Earlier this month I announced that I was a Island Batik Ambassador for 2019! Along with that honor comes responsibilities which happens to include a month challenge. I know, I know – I have to finish a challenge quilt? I hate challenges! If there was someway to right in sarcasm I would be doing that – I LOVE challenges! If this is your first time on my blog – you can see what I mean by heading over to my Project QUILTING page.
The Challenge – Magnificent Minis
The February challenge was pretty broad, in fact it is “Magnificent Minis”. The only rule was that the finished quilt had to be less than 24” square. I can definitely handle that! I started to play around with the challenge when the “Bigger than a Breadbox” Project QUILTING Challenge was posted. In the end, I finished a different quilt for the challenge but I had my start!
I have been drooling over the Painted Forest Quilt Patter by Scott Hansen of Blue Nickel Studios for a really long time. I thought this would be a great opportunity to give it a try!
I decided to mainly use the Snowberry Stack I had received. These are all precuts in 10” squares. It turned out to be the perfect sized precuts to use for this pattern since it was easy to make the trees scrappy looking. I picked out three contrasting colors from the five inch strip packs I received for the trunks, branches and house.
I used purples and blues for the leaves of the trees and found the lightest fabrics for the backgrounds. Those ended up being white and really light purple. After the first painted tree was done I knew this was the project I needed to do.
This mini quilt includes three Painted Trees in different sizes. The background was pieced in an improv method to keep with the scrappy look. I felt like there was too much white space under the trees so I thought I’d add in a fun tiny house.
A running deer applique was also considered but in the end I decided for once that less is more.
Once I was happy with the design on the quilt, I basted it with Hobbs Heirloom Premium Cotton batting and backed it with a neutral Island Batik fabric. I chose to quilt the piece with 50 wt Aurifil thread in colors 4648 for the house and tree and 4600 for the background.
Quilting small quilts on my Bernina is one of my favorite things to do. I love to play around with free motion quilting. I’m not the best at it but I find if you don’t stress about it turning out perfectly it ends up not looking too bad. (oh – and A LOT of practice too!) Sometimes the small little details make the biggest differences.
I created a scrappy binding from the 10-inch squares of the Snowberry stack for the final scrappy touch.
Name: Tiny House in a Painted Forest
Finished Quilt Size: 24″ x 24″
Pattern Used: Painted Forest Quilt Patter by Scott Hansen of Blue Nickel Studios
Fabric: Island Batik
Batting: Hobbs Heirloom Premium Cotton
Be sure to take a moment to visit the other 2019 Island Batik Ambassadors and see what they came up with for their Magnificent Mini! I guarantee you’ll be blown away!
Carolina Asmussen ~Carolina Asmussen
Gene Black ~ Gene Black
Pamela Boatright ~ Pamela Quilts
Connie K Campbell ~ Freemotion by the River
Anja Clyke ~ Anja Quilts
Tina Dillard ~ Quilting Affection Designs
Becca Fenstermaker ~Pretty Piney
Jennifer Fulton ~ Inquiring Quilter
Barbara Gaddy ~ Bejeweled Quilts by Barb
Dione Gardner-Stephen ~ Clever Chameleon
Sarah Goer ~ Sarah Goer Quilts
Vasudha Govindan ~ Storied Quilts
Lori Haase ~ Dakota City Quilter II
Mania (Magdalini) Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for Quilts
Carla Henton ~ Create in the Sticks
Stephanie Jacobson ~ Steph Jacobson Designs
Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs
Joan Kawano ~ Moosestash Quilting
Kim Lapacek ~ Persimon Dreams
Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
Leanne Parsons ~ Devoted Quilter
Bea Lee ~ BeaQuilter
Toby Lischko ~ Gateway Quilts & Stuff
Bill Locke ~ Studio Bill Locke
Denise Looney ~ For the Love of Geese
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Sally Manke ~ Sally Manke
Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack’s Blog
Kathleen McCormick ~ KathleenMcCormick
Carol Moellers ~ Carol Moellers Designs
Karen Neary ~ Sew Karen-ly Created
Lisa Nielsen ~ Lisa Lisa and the Quilt Jam
Jackie O’Brien ~ If These Threads Could Talk
Laura Piland ~ Slice of Pi Quilts
Michelle Roberts ~ Creative Blonde
Vicki Schlimmer ~ Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail
Sherry Shish ~ Powered by Quilting
Anita Skjellanger , Quilt in a not-Shell
Laticia “Tish” Stemple ~ Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland
Jennifer Strauser ~ Dizzy Quilter
Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations
Terri Vanden Bosch ~ Lizard Creek Quilts
Alison Vermilya ~ Little Bunny Quilts
Sandra Walker ~ mmm! quilts
Suzy Webster ~ Adventerous Applique and Quilting
(Debora) Anne Weins ~ Sweetgrass Creative Designs
Geraldine Wilkins ~ Living Water Quilter
Janet Yamamoto ~
Disclaimer: The materials used to create this quilt were generously given to me by Island Batik, Aurifil, and Hobbs.
Adorable littler quilt. I love that pattern also. Going to see what other minis were made.
So lovely. I love all the creative elements you’ve included in the mini. The pattern is awesome but I also love the way you’ve composed the background. The quilting is so cool!
Well, that’s a lovely quilt to start this year’s program. I love the way you constructed the trees.
Dione Gardner-Stephen says
I like your interpretation of painted forest. Great mini!