I cannot count my day complete
'Til needle, thread and fabric meet.
~Author Unknown

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Miniature Quilts

I love quilts and I love the process of putting a quilt together.....however, I have never finished a full size quilt. I discovered miniature quilts a few years back and fell in love with them. I like them for the fact that I can work up a quilt in very little time and see if I like how the block I chose and how it works along with the colors. It is also easy to work the stitches while watching T.V and I don't need a quilting frame to quilt it. I have found blocks I like better than others and know which ones I would like to make into full size because of working with miniatures.
I have only made a few of these little quilts.......
and they have many flaws.......which is another reason I like making miniatures.....good practice! If you are interested in making these little gems

find the fabric and pattern you would like to try.....


find a fabric you would like to bind all of the blocks together with.....



and enjoy creating! With embroidery being my passion in life I felt these little baskets looked a little empty.......





so I decided to combine my embroidery with my quilting. It will take a while for me to finish the embroidery on the top and then I will eventually get it made.





I have collected many quilting magazines over the years and I love this magazine the best for miniature quilt patterns. I can't seem to find it in my area any longer.....perhaps you might be able to.....however the Internet is full of wonderful resources and one good site is this one.....just click here http://www.freequiltpatterns.info/QuiltCategories/FreeMiniatureQuiltPatterns.htm
It has wonderful free patterns to download. Quilting, like embroidery takes time....don't rush to get done....enjoy the stitching and watch your little quilt come together!





5 comments:

Lisa @ Life with 4! said...

I love how you combined your embroidery with the quilting! The baskets are super cute!

Farm Chick Paula said...

Oh Kathleen- those are so beautiful! I can't wait to see the basket quilt when you're finished!

Joanne said...

Your miniature quilts are so sweet. I guess it would be a great way to get a project done quickly and to sample patterns.

papel1 said...

I like reading both of your blogs. Great site on miniature quilts. Thanks for sharing.
Judy

Gina E. said...

I am currently enamoured of patchwork and quilting, but am feeling my way in the dark with friends at the same stage - blind leading the blind! We are having fun, but we need you to come to Australia and show us properly! I love the idea of mini quilts, as I don't want to spend the next five years making a full size one.
BTW have you done any more stitching of my old linens?