Is September nearing an end already? Today is the last week of Mini Quilt Monday. I hope you have enjoyed spending the month challenging yourself to try new things. This week I decided to try my hand at Dresden Plates. I’ve wanted to try these since I first saw the cover of the book Material Obsession. That quilt is *so* beautiful.
I followed Elizabeth Hartman’s tutorial from Sew Mama Sew. She makes everything so easy to understand. These were a lot easier to make than I thought they would be. (I did purchase a special ruler at JoAnns for about $5.) The center circle could use some practice, but overall I’m happy with how this mini turned out and definitely wouldn’t shy away from making more of these. I used my collection of Joel Dewberry’s Heirloom fabric, such pretty colors and designs.
I quilted straight lines 1/4″ on each side of the dresden seams and continuing to the edge of the quilt. It produced a pretty star in the center. The binding is actually closer to red, Kona Cayenne, but I thought it looked quite nice with the Heirloom palette. The final size is 16″ square.
So there you have it – now let’s see what you made this week!
September 26, 2011 42 Comments
Welcome to our third Mini Quilt Monday! This week I decided to dive right into the book Word Play Quilts by Tonya Ricucci. I recently discovered Tonya’s blog, and wow, there is a lot of inspiration on there!
I have future plans to make a quilt with some words on it, but I was a bit intimidated when it came to making letters. I’m *pretty* sure I’ve mentioned that geometry and I don’t exactly get along. And this style of letters looked like you needed to know something about that. Tonya’s book makes it SO easy! She has step-by-step instructions for all letters and numbers.
I also followed tips that I learned during Malka Dubrawsky’s Improvisational Piecing class:
1. I followed basic color rules when making my letters. Each letter/number is made with either warm or cool fabrics. I alternated warm/cool/warm/cool/etc.
2. I didn’t use my ruler once when making this mini quilt. I freehand cut all pieces with my rotary cutter. If a piece had a slight curve to it, I incorporated that curve into the next piece I sewed on.
3. When sewing letters together, if one letter was smaller than the next, I added fabric to the smaller piece rather than trimming fabric from the larger piece.
4. I used mostly solid fabrics, but incorporated a few prints to add a bit of interest.
I know this improvisational style of sewing makes some of you break out into a cold sweat. I won’t name names. You know who you are. LOL But I just love how it turned out!
I quilted this mini using straight lines in varying directions on the background portions of the letters. As for the fabric, I used a selection of solids from my stash: Kona cottons, Kaffe Fassett shot cottons, Moda crossweaves, Free Spirit Designer Solids and Pat Bravo’s Pure Elements solids. Phew! The binding is a Kei Honeycomb. The final size is 14″ x 12.5″. This is one mini quilt I think would look great hanging up in a nursery with little clothes pins. I’ve added it to my shop.
So let’s see what you made this week. Link ‘em up!
September 19, 2011 19 Comments