HST Alphabet – J Mini Quilt

30 July

I recently participated in round 2 of the Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt Swap, an online swap exchange of handmade mini quilts organized by Kristi McDonough.  I was to make one mini quilt measuring no larger than 24 inches square, based on my secret partner’s preferences.  This is what I made for my partner, Jess, who likes bold, bright colors and geeky retro style.

HST Alphabet - J Mini Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

I started with a ton of scraps in a rainbow of colors.  These are all 5 inch squares.

HST Alphabet - J Mini Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

I paired up prints with their matching solid color and made a bunch of half-square triangle (HST) units.

HST Alphabet - J Mini Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

After trimming, these are my scraps’ scraps 🙂

HST Alphabet - J Mini Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

I arranged them on the design wall, according to the HST Alphabet pattern I’m writing. And hey! A quilting ruler doubles as a quilter’s palette!

HST Alphabet - J Mini Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

If you’ve read my other HST Alphabet posts, you know I’m a fan of glue basting to match up the points accurately in my seams.  After a bit of tweaking, this is my process:

After stitching up two HSTs to each other, make another set, and place the two pieces right sides together.  Push a pin through their points and find a spot on your ironing board where the pin goes in all the way.  Push it all the way down.

HST Alphabet - J Mini Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

Lift the top piece a little and put a tiny dot of regular washable school glue above the point.

HST Alphabet - J Mini Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

Push the pin back down and press the spot right above it with a hot dry iron. After a few seconds, I carefully remove the pin and remove the iron after about 5 more seconds.

HST Alphabet - J Mini Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

Yesssss. #gluebasting!  Sew the seam, pop open the dried glue spot with your fingers, and press the seam open.

HST Alphabet - J Mini Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

And there’s the quilt top!  A little geeky drop-shadowy color goin’ on there.  Jess should like it, right?

HST Alphabet - J Mini Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

Now to figure how to machine quilt this thing.  Since I have a hard time picturing stuff in my head, I really need a way to visualize the quilting stitches beforehand.  Solution: audition your quilting design with yarn!  I saw this technique on Split Yarn‘s Instagram feed.  Genius!  My design wall is backed with foam core board, so it was easy to strategically place some pins up there and twist yarn around them.

HST Alphabet - J Mini Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

Time to make the quilting design happen with my sewing machine.

HST Alphabet - J Mini Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

And here’s the back, complete with a fun label.  I had to keep my partner’s name a secret until she received the quilt in the mail.

HST Alphabet - J Mini Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

Stitched fabric scraps onto blank greeting cards – why haven’t I done this before?  Perfect for a little handmade note for my partner.

HST Alphabet - J Mini Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

Want to see what I received from my secret partner?

Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt

Isn’t it beautiful? It was made by Jenny Mae. She used voile instead of the usual quilting cottons, so it’s super silky soft.  Really, how flippin cool is it that a complete stranger made me something that I absolutely adore?

Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt Swap Label

To see what the other folks in the swap made, take a peek at the Mini Quilt Swap Flickr group or peruse through the hashtags on Instagram #makeaquiltmakeafriend and #schnitzelandboominiquiltswap.

2 Responses to “HST Alphabet – J Mini Quilt”

  1. Jane Holbrook 07/30/2014 at 10:18 pm #

    What a lovely blog. Wow, I learned two new things. I had not seen the glue basting before but the crisp point is great, and vital to the overall effect. The quilting was the first detail that caught my eye, and your yarn mock up is brilliant. I love the learning and sharing that happens in blogland. Your swap quilt is adorable. I really like the back. Happy Sewing!

    • Angela 07/31/2014 at 1:24 pm #

      Aw thanks, Jane!

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