Usually I have a lovely new, full-sized quilt to share with you all, but I have had quite a challenging 6 months and so have nothing major to show. Instead I thought I would shamelessly steal Lynne's great idea from last BQF and curate a gallery of mini quilts I've managed to finish instead.
First up is this all-solids affair which I made for Ethne in the Doll Quilt Swap round 10.
I love a bit of hand quilting and really went for it on this one. The thicker quilting is done with sashiko thread and they are meant to be stamens.
I know this is all about the quilts, but I thought you might like to see the pincushion I made from my abandoned trial block. I have to say that Ethne has been my most enthusiastic and grateful quilt recipient yet!
This next one was made for our inaugural Brit Quilt Swap (and I was a very proud Swap Mama!). Seeing as I like to make life hard for myself I decided to make a mini kaleidoscope quilt for my partner Teresa.
For some reason I prefer the photo of the finished top over the one of the finished quilt, the colours just look sharper.
I was really trying to get that wonderful, optical illusion effect on this quilt, where the circles really pop out at you.
More hand quilting, this time with perle 8 cotton, and lots of buttons as Teresa loves them!
I really didn't have enough time for another round of DQS, but they lured me in with their 'back to basics, quilts for a doll's bed' round.
And just to make everything a little bit more challenging (I know, I know...), I decided to make a really teeny, tiny English Paper Pieced star quilt.
The little 60 degree diamonds are just over an inch in length. This was, again, a good practice piece for the full sized one which I have now started here.
Here is the top finished, again I like the look of this better than the quilted version - maybe I should stop quilting these!
Unfortunately my partner, Littleloops, has gone totally AWOL. Nobody has heard from her since July and she hasn't acknowledged receipt of this quilt or made her partner one, and has completely ignored the Swap Mama's communications. I just wish I knew what had happened to her and this little quilt, it is quite worrying.
Well I hope you enjoyed this little tour of my mini quilts. Thanks for stopping by, and now off you go back to the Blogger's Quilt Festival for more gorgeous quilting inspiration!