Before I get to the new patterns, I want to thank everyone for taking the time to comment and share their favorites from my previous post. It helps me know what people are interested in when it comes to design and colors. I also want to say thanks for all the Max love and the funny captions. I knew I could count on you guys to come up with something funny! In the future, I will look back on that post and enjoy reading those comments.
Like my last post, I want to share my inspiration for this next set of patterns. I am joining many other designers in the current “Mini” craze. The funny thing is, several years back I made up a few of my favorite patterns in mini sizes, just for myself. I should have started publishing them – I would have been ahead of the craze! For those of you who have been quilting a while, you may remember the first mini craze. In fact, when I started quilting 19 years ago, Little Quilts had lots of patterns for Mini Quilts. Does anyone remember this very popular book?
I certainly do as it was my first introduction to mini quilts and I still remember how addicting they were. After that, several other designers did minis as well. What’s old is new again and it has been fun to see the resurgence in mini patterns over the last year or two. When I put out my table runner book this spring, I joked about my time being so limited now with raising two little boys, that pretty soon I would be down to making pot holders. I guess I just wasn’t ready to resort to pot holders yet and for me, making mini quilts was a way to still be able to quilt with my limited time.
I was just going to do two mini patterns, but somehow I ended up with 4. Oops! A creative mind does that sometimes – somehow without the control of the “operator” (?) of the creative mind. I know my friend Maria understands completely. She posted something on her blog that mirrors my inner monologue. (I’ll wait here while you go read her post. Click here, then scroll to the bottom of her post.) I have this same problem, though now I have a 2-year-old dumping out the flour in the pantry and a newborn distracting me with his cute smiles. My poor brain hardly knows what to tackle first.
See, I can’t even do a blog post without going off on a tangent! Back from that little detour, and time to show the new patterns.
First up, Pretty in Pink.
This design was first published in our Living Large book and used 10″ squares. The Mini uses 5″ squares (perfect for charm packs). The finished size is 24″ x 27″. Here is the size comparison to the original.
The featured fabric line is Rambling Rose by Sandy Gervais.
The second mini is “Gypsy Girl”.
The original pattern is one of our most popular on Pinterest. Here is a shot of the size comparison to the original size – (though the original pattern was published without the applique and had a scrappy border).
The featured fabric in the Mini pattern is “Fancy” by Lily Ashbury for Moda fabrics.
The finished size is 24.75″ x 28.75″
The third Mini pattern is Moroccan Tiles
Again, the size comparison to the original
I also love this design with a light background (see blog post here)
The featured fabric on the mini is Domestic Bliss by Liz Scott, also for Moda fabrics.
Lastly, I have a seasonal mini – Harvest Time. This has been one of my all-time favorite quilts, as I love decorating for fall.
Here is the size comparison to the original –
The size of the mini is 14.5″ x 18.75″. The fabrics are from my stash.
All of the mini patterns are Charm Pack friendly. Once again, I will be giving away a set of new patterns to a few lucky quilters. Please leave a comment to be entered to win. You can purchase the new patterns (paper and PDF) here.
The winners from both blog posts on the new patterns will be posted this Friday, so be sure to stop back then.