Whip Up Mini Quilts

Today’s the day that I’m part of the Whip Up Mini Quilt book blog tour! Hurray!

Cover

It’s such a great book. It starts with a very thorough run down of quilting – how to and loads of tips and tricks. All the info you need in one place. Then you get to the quilts… oh the mini quilts!

Mini1

Mini

Mini3

That last one there was made by Liz, a member of my guild, the LAMQG. In an aligning of the mini quilt stars, we had a mini quilt swap at our meeting last night.

Mini quilts are so wonderful because you can try something new or whimsical or out of your comfort zone, on a small scale.  You can take a risk or two that you wouldn’t dare take on a huge project that takes you ages to make.

Check out some of the great quilts from last night with their happy recipients…

Kelly Terri Jamie
Quilts made by Latifah,                 Emily,                                                                  and Lori

That last one deserves a zoom in…

On the To Do list?

Zoom In

“Buy more fabric” – so clever!

Whip Up Mini Quilts divides the many included patterns up into different categories.

I think the one I made fits nicely into…Geometric!

Geo

Right?

My Mini Quilt

Mini quilts are great because you don’t have to concern yourself with the functionality of making a quilt – you’re just having fun with an artistic expression.  The book  captures that so wonderfully, providing such a great mix of practical information and pure inspiration.

Do you want a copy of this fantastic book? Just comment here and tell me your favorite thing about mini quilts! I’ll post a winner on Wednesday!

Here’s the run down of the whole blog tour!

6/1 - Craftzine – essential quilting tools
6/2 - Crafty Pod – book review & giveaway
6/3 - Chronicle Books – Behind the making of the book
6/4 – Indie Fixx – Designing your own mini-quilts
6/7 – Craft Sanity – Piped binding tutorial
6/8 – Handmade by Alissa
6/9 – My Love for You Background on Mini Quilts
6/10 - Film in the Fridge
6/11 - The Haystack Needle Decorating with mini quilts
6/12 – West Coast Crafty

Oh and P.S. … guess what I spotted in the book’s crafty blog resources list?

HbyAinbook

I was completely surprised by this and didn’t know about it until I was flipping through the book.  Truly made my day!

128 Responses to “Whip Up Mini Quilts”

  1. craftytammie June 8, 2010 at 10:20 am #

    I love matching doll and baby quilts for little girls, so sweet!

  2. Lisabee June 8, 2010 at 10:24 am #

    What a cool-looking book! I’ve never made a mini-quilt because mostly I’ve made quilts as gifts (for babies, etc), but it looks like it would be really fun to try. I like the idea of being able to try new techniques without dedicating a TON of fabric and time to the project.

  3. Mary on Lake Pulaski June 8, 2010 at 10:32 am #

    The thing I love about mini quilts is that I can have lots and lots and lots of them!!

  4. Kate June 8, 2010 at 10:32 am #

    I love mini quilts because I can make them and they are always appreciated by the three-year-old in my house!

  5. Andrea June 8, 2010 at 10:33 am #

    Ooh, mini quilts are such fun! They’re quick to make, you can try new things, and if it doesn’t work out like you imagined it, you didn’t waste much time or fabric. Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. ara jane June 8, 2010 at 10:36 am #

    honest to god, i wasn’t at all interested in mini quilts until i saw this post. that little to-do list has captured my heart and now i see the mini-quilt light.

  7. felicity June 8, 2010 at 10:56 am #

    The thing I love best about mini quilts – they’re so fast to make!

  8. Gale June 8, 2010 at 11:17 am #

    I love mini quilts because they are the most whimsical that I make and they go so quickly. I hand piece and hand quilt (starting to rethink that however) and would love this little book to give me some new, fresh, fast ideas!
    Thanks for this great giveaway!

    Gale

  9. lessie June 8, 2010 at 11:33 am #

    My favorite thing about mini quilts: the quick closure of a job well done! :)

  10. Victoria June 8, 2010 at 11:37 am #

    Mini quilts just beg to be embellished! If I don’t like what I have made, the grand girlies make off with them for doll quilts. Those plastic babies will never be cold.

  11. Kristina June 8, 2010 at 11:38 am #

    My favorite thing about mini quilts? I can quilt them myself! I’m still kinda new at this and I’m afraid to quilt my bigger quilt tops (and am a major slacker about sending them out).

    Thanks for the giveaway:)

  12. Jen June 8, 2010 at 11:48 am #

    I love that you can create something so cute and fun with a small quilt. It is like the saying, “Good things come in small packages”
    - Jen

  13. KT June 8, 2010 at 11:53 am #

    I love how they’re great for trying new techniques. That and they look so cute!

  14. Doina June 8, 2010 at 12:00 pm #

    Mini quilts are easy to make and very practical.

  15. MissyinTx June 8, 2010 at 12:01 pm #

    I have such a perfect place for that geometric quilt. I think I could love mini quilts. lol

  16. Ladybug June 8, 2010 at 12:29 pm #

    We have a quilt that my husband’s grandmother made. We love it and it’s aged softness. :) I’d love to try a mini-quilt for my kids to keep and pass on.

  17. A June 8, 2010 at 12:38 pm #

    Wow this book looks amazing. I have just made my first mini quilt and my favourite thing is they are quick to make.

  18. arlette June 8, 2010 at 12:49 pm #

    Oh my godness!!!!, I got a headache watching the book, it looks so so so cute!!!!!!!!, I’d love to have it, I’m sure it would be really helpful because I’m into miniquilts, they’re fast to make and you can go over and over again, you get fast results and being a small quilt looks lovely as well, I can’t get tired of making them!

