all! Love that thin line mini with the red. Those look like so much work!

I really appreciate the time and thought you take to comment, and I look forward to conversing with you. :)