Sunday, February 12, 2012

Modern Mini Challenge Inspiration

Welcome to my stop on the Modern Mini Challenge blog hop, hosted by Jennifer of Ellison Lane Quilts. We're here to inspire you and get you ready to make your own mini masterpiece for the Challenge!

My favorite mini that I've made? Definitely this little guy, which I made for Suz of Patchwork and Play as part of Doll Quilt Swap 10:

DQS10 quilt finished

Complexity. It's one of my favorite things about mini quilts. You can do things in an 18" square quilt that wouldn't be possible at a larger scale. A full-size version of this quilt would be stunning, no doubt about it. But would I have the patience for 30 or more 9"-square paper-pieced New York Beauty blocks? Hardly. : )

DQS10 quilt finished

But in my opinion, what really makes this quilt special are the fussy-cut centers—the beautiful swirly circular motifs from Tula Pink's Parisville collection. Without that fussy-cutting detail, this mini would be pretty standard. But those centers give it movement and drama. Which brings me to another thing I love about minis: A small detail like this might get lost in a larger quilt. But here, it's the star of the show—as it should be! Fun, right? So many design possibilities in something so small.

Okay, so are you getting ready to make your own modern mini for the challenge? Don't forget what's up for grabs—gift certificates to the Fat Quarter Shop and bundles of Flea Market Fancy! Squeal!! You have until March 4 to sew your own mini to enter in the Challenge. Click here to learn more about the schedule, the requirements, and the prizes!

And don't forget to keep following along with the blog hop. Happy sewing!

Feb. 6 - Stitchery Dickory Dock
Feb. 7 - Fairy Face Designs and Amy's Creative Side
Feb. 8 - Lily's Quilts
Feb. 9 - Patchwork Notes
Feb. 10 - Don't Call Me Betsy and Flying Blind on a Rocket Cycle
Feb. 11 - Sukie, Don't You Know Who I Am?
Feb. 12 - Freshly Pieced
Feb. 13 - From the Blue Chair and Poppy Makes
Feb. 14 - Needles, Pins, and Baking Tins
Feb. 15 - Mon Petit Lyons and Felicity Quilts
Feb. 16 - LR Stitched and Random Thoughts Do or Di
Feb. 17 - Life's Rich Pattern and Twin Fibers
Feb. 18 - Cut to Pieces and Sew Sweetness
Feb. 19 - Swim, Bike, Quilt


  1. Absolutely beautiful - I think the choice of fabrics and combinations really helps it come alive too :) inspired!

  2. Beautiful. Love the entire thing.

  3. Lee somehow I missed this quilt before. It's really stunning!

  4. Oh wow! I am SO proud to be the owner of this amazing mini! As well as the intricacies of the paper piecing, the wonderful fussy cut centres, I also love the unique colour palette you used in this quilt! It is like sunshine hanging on the wall!! Thank you for sharing your story AND you quilt!

  5. Just gorgeous, fussy cutting, piecing, quilting all fabulous! Truly inspiring, thanks for sharing.

  6. Love love love love love this quilt... thanks for sharing such a beauty!

  7. You gave that A W A Y!!! Dang I'm jealous! Love it

  8. Phenomenal. The fussy cutting is gorgeous.

  9. You did an amazing job on that mini. It is so beautiful.

  10. Love how you've done this, and minis are really opening up making some complex blocks for me that I know I'd never have the patience to make into a quilt!

  11. Lovely! The quilting is perfect on this project, too!

  12. So much detail in such a gorgeous little quilt. Lovely.

  13. Your mini is darling! I'd love to make one similar. I have not done alot of paper piecing but I think I could handle this size. So much great inspiration! Thanks for sharing.

  14. This reminds me of the mosaic ceilings in Gaudi's park in Barcelona. Very nice!

  15. Wow! I can't say I'd ever have the patience or skill to make one of these myself, but I'm glad I can admire yours from afar!

  16. I cant believe you actually parted with that! Its stunning!

  17. Love your quilt!! And you're right: the fussy cut fabric is fabby in it!! Love the other fabrics you used too, and the quilting goes perfectly with the blocks!

  18. This is totally gorgeous, Lee, and I think you're can be a lot more intricate in a mini quilt.I love your quilting choice too.

  19. This is a beautiful quilt. I think your point that we can do more in a small mini-quilt is insightful, as well as wise. I've just started EPP, and while I'm enjoying it, I'm already talking about the *mini* quilt I'm going to make. Maybe this series has started me on another possibility--a whole wall of minis.

    Elizabeth E.

  20. Absolutely beautiful!
    Happy Valentine's Day ♥

  21. It's amazing! and the stitching!!!


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