I love making mini quilts. They’re a fun way to play with fabrics or try a new color palette without having to commit to a big project. And the small project means I’m more likely to finish and feel the satisfaction of a completed project. Honestly, if you’re ever in a quilting or creativity rut, make a mini quilt. If you’re looking for some great mini quilt ideas and inspiration, check out Bev McCullough’s new book, Make It Mini!
And I have a book to giveaway! Details at the end of the post. (This post contains affiliate links.)
Make it Mini has 13 mini quilt patterns that are really charming in their own right. But, the extra fun part of these patterns is that Bev includes embroidery design details with each pattern.
Make It Mini Pattern Book
Here is a peek at some of the other quilts in the book:
I love the variety of designs – both quilt layouts and embroidery patterns – included in the book. Bev also gives great tips for ways to mix things up and personalize the projects.
Bev also gives multiple pages of instruction including Quilting basics and an Embroidery Stitch Guide. If you’d like to see photos of all of the projects in the book, check out Bev’s introduction to Make it Mini here.
Sweet Orchard Mini Quilt + Embroidery
When I first saw Make it Mini I was instantly taken by the cover quilt, Sweet Orchard. Maybe it’s because of the time of year when fresh fruit is SO good. (Especially peaches. Give me fresh peaches every day!)
I used my Baby Lock embroidery machine to add the So Sweet embroidery design. (I was able to scan the design with my Destiny II and then stitch it out directly onto the pieced quilt top.) I used Aurifil 28 weight thread to give the stitching a little bit of a heavier feel.
For the quilting I also used my embroidery machine and the Clear Blue Tiles system to machine quilt my mini. I used the all over loops design for a simple background quilting. I love that machine quilting can be a no-brainer with the embroidery machine doing all of the work.
So there you go. A satisfying little summer mini quilt finish. If you’d like to see other projects from the book, or new versions made by other quilters, check out these other quilters who will be sharing projects they’ve made as well!
MAKE IT MINI BOOK TOUR
- July 25 – Pat Sloan
- July 26 – Amy Smart – Diary of a Quilter
- July 27 – Andy Knowlton – A Bright Corner AND Lauren Wright – Molly and Mama
- July 28 – Aurifil
- July 29 – Riley Blake Designs
- August 1 – Jennifer Long – Bee Sew Inspired AND Jessica Dayon
- August 2 – Christopher Thompson – The Tattooed Quilter
- August 3 – Amanda Niederhauser – Jedi Craft Girl AND Melanie Call – A Bit of Scrap Stuff
- August 4 – Melissa Mortenson – Polkadot Chair AND Fat Quarter Shop
- August 5 – Amy Chappell – Ameroonie Designs
AND! I have a signed copy to giveaway!
To enter: leave a comment on this post (scroll to the top of the post and click COMMENTS under the heading.)
(Because of spam filters I have to manually approve all comments, so don’t panic if your comment doesn’t show up right away. I will approve all comments the next time I get to my computer.)
Giveaway open until Tuesday, August 2. One entry per person. Winner will be chosen randomly and notified.
Post Update: GIVEAWAY CLOSED