Mini Quilt

My Island Batik Mini Love Quilt

February is the month of love, and the Island Batik Ambassadors are celebrating with a Mini Love challenge!

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The challenge was to make a mini quilt celebrating love, using a special Valentine's/Galentine's fabric bundle Island Batik including in my recent box.

I combined the ones they sent with the Valentine's fabrics I received last year and a few I pulled from Stash Builder rolls to make a large selection of pinks and reds with which I could work. Here are the fabrics I used in my mini quilt.

For this mini, I started with the name I had in mind for it: "Hearts a Flutter". Immediately, I thought of hearts fluttering in the air. But could I achieve it?

I made the hearts first, in three sizes. Then I laid them out on my design wall as I saw them in my mind. To stitch them together, I added the background fabric to one heart, overlapped the fabrics then cut and stitched.

Here's a close up of the cutting action. I would pin the two pieces so they would stay in alignment and then carry them carefully to my cutting board. I would then align my ruler where I wanted to cut, then slip the piece on the right out of the way and make my cut. If needed, I'd repeat this process to trim the piece on the right at the same angle. Then I'd sew the two pieces together.

I continued this process, connecting one heart at a time until the lower half was done. Then I sewed the two halves together.

Next, it was time to consider the quilting. When I came up with the idea of hearts fluttering in the air, I thought immediately of swirly, curly quilting lines that would join the hearts in a flight path. I added tiny hearts at the end of some of the curls for a touch of whimsy.

Here are the details:

"Hearts a Flutter"
18" x 22"
Fabrics: Island Batik Galentine's/Valentine's bundle, including Carnation (for the background) and Carnation Mini Flower (for the binding)
Pattern: Original Design
Batting: Quilter's Dream Request
Piecing Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. #2021 Natural White
Quilting Thread:  Aurifil 50 wt. #2410 (Pale Pink), #2250 (Red), and #2530 (Blossom Pink); WonderFil Konfetti 50 wt. #KT308 (Carnation Pink)
Pieced and quilted by Jennifer Fulton

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Disclosure: The products featured in Love Entwined were provided to me free of charge by Island Batik.

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Love Entwined Mini Quilt - A New Pattern!

Happy Almost Valentine's!

I love Valentine's Day, and often make a quilt to celebrate. A few years ago, I made this table runner I call "All You Need is Love."

I really enjoyed designing the table runner to use a Valentine's-themed jelly roll I had in my stash. I remember that it was a lot of fun adding the letters, hearts, and especially the rick-rack! I gotta remember that and use rick-rack in another project soon. You can read the whole story about my table runner here.

Last year for Valentine's Day, I made a cute mini quilt I call "Love Entwined."

You see, as an Island Batik Ambassador, we get a unique challenge each month. And last February, we were challenged to make a mini-quilt for Valentine's Day. This time I challenged myself to build a design around the red and pink batiks they'd included in my first shipment of batiks.

I played around with the fabrics for awhile, then the design for Love Entwined simply came to mind. I had a lot of fun making it, and deciding on the quilting. Sometimes inspiration just happens! You can read more about Love Entwined here.

This year, I decided to draft the pattern for Love Entwined so you can make it too! I used batiks for my version, but you could use Valentine's prints instead if you like. You'll find the pattern in my shop. As a special Valentine's present to you, for today only, the PDF version of the pattern is free! (The pattern will be available for free download until midnight EST February 9th.)

The Island Batik Ambassadors will be soon be celebrating Valentine's with new mini quilts. I'm working on my design now, awaiting the new box of batiks that is on it's way. Be sure to catch my Valentine's Day post to see my new mini quilt.

The Island Batik Ambassador's are also celebrating Galentine's Day (a day to celebrate the great women in your life). Galentine's occurs on February 13th so that's when I'll be posting the mug rugs I'm making. Be sure to come back on the 13th and share the love!

My Wednesday Wait Loss on February 14th will feature a special link up where you can share your Valentine's and Galentine's quilts, so get your projects ready for the celebration! You can link up old projects, new projects, and even unfinished projects! I want to fill the linkup with lots of love.

In the meantime, I'm having a giveaway with my current Wednesday Wait Loss to celebrate it's first anniversary, so jump over there and link up a current work in progress or finished quilt.

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Disclosure: The products featured in Love Entwined were provided to me free of charge by Island Batik.

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April Fools: It’s March Mini Madness Time!

Yep, you read that right. I finished my Island Batik March challenge—a mini foundation pieced quilt—just in time for April! <grin>

I did however get the top (flimsy) done in time to post about it while it was still March, so at least I’m not cheating too much. <wink> Anyway, I hope you agree that the wait was worth it.

It was a windy day so it was hard to get this quilt to be still, but I really love it! I simply adore how the Island Batik fabrics—from their Pressed Petals collection—really pop! Aren’t the colors gorgeous? So much fun to play with!

I also love how the quilting looks. Not to toot my own horn, but didn’t this turn out beautifully? I used a Fantastico variegated thread on the dark blue batik and I love how it just shimmers.

This was my first time using the Fantastico threads by Superior and oh were they so yummy to use! And of course Aurifil quilts like a dream in my hmo. My goal this year is to stock these in more colors because I love the quality and how they make the quilting look.

The pattern is my own and I’m currently having it tested by my bestie, Alice. I’m calling this “Sliced Orange Peel” because the pattern is based on the classic orange peel block.

Here are the quilt details:

“Sliced Orange Peel”
24” x 24”
Original Design
Fabrics: Island Batik Pressed Petals collection
Batting: Soft N Crafty 80/20 1 Loft
Piecing thread: Aurifil #2900 Light Kakhy Green
Quilting thread: Superior Threads 40 wt. Fantastico variegated in #5160 Fiji and #5006 Niagra; Sulky 40 wt. #1333 Sunflower Gold and # 1177 Avocado; Aurifil 50 wt. #2145 Yellow Orange
Pieced and quilted by: Jennifer Fulton

I will say that I’m not thrilled with the batting and won’t use it again. I got it at Joanne’s back when I was working on my quilt book and I needed a large variety of battings for a photo. Quick, give me my Hobbs 80/20, Warm and Natural, or Quilter’s Dream!

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