Friday, March 4, 2011

Mini Quilts Finished

I finished making these two little quilts (made from a packet of 34 - 4" squares (all that's left is half a square) and a couple of fat quarters).

This one is 19" x 24", the nine-patches are 4½" squares. I used wool batting and Invisafil thread with a Microtex #70 needle for the walking foot quilting and the free motion quilting.

I used a stencil for the border - I inherited a few stencils and have never used them, this seemed like a good time to try one out. It worked well - I used the white pen to mark the lines and free motion quilted them (could have been done with a walking foot).

The plain squares have free motion wreaths in them,

even half wreaths.

This half square triangle mini is 12" x 15", the blocks are 3". I used wool batting and Aurifil #50 with a Microtex #80 needle (for the free motion and walking foot quilting).

I think that straight line quilting is a wonderful compliment to free motion quilting.

Even echoing and

free motion filler stitches set off the curves of the feathers and other fancier quilting, and are similar to straight line quilting in that way.

Mini quilts are a great way to try out new techniques with out too much investment ($ and time). I have recently realized that I piece because I love machine quilting.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!!
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