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Apr 11 / Dani

MQG Mini Quilt

Recently I joined the new SWV Modern Quilt Guild that runs out of the shop. The main reason I joined the guild was to try to stretch my quilting a little and start doing some things without patterns and with a more modern flair. Also, we are having a sew in once a month, so I was hoping that would give me a chance to do some “just for fun” sewing (rather than business stuff). In case you are interested in joining us, all the info about the guild is here.

The first challenge that we had as a group was to use the charm packs generously donated to us by Robert Kaufman fabrics to create a name tag quilt. The max size was 25″ x 25″ and we were to include our name and also the name of the guild. As soon as I saw the colours in the charm pack, all I could think of was those little watercolour paint trays I had as a kid. You know the ones, from the dollar store? With the cheap-o little paint brush? Well, here it is recreated in fabric.

This is the outside, with the quilt paint box “closed”. When you unfold…..

…you see the paints and my name. I use the spray starch method for my circleapplique, and then I just used a straight stitch to sew down each paint. I knew it was unlikely to ever get washed, so I wasn’t too worried about the edges getting frayed. The letters in my name are made using the fusible web style of applique. Then I used Laura’s machine to do the quilting; straight lines on the bottom to make the trays, and circles on the top to mimic the paint shapes.

As a final touch I added an actual paintbrush (secured with a little loop of ribbon). I am quite happy with how it turned out – I have it hanging on the wall in my studio now!

Hope to see some of you join us at our next SWV MQG meeting!


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  1. nikki / Apr 11 2011

    Dani that is adorable!!

  2. thea / Apr 12 2011

    Adorable! I love it 🙂

  3. missbedora / Apr 12 2011

    Wow, that is so cute! Perfect for the creative theme of your studio. I loved those paints..

  4. Mom / Apr 12 2011

    So cute! Glad I took you to the dollar store LOL!

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