A couple of weeks ago I think, I got a lovely invite over on flickr asking me to join a new private swap of mini quilts. The ladies sending that invite had fabulous wording that must have stroked the ego on a lot of us because it took about two seconds for my determination to limit my swaps to fly out the window. And I know I wasn’t alone. lol So I find myself in another swap, this time with a mini quilt.
I know that a lot of you are familiar with my mini quilts…I know many people started following my work after the first one “Where Bluebirds Fly”
That was a fun but therapeutically emotional quilt for me to make. You can read about it HERE.
I followed that quilt up with a few other minis… but this one, “The Rescuers”, captured the hearts of a lot of people too.
That one was based not on my own story, but on the also quite emotional story of my partner. You can read about that HERE.
So here I am…starting on my next mini. It’s always a little hard for me to come up with a new idea that is meaningful like these. I so want to do something really special for my partners. As you can tell, this style is quite different from my precision piecing that I do with my typical quilting. The art style of these is a refreshing albeit challenging change for me.
So I floundered for a bit, attempting to come up with an idea that would be meaningful for my partner and yet true to my style. I love whimsy! And that had to be included….at first I think I was being too artsy for me. Let’s face it…if I can’t fit some Heather Ross fabric into the quilt, it’s not going to make me happy. lol
So then I was quite excited after really researching my partner and then stumbling upon this post by Designer Sarah Jane to find my inspiration! Hop over there and read Sarah Jane’s post. It’s just lovely.
And so I began.
She’s about 10″ tall or so and as sweet as can be. I put her together one evening and was already freaking out that I would mess her up…so I decided to just tackle the stitching that same night!
I took my time. I changed my thread color a dozen times and I’m really happy with her! Don’t worry, she’ll have hands…I just haven’t figured out what she’s going to be holding. I don’t think I want to do a doll like the Sarah Jane print.
And then I started to think about all the things that would be in her dreams…and on her heart… and I started to create the rest of the quilt.
I have that “heart” completed now with more special items and I’ve started to stitch them down. Oh at each step how I worry that I will mess up the whole thing! Worry wart! That’s what I am! I think other than the girl and her heart of dreams I’m just going to micro quilt the whole thing. And of course I’m worried that I won’t be able to do that well. So I’ll be doing some mini quilting practice soon!
I’ll probably wait to reveal her until she’s finished…but you might catch some more sneak peaks on flickr if I’m feeling worried and need some feedback.
My many thanks to Sarah Jane for her original illustration which inspired this little quilt. I think I now want to make a whole series of minis based on her illustrations! lol