Friday, November 11, 2011

mini quilt challenge

It just so happens that amylouwho is hosting a mini quilt challenge with a linky party today! I'm excited because I made a mini quilt to swap at my quilting retreat this weekend. Perfect timing!

I used the scraps from my star quilt blocks to make 36 four inch HSTs. I recently saw this quilt from Stitchery Dickory Dock and LOVED it... I originally wanted to just base my mini on that design but then I ended up doing the exact same layout just because the symmetry really appealed to me. I know there are SO MANY ways to lay out half square triangles... I used to be scared of them but this mini has helped me get over it!

I pieced the back with Farmdale from Alexander Henry and a Moda red, and bound the whole thing with a Moda turquoise. (The two solids are going to be the backing for my star quilt, by the way.)

I'm pretty pleased with the end result... my piecing on the quilt top isn't perfect by any stretch but it's so much better than it was a year ago, plus this is my first attempt with HSTs, so yay for trying something new! I'm sort of sad to give it away, but I know the mini I receive is going to be fabulous. :)

Head on over to amylouwho's Sew and Tell to see the awesome mini quilts everyone has made! Plus, there's a Flickr group just for minis!

This is also my Peek of the Week... this mini and my star blocks have been my main activity, outside of diapers, bottles, and otherwise entertaining Emma. I'm linking up with Happily Home Sewn!

And now, I'm off to a fabulous weekend of quilting! I really love these retreats... they are SO MUCH fun! It's so great that they're local and I get to come home every night... if I had to go away for the whole weekend, I don't know if I'd be ready to leave Emma. Special thanks to the Hubs for being willing to hang out with Emma for three straight days!


  1. Beautiful quilt! You did an amazing job on it.

  2. Hooray for diapers, bottles, and quilting! Thanks for linking!

  3. That looks awesome! I love the red/aqua color combo, and the gray sets it off perfectly. :o)

  4. SO lovely!!!! Your fabrics are perfect- great job!!

  5. Love this! I adore any fabrics by Tula Pink, and Prince Charming is no exception. Great job!

  6. Love the colors and your quilting is fabulous : )
    Thank you for linking up to Little Quilt Monday!

  7. Nice job with the half-square triangles! I haven't done much with triangles lately ... getting inspired, though! Thanks! Beautiful mini quilt!

  8. I love this! Red and aqua are always a winning combination in my opinion!

  9. i couldn't leave a comment on your wip post, so i thought i would leave one here. :)

    i didn't take a single picture either! my camera was sitting there the whole time and it didn't see any action at all. oh well, i needed the sewing time, i suppose!

    your star quilt is lovely, by the way.