Tuesday, 11 June 2013

It's a modern mini challenge

If you haven't heard, Jennifer over at Ellison Lane Quilts is hosting the Modern Mini Quilt Challenge.


I was all like "oh I have nothing to contribute, I have made ONE mini quilt in all of the my years, and it isn't even an original design". And then I was like "You did not enter the Bloggers Quilt Festival this year, and you regret it" Yes I talk to myself a lot. I am basically ok with it. 

So, to calm the voices, here I am entering my very first (and only to date) mini quilt - Star burst


As I said, all of the credit goes to Megan over at Canoe Ridge Creations. Star burst is part of her Fresh Mini Quilt Club. I joined the club so that I could focus on learning some new techniques in both piecing and quilting.


My particular goal with this project was to learn more about straight line quilting. You can find more about my lessons learned here on my original post. Bottom line, I was super stoked about how my quilting lines came out, and it gave me more confidence to do this in other projects.



I ended up sending this quilt to a friend as part of a creative pay it forward. No matter how it does in this challenge, I know that it is in a good home and is loved!



Good luck to all of the other "challengers"! I cannot wait to see them and get inspired to make more minis :)
Adrienne

22 comments:

  1. Very cool! I really want to learn how to do straight line quilting.

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    1. Thanks Cari, I love the way straight lines looks. I am tempted to quilt everything that way :)

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  2. Love it! Straight line quilting is my fave, i straight line everything! Though that could also be do to the fact that my FMQ is rubbish...

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    1. exactly! I suck at FMQ, I blame my machine in public, but down deep it is just me

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  3. Looks great! Straight lines somehow always end up being more of a challenge than expected, but the effect is worth it.

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    1. Thanks! The thing about quilting is it always is a little more involved that we think it is going to be, but somehow we are still addicted to it. Go figure.

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  4. Your mini is awesome! And I agree, straight line quilting can be tough in different ways than FMQ, but yours looks spectacular.

    -Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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    1. Thanks Kelly - I love the results!

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  5. wow - those lines are VERY straight! I am impressed! I am hopeless at keeping mine even remotely straight ;-)

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    1. Thank you Charlotte :) I follow the side of the presser foot. What will I do if I want to go closer together or farther apart? Have not figured that out yet!

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  6. Your quilting adds to the elegance and style of this wonderful little quiltie.

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    1. Thank you so much! Elegance and style, nice!

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  7. I am stuck on straight line quilting! I cant stop! (although your straight lines are much straighter than mine, mine take on an "organic" look i think (lol meaning they are crooked!) Your starburst is very pretty, i like your color choice!

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    1. The biggest thing that I found affected the "straightness" of the lines was speed. My machine actually has a slow to fast switch. I tend to have a heavy foot (in the car too!), so I made my machine slow me down. You have much more control. All of that being said, I have done lot's of "organic" lines too and I still think they look awesomes!

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  8. Beautiful simplicity! I love it!!

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  9. Welcome home Adrienne. I joined the Mayflower Guild and it has been a great way to meet people who quilt. I am a part of a bee that meets every two weeks in Tantalon. I love this group - totally random women ages 30 - 85! And we have lots to talk about. Also, there is a quilt store at Exit 8 near the brick municipal building. Lots of goodies and very good prices. I am lucky cuz I work right beside the store. Guess where my paycheque goes. Nancy

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    1. Thanks Nancy. It is good to be home! Many moons ago I thought about joining the Mayflower Guild, but they were not very welcoming of my machine quilting ways. I am sure they are more welcoming now :) I would love to start a chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild here, have you heard of any talk of this? Please don't tell me where the quilt stores are! Danger! Frabic addict here!

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  10. Just love this mini - the colours and the quilting are beautiful!

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    1. Thanks Kirsten :) I have seen a lot of different color combos on this pattern, but I am glad that I kept it simple (plus I have a thing for blue) it really was all about practising the quilting on this one!

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  11. You did a beautiful job! Love the bold colors. Thanks for taking part in the Modern Mini Challenge!

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    1. Thank you Jennifer. Thank YOU for organizing such a great event :)

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