Next in the series of mini quilts for the table top frame is one that is inspired by the forest around our home. I went looking for a 6-inch block design, and I found the perfect pattern at Quilt Blocks Galore, a six-inch block called Forest Paths. The forests around our home are so green right now, many shades and variations. So, instead of using the two colors like the block calls for, I used all scrappy greens.
Here is my inspiration, taken from around our home.
Notice how the sunlight makes the colors brighter.
While shade deepens the green to almost black.
So here are the initial cuts. Using a purple flower print on white for the contrast reminds me of the periwinkles that cover the mountainside in spring.
I chain pieced the HSTs.
Then squared up the HSTs.
I laid out the pinwheels to be sure I didn’t have the same print twice on a single one. Also, I wanted to be sure they pinwheeled in the same direction. Oops, need to fix those bottom ones.
The pinwheel units were sewn, and the border units constructed.
Then it was easy to join the units in rows as usual.
Laying out the units, I wanted to make sure that the same fabric wasn’t too close together between units.
Satisfied with their placement, they were sewn together.
Now, quilting. This was a small quilt, and very doable on a domestic machine, but I still use the longarm. I wanted to do some free motion because I still need more practice!
I think I went a little crazy and over-quilted it. It has stitch in the ditch as well as all that surface fill.
But I did figure out to travel around the quilt so I wouldn’t have to tie off as often.
I auditioned the starting point on the binding so I wouldn’t end up with a seam in the corner. That happens more often than I want to admit. I matched the binding to the backing, which gave another scrappy green to the front.
Hanging up, with my little ceramic rabbit decorated in green too.
Another Mini Quilt for the collection! I have added a category for these so you can find all of them together. Just look at the categories on the sidebar for Mini Quilts. If you left off the hangers, this would make a cute candle mat too. I think if you made six and set two rows of three, they would be a nice placemat too. A single block could serve as a mug rug. OK, now I have to go make more, LOL!!
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