Thursday, March 6, 2014

Springtime Mini

Do you ever go through phases with your crafting where you just can't seem to get enough of one thing? It could be crocheted shawls (been there), pot holders (done that), coasters (that too), or underwater basket weaving (just kidding).  Lately I'm a sucker for a mini quilt.
Since we got the puppy, (Puppies! Gaaaah! 5 months old now and so stinking squirrely.  Remind me why I wanted another dog? She's at the vet hospital today getting her lady parts snipped.  I'm having a Luna-tic free day and I'm so excited I don't know what to do first! Weeeeee!) I've become queen of the quick-fix, the short story, the fast and furious.  While I long for those days of uninterrupted hours in the sewing room, I'm learning to work in short bursts of creativity.  It appears for the moment at least, that I'm stuck on making mini quilts.
This one started with a few crocheted squares.  I matched them up with some fabric and the rest took care of itself.

First I made a four block quilt with linen centers, in the colors yellow, pink, blue and green.  I quilted some wavy lines and sewed on the binding.

Then I attached the crochet squares to the center of each block.  My crocheted blocks were 4 inches, so I cut my linen squares at 5.5 inches to allow for seams and about 1/2 inch of linen all the way around the block. 
A springtime mini.  Quilting, crochet and linen.  All my favorites!

Here's how I hang my mini quilts.
Buy some of these little plastic rings at the craft store.  These are about 3/4 inch.
Stitch them to your quilt backing, just below the binding, about 1.5 inches in from the side edges of your quilt.  For a quilt this size (about 22 inches), I sewed on two, but you could add a third to the middle of your quilt if it's bigger and looks like it's going to sag.
I used very small nails. The walls in my house are full of nails. And holes and Spackle. I tend to move things around A LOT.  I wouldn't have it any other way.  Anyway, if you wanted to use it as a table topper, the rings don't really get in the way, or they can be removed quickly with the seam ripper. 
So that's my ta-dah for the week.  I also wanted to share my prize from The Crafte Nook that I won in her give-away.......

  All the way from England!  Isn't it cute!  It's pinned to my favorite sweater right now.  Thanks again Pixie!


  1. Aren't you clever : ) lovely little gifty

  2. Oh, I like your linnen, crochet, quilt creation! Don´t you want to make it in big? It would be very nice as a lapquilt don´t you think?

  3. I love the idea of mixing the two crafts together. I really must learn to crochet too.

  4. Poor Luna, hope her surgery went well. Love the combination of quilt and crochet, it is perfect.

  5. Hi Lynne, I totally get the small project thing. I began to do smaller projects when the grandkids came, and when I started to babysit Noah full time! I no longer had the luxery of sitting in my sewing room for hours on end. That is when I took up crochet and knitting. But I am longing for my quilting too!!! Love your table topper/wall hanging! Combining both mediums that way is so darling!!!! Poor Luna....gotta do it though.
    xo Kris

  6. Hi Lynne, oh i love the mini quilt...i am so envious of your quilting talents, i really must have a go some day( add that to never ending list of things to do)...yes' envious indeed......i do love a quilt...any size....all of them....ahhh and to think that wee little brooch traveled allllllll those miles, so glad you liked it..

    Huggy hugs
    Pixie xx

  7. I am there with you Lynne - never enough uninterrupted time to achieve anything more than postage stamp size. The crochet squares work so well on the quilt. A couple of years ago I commissioned someone to make a whole load of hearts for me to sew onto a quilt - hearts still in bag, fabric still uncut. I somehow think it could be some while before that changes! Philippa xx


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