Back in January I did a post on mini quilts with a few ideas and lots of fun mini quilts, and I’m happy to say that for mini quilt lovers everywhere the trend continues! Today I have some more mini quilt fun to share starting with a few of the new mini quilts introduced at International Quilt Market this May in Pittsburgh. Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree & Company introduced some individual new mini patterns; however, the “Navajo Stars” mini quilt above is actually just one block from a pattern that also includes a four block and a nine block version of a larger quilt.
Fig Tree also debuted the “Blossom” Mini which can also be made using a single fabric along with a contrast background. This scrappy version uses fabrics by Bonnie & Camille from a variety of their collections.
One of Camille Roskelley’s most recent mini quilt designs is her delightful Mini “Red Letter Day” which is an amazing design whether large or small!
And this Mini Shine pattern is another new mini pattern–it also features fabrics by Bonnie & Camille.
Fig Tree & Company also released a Mini Canned Pears quilt which is just as delightful as the full-size quilt version.
And the Fig Tree & Company “Mini Stitch” pattern is an example of the mini version coming out before the full-size version. Watch for a larger version of this pattern coming soon!
Mini quilts are a perfect way to use scraps, charm squares, and even Moda Candy packs. They piece together quickly and also offer the opportunity for quilters to quilt these smaller quilts on their home machines. It’s a good way to play with mixing and matching various collections, and you can get a good idea of how fabrics will play together in a larger quilt by making a mini quilt with the fabrics being “auditioned.”
Moda is pleased to announce that the proceeds from this year’s Collection for a Cause by Howard Marcus will go to the Libby Lehman Medical Fund. Libby, whose quilt Joy Ride was chosen as one of the Best 100 American Quilts of the 20th Century and who is known for her supportive and playful teaching style, is continuing to recover from a burst aneurysm and subsequent stroke suffered in April 2013. Moda is pleased to help support this internationally known designer, teacher, and author.
This line of fabric, the 15th in the Collection for a Cause series, is called Community and is based on an 1840s cotton-and-chintz quilt from the collection of antique quilts and textiles owned by Moda founder and CEO Howard Marcus Dunn, better known as Mark Dunn. This year and every year the Collection honors the spirit of the cause it supports, as well as the spirit of the generous and creative individuals who share a common passion for quilting, textiles, and design.
In an email, Libby’s sister Cathy Arnold expressed her family’s delight with Community and with Moda’s generous donation. “The colors and patterns are exquisite…Libby loves the fabrics!” Cathy went on to say that Libby’s medical fund was nearing depletion and timing of this generous gift couldn’t have been better. “Your support will help us to continue giving Libby the best medical and physical care during this challenging time for her. Moda/United Notions is an incredible company that truly gives back to the community.”
Giving back is important to Mark Dunn. He started Collection for a Cause in 2009, when proceeds from the first Collection benefitted Gilda’s Club, in honor of Moda sales rep Pam Wieland who lost her fight with ovarian cancer in 2008. Pam’s daughter Stephanie Hove, also a Moda rep, says “Not many people get to ‘see’ their mom everyday in beautiful quilts made out of love and fabric, but I do. What a gift it is.”
Subsequent collections have benefitted causes that touch Moda customers and employees, including the Juvenile Diabetes, the ALS Association, Habitat for Humanity, 4-H Clubs of America, Feeding America, and many others. In recent years, Mark’s focus has been on the quilting industry and Collections for a Cause proceeds have gone to the National Quilt Museum and the Quilt Alliance. Supporting Libby’s medical fund fit that approach. “Everyone knows Libby—she’s a great teacher, speaker, quilter, a great person,” says Mark. ” She’s making progress, and it warms your heart to be able to help someone in our business.”
Reproducing fabrics from his antique quilts doubles the pleasure Mark takes in his Collection for a Cause. “We have a lot of fun with it,” he says. “Our goal isn’t to restore the past, but to carry forward the artwork and style of the period. Some customers simply appreciate the fabric and others are interested in the charity. Either way, we get a lot of satisfaction.”
Scrappy Crumbler-Tumbler Quilt in Fig Tree fabrics by Carrie Nelson Quilted by Diane Tricka
What’s a quilter to do with the scraps that accumulate after Fat Quarter Bundle, Fat Eighth Bundle, Jelly Roll, Layer Cake, and Charm Pack projects? Make scrap quilts of course! There are many fun possibilities for quilts with your scraps. Or, if you can’t wait for scraps…feel free to break up those bundles and pre-cuts now, mix with other collections, and join in the scrappy fun!
The delightful scrappy tumbler quilt (above) by Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie’s Quilt Company was pieced with a variety of “lights” from several Fig Tree collections. Carrie mentioned that the Figgy prints are from at least ten different Fig Tree and Company groups; she had yardage of some of the prints and just a fat quarter of others. What a beautiful combination that says “low volume” and serenity all in one gorgeous quilt.
Nothing shows off beautiful fabrics like a wonderful scrap quilt. This Nested Churn Dash pattern is the perfect match for Minick & Simpson fabrics from a variety of collections. Every fabric in this quilt comes from a Minick & Simpson group including pieces from their first line, “Nantucket,” and a variety of their other collections including the recently released “Grant Park.”
Of course it is much easier to use your scraps if you cut them into useable pieces after finishing a project. Above are some of the Minick & Simpson left-overs from the scrappy Nested Churn Dash quilt. Charm squares, 2 1/2″ strips, 1 1/2″ strips, and 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ squares are good sizes to save; they are perfect for many small projects. After cutting up left-overs, store by designer if you plan to make a scrappy quilt with fabrics from a variety of that designer’s fabrics. Otherwise, it’s best to store scraps by size: use a separate bin or container for each size of scrap stored.
“Spell it with Moda Quilt” pieced with a variety of fabrics by Bonnie & Camille
The “Spell it with Moda” quilt above features prints from every Bonnie & Camille collection released before “Miss Kate.” By saving scraps from a variety of fabric groups one can piece scrap quilts with bits and pieces of memories from previous projects. Although the “Spell it with Moda” quilt pattern was designed for Jelly Roll strips and fat eighths, left-overs of all sizes were used to make this version of the quilt.
Happy Bonnie & Camille scraps in a variety of sizes.
Also, feel free to save scraps in sizes in addition to the ones listed above. How about saving 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ squares, 2″ x 2″ squares, and 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ squares as well? The possibilities are really so much fun.
Collections from Sweetwater are fun to mix and match.
Scrappy Moda mix and match isn’t just for a variety of collections by one designer, either. Why not mix fabrics from a variety of designers and see what you can come up with?
“Summer Star” from “Fresh Family Traditions” by Sherri McConnell pieced with fabrics by Kate Spain and V and Co.
Above is a quilt that does just that–fabrics from Kate Spain and Vanessa Christenson combine beautifully to create a planned scrappy effect in this wall hanging. Pick one designer, two designers, or even several, and start combining scraps from their collections to piece your next project.
What are your favorite Moda collections to mix and match?