Just this past weekend I got together with some quilty friends for a little sewing weekend. We weren't able to make it to Quilt Con but still wanted to have some fun. So we met up in Atlanta and had a fabulous time...more on that later. But part of our little get together was a secret partner swap with a handmade item. I'm not going to lie, some of the girls went ALL out. lol But I tried to keep myself restrained and made one item. I LOVED it though. Another one that was hard to give away.
Eeep! I love it! But I love Elena more, so I had no problems giving it to her. ;) She's a huge heather ross fan like I am and I loved using all my precious little bits of Heather Ross fabrics and others for this mini. I wanted a simple design that would let me show off the fussy cut bits.
A square in a square (in a square) was the perfect little pattern for this. Nothing mind boggling but every fabric in every block is different. So that made me reach into my stash to keep the color scheme really consistent. Since it was a wall hanging, I felt I could use some precious Spoonflower bits that people often complain about fading issues...since this won't get washed, that's not a problem and I was happy to have the chance to use them.
The center squares were fussy cut at 2 1/2". The next square was made from one 3 1/4" square that was quarter cut. And the last square was actually made from two 3" squares with a single diagonal cut on each. This is also a popular pattern to paper piece for really crisp points.
I love that border fabric...it's a fabulous stripe/dot by Birch fabrics and is such a luscious shade of Marine Blue. It brought out all the right things from the colors in the quilt. Someone told me the quilt looks like Ice Cream. And I love that description because this mini is all about indulgence.
For the back I used another Birch fabric and did little corner folded squares to create a place to hopefully help hang the mini. Just tack those folded squares in place before you sew the binding on but after you quilt it.
The whole thing is just Yumminess!
And all for this sweet gal. Elena, Hot Pink Stitches, who couldn't have loved it more!