January 22, 2016

Project Quilting "Seasons" Mini Quilt Finish

Snow scene mini quilt
sugarplumpatchwork.com  Project Quilting Seasons Mini Quilt

 I joined Project Quilting for the first time this month. If you are not familiar with it Project Quilting is a challenge group where you have one week to design and complete a quilt based on the weeks challenge. It is hosted by Kim Lapacek at Persimon Dreams.

The theme this week was "Seasons" so since it is January I chose winter to illustrate. The title for my quilt is "Winters Eve." I have been taking Sarah Fielke's Craftsy class - Big Techniques from Small Scraps and this was inspired by one of her lessons. (Although the lesson was on piecing - I chose applique for this quilt.)

I pieced the background and all the objects in the scene are raw edge fused applique. I layered up the top with backing and batting and then appliqued so that I was appliqueing and quilting in one step. (Is "appliqueing" a word?)  Then I added some free motion quilting swirls to the snow and the night sky, then some walking foot quilting to the houses, tree and moon.  That cute little snowman was fussy cut from a fat quarter that has been in my stash for years.

This detail shot was taken indoors - hence the poor color, but I have been practicing my free motion skills so loved adding some swirls to this. And isn't that white on white fabric with snowflakes something? You really don't see them unless you get really close. Are all my stitched perfect? No but they have improved.

This quilt finished at about 15 inches by 14 inches.

And by the way - we are in the midst of a winter storm here in NC so my little snow scene was photographed while laying on the snow!

Be sure to check out all the other quilts in the challenge this week! You can vote for your favorites next week.  ;)  I really enjoyed participating in the challenge and even though a week seems like a short time to design, create, photograph and blog a quilt it was quite a lot of fun!

Have a creative weekend!



  1. Very fun and whimsical--great free motion quilting too!!

  2. This is fun! I'm impressed that you did it start to finish in a week - good going.

  3. Very cute! Love the bright colors and the quilting is perfect!

  4. So fun and cute quilt. And right now with snow both here and there, it's perfect.

  5. Very, very pretty. I loved seeing your close up. I try to steer clear of applique, but seeing yours gives me a more positive attitude towards it. You can edit your indoor photos to look more natural by clicking the color temperature and going to the more cool side until it takes away the yellowness, if you want.

    1. Thanks Sheri! I like applique by machine but am not too fond of hand applique. Thanks for the photo editing tip. I did edit it but in trying to get the quilting to show up well I lost color. Need to remember the temperature option.

  6. Jumped here from Showoff Saturday. Yes, a week to design, piece, quilt, and finish a quilt is a very short amount of time, but you did an awesome job! The cute is so cute with the wonky tree and houses. Great quilting job!

  7. This is adorable. This is my first time entering too, and I also appliqued and quilted at the same time.

  8. What a fun scene! It made me smile. You got one of my votes!

  9. Very whimsical and cheerful. Love little scenes like this.


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