Saturday, January 05, 2019

A few mini art quilts to make

Welcome to my first post of 2019!

One Monthly Goal (OMG) for January

I'm not sure what happened at the last Out of the Box Fibre Artists Group meeting in November...I know I wasn't drunk because I was driving (lol)...but somehow I got over-excited and ambitious and put my name down for another two mini art quilts. That's above the other two that I signed up for in September - that makes four! They may be mini, but that doesn't mean that they're easy or quick to make.

So that's what I need to do by January 21st! They will be done (that's an affirmation that I will repeat many times between now and then... in between actually making them) 😊

Making Mini Art Quilts

The rules:
  • They need to be 5" x 7", 6" x 6", 6" x 8" or 6" x 12".
  • They must be seen overall as a specific colour (see colour swatches below).
  • There must be fiber involved.
  • They must be handed in January 21, 2019.
The rules are pretty open (except for size and colour) and frankly, that's not making things any easier!

Light yellow and bright green
Soft blue and bright red

Two of the canvases to cover!

I bought 2 canvases, before I signed up for 2 more, so I have one that's 5" x 7" and the other 6" x 6".

We don't have to use canvases but I've wanted to try attaching art quilts to canvases for a while. I'm hoping to try different techniques with them.

This is my first mini, in light yellow. Since I had just finished the Symphony in Stem Stitch, I still had embroidery and free motion quilting (FMQ) on my mind.
Light Yellow mini so far
I pieced a number of fabrics that seemed to match the embroidery floss and paint swatch. I also used the designated embroidery floss as well as colours that were close. I added the butterfly in some contrasting colours to add a focal point and some interest. I used the embroidery and FMQ to give it some mouvement.
The back of the yellow piece
Once the fabric seemed to be large enough and I had finished the embroidery, I cut a piece of batting and did some FMQ. It's at this point that I decided to have the fabric and FMQ extend over the sides. Since the background fabric wasn't quite large enough to cover the sides, I just added a few pieces. That's one of  the advantages of improv piecing. 😊

Ready to attach?
I haven't decided yet if I'll add some beading to this piece. I thought that I would start the next mini and see where that leads me.

I have no idea what I'm going to do with the next three minis, but I'm really hoping to let the fabric and colour inspire me. Wish me luck!

What I learned
  • Using canvases is a great learning experience and will ensure that my mini art quilts are the correct size...and that's a very good thing. 😊
  • Working with specific colours is NOT easy for me. I have a really hard time figuring out if the colours match the paint swatches. It does help that they gave us the matching DMC embroidery floss number. With the floss, I can place it over the fabric and see if it matches.
  • It's going to be difficult ensuring that these pieces are not too boring, which is a definite possibility if I need the piece to read as a specific colour. Adding some contrast is necessary but how much can you play with the colours before it starts "not reading" as the colour?
  • I'm hoping to expand my fabric and colour choice for each piece, to see how much I can push the "reading as a specific colour" rule. Hopefully it will get easier by the fourth one!
  • The batting for this first piece was cut just a little larger than the front of the canvas (5" x 7"). It did shrink with the FMQ, and would have been fine being larger and hanging over the sides. I'll work on that on the next pieces.

Related links

Linking parties
I'll be linking this post to Elm Street Quilts' One Monthly Goal (OMG) link-up as well as other fun linking parties. Join the party and see what others are doing! Off the Wall Friday, TGIFFFriday Foto FunMain Crush MondayOh Scrap!, Monday Making, Design Wall Monday, Moving it Forward, What I Made Monday, Slow Sunday Stitching, Free Motion Mavericks


  1. I sure love that yellow mini so I am sure you will have no problems with the other three.
    You may not have been drinking but you sure no how to have some fun!

    1. Thanks Lisa. I appreciate the vote of confidence. Three and four are proving to be a little harder to create.

  2. Very interesting! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and good luck with your project!

    1. Thanks as always Patty for hosting OMG. It's going to be a busy weekend since these are due on Monday!

  3. Good luck with your goals this month. Those coloured minis are an interesting challenge. I like your yellow one and I'm interested to see what you make with the other colours :)

    1. Thanks Janine. The blue has come out really well but I'm a little nervous about the red one that I'm working on right now. It's proving to be way out of my comfort zone. Either way, it will be done by Monday evening!

  4. Hello Andrée,

    Mini projects are never quick. I'm a great believer in letting projects go their own way, so I shall be interested to see how these minis turn out!

    Love, Muv

    1. Hi Muv, you're correct - mini projects are not quick. My last one to make has been painful so I've pushed away all of my ideas so far and am starting fresh. Hopefully when I take out all of my supplies, inspiration will strike :-)


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