ABC 123 – Mini Quilt Monday

ABC 123

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.

ABC 123

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!

ABC 123

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!


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    I love the ABC 123 quilt! The color and fabric choices look great!!

    I didn’t finish up any mini-quilts this week, so I linked to one I finished last month. Feel free to take it off if you only want to have new projects in the linky list- no worries at all! Thanks for sponsoring such a fun page!

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    Funny you were inspired by malka dubrawsky….I was working on a table runner of hers last night. I confess my ruler came out occasionally. Funny that I need practice being improvisational! 😉
    At any rate, your little quilt is darling!!

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    This week’s mini is so primary, I love it! I have that same book but have been intimidated by it! Thanks for the inspiration of only a few letters at a time and thanks for hosting this great link up!

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    Very cool! I love the bright colors! The quilting looks great. It almost make it look like the background fabric is corduroy. I like how you shared some of the ways you did things. It helps make these improvisational things a little more approachable!

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    I would be one of those sweating. I have toyed with buying the book as I like the idea of adding words to a quilt top and /or back. Yours has turned out wonderfully.

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