June 24, 2016

Whole Cloth Mini Mini Quilt

I have always wanted to make a whole cloth quilt, but I never thought I'd start with one this small!

Make Modern magazine sponsored a mini mini quilt challenge on Instagram and I took a break from a couple of big projects to make this 5" square quilt.
Whole cloth mini mini quilt | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com

As many of you know, I babysit kids during the school year, and one day one of the girls arrived wearing these fantastic pants.
Pants with flowers | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
This isn't very clear, but it was hard to keep her still long enough to take a picture!
I spent the whole morning looking at the flowers and thinking, "I could stitch that!" So, in the afternoon when the girls wanted to have some art time, I sat with them and sketched out a few versions of the flowers.
 Flower sketches | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com

When it came time to stitch it, I drew the flower roughly with chalk, then free motion quilted the whole outline before filling in each petal. I really love the texture of the dense quilting in the center of the flower!
Dense free motion quilting texture | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com

If I were to do it again, I'd probably fill in every other petal, then go back and fill in the remaining ones as I found that there was a little bit of bunching as I worked my way around. You can just pick it out in the top middle of the picture above.

I filled in the background with a micro stipple.
Micro stippling | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com

When I finished, this little quilt was anything but flat!
Mini mini needs blocking | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
Thankfully a quick bath and a night spent pinned to a styrofoam tray flattened it out perfectly.

I was going to add this mini mini to the #miniminiquiltswap on Instagram, but I decided to offer it here instead. If you'd like to make a mini mini to swap for this one, just let me know in the comments :)

Linking up with Finish it Up Friday, TGIFF and Can I Get a Whoop Whoop.


  1. I think it turned out awesome and I can definitely see the inspiration and how closely you achieved the same look / design. Lots of quilting can make a quilt not lay flat, and I'm always amazed at what a first wash or blocking can do!

  2. This is gorgeous!! What a beautiful contrast that aqua provides against the black! I'm not allowed to pick up any new projects until I'm finished with the ones I have outstanding (my self-imposed rule!), but I'm sure whoever ends up with this is going to love it!

  3. I love it too. Really I thought at first that you had embroidered it, but a close look says otherwise. That you stuck through all those stitches is pretty impressive! I like to thread paint but using a matching fabric under the thread. I've never even considered thread painting all of the color in. What an awesome idea and adorable quilt. I'm on hiatus from new projects, too. I have eight tops waiting to be quilted, but oh wow, was I seriously considering your offer.

  4. Love your thread painting with the contrasting aqua on the black background. So vibrant! It's beautiful :)



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