Handmade, Patchwork, Quilting, Sewing

Experimenting in Mini

19th March 2018

Firstly, I wanted to share my finished mini quilt from Sharon Burgess’ book, English Paper Piecing, Quilting on the Go (AFFILIATE LINK). This book was a gift and I have totally loved making this project. It was a great opportunity to work with some different EPP shapes and I love the finished mini quilt.

Secondly, I thought I would talk about experimenting with new techniques. When I first starting quilting I was so excited to make actual quilts that for every new technique I tried, I wanted to end up with a finished quilt. This was great for building my own stash of quilts and also for gifting quilts to others. However, as time has gone on and I have filled my own house with quilts (rough guess about 15 in my house at present) I have really started to see the benefits of trying out techniques on a smaller scale.

I often make mini quilts, bags and other household items to try out new techniques without ending up with a stash of orphan blocks. I like to do this for a few reasons:

  • Making a quilt using good quality fabric costs money. I don’t have an endless stash to raid and even though I often have lots of fabric on hand I always end up buying more supplies. Don’t get me wrong, I love making new quilts and shopping for fabrics but it is not always something I can afford.
  • I just don’t love every new method I try. No one probably does. At least when you are making something small if you discover that you don’t like a technique you stand a chance of finishing the piece and stopping it ending up in the pile of WIPs.
  • Making smaller projects is quicker and sometimes a quick finish is just what you need. I often turn to a smaller project if my sewing mojo has slowed down as sometimes completing a new project is just what I need to spur me on to complete a larger work in progress.

Tell me, how do you like to experiment with different and new techniques? Full size quilt or mini projects – I would love to hear!


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