My Modern Mini

Hooray! It’s Mini Day!!! I’m delighted to be launching the blog hop for Ellison Lane’s Modern Mini Challenge- a 5 week series that kicks off with some inspiring work from some of your favorite bloggers, and ends with YOUR MINI and some insane prizes! Read through to the end of this post for all the juicy details.

Here’s the mini that I designed for this challenge- I want to share a little bit about why and how I designed it, as well as a little tutorial on an easy way to hang your wall minis!

I think this little quilt has been hiding in the back of my head for months…maybe years. I keep picking up picture frames at thrift stores, meaning to put together a silhouette collage of my little girls before they get too big…but the frames just sit in the closet, patiently waiting for a fresh coat of paint, while my walls patiently wait for a pop of color. Despite my best intentions, I just couldn’t manage to make the collage project a reality.

{Enter: Modern Mini Challenge}

Was laying in bed dreaming of vivid colors against fresh white, of oval & square shapes…and all at once it hit me. Why not turn my silhouette collage idea into a MINI QUILT?!?! YES! Perfect in so many ways…a whimsical pop against our grey walls, an opportunity to show off some of my favorite fabrics, and of course, a chance to finally make timeless, old fashioned silhouettes of the most precious faces in my life.

Determined to create something unique, I deliberately tried to push my own comfort zone and treated this mini like wall art and less like a quilt. I thought this shape would be the easiest to hang, and fit my wall space well.

For the silhouette’s I just used Heat N Bond heavyduty (no sew) fusible webbing. I wouldn’t normally use that on a quilt, but since the details of the shapes were so intricate, I knew I wouldn’t be sewing around them, so no-sew it is!

All of the frames, including the square ones, are raw-edge appliqued to the white background using a tight zig-zag stitch. At first, I couldn’t help but feel guilty about this approach, like I was cheating on intricate, precise pieced sashing (I can scarcely imagine the look on certain un-named quilt police faces at my local shop!), but after awhile I reminded myself that there are no “rules” here- this is MY mini, hanging on my wall, and I can and should stitch it up in just the way that I want to! This way felt great, and I love how it turned out!

Mini Quilt Hanger Tutorial:

As I was stitching my binding on, I remembered this quick easy way to add hangers, using a bit of leftover binding. Figured this will probably come in handy for those of you making wall minis, so thought I’d share.

So- here we are, the binding is stitched onto the front side of the quilt, ready to be hand stitched down on the back side.

And we have a nice little scrap of leftover binding- sweet. You’ll need at least 5″.

Open it up and fold it over so the end is lined up with the bottom edge, creating a triangle.

Line your ruler up to the edge of the triangle and cut. Now do another the exact same way.

Press the triangles, nice n’ purdy!

Pin the triangles to the top corners of the back side of your mini.

Now, flip the quilt over so the top is facing you, and stitch an 1/8th inch seam the length of the triangle on both sides of the corner. Note: You’ll need to fold the corner “flap” (ie your soon-to be mitered corner) away from the needle, so that it’s not stitched down by either seam. Otherwise, you’ll have a heck of a time wrapping that binding around!

Now just hand bind as usual! You’ll have perfect little hangers, neatly sewn into your binding. Cut a thin wooden dowel to the width of your quilt (minus binding), and slip it inside the triangles. Hang on a nail or hook. Voila! So easy!

Well, there you go! My little slice of mini madness. Will you be gettin’ mini w/ us too?? It’s an awesome way to stretch your creativity, make something you love, share it, oh, and don’t forget AWESOME PRIZES.

Here’s how the Modern Mini Challenge is rolling out:

2/6/12 – 2/19/12
Weeks 1 & 2 – Inspiration Weeks – Modern Mini Challenge Blog Hop
Bloggers share their modern minis and kick-start your creativity. Get inspired, get creative, get those ideas flowing!

2/20/12 – 3/4/12
Weeks 3 & 4 – Sew. Sew. Sew!
Work on those minis and create your Modern Mini Challenge piece.

3/5/12 – 3/9/12
Week 5: Enter the Contest!
Link up your Modern Mini Challenge piece at Ellison Lane Quilts. Voting begins that week and winners are announced on March 9th!

I know, I know, THE PRIZES! What are the prizes??

* James’ choice (Jennifer’s husband chooses his favorite) – win $100 to Fat Quarter Shop
* Viewer’s choice Mug Rugs- win a fq bundle of the FULL LINE of Flea Market Fancy reprint by Denyse Schmidt (if you just peed your pants a little, join the club).
* Viewer’s choice Mini Quilts – yes, a FQ bundle of Flea Market Fancy for you too
* Luck of the Draw (Random Number Generator chooses 2 winners)- $75 to Fat Quarter Shop

Contest Requirements:1. Create a modern mini quilt or mug rug – only one entry per person2. Enter your mini quilt or mug rug in the linky party at Ellison Lane Quilts on Monday, March 5. You do NOT have to have a blog to enter. You may link a picture from your Flickr account.3. Your entry (blog post or Flickr description) should include the size of the item.

Don’t forget to follow along with the blog hop, and grab a button! See my post from yesterday for those!

That’s all folks!!! Thanks for stopping by, and I can’t wait to see what you stitch up!



  1. Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial! I have never seen a wall hanging like yours with the silhouettes! Marvelous idea. I am not an experienced quilter but I think I can surely put together one myself now. Thank you!


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