Hi friends!  I hope you are excited about this Mini Challenge!  I have some inspiration to share with you, and a few details about the prizes involved – yep, prizes!

When I’m planning a mini, I like to push myself to try something new,  and have fun in the process, of course.

This paper pieced beauty contains 16 four inch blocks, made with a variety of greens and adding sparkle to the mix.  Paper piecing the blocks was repetitive and relaxing – I really enjoyed the process.  I had a hard time sending this one off to a swap partner!

This mini measures 15″ square, I fussy cut each of the birds, then carefully sewed each square or rectangle in place.  It is a step down lay out, where partial seams are needed to complete the quilt top.  The pattern is found in Quilting from Little Things by Sarah Fielke.  I also spent a pleasant evening hand quilting around each of the birds, which I have yet to take the time to do on a larger quilt!

Here’s a few more details about the Challenge and how you can win ::

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!

A BIG THANKS goes out to Kimberly at the fat quarter shop for generously sponsoring all the prizes.

Contest Requirements:

1. Create a modern mini quilt or mug rug – only one entry per person
2. 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

There will be 5 winners!
James’ choice (my husband chooses his favorite)
Viewer’s choice Mug Rugs
Viewer’s choice Mini Quilts
(mug rugs and mini quilts- the viewers choose from a selection chosen by myself and three other bloggers)
Luck of the Draw (Random Number Generator chooses 2 winners)
Both Viewer’s Choice Winners will receive a fat quarter bundle of the FULL LINE of Flea Market Fancy reprint by Denyse Schmidt.
James’ Choice Winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop
Both Luck of the Draw Winners will receive a $75 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop
I hope you are inspired to try something new, and make a mini so you can enter the contest!  I’m planning to enter myself ; )  Be sure to follow along with the hop this week and next for some great inspiration –