Sunday, October 20, 2013

NEW CHALLENGE!!!


Wow, I know it's been ac bit since I've posted anything... but here I am.   I have had several ideas for the next challenge, and every time I come over to write up the post, I thought, well, no, that's not fun enough... or interesting enough, or it's to complicated, etc...
Then this past weekend, as I sat listening to a talk at the New England Quilt Museum, Where I have one of mine and one of my grandmother's quilts hanging, I had the AHA moment.
"Greatest Possible Trust" by Victoria Findlay Wolfe, foreground. and Background, Elda Wolfe's Quilt, (my late grandmother!) My quilt was inspired by looking at hers...at the New England Quilt Museum now.

Around the room we sat in, hung 60 Amish Miniature quilts.  They were small, intricate, stunning and exciting, and I thought, Oh, I need to sew right this second and start making one...

With no machine in site to do so, I contemplated how it could be a really fun challenge, with made fabrics... in MINIATURE! ( yes to all caps on that!)

So, the NEW challenge is:
 a 12" square quilt, using "MADE FABRIC" in MINIATURE!  

I often have a few students in my various classes who say,
"Oh, I love to use my tiny pieces!"
So this is a great challenge for you!

And for all those that say, how small is to small?
Now we know how to answer that question!

                 


I'm starting to play with mine... in solids...
You can use WHATEVER you want... Just  focus on a finished size of 12" finished quilt.
Work small, and see just what you can do with your itty bitty scraps!
If you need guidance you can find this tutorial of mine here.
or the techniques listed in my book 15 Minutes of PLAY! click here

POST  & SHARE you process, your fabric choices, inspiration...
and your finished pieces.

Finished pieces are due...(for those who must have a deadline) ;-)
Dec 1st.

They might it make a great gift!


So are you in? Comment here!
contact me if you need to:
here:
http://www.bumblebeansinc.com/contact/




35 comments:

Mego said...

PERFECT! I am just finishing up a lap quilt...christmas trees in solids and I have a TON of little pieces! I'm going for it! A 12" mini would make a perfect table topper or pillow top! Thanks for the idea!!!

Snow Dog Quilt Works said...

Wow, what a great challenge! Love it! Mini's are so fun... I'm off to my quilt room right now. Thanks for the great inspiration!!! Happy Quilting

YankeeQuilter said...

Love doing mini's!

Sewing In CT said...

i just spent the day machine quilting (I finished! yay) and am too tired to start the binding but looking for something to do...this fits the bill...count me in!

Mishka said...

I LOVE this type of piecing. It's so mindless and beautiful. I do use a tiny seam allowance, 1/8" then 1/4" to join sections. Smaller stitch length.

DonaleeK said...

This sounds so fun! You are so inspiring, I can't wait to start this. I have a bunch of silk pieces, maybe I'll try that.... oh yippee!

Michelle said...

I'm in! I have a ton of small solid scraps. Looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with.

Shelly said...

I'm in! I already stared making fabric on a small scale. Now I know what to use it in!

Margaret said...

Love this idea! I'm in, too!

The Thimblemouse of Country Crossroads said...

Oh Yey! Count me IN! Turning the teeniest of scraps into something fun is one of my secret passions (ok...maybe not so secret now! lol).

Hildy Schwarz said...

Sorry,but what does MADE fabric mean?

upstateLisa said...

this sounds like loads of fun! I have boxes of little pieces!!!

Kim said...

Oh yeah this is a really fun idea.....and I have scraps up the ying yang! Count me in :0)

Happy Sewing

Lisa said...

I just put together a bag of crumbs after cleaning up my sewing area! Perfect.

ellen gets crafty said...

I'm in!! Another great challenge - thanks Victoria!

Miki Willa said...

This sounds like great fun! I am going to try to make time to play and see what I can do.

Linda Swanekamp said...

I would love to participate in this challenge. I am always using tiny scraps and would love to do this! Count me in.

Michele Muska said...

I loved those mini quilts. Can't wait to make one.

Mystic Quilter said...

Count me in on this challenge!!!
Just love those miniature Amish quilts.

Maree said...

This challenge is right up my alley so hope to find time to make something. I have heaps of 4" squares made from small crumbs but may leave those for now and try something different.

Helen said...

Can't resist this challenge! Hmmmm....will I do it in silks or Cherrywoods??

The Reader said...

I'm in!!! I know just what to do, too....I needed a *small* project to work on, LOL! This is perfect! :)

For those of us who email our submissons, use the contact link you posted? Or..?

fun times!!

sheila 77 said...

Great idea, Victoria, I was going to do that huge pile of ironing this afternoon, but now....!

Diane said...

Nothing is too small for me! I am IN IN IN!!!

Char said...

I'm in, the smaller the better!

Julianne said...

Yay..I like this challenge and I have a ton of crumbs to play with so lets do it!

Ellen November said...

New definition to: teeny weeny WOW!

roccagal said...

I am in too and i know just what i will be making!
Awesome challenge! thanks V!!!

i wish all of you happy sewing! cannot wait to see what you all come up with!

mascanlon said...

Haven't made a mini since early in my journey ( I thought small was easier...geez). I am going to take some time and see if I can just play with it!

Venus de Hilo said...

Oh fun! I have multiple little bins of TINY scraps... always looking for more things to make with them. Love the 12" size limit, too.

Playing with this will be a nice reward for completing a Double Wedding Ring challenge WIP, and give me something fun to think about while sewing the binding and sleeve on the bigger one.

Arita said...

The tiny ones are so cute and pretty. I'm working on a scrappy grey quilt and having lots of little pieces leftover. I also have a scrap bag of solids. I will make something out of one of these.

JaneB said...

Digging out my Amish quilt books for inspiration. Love love love this challenge.

Carol E. said...

Late to the game, but I'm in!

Brenda said...

I'm in and already done!

milainoa said...

Estoy encantada
gracias, mila....