Mother's Day Mini Quilt
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Mother’s Day Mini Quilt

I live in California and my family lives in Tennessee. Earlier this year, I made plans with my brother and his family to visit with them in early May. My parents and brother live within an hour and a half drive of one another, so that meant I also had the good fortune of getting to visit with my parents on the visit, too. About a week before I was scheduled to leave, I realized I would be visiting over Mother’s Day. Thankfully, many things fell into place and I was able to make a personalized mini quilt in time to gift to my mom in person.

Mother's Day Mini Quilt

Mother’s Day Mini Quilt

As you probably remember, I was eager to purchase Kitty @Night Quilter‘s latest paper pieced pattern: Bean Sprout. My mother majored in biology in college and taught high school biology for years. She has a green thumb and I remember summers of gardening and flowers and watering and outdoor activities.

Mother's Day Mini Quilt

Mother’s Day Mini Quilt

After quickly piecing the quilt top (and seeing my mom say how much she loved the bean sprout in a comment on Instagram!), I went looking for the perfect quote to add to the quilt top. Trina @In An Otter Life stepped in and helped me out by pointing me to this quote by author Linda Hogan.

Suddenly all my ancestors are behind me. Be still, they say. Watch and listen. You are the result of the love of thousands. –Linda Hogan

Mother's Day Mini Quilt

Mother’s Day Mini Quilt

I used a water soluble marker to write the quote and then free motion quilted it. In this case, my intentions exceeded my skill level a bit, but I just need keep doing more work to close the gap, right?

Mother's Day Mini Quilt

Mother’s Day Mini Quilt

The mini quilt now hangs on the door leading into my mom’s sewing room, just below a mini mini quilt I made for her, a friendship bracelet I made her at QuiltCon, a mini mini quilt Renee @Quilts of a Feather made her, and a bracelet she received from Stephanie @Spontaneous Threads at QuiltCon.

Mother's Day Mini Quilt

Mother’s Day Mini Quilt

And I couldn’t help showing this peak into her sewing room. The orange, blue, and black quilt is a mini quilt she made using my Notched pattern. 🙂

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19 thoughts on “Mother’s Day Mini Quilt

  1. Margaret Sterry says:

    I loved the mini quilt you made for your mother.I especially loved the quote.It made me feel special as a mother,Grandmother and great grandmother.Hope yor Mother’s day was as wonderful as mine.

  2. Paige says:

    I know your mom was thrilled! Glad you got to visit with family!

  3. Leanne says:

    That is a lovely quilt.your letters look great to me.

  4. Great mini! Kitty’s pattern is beautiful, clean, and simple and I love the quote you added.

  5. Nancy B. says:

    What a lovely mother’s day gift you made!!! Just wonderful.

  6. The bean sprout caught my attention on IG, it’s super cute! Are you saying you FMQ the letters…each letter? I cannot believe you did that! I’m sure your mom loved it! The quote is perfect!

  7. Such a thoughtful gift for your mom. Love the quote!

  8. Good Morning Yvonne! Your mini quilt for your Mother is beautiful; along with the quote you chose! I am sure she will treasure it always. So glad that you got to spend time with family, it is important and in many ways the visits rejuvinate us. Your quilting just continues to improve and the only person who can see the “supposed mistakes” are you. The remainder of us just look at your fabulous artful quilting and stand in AWE….I truly admire what you do. Thank you for sharing and have a fantastic creative day!

  9. I think your letters look good – I was studying the photo and wondering ‘how’d she do that?’ 🙂 It’s a lovely mini with a wonderful quote. What a great gift for your Mom!

  10. Tish says:

    What a beautiful gift for your mother. I love that you added that quote and it’s a perfect one at that. And what a great sneak peak into her sewing room. The colors on her version of Notched just pop against the black background.

  11. Ruth says:

    I love quilt writing – yours is perfectly legible and a lovely sentiment – great gift!

  12. Kaja says:

    What a lovely gift and that is a fantastic quote: perfect for the occasion too. I like your lettering.

  13. Karen says:

    What a lovely gift, Yvonne. And your backgound quilting looks like rain falling to help Kitty’s sprout grow!

  14. Lara B. says:

    What a perfect gift Kitty’s Bean Sprout worked out to be for your Mom. Yvonne – I thought you had used an embroidery machine to stitch on the quote and think that your FMQ letters are wonderful!

  15. What a great fit for your Mom. I bet she loved it. Your words look pretty darn good!!

  16. Jasmine says:

    What a sweet gift for your mom. I love the quote and the reasoning behind your pattern. Do you know how she is hanging it there? It looks so flat.

  17. The quote is perfect for this sweet sprout. And your quilting is too! What a beautiful gift…. Made with the love of one.

  18. Helen says:

    I thought I had commented here , just in my head maybe . I love genealogy and quilt writing so this is win win for me .

  19. Sally says:

    Quilts and quotes are always a great combination in my mind but this one is a really special present, with a beautiful quote. Hope you all had a wonderful Mothers’ Day together.

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