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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Ballerina - A Mini Quilt Finish

Yet another sweet little finish - the second piece from my longarm lesson leftovers!

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This was the second pantograph that I practiced, after the stars. I didn't even know they made pantographs like these - and I can't imagine actually using one. But I can see why we practiced it - it took a steady hand and lots of concentration to make sure we were going in the right direction.

I wasn't sure what to do with this one, since neither of my nieces dance any more. It's rather large to make into a slipper bag, and really a bit too wobbly to sell. 

Then my friend from a previous assignment mentioned that her husband is leaving for a year deployment...right before their daughters' dance recital. So I whipped some binding on it (Bonnie and Camille Scrumptious) and sent it on its way to cheer up a trio of little dancers.

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And that's all I can salvage from the longarm practice piece, but I think I did well! On to bigger finishes next week - it's graduation and retirement season, so I have a slew of secret sewing to finally start sharing.

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An Apple A Day - A Mini Quilt Finish

And the second of my teacher gifts! Simple and sweet - I used the test block from my Apple A Day tutorial. Since I changed the size, it won't fit in my final quilt, so it makes the perfect teacher mini!

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I quilted it up quickly with echo-cross-hatching, stitched on the binding, and voila! Teacher gift! I guess sometimes it pays off to have random apple blocks hanging out in the sewing room.

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The back is a piece of blue Kona. The binding is the same as the sewing machine cover - I made the binding for a different project and changed my mind. So now it's getting used up wherever red works.

And both gifts were finished off with gift cards to the local coffee shop!

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Logo Pin Hoop - a Mini Finish!

Round one of my teacher gifts! For my kindergartner's main teacher, I got a gingham apple pin from Maker Valley, and decided to make a little pin display to go with it.

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Amy from Diary of a Quilter designed the pin, and came up with a great tutorial to make a hoop display.

The only thing I changed was the fabric - I went to the local shop that does all the school printing, and asked if they had a flawed t-shirt. Once the shoplady understood what I was asking for, she came up with the perfect shirt - small logo, nice thick fabric (it was a polo shirt) but damaged so they couldn't sell it.

I used a 7" embroidery hoop, backed the shirt with a heavy fusible interfacing, and...that's it!

One cute little hometown pin display!

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Tiptoe Tulip Pillow - a Mini Finish

My mother's side of the family is all Dutch, so I've always had an inherent love of tulips. Tulip mania was one of the few economic concepts I really understood. (See also: Beanie babies/child of the 90s.) So when Jennie designed a tulip quilt block, I was pretty excited to make a table runner!

Of course, then I got sick and got behind on all my quilt work, so the table runner became one single block. And then I finished it during an ice storm, on the greyest and dreariest days we've had here, so that single block became a cheerful couch pillow.

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And I do like it there, a lot. (At least until my boys come home from school and discover another thing to throw on the floor for no reason whatsoever.)

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I used the leftover yellow from Because Science, with unknown greens and yellow/pinks from my scrap bin, and a Zen Chik grey background.

I don't actually recommend making one block - the half-rectangle triangles yield parts for two separate blocks, but because of the orientation, it's impossible to use them in one block. So I have some leftover triangle bits, in case I ever want to make another.

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The backing - well, that's why it's a pillow. I was searching in my yellow scrap bin for good yellow to bind it as a mini, and I found this piece. The little florals are tulips! And I had just about enough to make an envelope back. So I did.

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This is all the selvage I had, but it's enough to tell me that this came out of my mother's stash. Fitting.

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And in addition to the pillow brightening up my living room, the props are now brightening up my kitchen!

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Pattern: Tiptoe by Porch Swing Quilts (free until the end of the quilt along!)

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