Retro 30's Mini

Here is the latest addition to the mini quilt wall of my sewing room. It's really beginning to come together, I have a few more minis to add and then I will be able to show you some pics!


I made this mini on a whim the other night. It was super quick to piece, and I hand quilted it on the couch during evening TV time. The fabrics are Lecien's new line Retro 30's Child Smile 2015 Spring, with the exception of the binding which is from their Old New 30s collection (and probably my favourite binding fabric of all time - I have yardage stored away in every colour of this collection!).


I didn't use a pattern, just made some 9 patch blocks of 2" square fabrics and added 2" sashing in a pinky cream solid cotton between the blocks and then all the way around. To make the 9 patch blocks I pieced together 3 rows of 3 squares, then ironed the seams in alternate directions (top row to the left, middle row to the right, bottom row to the left), so that when I stitched the rows together the seams butted (essential for precise intersections). I have used a scant 1/4 inch seam for the whole project. It's a super simple pattern that can be scaled up very easily to make larger quilts.


I think any quilt made with repro / 30s style fabrics should be hand quilted - it really is a match made in heaven. Unfortunately I don't always have the time for hand-quilting, but when I do I always fall in love with the final result! That perfect crinkly look is SO worth the effort.


For my hand quilting I use DMC perle cotton in no 8. I also use a ruler and a Pilot Frixion pen to mark little dots on the fabric where I want the stitches to go. Then I can take the quilt on my lap and quilt away, without worrying about the evenness of my stitches. I like to space my stitches 1/4 inch apart and 1/4 inch away from the seam, and I keep them very small - almost like little dots - catching only 2 or 3 threads of the fabric in each stitch. After the quilting is finished I give it a quick blast of steam with my iron to remove the pen marks (I don't press the fabric directly as I don't want to ruin the gorgeous crinkles!). You can also use a hairdryer instead of an iron to get rid of the pen marks.


It's been a super exciting (and busy!) few months for me and I have some news to share - but more on that very soon. My main project currently is a baby quilt using Tasha Noel's gorgeous new line Vintage Market which I have found the absolute PERFECT pattern pairing for. Pop over to my Instagram account if you would like to see some progress shots!

11 comments:

  1. And you even had the perfect Scotty Dog button to match! 😊

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    1. I simply had to use that button somewhere!! ;)

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  2. Oh, Sedef!! It's so pretty! I shall have to remember to hand quilt my hexie flower quilt made with repro 30's fabric :-) when I finish it!

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    1. Hexie flowers + hand quilting = perfection! Can't wait to see it xx

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  3. Your little quilt is precious and I love the fabrics. I love 30's prints. Thank you for showing us what you use and how you do your hand quilting. I too love the look of the stitches but the method to make them even I did not know about. Thank you! I am a big fan of Amy also and just got her book.

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    1. Thank you so much! I think I am a bit perfectionist about my stitches, as hand-quilting is not supposed to look 'perfect', half the charm is the unevenness of the whole thing. But I can't help myself, it must be the accountant in me wanting order in all things ;) xx

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  4. Lovely thank you for sharing you have given me some ideas

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  5. Hi just found your blog! Do you have a photo posted somewhere of your mini quilt wall? I need inspiration for mine. Thanks!!

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    1. Hi Lily! I only just started building my mini wall, so it's not yet quite as amazing looking as the likes of Camille Roskelley's mini wall. I will post a photo soon when it's a little more populated ;)

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    2. Hi, do half baked ideas and bound extra blocks count? :) I have a lot of those and could start my own wall!

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