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. mindy June 8, 2010 at 7:12 pm #

    I love the fact that they can be quilted with an ordinary home sewing machine. I’m ready to try one!

  2. SoozeM June 8, 2010 at 7:27 pm #

    I love mini quilts because you can put as much or as little time into them as you wish, so you can completely start and finish a mini quilt in a day and have a gorgeous piece of art!

  3. Betty June 8, 2010 at 8:05 pm #

    Looks like a fun book!!

  4. mamaark June 8, 2010 at 8:24 pm #

    To be honest, I’ve only made one mini quilt. But it was nice to start and finish something entirely by hand so quickly.

  5. Leslie June 8, 2010 at 8:48 pm #

    I love mini quilts b/c they are so easy and fast to make.

  6. mommymae June 8, 2010 at 9:02 pm #

    my favorite thing about mini-quilts is trying new things on a small scale to see if i’d like to manage it on larger projects.

  7. Machen und Tun June 8, 2010 at 9:07 pm #

    oh i would love that book, it looks amazing!! thanks for the great give-away!
    claudia

  8. SheilaC June 8, 2010 at 9:11 pm #

    I love mini quilts because I can try a new technique to see if I like it.

    Thanks for a great give away!

    SheilaC

  9. Melissa June 8, 2010 at 9:12 pm #

    I like mini quilts because you can utilize those last tiny scraps of your favorite fabrics and get a little more use from them. I can’t stand to throw away even tiny bits of my precious hoarded fabrics!

  10. julie June 8, 2010 at 9:15 pm #

    Need to have more fun making quilts and this just might be the thing! Thanks for the give away.

  11. Lindsey June 8, 2010 at 9:25 pm #

    I have not made a mini quilt yet (I’m just a beginner!) but I have already taken requests from some of my neighbors’ girls. I don’t feel quite so intimidated by something smaller!

  12. Sylvie June 8, 2010 at 10:06 pm #

    I love mini quilts because of the mini quilt swaps I do with Flickr!
    I have ‘met’ a lot of nice people all over the world, and I have improved my technique A LOT ! (it is super motivating to quilt for others)
    These mini quilts are hanged on my walls, and I have place quilts too!

  13. giselle June 8, 2010 at 10:07 pm #

    i’m sure there is some amazing inspiration in there!

  14. jaana June 8, 2010 at 10:19 pm #

    What a beautiful book! Those mini quilts are pure pieces of art.

  15. Janet June 8, 2010 at 10:54 pm #

    Miniquilts can be made in a day! Yahoo

  16. Melba June 8, 2010 at 10:59 pm #

    I’m a big fan of mini quilts, they’re cute

  17. eileen June 8, 2010 at 11:16 pm #

    well…i’d say the favorite thing is they’re mini!!! but of course i also love that they pack a punch in tiny form–and mini can be teensy weensy mini or a lot bigger–what fun. and what fun is that book? how cool it’s already spiral bound–i’m always having dear hubby take my quilt books in to be bound for ease. have a great day and thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

  18. Fern June 9, 2010 at 12:01 am #

    Instant gratification! I love that I can sit down during my boys’ naptime and have a finished quilt by the time they’re up :D

  19. Gill June 9, 2010 at 1:00 am #

    What a great way of trying out new ideas/techniques on a budget!1

    Gill

  20. Mystica June 9, 2010 at 1:21 am #

    The mini quilts are so impressive (in a small form). Quicker to make and so easy for people to use/display as they are smaller

  21. Jeannette June 9, 2010 at 1:30 am #

    Oh your site info…how cool to be published :) Mini quilts are something I have really tried much of so it would be a nice change, thanks!

  22. Lisa June 9, 2010 at 3:24 am #

    I’d love to make a few of these – what great gifts they would make!

  23. Rachel June 9, 2010 at 3:29 am #

    What a nice way to potentially used up some scraps and end up with something small and wonderful :)

  24. jakie June 9, 2010 at 3:55 am #

    i love miniquilts coz they take so less time to a big quilt. instant gratification.

  25. Diane B June 9, 2010 at 5:45 am #

    My favorite thing about mini quilts is that I don’t get overwhelmed and feel like I’ll never finish! And I can purchase the beautiful fabric I love in small amounts – without breaking the grocery budget!

  26. Lynne June 9, 2010 at 8:15 am #

    Looks fabulous! I love mini quilts. They are great to learn how to quilt and try new things. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  27. Krista - Poppyprint June 9, 2010 at 8:25 am #

    oooh, I just love mini-quilts. I think my fav part is the sharing. I rarely keep a mini – they are always for gifting or swapping. Plus, I do love a good binding job and it’s so easy on a mini to keep it all straight, flat and perfectly perfect (the way I like ‘em). Thanks for the book giveaway and nice review!

  28. Sherri Schottlaender June 9, 2010 at 8:37 am #

    You know, I’ve never made one but would love to make my first to give to my newborn niece!

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