Modern Mini Challenge with Ellison Lane Quilts

Confession: Yesterday was the first time I’ve sewn a stitch in about 2 weeks. If you follow me on Instagram, you know my family spent the last week at Disney. The week before that, I was in full vacation-prep mode. So when I finally sat back down at my machine, I decided a mini quilt was a great project to freshen myself back up.

And just in time for Jennifer of Ellison Lane’s Modern Mini Challenge. (Details a bit below.)

So, this mini quilt has kind of a funny story behind it. I feel like for awhile, every time I logged into Facebook I saw an ad for Missouri Star Quilt Co. And I really liked the star quilt block on their logo. The design, the colors – right up my alley! So, I made that star. Same colors and everything. 🙂

I still need to add the binding, but it’s almost there. It measures 20″ x 20″.

Are you interested in joining in the Modern Mini fun? (And yes, there are prizes!) Challenge yourself and try something new: a new technique, a new pattern, a new quilting style, new type of fabric, etc and make a mini quilt.

The details:
You can enter any mini quilt that you’ve made within the past 6 months. Remember, a mini quilt can be a mug rug, a mini quilt, a pillow, a table topper, etc. Only one entry per person.

Size requirements:
Mini Quilt must be at least 6″ x 6″ and no bigger than 24″ x 24″.

You can enter a mini quilt made from your own design or from a pattern.
Please give credit to the pattern designer in your description.

Get inspired at the blog hop stops and then start sewing!

June 5: Ellison Lane Quilts and Happy Quilting
June 7: Swim, Bike, Quilt
June 8: Craft Buds
June 9: From the Blue Chair and Sewing Under the Rainbow
June 10: The Sewing Chick
June 11: Flying Blind on a Rocket Cycle and Me!

Starting June 12, you’ll be able to link up your entry at Ellison Lane. You’ll have until 5:00 PM EST on June 16 to add your mini quilt. Link from your blog (a NEW post please), your Flickr account or your Threadbias account. Remember, you don’t have to have a blog to enter.

And the awesome list of prizes:

$125 Gift Certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop
$75 Gift Certificate to the Intrepid Thread
$50 Gift Pack of Pellon Products
$50 Box of Coats and Clark Threads
(2) $50 prize packs of Dritz sewing products
$25 Gift Certificate to Christa Quilts
A Bundle of Marblehead fabrics from Fabri-Quilt

The $125 Gift Certificate winner will be chosen by Jennifer’s husband – his is the Wild Card Choice! The other prizes will be awarded by random draw.

Happy sewing everyone!




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    Michelle Harrison

    June 11, 2013

    What a lovely, fresh, take on an old familiar block. Congratulations on being able to put two words together coherently after a family vacation, let alone two pieces of fabric!

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      June 11, 2013

      Isn’t that the truth! I need a vacation after my vacation. lol 🙂

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    diana alexander

    June 11, 2013

    I love the colors in that “quilt”! Really lovely, thanks for sharing!

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    June 11, 2013

    The fabrics are just wonderful in your mini. Very fresh and cute!

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    Pam Pollock

    June 11, 2013

    Another wonderful block. I am a huge fan! Thank you for your inspiration. Very appreciated.

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    June 11, 2013

    Hi Faith,

    It’s good to hear that you had a fun vacation at Disney!

    Thanks for including us in the Ellison Lane Quilts Modern Mini Challenge. This should be fun!

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    Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quitls

    June 11, 2013

    Thanks so much for being part of the hop Faith, especially after your fab vacay to Disney! Loved seeing your pics on IG! 🙂

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    June 11, 2013

    Hi…I’m new here! Very cool work!!

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    June 11, 2013

    I’ve never made a mini quilt so I might challenge myself to do so. Seems like a good way to test out blocks. I am cutting fabric to try my hand at paper piecing (thanks to you!).

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    Julie M

    June 11, 2013

    I just wanna say, “Quack!” Love your block! Glad you and your family had a fun vacation!

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    June 11, 2013

    It turned out great!

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    June 12, 2013

    Inspirational! Thank you for sharing this wonderful ideas!

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    John B. Nielsen

    June 22, 2013

    Last year about this time, I spent some time making some of Judy Martin’s variations on LeMoyne stars. I particularly liked this one called “Country Fair“. The block I made is far from perfect and convinced me I didn’t want to make a big quilt from this block, but I still think it’s nice as a mini-quilt with some strips added to fit the rack.