Saturday, June 5, 2010

Flea Market Fancy mini quilt

This little quilt is four firsts for me.
1. It's my first mini quilt, measuring 16.5" square.
2. The first quilt I've made using my Flea Market Fancy fabrics. 
3. The first hand quilted project I've finished. Emphasis on finished.
4. And, my first time to quilt with Pearl cotton. I used DMC size 8.

I got most of the quilting done poolside last night while Shea was at swim team. I probably looked like a dork quilting beside the pool (in the shade of course) but, oh well. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I really like quilting with the pearl cotton. It's quick and I love the look of the chunky stitches. 

I liked this little quilt last night when I finished it, but I love it this morning seeing it with fresh eyes. The quilting doesn't look as bad (crooked and uneven) as it seemed to me last night. I can't wait to hang this in my sewing room in the next house. There's something about it that makes me smile. I think it's the happy colors!

And, yes, the Flea Market Fancy is even better out of the stacks!

36 comments:

Lynne said...

That is so cute. I've been hand quilting with the perle and it's just gorgeous - I had as much fun just rummaging through the drawers of colours in the shop - I wanted to take the whole lot home - drawers, perles, the lot!

MichelleB said...

It is lovely! A great use for your FMR. I love the quilting, too.

stitchedincolor said...

Wow, that is gorgeous work! I love the color composition, but the hand quilting is like icing on the cake. Great job! I never really "got" mini quilts before, but as a wall hanging... that's perfect!

Filing that perspective away for future project.

wishes, true and kind said...

Such a very pretty -- and happy -- quilt. It makes me smile, too.

andie said...

Spectacular!! I too have never made a mini quilt or hand quilted anything. Very inspiring once again, thank you!

Kerry said...

Truly lovely! I adore the handquilting.

Rafael's Mum said...

I love it! So sparkly and fresh! fantastic idea!!

Rachel said...

very pretty

corinnea said...

I love it!

Terriaw said...

Gasp! I LOVE THIS!!! I love how you made each star one colorway, and the quilting is just perfect.

Mary said...

This is so cute! I just love the bright colors against the white, and the hand quilting adds the perfect touch.

Islay said...

I'm planning on quilting my sunshine quilt with perle cotton, so thanks for showing me what the size 8 looked like! I can't decide between 8 and 5, as I really want the quilting to show, but I don't want to give myself a really hard time. Any thoughts on quilting with the size 8?

The FMF looks great! I was never that struck by the fabrics, but they look so lovely all put together like that!

KarrieLyne said...

This is absolutely amazing! It's adorable!! And your hand quilting is fabulous!

bearpaw said...

This is so cute - I love the colours and your hand quilting is SO perfect - well done!

coruja said...

Trabalho com muita imaginação e muito bonito.Parabéns.
Bj
são

AnnieO said...

This is so cute (and finished--bonus!!). Congrats for getting up the nerve to cut into your fave fabric. I'm making a mini now and planning to hand quilt it with Baptist fans--that will be a first for me. I like perle cotton too as it suits my still underdeveloped skills with it's prim look.

Heather said...

UUUuummmm that's friggin fab!! ;)

Amy said...

Love your mini! I have been thinking of making one. Did you use a pattern? Love your stars!

Barb said...

I can picture you enjoying your fabulous mini everyday in your sewing room. It is beautiful. Enjoy!

patchworkpalace said...

What a lovely little quilt. Dont feel like a dork sewing at the swimming....I travel a lot for work and often sit on the train stitching away - I get a few odd looks but who cares!!

Sarah said...

I love it Melanie! So lovely!! And your quilting looks fantastic. I will definately use a ruler next time. Let me know how you get on with threadart. Cheers, Sarah

shelia said...

so sweet!
love the colors & quilting ;)

23rdspiral said...

it's really lovely! thanks for the info too.

Alia said...

This is so darned cute! I hope some of those yummy fabs made it into your hexies!!??

Melanie said...

Love it!!!!

pinsandneedles said...

Love your little quilt! It is so bright and fresh! Congratulations on your firsts!!

mjb said...

This is such a cute quilt! Why don't I make more minis?

Valentina said...

Congratulation! May it be the first of many!
How charming, I love everything about it; how perfect is that quilting!
Excellent!
:)

stitching under oaks said...

very nice indeed. I love the crisp white and the fun colors on your stars. Wonderful first dip into your flea market fancy.

clare's craftroom said...

Congratulations on all your firsts , what a fantastic little quilt !

clare's craftroom said...

Congratulations on all your firsts , what a fantastic little quilt !

Ashley said...

really, really cute! love the addition of the hand quilting, as well as those cute little randomly placed squares.

Jessie Lathroum said...

It. Is. AWESOME!! I am sooo making a mini quilt next. Thanks for the inspiration. :)

Carrie P. said...

It is just lovely. You did a great job on all of it.

Christina said...

I ♥ it! Though, I'm completely jealous, as I don't own any FMF. ;) Was there a pattern/tutorial that you followed for your stars?

Kate said...

Beautiful!