I used my Alison Glass charms for the first time over the weekend to make a mini mini quilt to gift to a Patron who just unlocked the mini mini quilt reward. The patron mentioned that she liked rainbows, purples, and free motion quilting. With the mention of rainbows, I couldn’t help but think of my Alison Glass charms, and I immediately started looking for a fun design that I could shrink down to super miniature size. I came across Rachel @Stitched in Color’s Rainbow Bricks mini quilt from 2015 and I knew I could make that work.
The background fabric is a white on white Sunprint Text print, which doesn’t show through in these photos. Other than the thread and batting, this mini mini quilt is *all* Alison Glass! The piecing of the mini quilt top wasn’t the most exciting piecing work, but I hope that my free motion quilting (including the use of a rainbow of Aurifl 12wt thread on the side) and the rainbow binding really pulls it all together into a fun punch of beauty in only 5-inches square.
For the most part I quilted and stitched down the binding using 50wt Aurifil 2600 (Dove). I was thrilled with how my new Juki performed with tiny free motion quilting detail, and even more excited that with a simple needle change (I upsided from an 80/12 to a 110/18 needle) that I could free motion quilt with 12wt thread through the needle! I am definitely loving my new sewing machine.
I kept 50wt 2600 (Dove) in the bobbin when I was free motion quilting with the heavier thread, and I did not adjust the tension at all. In general, I would recommend matching the bobbin thread color to the top thread color, but for such tiny accent areas, I decided that the shortcut was OK in this instance.
Even the backing of the mini is an Alison Glass print from the charm swap!
I still have at least one more Alison Glass make that I want to have done in time to share for the Quilting Jetgirl Alison Glass Challenge linkup in January. Have you started planning what you are going to make to link up?
Linking up with Main Crush Monday.