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