Monday, May 19, 2014

Bloggers Quilt Festival - Mini

i know its been forever since i have written a blog post.  lots and lots of life going on over here.  selling my house which took 100+ days but is finally done.  packing and putting things in storage with no idea as to how long they will be there.  settling into my new space which is much smaller then my house was.  also dealing will multiple family/life issues and work.  whew.  so that is my story and i hope to be here more often now that things/life are starting to slow a tiny bit.

so when i was reminded about Blogger's Quilt Festival i knew i wanted to enter a quilt or two into it.  i went and checked out Amy's website and saw that there is a Mini Quilt Category.  i knew right away which quilt i wanted to enter into that category.

my Mini Northern Lights quilt
measures 13" x 16 1/2"

i picked up Jaybirds Mini Hex N More ruler and this pattern when i was on a recent trip to North Carolina.

i knew i wanted to use my Tula Pink stash for this quilt.  so i went digging and came up with some Neptune, Salt Water and Nightshade.  i am so funny about my Tula fabrics.  i both love and hate to use them.  silly i know.  i want to keep them forever but i also want to make things with them.  do you all have fabric that you feel that way about?

i reasoned with myself that if i make a mini quilt with it that i can hang it on my wall and enjoy it and not worry (as much) about it wearing out with use.  i know total dork.  quilts are meant to be used and mine do get used.  blah. blah. blah.

i had fun putting the fabrics together and sewing up this quilt.  it was a quick fun mini quilt to make.  now i can see why mini quilts are becoming so popular.

funny story.  my brother and his family were home for a visit while i was working on this quilt and my brother asked me if i bought the rows of the 8 fabrics already sewn together.  when i told him no and that i cut each piece out using the Mini Hex N More ruler and sewed them together my brother told me i was nuts.  LOL

i did single fold binding on this quilt which is something that i have never done before.  i also hand stitched it down which i normally don't do but since there was only 59" to bind i thought i could handle it.  

i even used some Neptune on the back of the quilt.  i quilted this by just following the jagged lines of the seams that the pattern makes.  i really am happy with it.  it shows off the pattern well.

thanks for stopping by to check out my Mini Northern Lights quilt.  please hop over to Amy's Creative Side and check out all of the quilts in the Blogger's Quilt Festival.

happy sewing


CitricSugar said...

Very cute! I've been looking at that mini ruler and trying to justify getting one and I think you just provided that. :-)

Shay said...

WOW! I love the use of colour in this quilt. It's so pretty!

At first I thought this was flying geese. What a great alternative design.

Havplenty said...

Love it. The colors work so well.

SarahZ said...

Love,love,love this! (Silly brother!!!)

Hilary Florence said...

I love the colour and fabric that you have used for this mini - very harmonious!

a maidenhair fern said...

I love your little mini quilt. The colors are so fun, and I love the design. Your free motion quilting is the perfect pattern to show off your piecing. Yea, your brother is right, we quilters are crazy! but don't ya love it?

Nini And The Sea said...

I love the shades of green! Great quilt!

Wendy said...

I have seen this pattern around a few times lately and I really love it. The colours you used are gorgeous!

audrey said...

I feel the exact same way about my Tula fabrics! But this was a totally awesome use of them, and now you have a cute awesome mini! :)