Monday, March 21, 2016

March Mini Madness

This month the Island Batik Ambassadors are all making a mini quilt using Island Batik fabrics, to celebrate March Mini Madness.  I debated what kind of mini quilt to make- I love to make minis!  My last book Little Gems is all 12" x 12" quilts- so those are minis.   I could make another quilt that size...

Images from Little Gems by Connie Kauffman Martingale 2015
Used by Permission.  Photos by Brent Kane  All rights reserved
I finally decided to go really small and make a mini of a mini!  Which quilt from the book should I try to make even smaller....hum...I finally decided on Serenity

Martingale - Little Gems (Print version + eBook bundle)
Images from Little Gems by Connie Kauffman Martingale 2015
Photos by Brent Kane.   All rights reserved
This quilt is a great pattern.  Because of the small size of the pieces and using a good variety of fabrics- this is a great quilt for using up leftover 2 1/2" strip packs.  I told in the book how it is a great quilt for using up scraps and how there is really no right or wrong placement of colors.  It would be a great quilt to enlarge the pattern and make as a lap quilt or larger.  I never thought about making it smaller, but now I was curious how small I could go and what it might look like.

I decided to use an assortment of 14 different London Fog Island Batiks that I had leftover from another project (the more fabrics the better!).

Click here to see the whole line of London Fog.

Here is my mini of the quilt Serenity- 6" x 6"

Here is a photo of the blocks before it was all sewn together.  See the coin for an idea of the size.

And here it is beside the 12" x 12" version.  Notice the great Ackfeld Wire stands the quilts are on. I love to display my quilts on these stands

The pattern pieces were 1" finished.  That's pretty small- even for me!  Here are a couple hints that are especially helpful for making very small blocks.

1.  Use thin paper for printing your patterns
2.  Trim seams to about 1/8"
3.  Use glue stick to attach the first piece so that the pin doesn't distort the whole paper
4.  Use a very thin batting (I used Hobbs Thermore Batting)

Have you ever made a mini quilt?  Give it a try!


  1. I really like both of your minis but must say that the 12 x 12 is my favourite because I just love the colours! - And yes, I've made several minis. In fact, as another Island Batik Ambassador, mine will soon be posted. :-)

  2. Wowziers are they gorgeous. That tiny one is really cool. Love the colors of both, but that London Fog just speaks to me! Beautiful piecing!

  3. That is really beautiful and very impressive indeed!

  4. I love both of these quilt. I would love to try one on a larger scale. Are the instructions in the book?

  5. How beautiful Connie!! I really like the 6 inch one and now I'm going to have to get one of those neat frames!!

    1. You should get some stands! Go to their website. and see all the different ones they have

  6. I am always blown away by your color schemes. I wish I had your talent. crystalbluern at tds dot net