The tale of two minis.

I’ve been really wanting to finish things lately.  I have a couple full sized quilts that I’m excited about but they’re just taking so much time!  So, what’s simpler?  Minis of course!  These have been sent off and received so I can finally blog about them.

This one was made as a thank you to someone who has been supporting me, most of my life, really.  I’ve known Dan since I was two years old, he’s the dad of my best childhood friend.  He commissioned me to make two quilts this Christmas and I included this as a little bonus for him to say thanks.  I based it off a picture on Quilt Dad’s blog (for a project in the current issue of Fat Quarterly) and I used a Basics by BasicGrey for Moda charm pack, something I got from Quilt Dad in our mini swap!  (Thanks John for making this quilt happen!)  It’s backed in a print I’ve had forever, a different colorway of the print I used to back my houndstooth quilt, and bound in dark brown.  The label reads “Thank you, Dan. ♡ kait”

For some reason I see this quilt belonging in a study, a room with dark woods and lots of books.  I have no idea if Dan has a study but he strikes me as the kind of person that would, and that’s the feeling this mini quilt invokes in me.

The second mini is for my friend Corrie, just because I think she needs it :)  She blogged about how she doesn’t have any art hanging on her walls at work, a place she’s been for over three years.  So when I pinned this quilt on Pinterest and she repinned it, I looked through her boards to find colors she seemed to like.  Picking out some blues and greens from my stash, I whipped it up for her in a day.  I didn’t even think to follow the link and find the original tutorial for the block so I just figured it out.  However, if you’d like to make your own, the tutorial is here!  The only thing I did different is started out with 5″ squares which resulted in a 7½” block (charm pack friendly!).

I decided to make it two blocks wide so I could use some of the batting samples we got from the Sewing Summit, and a fat quarter for the back.  I used various blues and greens from my stash for the ribbons and the grey background is Manatee by FreeSpirit (what I used for my Single Girl), it’s backed with a couple Amy Butler prints from my stash, it’s straight line quilted with zigzags, and bound in an olive green from my stash.  I hope she enjoys it!  I love surprising people with little gifts :)

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