Tuesday, August 13, 2019


The occasional mini quilt is the perfect remedy for a variety of woes, and for me this last weekend, I knew it would be a brief respite from the larger projects and a welcome change of pace. So of course, I took the opportunity to whip up a little something for Curated Quilts' Black & White Mini Quilt Challenge. I actually took a stack of possible fabrics to the guild sew-in thinking I'd play around with a few ideas, and then decide which to finish. Well that didn't happen. I got going on one - totally inspired by a previous bee block - and just got caught up with it.

I didn't really intend to mix prints and solids, but it added a fun dimension. And part of the challenge was to display a sense of motion, either with the piecing or quilting, and in my mind, I managed both. The general construction of the piece spirals around that smallest triangle, and I echoed that by also quilting an irregular spiral with Auriful 40wt in white.

The back was pieced simply, combining a stash find with some remnants from the quilt top, and that was especially quick and satisfying at this small size, 15 1/2" square.

So that was fun! It's been a while since I've done this kind of impromptu sewing, and as always, it was a very good thing.


  1. You're at your best with 'impromptu' /improv piecing Debbie.

  2. This is so fabulous Debbie! You've just gotta be accepted. After seeing yours, and at least three other fabulous designs, I'm glad I didn't attempt to enter. Wishing you the best at being in the next issue...

  3. Hi Debbie,
    this is great and I like the idea to just do something as it comes. The outcome is always surprising. I was thinking of pulling my black and white fabrics - maybe I also just go ahead.
    Thanks for sharing,

  4. There are any number of reasons to make mini quilts. Challenge or not, you always manage to come up with something special and interesting!

  5. It really turned out fun and playful, lots of great movement! Well done Debbie!

  6. I just love this mini. I have some of the crosshatch with dot fabric and you used it so creatively.