Friday, February 25, 2011

"My Favorite Things" Mini Quilt

Making miniature quilts is one of my many hobbies.  I tend to go in cycles with my hobbies.  Cross stitching was one of my first obsessions many years ago.  I'm thinking of getting back into that.  I just gave my DIL a cross stitch lesson.  Lately I've been very much into knitting.  I like knitting because it's so portable and I can travel easily with it.  But between the cross stitching and the knitting was a large obsession with quilting.  I especially liked making miniature quilts.  I find it to be more of an art than utilitarian.  I 've continued to quilt, even through my knitting phase.  There's just something about the feel of good fabrics and making the seems and stitches and points as perfect as I can get them.

Here is one of my first miniature quilts.  I tend to really enjoy small, precise work and so challenged myself at making miniature applique squares.  Here is my little sampler that I call, "My Favorite Things".

Since I can't stand to part with this, it hangs on the wall with several of my other mini quilts in my little studio.

This quilt is a total of 17" square.  Each of the nine little squares is 3-3/4".

 All the applique is done by hand by the "turn under" method.  Then I padded or stuffed many of the appliques to give it some puff and dimension.
These little berries were a little time consuming in order to keep them as round as I could.  They're very tiny.
I embroidered the veins on the leaves and the eye of the bird.

Beads and pearls were sewn onto the center of the flowers.

The center of these flowers I made with silk ribbon french knots.

I put little heart charms on the collars of the cat and the dog.

A few little button embellishments.

I hand quilted this, which I love to do, but it is very time consuming.  It's not too bad on these little quilts, though.  This whole process is so relaxing for me and I love to see all these little bits and pieces of fabrics, beads, buttons and floss come together into a "picture".

I do make little 4" quilts that I frame and sell in my Etsy shop, but I won't part with these larger minis.

I'm linking today to Cindy's Show and Tell Friday
And Alison's Fridays Unfolded


Denise said...

Beautiful work, I'm currently learning applique and couldn't imagine working with such small pieces.

Bridget said...

I am the same way with hobbies, some I continue but most of them I do a little and then years later pick it up again. I have not tried quilting yet and it is on my list to try.

DJan said...

I absolutely love your mini quilts. Today I saw a quilt shop and I thought of you, for some reason, although mostly I think of you sewing and knitting. Maybe you were writing this post when I saw it...

Gaspegirl said...

The detail in that quilt is BEAUTIFUL!

Visiting from SITS, make it a great day!

Blissed-Out Grandma said...

The colors and designs are beautiful, and the work is exquisite. I haven't yet tried quilting, but I expect I will some day because I love the colors and textures.

Theresa said...

Sooooo pretty, Nina! Love it and I totally understand why you won't part with it:) Enjoy your weekend my friend! HUGS!

Valerie said...

Beautiful work, Nina. My WI would love to have you as a member.

alison said...

these are beautiful! i think these work well as art, but would also be excellent as doll might have a little cottage industry there my friend! thanks for sharing with my readers on fridays unfolded...have a wonderful weekend.


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