Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Mini Quilt: Hadley Woven Star


Last year, I decided it would be fun to try something new and join a mini quilt swap. They are usually organized over on instagram, and its a really fun way to be involved with sewing something small for a fellow quilter. I participated in the #IGminiswap, and it was a lot of fun.

My partner liked traditional quilting, either in batiks or neutral fabrics. I went through my stash and thought this lovely Denyse Schmidt fabric (from her Hadley collection), combined with a few off-white low volume prints might do the trick. 

I had been itching to make the Woven Star pattern, and sized at 16 inches, it was perfect. It's a free download over on Stitch Supply Co.

The pattern is made of either tiny squares or tiny half square triangles (HST). Really fun and really easy to make.

One of my goals in signing up for a mini quilt swap was to use that as a reason to try a quilting technique that I had never tried before. For this mini, I decided to attempt Free Motion Quilting (or FMQ). I love the look of Loop-de-Loops. I armed my hands with my quilting gloves (yes, there is such a thing!), and off I went. A few of my loops turned out a little wonky, but not too bad for my first time!

I especially love how it turned out on the back side! 

All I had left was the binding, then voila! I loved making this quilt so much.

I bought my cute little labels from Pick Your Plum last year. And the wire sewing machine quilt hanger is from Ackfeld Wire.

I love this pattern so much, that I'm itching to make another. That's the only bad thing about signing up for a swap- you'll make one to send away, but also want to make one to keep! But that's also the beauty of quilting. I love creating pretty things for others to have and enjoy.

4 comments:

  1. Looks fabulous! Your partner must love having this little quilt. As you know, I have joined my first swap. Lots of pressure! But I must say, it's so fun getting something completed without the huge time commitment of a full size quilt!

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  2. what are quilting gloves for? and I am always in love with the things you create! When you move away to the distant regions of the country we'll have to do a swap!!!!

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  3. You did a beautiful job Rach! I really like how the FMQ turned out too. I've only tried it a few times but you've inspired me to give it another go!

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  4. Love this little quilt, Rach! You've done a fabulous job and I bet your swap partner was delighted.

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♥Rach H