Thursday, August 20, 2015

Free Mini quilt pattern - Grow Up

At the beginning of the year I promised myself to make all the free mini quilts in the Aurifil Designer of the month program.  For those of you that follow my blog regularly you know I've failed at my attempt to be part of a quilty group once again.   This is  the second mini completed.  My January Aurifil mini, can be seen here.  The excuses for not honoring the promise to myself are many.  So let's just act like it never happened and take a look at the one I made this month.  In true Podunk style sticking with a pattern as written was impossible.   The borders were omitted because there wasn't a fabric in my stash that tickled my fancy.   The pattern also calls for wool applique.  There's no wool in my stash, it's just not my style at the moment. 

These little quilts are a great way to use up scraps and get the satisfaction that only comes from finishing a project.  All of the fabrics in this quilt are scraps.  Well all but the backing. The backing fabric is one of my favorite prints.  I've been holding onto about one yard of it for just the right project.  

The pattern also called for hand embroidery on the tulips.  My version of this quilt was to make the tulips the focal point.  I felt like the embroidery would have been too much since my tulip center print was sorta busy to the eye.

While digging through the scrap bins looking for red gingham binding strips I found the red stripe fabric.  It was almost a squeal moment!  I LOVE LOVE LOVE how it looks on this quilt! 

The SITD quilting around each basket keeps the quilting simple letting your eye rest on the red tulips and binding.  If you look closely at the bottom row of baskets you can see where I ripped out the start of quilting inside the baskets.  

So who wants to make one?!  You can find  Nancy Rinks free Grow Up pattern at Auribuzz.   If you make one and share it on the flickr group your automatically enter in a give away.  All the details can be found on the Auribuzz Website  along with links to the previous months free patterns.
  Hope to see you there!

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  1. the simplicity of this works beautifully, oh to be able to do applique, I have though yesterday traced onto freezer paper a design so maybe soon I will try to do some

  2. Try not to be to hard on yourself, sometimes life gets in the way of our goals. I am failing myself this month. I have 3 projects going on at the same time and as I signed up for each one, I asked myself if I could do all of this. Well, I dove in and am falling farther and farther behind. LOL at my foolish self. But each project is fun and I am continuing to work on each one.
    I have only made a few mini quilts. They are fun and a great stash buster, I may have to make a few before the year is over. Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful creative day!

  3. We do what we can! And you did a great job on this little beauty. It makes me want to jump right up and start digging through my own scraps so I can make one, too! But that's not going to happen because I'm going to exert self-control and keep plugging away at my several WIPs. Have a great upcoming weekend!

  4. Lea Anne, your design is just beautiful! It is so calm and peaceful. This little quilt really speaks to me, but I have to hold off for now. Thanks for sharing the link. It's a keeper!!

  5. So adorable in every way--front, back and binding! I didn't even recognize the Aurifil mini pattern from the way you changed the values--brilliant!

  6. This is adorable!

  7. So very cute! I love the focal points those red tulips create.

  8. That is so cute! What will you use it for? A wall hanging or table topper?

  9. that is very cute!!! thanks for linking up with TGIFF


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