Modern Mini Challenge :: Blog Hop

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 –

 Modern Mini Challenge Blog Hop includes:

2/6: stitchery dickory dock
2/14: needles, pins & baking tins
By |2018-09-04T11:18:29-06:00February 7th, 2012|Inspiration|26 Comments


  1. Nicole February 7, 2012 at 5:15 am - Reply

    What cute minis! Working on minis makes it easier to try those more time consuming techniques like paper piecing or hand quilting. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Kim February 7, 2012 at 5:34 am - Reply

    Oh how lovely!!!!! Those AH birds are perfect :o) Thanks so much for all the fun!!!!!

  3. Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts February 7, 2012 at 5:37 am - Reply

    I love those minis Amy! The paper piecing is fabulous and the hand quilting around the birds is such a great touch. Thanks for the inspiration and for being a part of the blog hop!

  4. Laura February 7, 2012 at 7:54 am - Reply

    I think your minis are terrific. I love the triangles and the fussy-cut birds. Thank you for the inspiration.

  5. Tsoniki Crazy Bull February 7, 2012 at 8:27 am - Reply

    I just finished my first two mug rugs and LOVE making minis. I have a couple finished that I need to quilt.

  6. Sew.What. -Kerri February 7, 2012 at 9:23 am - Reply

    I’m just curious what is considered a mini quilt. Like what deminsions?

  7. ♥Duff February 7, 2012 at 9:23 am - Reply

    love the way both of your quilts are completely different in style and color, but both are amazing in their own right! Definitely an inspiring post! thanks!

  8. Katy February 7, 2012 at 9:49 am - Reply

    Love both those minis, but those partial seams give me the heebie jeebies!

  9. Queenie February 7, 2012 at 10:29 am - Reply

    Beautiful mini-quilts! The birdie quilt is wonderful!!!
    Have a great day.
    Always, Queenie

  10. Amy Gibson February 7, 2012 at 10:53 am - Reply

    Ooooh, cute Amy! I especially love the quilting design you chose for your green & grey star mini- unexpected and so modern! xo

  11. Dree February 7, 2012 at 12:01 pm - Reply

    That second mini has fabrics that look SO MUCH LIKE the main fabric (a large scrap) I have already chosen for my mini. And posted about yesterday! It looks like it could be the same line.

    My scrap is left from making my kitchen curtain, which I have been staring at for at least a year and still love.

  12. Valerie February 7, 2012 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    Amy – these are both lovely! I especially like the geometric look of the quilting in the first one…

  13. Valerie February 7, 2012 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    Amy, these are great! I especially love the geometric quilting in the first one!

  14. M-R @ Quilt Matters February 7, 2012 at 3:01 pm - Reply

    I love doing these challenges! My one thing is finishing my Tangled Garden quilt. It’s giving me issues, but I want ‘er done! Thanks for the motivation, Amy!

  15. Annabella February 7, 2012 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    Oh I love your minis – both are so visually striking and inspiring!

  16. Annabella February 7, 2012 at 4:50 pm - Reply


  17. Darcy February 7, 2012 at 9:27 pm - Reply

    Both of those mini’s are just superb! Love them both – thanks for sharing!

  18. felicity February 7, 2012 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    I do love these two minis of yours, Amy!

  19. Flying Blind February 8, 2012 at 12:22 am - Reply

    Really pretty x

  20. Fiona February 8, 2012 at 7:04 am - Reply

    Your mini quilts are just gorgeous!
    I remember that top one from the swap – I really wanted it!

  21. Mitzi February 8, 2012 at 7:23 am - Reply

    That green mini quilt is just too precious. Fantastic job on it!!

  22. Nicole Jurgensen February 8, 2012 at 8:51 am - Reply

    I love those minis, specially the 16 four inch blocks. I’m on for the challenge.

    Thanks for sharing those lovely designs.


  23. Leona February 8, 2012 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    I love making mini quilts..they can be a challenge to think of a theme, but amazing when little works of art when finished..your work is always so beautiful!

  24. Lesley February 19, 2012 at 8:51 am - Reply

    Great minis! Love them both!

  25. kersten February 20, 2012 at 5:31 pm - Reply

    Great minis! Thanks for sharing.

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