Finished a Mini This Week

Like the really creative title says, I finished up the mini I shared with you earlier! It is so cute. When I was piecing the Mosaic Mystery Quilt (yet to be finished) I had loads of bonus HST’s – you know, the bits that are left over when you make a flying geese block? Luckily, I stitched them as I made the blocks so they were all ready for me to use.

Making this mini used only a small portion of the little 2 1/2″ HST’s. I saw the idea to incorporate a friendship star with the fussy cut center on a site and I cannot remember which it was. I think it was something like All People Quilt but I am not sure. If I figure it out, I will update the post accordingly.

At twelve inches square, it will be easy to find a little spot to hang this. I quilted all triangles except for the background (pale green) pieces. It looks cute and for the most part went well. There are a few wrinkles near the friendship star that could look a little better.

The fussy cut square in the center of the star is my favorite part. I have a stack of squares of this fabric depicting the very famous Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte painting by Georges Seurat. While on a trip to the Chicago, I saw this painting at the Art Institute of Chicago. It is so beautiful. When I saw a handmade shirt at a thrift store made with this fabric, I grabbed it, deconstructing it for the fabric.

There are only so many ways to take a photo of this little quilt. But here is a cute one. You probably noticed I decided to face the quilt, rather than bind it. I like the look of this but it caused me to lose some of the points on the top and right side of the mini. I didn’t lose them by stitching over them with the facing. Rather it was when I rolled the facing to the back, those points are rolled over just enough to make the points round off. Sigh. This was disappointing but I have managed to recover from the trauma. I didn’t have leftover strips of any of the fabrics used on the mini and when I looked at using other fabric for the binding, nothing appealed to me. I do like facing quilts; I just hadn’t considered the issue of those points.

In other projects, I decided what I would do for an RSC quilt this year. Since I skipped doing anything for Rainbow Scrap Challenge last year, the bins are loaded. I need to make some scrappy projects for sure. I saw these pretty diamond shaped blocks over at Bonjour Quilts and thought they would be fun to make each month. Not hard to piece and they will use up some fabric. The blocks will be 6″ x 12″. I suppose I should figure out how many I need to make but I have plenty of time for that. This month is pink and I have cut pieces to make three of them. Pink is probably the scrap bin with the least fabric in it so three will be plenty.

Not a whole lot more to report today! I have had an annoying cold this week. Where the heck I picked that up from, I have no idea. But it means I got no exercise this week and took lots of naps. Hoping to be a little more active this weekend! Hope all of you are well and staying healthy.

Post Update: Now that I am informed about the fussy cutting challenge for Project Quilting this week, this will be entered! Thanks to Wendy and Kathleen for commenting and letting me know. 🙂

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22 thoughts on “Finished a Mini This Week

  1. Linda

    What a pretty mini! I love Friendship Stars and that fussy cut one is very pretty. I’m glad you “managed to recover from the trauma” of your points. 😀 I like the way you placed the fabrics, and I love your quilting on it.
    That is a pretty little block pattern that Kirsty made! Let me warn you, your scrap bins are likely to grow instead of diminish when you start using them for RSC. It’s a strange phenomenon but that is what happens to mine – lol!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      No, don’t say that about my scrap bins. I really need to get control over the fabric. It is getting overwhelming!!
      Have a great weekend Linda.

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  2. Kathleen Scargle McCormick

    I love this and the fussy cut center is perfect. Yes, those points disappearing is tramautizing; glad you recovered and will continue to sew again! I think you could enter this in the Project Quilting at Persimmon Dreams…fussy cut is the theme this week.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Oh thanks for the tip. I will update my post and enter. First time for PQ and me, but it is fortuitous how the timing worked out so I may as well enter it. Yes, the points trauma was intense there for a while but I am over it. 😉

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  3. Wendy

    Like Kathleen mentioned, I think you should enter this to the Project Quilting 12.2 challenge (fussy cutting). It definitely qualifies. Really cute little quilt (you know I love those). I am going to check out that diamond block. It will be a good one for RSC.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      I like the diamond block and it looks sort of vintage to me – I think the resulting quilt will be so fun.
      Thanks for the info on PQ12. I never even thought to enter it but I will now. 🙂

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  4. Rebecca Grace

    Your mini quilt is darling, Bernie! I really need to make some minis to hang on the boring, blank wall behind my long arm machine. I feel your pain about the lost points. What about adding a very narrow border next time? I got this idea from Preeti at Sew Preeti Quilts — she calls it a “points-protector.” Just enough buffer to keep your points from being rolled over the edge. Have fun with your RSC project! One of these years I might join in with that, but this year I still have too many other projects on my plate — so I’ll just have to enjoy moving through the rainbow vicariously with all of you!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Yes, that would have been perfect. My main issue was finding a piece of fabric I liked with the front, or I would have just done regular binding. Oh well, it isn’t a huge deal. I do love making minis and this is the first one in a while. Well, I did make a cute one for the holidays. I just remembered! Have a nice weekend Rebecca.

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  5. Kathleen Kingsbury

    This is the sweetest block! I love everything about it, and I am partial to a friendship star, and now more so with a fussy cut center! Good luck with the challenge. I like your other block too. I looked at that on Bonjour Quilts and became unsure about pressing seams one way and the other. I suppose I should try it one day because it does make a great block.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Honestly, I haven’t been too picky about pressing the seams one way or another. I usually press to the side. So far, I am not having an issue but then, I have only made a few! I do love the block though.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Thank you! I have been wanting to make new covers for my pillows in the living room. They are much bigger than this though. But that is a project on my to-do list. Hope you are well Carol.

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  6. Sandra Walker

    wherever possible I try to make No Waste geese because those are SO annoying, the leftover triangles. Like you, I sew them right back up, but they don’t always get put into a project… I love your mini and totally didn’t notice any missing points… And I really like your RSC block. I get Kirsty’s newsletter, but didn’t see that block.

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  7. Gwyned

    The genius of simplicity is what caught my eye in your mini. Just a slight change in the orientation of the HST, a fussy cut fabric, and I am transported to a different world.

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  8. Mari

    What a sweet little finish! I love the star, and a good use for those triangles, too. I have a whole bin full of stitched but untrimmed triangles. If only I were motivated to make something! As mentioned above, this would make a really cute pillow cover, or just be nice on a nightstand or table.

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