Monday, February 11, 2013

And She's Done!

I finished up this wee little heart last week. It sewed up as a 12 inch square mini quilt - complete with a toile (my fave!) binding. 

I mentioned in my previous post that I was going to use this tutorial to sew it together. Well, let me tell you....what fun I had! I loved this technique and it sewed up very easily. The funniest part was when my family saw it go from being laid out on my cutting table as 1.5 inch squares (18 inches across in total) to being sewed up as 1 inch squares (12 inches across) - they could not believe how much it SHRUNK.

I decided to quilt it with a free hand 'sketchy' type stitch, a heavy thread and my triple stitch function on my machine. I even 'coloured in' the corners, allowing myself to sketch with my needle and thread. Choosing to quilt in this free form way was VERY hard for me, as I am a 'a place for everything, and everything in it's place' kind of gal and letting myself 'freely' stitch feels foreign and disorganized to me. I far prefer the stream lined feeling of stitching from side to side in STRAIGHT lines. Even though I like the way it turned out, I still have the urge to rip it all out and do straight lines! HAHA!

Ooooh love the look of all these 'organized' and tidy seams. So pretty!

When making small quilts, I really enjoy the opportunity to practice my binding. For some time now, I have been narrowing down the binding steps/techniques that work/don't work for me, in an effort to come up with my 'works every time' binding that makes me feel happy with it EVERY time. So far, my bindings have been a little haphazard for my liking. For this reason, the last time I bound a quilt, I wrote a list of what worked and what to try for future. This is the list I used this time...I am definitely getting closer to my happy place!

When I pinned this little quilt up on the wall in my sewing room, the first thought I had was 'it needs a buddy'! I may or may not have already started cutting out more little's to a wonderful week of sewing! Have a great week all.



  1. I love it Lisa! It is so adorable. I know what you mean how it looks like the size shrinks a lot when working with 1.5 inch squares and it is a bit more work when working at a smaller scale. But the effort is well worth it. Great job! And they quilting is lovey and complements very well with the binding.

  2. Great mini quilt! Just checked the tutorial it is amazing!

  3. I know you told me it had shrunk Lisa but to see how much is really something. It doesn't change how gorgeous it is though and I love how you quilted and bound it. :)

  4. This is such a special quilt! Just perfect....... I'm still working on my binding technique. I'm getting closer!

  5. It looks wonderful Lisa. So cute! Thanks for the tutorial link too. May have to use it in future. Your quilting looks great too. You can feel very 'out of control' doing it this way when you are used to straight lines!

  6. Wow!
    Your work is always so impressive.