Welcome to the last stop on the Modern Mini tour. Are you working on a mini for Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilt’s Modern Mini Challenge? If not, you have plenty of time before March 5—all of the information on the contest & prizes is at the end of this post.
I have two minis to share this morning, and the story behind them reads a bit like the children’s book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. When I was in college, I lived an hour and a half from my dad’s parents—I loved spending time at their house and was always grateful my grandma would make the long drive to pick me up. On one visit, she and her sisters invited me to help them hand quilt a quilt for a granddaughter who was getting married. It was a whole-cloth quilt, and I’m pretty sure I did more harm than good with my hand quilting. Fast forward 15 years to last October, when I was excited to learn how to hand quilt from Karen at a DC Modern Quilt Guild meeting (@ the Lincoln Memorial, no less). I have been meaning to finish my mini Courthouse Steps for some time, which because of the hand-quilting reminds me of my grandmother, and in turn, the whole-cloth wedding quilt.
When I heard about the Modern Mini Challenge, I knew I wanted to make a mini whole-cloth quilt to hang next to my hand quilted mini But I knew I didn’t want to hand quilt this one! After a few failed attempts, I decided to add a pieced section to my (almost) wholecloth quilt. I am quite happy with the way both minis turned out, the hand quilted Courthouse Steps and the machine quilted Almost Whole-cloth quilt. I’m hanging them in my sewing area (newly redone!), and they make me smile every time I see them. And who knows, perhaps there is a whole-cloth quilt in my future…
A few other mini quilts I made in 2011, just because
Jennifer’s Modern Mini challenge–make a mini and enter it on March 5 on her blog. Be inspired to try something new or something challenging! There are 5 different winners–my favorite is that her husband, James, is choosing one of the winners. Wild card!
Viewer’s Choice: Mug rugs (mini mini’s)
Viewer’s Choice: Mini Quilts
Luck of the draw (Random Number Generator chooses 2 winners)