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“Step by step” my first mini quilt

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“Step by step” my first mini quilt

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This colourful mini quilt top was on my pile of UFOs (unfinished objects) for a very long time.
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And now it’s done! I wasn’t sure what to do with it. Add a border? Just square it up and make it into a mini? Use it in a bit of improv slashing? I turned to instagram for help and inspiration, and was encouraged to make it into a mini quilt that will hang above my machine in my sewing corner.

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I decided to FMQ swirls, pebbles and a burst of straight lines, and I really like it.

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I did a bit of binding whilst the kids had their swimming lesson and also added a hanging sleeve on the back. I used a vintage star fabric from Tula Pink as backing. I love this fabric and saw it first on the back of a display quilt in Libertys of London. The assistant there couldn’t tell me what it was so I made it my mission to find out! Instagram helped, I ordered some online… and when I found that John Lewis were selling this half price I then got some MORE! That’s how much I love it! You can see it in the first montage photo where it shows the sleeve.

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These self threading needle are a huge help when you need to bury lots of threads.

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It’s now in the wash for some extra crinkle!

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And here it is, out of the wash!

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This is what progress looks like!

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I’ve made a few more luggage tags. If there’s interest at the Fat Quarterly Retreat I might sell them. If not, they will be gifts.

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I have to say I’m not sure I’d make these again. They’re very time consuming and fiddly, but they’re really pretty.

I have also made progress in my Finish A Long list.

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I pieced my multi colour baby blanket.

I also quilted my daughter’s quilt and started binding.

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I’ve started hand basting the binding to the back now too. And with the left over binding, I’m keeping it safe on a toilet roll!

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