I started this mini quilt last week in my post about a batik play day. I had to take a quick 3-day business trip to Austin, Texas during the work week so I did not get any sewing time. On Saturday, I had a whole sewing day and finished the One Sunny Day mini quilt pattern by Carol Doak.
There was a brief ray of sunshine this morning that illuminated my back fence. I decided to snap some quick pictures of the completed quilt. It measures approximately 21 inches by 21 inches.
Here’s a look at the whole quilt:
Completed One Sunny Day Quilt
I used a really pretty fabric that changed from dark blue to turquoise for the binding. Then, I thought: why not add a little bling? I added just a few sparkles by applying crystals to the sun rays and the tulips. I also practiced using some different types of free-motion quilting using my home Bernina. I did some wavy lines, pebbles, cloud shapes, and swirls. You can click on the individual photos to see a larger image.
Close-up of the crystals on the sun rays:
Crystals on Sun Rays
Close-up of crystals on tulips and dragonfly button:
Crystals on Tulips and Dragonfly
How do you like the little dragonfly? I had wanted to put a cute little frog button at the base of the tulips, but I didn’t have one in my button stash. Instead, I found this sparkly silver dragonfly that I think adds a little fun to the quilt.
Enjoy this early taste of spring!
In my last post, I talked about making a little quilted wall hanging by using small blocks designed by Carol Doak.
The wall hanging turned out so cute! I used just 3 blocks, plus inner and outer borders to make the entire project. The finished wall hanging is approximately 14 inches tall by 10.5 inches wide. I used some pearly white snowflake buttons as accents, added some reindeer ribbon trim as hangers, and used a branch off my plum tree for the mini quilt rack. The end result is a rustic little Christmas Tree and Presents mini wall hanging that I will use as part of my holiday decorations this year.
Finished Christmas Tree and Presents Mini Wall Hanging
I did very minimal quilting using my regular sewing machine. The presents are the exact same size, but I used a dark brown print for a border around one present and a tan around the other. If I make this project again, I’d probably choose a different border for the first present to give it more contrast against the black outer border.
Little Reindeer Gifts
A few years ago, I found this fun reindeer printed ribbon at a local craft store. I thought that it would accent the little reindeer gifts pretty well.
I found it pretty enjoyable to work on a mini project that I could finish in just a few hours! This project is a great one to use up some of my scraps.
This past Saturday, while I was feeling a little under-the-weather from a cold, I trudged out to the mailbox. The sunshine and warm October weather perked me up a bit, but what I found inside really made me smile! My sister had made me a cute little Halloween quilted wall-hanging as a surprise and mailed it to me!
As her inspiration, she used a free cat-in-the-pumpkin pattern from Carol Doak. Then, she modified the cat so it now includes a body and a little witch’s hat. She added some yellow embroidery for the cat’s collar and the hat’s brim. The quilt is then accented with beautiful autumn colored borders and binding.
Isn’t this an adorable Halloween quilt? I’m going to display it all month long!
Halloween Witch Cat Quilted Wallhanging
It’s always great to get a surprise in the mail. What crafty item have you sent to a family member or friend?