If you are on instagram, you may have seen a bit of buzz about two fabric manufacturers, Dear Stella and Timeless Treasures, sponsoring a mini quilt contest. You can read more about it Here.
The rules were to make a 20″ mini quilt using only fabrics made by these two companies (no solids allowed). The idea is to make something traditional into something modern.
Now, I don’t need another project, but Minis are soooo much fun, and how about a reason to use some stash fabric? Also, I had Lasik surgery last week, so my eyes have only been up to short sewing periods, so this was great!
So, I started with one of my favorite classic blocks, shown at top. I believe this is called “Broken Dishes” but it probably has other names as well. I have always liked it and wanted to make a quilt using the design.
I kind of made a plan, sewed up the necessary Flying Geese units, then played a bit with layout.
This is so much fun! Making Mini Quilts really is a way to explore different design ideas and achieve nearly instant gratification. I discovered that there were so many secondary patterns that pop up as you rearrange the triangles and colors. I did settle on one of the layouts above, will show you when I finish it!
Have you noticed how the idea of bringing back tradition quilting and making a modern spin is getting really trendy right now? It is my favorite style of quilting. There is a reason these basic blocks endure in popularity through generations of quilters: they offer so many possibilities from one basic shape or arrangement.
I see this block returning to a sewing space near me,