Saturday, February 15, 2014

trying something new - a mini plus quilt challenge

I recently had the honor of making a quilt for a new quilt exchange partner, the darling Julianne in California, and the assignment was trying something new. I pulled out my Mini-Mosaic Quilts from Paula Doyle that I had in my library since it was hot off the press.

The book showed me how to use an older technique and sparked new possibilities for a very popular design in mini! What is cool about this technique is that you adhere one and a half inch squares to paper or fusible web and sew everything in strips. Your points always match! (Just make sure you sew in opposites directions when you sew the strips. If you don't, your final patchwork will be bowed in one direction. My logical sense allowed me to accept this advice without trying it out. ;-)

I really loved sewing this and kept going! I made a matching mug rug using one inch squares. They finished up to 1/2"! Is that not cool?? My hubby actually said he wanted one for the office! And since you use the fusible web, you don't have to use additional batting!

Here are a few pictures from the process. It is a great way to use up scraps; I used a 6" charm pack!

Don't you just love those night photos? I was determined to get it done that night! If you have a chance to try this technique, go for it. It will enhance your mini quilt possibilities!

Here is my challenge to you...
I challenge you to use this book or technique to make a mini plus quilt. It can be any size you want but those pluses should be no larger than 3 inches square or each segment no larger than one inch finished. Make your quilt and send me a photo of your completed quilt by March 14 (1pm, German time)! I will upload all photos and pick a winner on March 15, 2014. You have one month! The winner will receive....a lovely new charm pack. I will ship internationally. If you will be participating, leave a comment in the comments section of this post. If you a Google+ member, you may be a "no-reply blogger" so leave your email address as well. If you need a badge, grab the one below by clicking on it with a right click and copying the graphic address and insert into your page.

 I look forward to seeing some really lovely mini plus quilts ladies and gentlemen!! Knock my socks off!

Happy patching!

1 comment:

  1. Hallo Karen,
    Dein Plus Quilt und Mug Rug sehen sehr schön aus. Ich werde aber nicht mitmachen, hab schon zu viel am Laufen.


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