Janet O. and I have been swapping little minis for a few years now. It's great fun and I do feel totally honored to be the recipient of her masterpieces. She challenges me in ways I never delve into-- and her minis are museum quality, IMHO!
This year we chose baskets as our theme and I struggled for a while trying to decide what to make. Mine ultimately finished at 18"--larger than the 12" original goal but we can change the rules. Right??!!
Finally decided on pink baskets, using the Little Gatherings book for the initial setting and block idea. I had many challenges on this mini which I guess is how we improve, right? For instance, I marked one corner with an erasable pencil only to discover it wouldn't come off. RED pencil. UGH. Lesson: test first! Again, don't get too close! ;-)) Another lesson I think I've finally learned: cut the background larger when you're going to appliqué! My center shrank and I ultimately had to add a strip (which you can see a sliver of) to get it to lay flat! Only took me 6 tries to figure out what the problem was. Also, don't sew on corners until you're done. Piecing on the diagonal is always challenging for me!
On the bright side, I had fabric I ordered from Needl Love which I just love and wanted to use for the borders. I also wanted to break up the corners but didn't think I could handle 2" baskets. ;-)
I really enjoy wool appliqué and although I'm not great, I think they are passable. Still not crazy about my stem stitch but from a distance, they work. In fact, I should call this quilt "Baskets from Afar"!!!
These finish at 3-3/4"! As I warned, some of the points got cut off but from a distance, they are just fine! Good enough, I say!
I opted for mini-half-square triangles for the corners-- they're 1/2" finished and I sewed them into flying geese. Again, please don't look at the corners. ;-(
All in all, I feel it was a success. I got Janet to promise to hang it so that she can't get up too close. VBG I'm not a precision piecer--some might rip out their work if their points get cut off, but I'm not one of those. I did rip out one of the seams at least half a dozen times to get it to lay flat... But that's different. I'm not one of those overly critical of my own work--I'm realistic. It's not perfect but I'm okay with that. Hope you like it. I love it. Hopefully Janet will too!
Wendy, here's my August mini, 2 days early!! ;-)
We are heading back up to the cabin tomorrow for two weeks. I have spent a lot of time prepping my wool handwork for the long drive; not sure what sewing projects I'll bring along yet. We always enjoy Labor Day in Oregon-- the seasons start to change right before our eyes.