October 18, 2016

A Mini Mini for Renee

Renee of Quilts of a Feather and I agreed to swap mini mini quilts a few weeks ago. This is the gorgeous mini mini that Renee sent to me. I love the two toned binding, and of course the quilted paisley (one of Renee's trademark designs) is perfect.
Mini mini quilt | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
We agreed to swap shortly after my Then...and Now linky party, for which Renee wrote a post about her fmq progress. In her post, she had pictures of her Lone Star quilt, which was the very first blog post of hers I ever read, shortly after I started my blog. We've been sharing our quilting journeys ever since :)

So, when I was trying to decide what to make for her mini mini, I thought of the Lone Star block, but there was no way I was going to attempt a whole block at such a tiny scale! Even half of a Lone Star seemed like too much, so I decided to try just 1/4 of a Lone Star, using Renee's favourite colours - grey and teal.
Lone Star mini mini quilt | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
Normally the star pieces are arranged in layers, so the darkest of my teal fabrics would have both been on the outside edge of the star and the lightest both in the center, or the other way around. Either way, though, I found it looked kind of flat somehow. Once I turned one of the sections around so that they alternated I liked it much better.

Once that was pieced, it was time for my favourite part - the quilting! I chose to do teeny-tiny flow quilting in the background and a dot-to-dot design in the star.
Lone Star mini mini quilt | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
Then I decided to make a Christmas ornament to send with her mini mini. It's an idea I've been wanting to try, so I grabbed some of the fabric left over from making my Porthole quilt block and some grey thread and went for it. And I love how it turned out!
Free motion quilted Christmas ornament | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com

Free motion quilted Christmas ornament | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com

I'm planning to make more of these as Christmas gifts, using white fabric and red thread, and I'll write up a tutorial as I go. Hopefully I'll have that ready to share early next month so you have time to make lots of ornaments before Christmas :)

For now, I'm going to spend the rest of the evening working on my Just the Basics quilt. One of these days I'll get the quilting finished!


I'll be linking up with Let's Bee Social, NTT, TGIFF, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop and Finish it up Friday.

17 comments:

  1. What a fantastic swap, Leanne. I am amazed at your tiny and beautiful flow quilting and think that Renee must be so thrilled with them! <3

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  2. Wow. That tiny quilting. Can't imagine.

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  3. Very lovely and customized to Renee's taste! The ornament is a nice touch too.

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  4. They are so cute! Amazing quilting in such a small space.

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  5. Oh how lovely...I love mini's now I will have to try mini minis...

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  6. I love how you changed the layout on your quarter star. Your quilting around it is so pretty. And I'm very interested in your quilted ornament. :)

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  7. Sigh, your quilting is simply amazing!

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  8. Love all three of these mini mini's! Your quilting is just amazing! I need to channel more of you when I FMQ!!

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  9. I love the mini! Beautiful. I can't wait to see your tutorial for the ornaments. What a great, simple gift idea. Also, a good way to practice that FMQ! :)

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  10. What gorgeous swap gifts you have made! Your quilting is amazing!!
    Susie

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  11. Wonderful mini's and the quilting on each is beautiful. Anyone would love to receive such a beautiful Christmas ornament.

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  12. Lovely mini. Grey and teal are so nice together!

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  13. Oh, Leanne, everything is gorgeous, but that ornament - it's amazing!! What a great idea!!

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  14. Both the ornament and the mini mini are brilliant. Apparently I give up on an idea too soon...I'm beginning to see that thinking inside the box works really well if you divide the box into parts first.

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  15. Love the mini mini! And that ornament is so cute!!

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  16. What fabulous mini minis Leanne, you both must be thrilled with the results of your swap! I love your quilted ornament too

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