  19. Johanna June 8, 2010 at 12:53 pm #

    I love that I never have to wonder if my fabric will be enough for the quilt or if I have to spend hours online searching for the exact colour that I have been using and which seems to have magically disappeared…

  20. Amber June 8, 2010 at 1:22 pm #

    I love mini quilts since they are so fast to bind :-) plus it’s fun to try out new ideas on a small scale!

  21. Allison S. June 8, 2010 at 1:39 pm #

    I haven’t done a mini quilt (only have 2 completed quilts under my belt at this point) but I think the sense of accomplishment at finishing quickly would be fabulous!

  22. Molly June 8, 2010 at 2:00 pm #

    I bet you could try out some nice new quilting ideas on such a small quilt!

  23. Megan June 8, 2010 at 2:13 pm #

    Oh that book looks great!

  24. Jen June 8, 2010 at 2:36 pm #

    What a lovely book! I have yet to make a mini quilt but really want to for the chance to try out new quilting (namely stippling). That seems like a great opportunity–to try new things without committing too much :)

  25. Vicki June 8, 2010 at 2:41 pm #

    This would be a great book to own! Thanks for the chance to win:)
    I love mini quilts because they’re so quick to make and a fun way to practice new techniques.

  26. Joy June 8, 2010 at 2:56 pm #

    I haven’t tried a mini quilt yet but they seem like they would be a great way to practice my quilting skills and learn new ones. Thanks for doing the book giveaway!

  27. Morgan June 8, 2010 at 2:59 pm #

    My favorite thing is that they are so quick to make! It’s not a huge time commitment like full-size quilts are. You can test out new ideas and patterns really easily.
    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  28. SteffiD87 June 8, 2010 at 3:06 pm #

    Oh gosh, mini quilts are perfect because they are so cute for everything! You can plop them on a table, showcase them on a wall, put them on the couch. You can do so many decorative things with them, and they’re so easy to complete!

  29. Joan Gutierrez June 8, 2010 at 3:10 pm #

    Kudos on making the crafty blog resource list!

  30. Jocelyn June 8, 2010 at 3:20 pm #

    Mini quilts are fun to make because they give me instant gratification :-) Thanks for including me in your giveaway!

  31. Kimberly June 8, 2010 at 3:31 pm #

    I love mini quilts because they work up so fast. Kind of like pillow covers. Looks like an awesome book!

  32. sy June 8, 2010 at 3:31 pm #

    love the projects in the book, the to do list is so cute.
    i like mini quilts because you can experiment designs, and they make nice tablerunners.

  33. Barb June 8, 2010 at 3:48 pm #

    Looks like a beautiful book. Congrats on being listed as a resource!

  34. Katie June 8, 2010 at 4:01 pm #

    Mini quilts, endless possibilities in miniature and perfect for framing! What a beautiful book, thanks for a wonderful giveaway.
    Katie
    knygh[at]hotmail[dot]com

  35. Donna June 8, 2010 at 4:09 pm #

    What I like best about mini quilts is the chance to try something new without taking on a HUGE project. Love that. Oh, and so lovely to hang on the wall!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  36. Patty D June 8, 2010 at 4:11 pm #

    I love the fact that they come together quilt and make nice gifts. I’d love to win a copy.

  37. Munaiba June 8, 2010 at 4:36 pm #

    I think mini quilts give you permission to not be perfect. That way you can try anything and it doesn’t matter if it works or not but if it does then you can go bigger.

  38. Monika June 8, 2010 at 5:09 pm #

    I love mini quilts for decorating and for experimenting with new techniques. Great looking book and congrats on being listed in the resources.

  39. Madeleine June 8, 2010 at 5:17 pm #

    They are quick to make! ha! :)

  40. jeanettesquiltin June 8, 2010 at 5:34 pm #

    O…looks like a great book to have!!! I would love to do some of those.

  41. Bridgid June 8, 2010 at 5:46 pm #

    Thanks for the great book review – definitely one to add to the library. My favourite thing about mini quilts would have to be that I can quilt them on my domestic sewing machine without feeling that I am wrestling an anaconda to get the whole thing through!

  42. Krista June 8, 2010 at 5:49 pm #

    I love mini quilts because they come together so fast and you can really make the details special. They don’t get lost like they can in a larger quilt.

    Wonderful giveaway!

  43. Jenny June 8, 2010 at 5:50 pm #

    I love how mini quilts give you a chance to try a new technique!

  44. Liz M. June 8, 2010 at 5:54 pm #

    I haven’t made any mini quilts yet, but I’m planning on doing so in order to try out new techniques and actually get something finished!

  45. Marcia W. June 8, 2010 at 5:57 pm #

    It is so cool that your name is listed in the resources. Thank you for hosting this giveaway and providing the book review. I’ve considered making a mini-quilt yet somewhat fearful about it. If win this book, then should help me get moving on a project.

  46. Maeve June 8, 2010 at 6:11 pm #

    This book looks like so much fun and inspiration! I like mini quilts because it is so easy to just improvise and play with fabrics to come up with a quick design. You can finish a “project” in little time and have something really fun as a result! I’d love to win this book.

  47. katielea June 8, 2010 at 6:49 pm #

    While I haven’t yet made a mini quilt, I love that they allow such freedom for creativity & experimentation without the commitment of a larger sized quilt.

  48. mjb June 8, 2010 at 6:54 pm #

    I really hope I win this book! I would like to be reminded to make more mini quilts.

  49. Jackie H June 8, 2010 at 7:03 pm #

    With 3 kids 5 and under, my fave thing about mini-quilts is that I can usually finish it in 2-3 nights (since I can only sew at night after everyone is asleep!) LOL!

  50. Heather June 8, 2010 at 7:10 pm #

    Ohh looks like a great book. Thanks for the chance to win. I think mini quilts are great because I have a chance of actually finishing them! With a one year old I don’t seem to be able to get long term projects done :)
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