Floral Vase - a Finished Mini Quilt!

Whew! After a couple months of “secret sewing,” all the events I was waiting for happened in one week! I showed off my Text It pillow on Tuesday (the blog hop is still going strong with lots of giveaways!) And the symposium for my mother-in-law’s Master Gardener organization was last Saturday, so I can finally show off the mini quilt I made for that!

Floral Vase Mini Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

My MIL bought this panel as a double set, with loads of coordinating fabrics, and added a bunch of batiks to the stack to match. She’s a good fabric picker, I’m a good fabric sewer. It’s a good relationship.

Floral Vase Mini Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

We debated making a full size quilt for the auction, but ultimately decided it would be way too much border (the panel is only about 18x22” as I recall) So I fussy cut the little flower and bird cornerstones out of one of the coordinating prints, and whipped two borders around it.

I also added a bit of the stripe fabric to the right/left sides to make the center panel square, and…I don’t like it. When I go back and do the second panel for my MIL’s quilt, I plan on cutting off the stripe entirely and using it somewhere else in the quilt. Which works because she wants hers more rectangular.

Floral Vase Mini Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

For the backing, I used a chunk of leftover wide backing. It actually bled very badly on the quilt it backed, but this mini quilt shouldn’t be washed, so it seemed like a safe place to use it up a bit. And the aqua totally works! The binding was a bit of berry dot I had in my stash, that just looked perfect against the other colors.

I quilted it with floral echos in the borders, and outline stitching and some stipple in the center. The vase and the flowers puff out a bit since they’re not quilted.

Floral Vase Mini Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

It has hanger corners (corner hangers?) in the same fabric as the backing, and oh - there it is again! My new labels from Dutch Label Shop!

Floral Vase Mini Quilt by Katie Mae Quilts

My MIL said it was very well received and was a highlight of the auction. Yay!

30” square

Also, just wait until you see the final secret sewing next week! My sister finally had the baby I’ve been waiting for since 2011!

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