Mini Quilt Monday

I’m thinking of taking the next few weeks and working on some mini quilts. I would like to tackle a type of block or quilting style in each that I have not done before. What do you think? Anyone want to join me?

This mini is just such a quilt. I’ve done a bit of hand stitching, but not “official” embroidery from a pattern in a quilt until now. These adorable animals are patterns purchased from Penguin and Fish. They are great for newbies, with the most complicated stitch being a chain stitch and french knot.





X-Ray Fish

This mini quilt is a baby gift finished just in time for a friend. I don’t think she reads my blog…or at least I hope not!

The blocks are made up of brightly colored squares from my stash. The embroidery has been done on Kona Ash. Each square measures 8″ finished.

I added a thin white border around the center section and then Riley Blake’s Feeling Groovy stripes as a thicker border. The binding is from Lizzy House’s 1001 Peeps. I think the bright colors will be perfect for this special baby as she grows. 🙂

The back is a fabric I bought awhile back at Ikea. I just really like the feminine but modern look.

I quilted this a few different ways. First I quilted straight lines 1/4″ on each side of the nine center block seams, backstitching at the start and finish. Then I went completely around the white sashing and rainbow sashing. Hopefully the below photo shows what I’m talking about a bit better.

Overall I’m really happy with this mini quilt! I hope the new future owner takes a liking to it as well. 🙂



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    August 22, 2011

    Look at you go! Those embroideries are so adorable! Seriously, what a cute quilt!! 🙂

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    August 22, 2011

    This is darling. Everything about it is sweet!

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    August 22, 2011

    It’s adorable! I’m sure the little girl will love it. Your embroidery is so cute! 🙂

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    August 22, 2011

    Lovely! Great colors and love the stitched animals. Truly lovely.

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    August 22, 2011

    That is so stinkin’ adorable! Really makes me want to try embroidery again. Lovely job!

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    August 22, 2011

    i love this plan- way to challenge yourself! that little smiley whale is adorable. penguin and fish has great patterns.

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    Rachel at Stitched in Color

    August 22, 2011

    Oh, it’s so cute! I have always liked their embroidery patterns and had not yet figured out a reason to use them. Your backing fabric is something I would have totally picked up. Ikea is so cool!

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    August 22, 2011

    Your mini is just darling! Hand embroidery is one of my very favorite things to do for all kinds of projects. It’s very addictive!

    The little one will love the bright colors, good job!

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    August 22, 2011

    this is really pretty. I have used some of the “penguin and fish” designs before for baby quilt gifts and they look great.
    I’d love to join a mini quilt sew along. please keep us posted!

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    August 22, 2011

    The embroidery is unbelievably cute. And I love that ikea fabric.

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    August 22, 2011

    That is great! So, it’s hand embriodered, right? I know your sewing machine does all sorts of amazing things, so just checking!

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      August 22, 2011

      Yep! These were done by hand. But my machine does do embroidery too (a bit different looking than this). I’m sure Jeremy thought I was crazy while watching me do this by hand. LOL

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    Suzanne K

    August 22, 2011

    A beautiful job and the octopus is so sweet. Makes me want to get back into embroidery. If you start doing mini quilts, post it, you may be able to convince me to join in and make baby quilts for two babies (not mine) coming along in a few months.

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    Mary J

    August 22, 2011

    I’d like to give it a try. It would be a great present for my 13 month old grandson. Are you going to post it like the summer quilt series?

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      August 22, 2011

      I haven’t really come up with the final idea yet, but it wouldn’t be for this quilt in particular. (As these embroidery patterns require you to buy them.)

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    August 22, 2011

    This is so cute! I wish I could join in with the mini quilts, but I am so busy with school starting again that I won’t have much time for quilting. 🙁 Have fun, I can’t wait to see more of your mini quilts!

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    August 22, 2011

    So, so cute! I haven’t ventured into embroidery yet.

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    August 22, 2011

    Gorgeous! I love it! I am inspired!

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    August 22, 2011

    This is adorable! I would cherish something like this.

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    August 23, 2011

    This is beautiful, I’d love to make some mini quilts and work on my skills! I’m new to embroidery but things like this make me want to try!

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    August 23, 2011

    Hello! I love everything in this mini quilt! Your design is beautiful and those stitched figures are so cute! All the fabrics are just perfect and the back fabric is amazing – so beautiful like a painting and it has just the same colours like your quilt!

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    August 23, 2011

    Cute, cute, cute. I have a lot of the same fabrics, but I can never seem to arrange them to have as much punch as I’ve seen your quilts have. My hat’s off to you. And your embroidery is great!

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    August 23, 2011

    I LOVE this quilt! The bright colors against the Kona is perfect!And the embroidery patterns are so cute. I’m going to check out the patterns…

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    August 23, 2011

    Just placed an order. Thanks, Faith!


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