Earlier this year I signed up for a mini-mini swap through the Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild. We would be making mini-mini (under 48″ diameter) quilts and swapping with the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild! We were asked to fill out a questionnaire and our answers, likes, dislikes, etc. would be given to someone in Vancouver; but we were given a different name than the person making our quilt. Scouring Instagram for clues and trying to find the person we were quilting for was fun, except if the person has no social media presence at ALL! 🙂
The lady who I was to create a mini-mini quilt for is named Cheryl – she was originally from Smiths Falls, so cool that she is from around here. She also said that her favourite colours are turquoise and grey and she enjoys text based patterns – right up my alley!! She also really likes star blocks.
As soon as I got her questionnaire I got started drafting an semi-improv constellation layout. I’ve really been enjoying paper piecing lately, so found a four pointed star pattern and altered it to make different sized stars.
This is the smallest of the stars that went into the quilt. There are 5 stars in total, and let me tell you – tiny paper-piecing is not easy. And lesson learned – when tiny paper-piecing – DON’T use Essex Linen for the centers. Love it otherwise, but not in this application. Getting the 4 portions of the tiny stars to line up was hard.
Once I had all my blocks done, I added some background blocks and some border strips. I machine quilted the majority of it, echoing around the shapes of the stars and then I added some straight line triangles that remind me of the tail of a shooting star – just radiating off the sides of each star. I didn’t take any photos during the process, but I added piping to this mini in the same Cotton & Steel fabric as the top right star.
And here is my final mini-mini quilt! Last minute I decided I wanted to add a bit of metallic hand quilting to the inside of all the stars. I find it adds a bit more dimension and adds to the constellation look I was going for.
This past Monday at our guild meeting we all brought in our swap quilts. Talk about a talented group of ladies! Some of us got lots of guidance on likes/dislikes, etc. and some didn’t, but we all made some beautiful quilts and we all hope that the recipients at the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild love them! If you wanted to see some of the other swap quilts, or process shots from other members, check out #omqgandvmqgswap on Instagram!
Sunprint Meadow in Tide – Alison Glass
Sprinkle in Kimberly Blue – Cotton & Steel (Basics)
Essex Linen in Charcoal – Robert Kaufman
Friedlander Cattle Print in Shadow – Carolyn Friedlander