Wednesday, January 11, 2017

A mini quilt inspired by a Yoko Saito block.

Last year ended with a Christmas quilt top finished and the new year starts also with a finish.

As you know if you are a regular reader of my blog, last year I attended two classes with Yoko Saito. One class was an appliqué class that I will talk about later this year when I will be working on the project and the other class was a piecing class to make a very beautiful block with curves. These blocks were intended to create a bag called the Airship bag in Yoko Saito's book published last year by Quiltmania.



I do love this bag but I don't like making bags very much. I rather make boxes or other quilted items. That is why I have decided to make a miniquilt with these blocks instead. I have Jo Morton's book "Jo's little favourites" and found inspiration in her mini quilts. Like many people, I have a full time job, I practise sports and have a busy family life so making only large quilts is just impossible. So maybe miniquilts could be the solution. It is a nice way to try some intricate blocks, arrange them with some coordinate fabrics and create a mini heirloom in just a fraction of time.



 



Moreover, as I am a handquilter, I will be able to finish it quickly even if I decide on a very dense quilting pattern.



I chose a wide border for this quilt but will decide on how wide I will let it only when the top is handquilting and I am ready to bind it.



I still plan on doing at least one large quilt every year but will do more mini quilts in between just for the gratification of finishing something.

These days I have a very large quilt in my hoop and the quilting is almost finished. It is a country quilt (Born To Quilt) I made a few years ago as a BOM with many cottages in it. I will show it to you when it is quilted and the binding is on.

Next in line are : Market Memories (L'Atelier Perdu), Holly Jolly Christmas (Jan Patek) and Mountmellick (Di Ford Hall) and now my mini Airship quilt. It's a good thing I LOVE handquilting!!

I wish you all a wonderful new year!
Until later,

15 comments:

  1. It is beautiful! It sounds like you have a very busy year planned.

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  2. Bravo David pour ce mimi très réussit et un grand bravo pour ta dextérité pour ces blocs magnifiques.
    Je vois que tu vas passer de longues heures à quilter ..... Super.
    Bon quilting....

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  3. Lots of plans for the new year! Beautiful quilt, very special block had not seen that before. Best wishes for a wonderful 2017!

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  4. Superbe ! je te souhaite une bonne année, santé et joie pour tous ceux que tu chéris !

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  5. Très sympathique ce mini quilt ♥ Joyeux quilting ♥

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  6. Beautiful! Yoko Saito is another of my favorite designers. Your mini quilt adaptation is exquisite! Another mini book you might enjoy is Laundry Basket Quilts "Little Handfuls of Scraps"... I dream of creating each and every quilt in that book! It's always good to have something to look forward to! :-)

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    1. Thanks. Edyta's book is on my wish list ;-)

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  7. Je suis dans le même cas que toi pour le quilting et cette nouvelle année y sera largement consacrée !
    Le mini est absolument magnifique de par ses blocs et ses couleurs ! Bravo !

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  8. It's lovely, David. I too have limited time to make more than one large quilt a year, so creating small quilts and pillows has become a creative alternative for me.

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  9. A very smart and sweet looking piece. What great work you do! I just find it hard to 'handle' large quilts so stick to the smaller size out of necessity. Happy Hand Stitching!

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  10. It's lovely, enjoy the smaller quilts

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  11. David...your work is amazing! I must read more and more of your blog to catch up. Just added you to my blog list on my blog blessingsofthread.blogspot.com

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