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?
I always tell people that I am not much of a gadget girl… I’m really not. Usually I find something that works and I just stick with it. I have had the same beloved Bernina machine since I became serious about quilting and I still use it every single day and still love it like I did the first day I bought it. I am completely committed to my rulers, cutters and mats and I don’t feel the need to go looking for new ones very often.
However, the same cannot be said of thread. When I first started sewing, I used the cheap chain store brand that many of you probably did. I then switched to the standard ones I found at my quilt store and I thought everything was fine. Until the day I met Aurifil thread. Hello!
I decided to give it a try since several of my friends seemed so adamant about how great it was. Oh my goodness, I fell in love with it in the first stitch. I loved how it felt, how it looked, how nicely it behaved in the machine and most importantly how little lint it produced in my machine. I have never used another brand since that day, not for piecing or quilting or sewing. I love it. Really love it.
So when the opportunity presented itself to work with Aurifil, it was a total no brainer. The hardest part was choosing – or more accurately eliminating- colors to choose the final 12 that would go into my FIG TREE COLLECTION. As many of you might know, I am crazy about color and I have so many favorite “Fig Tree” colors that it was really, really hard eliminating some of my favorites in order to have the final 12 that would go into the box! Of course I am in love with the grouping that I ended up with. It just makes me want to sew every time I open the box and look at all that color yumminess in one place!!
And then there was more! As an extra project, I got to do something even more fun. Or at least equally fun !! The idea was born to make a little Fig Tree/MODA/Aurifil kit. What could possibly be better?
It would include 7 threads, 1 mini charm and a free pattern. I went to work! This was a bit easier than choosing the main color collection since the colors had to coordinate with my upcoming SOMERSET collection. Once I had the thread colors and the Somerset Mini Charm, the free pattern came to me almost automatically… of course they had to be spools! So I settled on two different spool shapes and went to cutting! I added several of the colors of thread for the quilting itself too! Not sure if you can see that on the monitor but its there, I promise!
So here is our little piece of fabric and thread heaven… “MY AURIFIL SPOOLS” made with Aurifil thread and SOMERSET fabric by Fig Tree for MODA! All in one sweet little box, it is the perfect little kit for you to enjoy or as a surprise for your favorite sewing friend! Although once you have one, I am not sure how you would ever give it away LOL!
Kit boxes will be available in September as will the entire Somerset line!
As soon as we finished putting this little project together, I decided that we wanted to do a special contest and promotion with it! We want all of you to join in the fun! It is a great chance to play around with a little design of your own and win some amazing prizes at the same time!
WHAT: A contest using the new Somerset Thread Box by Fig Tree & Co. for AURIFIL. Using the fabric and thread goodies in the box, design your own original mini charm pattern and submit it to us to win fabulous prizes!
Winners will receive a fat eighth bundle of our upcoming SOMERSET line, a packet of our brand new patterns, Fig Tree nail polish and Fig Tree Fabric Spray by Soak! If possible, we may even publish your pattern!
WHEN: Submit a photo of your quilt with a story of your inspiration and how you used the mini charm and the Somerset threads by November 30, 2014.
You can reserve a kit HERE or click HERE for more info on the contest itself!
And just in case you need some more inspiration, we recently debuted a line of our own FIG TREE MINIS and joined in all the MINI pattern fun! I know that so many of you have joined too and I have seen so many wonderful minis out there each day on the web and from people’s photos. Keep going with all that creativity ladies [and gentlemen]! But just in case you haven’t joined in yet, here are a few shots of our mini patterns to get you started…
MINI CANNED PEARS
… our full size version of CANNED PEARS is also available as a pattern.
… the original size of this pattern is from our WITH FABRIC & THREAD book and comes in both scrappy and 2-color version so we used both in our MINI too!
MINI CHERRY PIE
… the full size CHERRY PIE is also a stand alone Fig Tree pattern.
… there is no full size pattern of STITCH yet, coming soon!
As we speak, we are working on yet more new MINIS as well… because, well we are just a little bit addicted. Because they are a little bit addictive! If you want to follow along and see what other folks are doing with our MINIS, the best place to do that is to follow us on INSTAGRAM. We are figtreeandco. Or come see me on my blog, Fresh Figs anytime.