Thursday, June 13, 2013

Mini Sewing Studio Quilt {Modern Mini Quilt Challenge}

True story.

About three weeks ago, I spotted the mini rug I made my husband last year for the Modern Mini Challenge.  I wondered if I had missed it and went to investigate and see if Jennifer from Ellison Lane had it. I couldn't find anything and was a bit sad.

I almost squealed when I saw someone link this years on Facebook!

Crazy, right?  I swear.  I'm not making this up.  I really, really was thinking about it!

Right in time for me to get some creative juices flowing!
This time, I really wanted to challenge myself.
I looked around on my Pinterest Quilt Inspiration board to see what I had on my bucket list.

This sewing studio block By Charise Creates glared me in the eye.

I adore this block.  I do not necessarily adore my execution!
 I am, however, really happy with my fabric choices.

I chose my fabrics all around the lace fabric from Serenata by Riley Blake.  

I saw the lace in the original block on the dress and knew I had to use my hoarded bundle!

I was really happy with the basic solids that were included in the Serenata FQ bundle I purchased from Knotted Thread!  The gray was perfect for the dressform and the nice stippled color of the beige made for a great background.

This is where I keep it real.  You know me.  I always have to keep it real!

I didn't stay closely to the pattern on the sewing machine and spool.  The original design is actually for freezer paper piecing not foundation, so I had to improv a few things.  

I say it just gives it more character.

The only fabrics that are not from Seranata are the quilt on the machine, binding, and backing.  

The binding (and dress belt) is the Orange Tic Tac from Life in the Jungle.
 The backing is a Joann's special that I had no plans for in any near future.  The colors seemed to compliment well enough.

I just loved the notions and tried to get it to look like the tape measure was hanging out of the jar.

The hexagon quilt is a nod to my obsession with English Paper Piecing right now.
  I grabbed the Jungle Hexie Blue!

I started out with just wanting to outline the sewing items, but ended up outlining, and echoing, and echoing, and echoing some more.

Quilt Stats:
Measures: 14" x 14"
Pattern: Sewing Studio Block by Charise Creates
Fabric: Serenata and Life is a Jungle by Riley Blake
Backing: Sewing notion from Joann Fabrics
Binding: Life is a Jungle Orange Tic Tac
Quilting: Machine quilted on domestic machine by myself.

I'm not quite sure where this happy little mini is going to live, but for now, it is going on my giant clipboard behind my machine!

It already has sent good sewing vibes in my studio.
Two quilts cut and I have started to layout another since I finished the binding this afternoon!


  1. Oh Wow Heidi! This mini quilt is simply perfection! I'm going to have to pin this and hope to make one myself some day. Your fabric choices work so well!! Love everything about it.

  2. Awesome! I'm in love with it! And if you really can't find a place for it, it can live in my sewing room here in Iowa!

  3. Heidi I love this! It's perfect for the challenge and makes me so happy. I love the block, but the fabrics you chose are what really sell it!

  4. Absolutely beautiful Heidi!!! Love all the echoing and your fabric choices are awesome. You said you weren't happy with your execution but I think it looks great! We are own worst critics. I am in love with the little trim detail around the dress.

  5. So cute! I love the fabric for the dress. I think I need to do some mini's.

  6. Completely and utterly awesome!!

  7. This is gorgeous. A brilliant challenge, and it worked out so well :-)

  8. I think your little quilt is a really good one. The fabrics and quilting make it even better.

  9. love this mini!! Your fabrics, quilting, everything!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  10. You did an absolutely beautiful job on this. Love your echo quilting!

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