I was never big on the whole mini quilt trend. Until I made one.
Here’s a quilt with a number of different techniques: squares on point, paper piecing, rounded corners, ricrac insertion.
Yet I could work on it on a tabletop. I didn’t have to clear my living room to lay it out. It didn’t take me years (I’m still working on a couple of quilts, hoping I live long enough to complete them). I didn’t hurt my shoulders, my back or develop carpel tunnel.
I worked on it sporadically over a few days and now it’s DONE.
That’s the beauty of mini quilts. They completely fill my need for instant gratification. This one will be on display at the store, then come home with me to be a placemat or table runner. It’s cheerful enough for that post-holiday table, or would look great in the summer with a glass of lemonade on it.
I don’t have to clean out a closet to find storage for it.
The book it came from is titled, “Little Quilts” by Sarah Fielke and Amy Lobsiger.
I used mini charm packs from a darling new retro fabric line called “Pedal Pushers” by Lauren and Jessi Jung for Moda.
So while I may have been slow to get onboard…(what does anyone DO with a mini quilt? aren’t they doll quilts? why bother?)…I’m onboard now. Here’s what you do with mini-quilts:
— Admire them.
–Give them to your kids or grandkids.
–Learn new techniques.
–Use teensy bits of fabric.
— Put them around your house, on tables, counters, hang them on the wall.
–Finish them and move on to the next fun project and fabric line. Seriously. They take up almost no space at all if you want to throw them in a closet or on a shelf.
Don’t worry, I’ll never completely give up my snuggly quilts or even the artsy ones. But mini quilts are like having a forkful of chocolate cake — enough to get a delicious taste but not enough to do any real damage.