This month our guild was doing a challenge for a swap – frozen inspired mini quilts! We wanted to do something wintery but not in the traditional red and green Christmas theme. I knew I wanted to do something inspired by snowflakes and was going to do some raw edge applique, but then my machine broke. I had only my backup machine that I haven’t used in year, and that I don’t like doing applique with.
It took me a while to figure out a new plan, but when going through a drawer in my sewing table I discovered my Lil’ Twister ruler. I had bought this ruler during the holidays last year and then forgot I had it! I hadn’t even tried it out yet, so this was perfect to give it a shot.
I quilted with random freehand “straight” lines with various spacing at an angle, inspired by following the tracks of slowly falling snowflakes.
I think it all turned out great and is off to its new home. Hopefully someone will be happy with this for the swap!
I have been toying with the idea of making a DNA quilt for a while now. When one of my friends heard about it she thought it was a fantastic idea and said she would love to have one. I never really got around to making it – something always come up, baby quilts and presents. However, she recently took a new job as an Assistant Professor with Montana State University (yay for her!). I knew the perfect congratulations present would be a little quilt for her new office.
DNA mini quilt wall hanging.
I made this little quilt up as I went, arranging the pieces until I was happy and then appliqueing them on. The backbone of the DNA helix is a double fold bias tape (1/2 inch wide) and the coloured bases are appliqued with fuseable web (lite steam a seam). The quilting is a tight stiple as I wanted to make the applique stand out more. There is a pocket on the back so that she can hang it.
I got this finished just days before she loaded up the U-haul and started the drive down to Montana! I am sure it will enjoy it’s new home in her office and I know she will do great with her new job!