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Mardi Gras Mini Quilt

The table stand needed something colorful for Mardi Gras, so time to bring out the scraps and make a new mini quilt.  The colors of purple, green and gold are gathered in this small quilt based on a single block.  The diamond shape created with the color placement is reminiscent of the harlequin designs used in the colorful and wild costumes of the Mardi Gras parades.  The pattern is based on the classic Corn and Beans block, just with some different coloration.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Here is what you need to make one for your table stand, or wall hanging.  Finished size 12 inches square.

2-1/2-inch squares

2 purple
6 background

3-inch squares for HSTs
6 purple
6 green
6 gold
10 background

Backing fabric for a 12-inch finished square, plus two pieces 4 inches x 1-1/2 inches for hangers.

Batting.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Pair up the following and make HST units.
4 purple with 4 background to make 8 HSTs
2 purple and 2 gold to make 4 HSTs
2 gold and 2 background to make 4 HSTs
4 green and 4 background to make 8 HSTs
2 green and 2 gold to make 4 HSTs

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Square up all the HST units to 2-1/2 inch squares.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Assemble the units into this block.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt

I start with laying out the individual units.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Then sew in twos. Lay out again.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Sew units together by row.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Press seams in opposite directions to nest rows. In other words, do all the even numbered rows to the left, and odd rows to the right.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Sew the rows together in units of two rows.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Then sew the final seams.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Quilt as you like.
Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

I used a looping freehand to mimic the necklaces thrown by float riders in the parades.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Attach the hanger units to the back. These are 4 inches by 1-1/2 inches, sewn right sides together into a tube 2 inches x 1-1/2 inches.  turn right side out.  Fold the raw edges up to meet the raw edge of the quilt and stitch down.  The binding will go over them.  When they turn up, they fit the table stand hanger at about 3/4 inch circumference without showing over the top.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Bind using one of the colors in the quilt.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

As a final embellishment, I added some seed beads in a necklace shape to the middle of the quilt to bring to mind the colorful bead necklaces that revelers often wear. The clear, green and gold seed beads will be alternated with the gold bugle beads and the pale purple beads.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

I started with basting a dark purple thread to provide a guide for where to place the beads.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Then, I loaded the needle with white thread, and began placing seed beads.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Working around the thread pattern, I kept adding seed beads in a pattern.  Between each set of beads I took a stitch in the quilt to hold them in place.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

I used 5 clear seed beads, then a grouping of gold-green-gold, followed by five more clear seed beads.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

A gold bugle bead was next, then five more clear seed beads followed by the pale purple bead.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Then the entire pattern was repeated several times.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Amazingly, the end was exactly at the end of the pattern, so you cannot tell where it started and stopped.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Here’s another close up view.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

All done!

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Hanging on its stand for display until next week.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

If you are visiting from Fave Quilts, Welcome! Please stay a bit and have a look around, my tutorials are gathered at the top in pages to make them easy to find.  Lots of fun is had here!  My third mystery quilt is in progress, click on Scrap Dance Two Step on the sidebar for the first post.  Click on the Home page to see the latest posts on the blog. My blog is a variety of subjects, quilting and sewing, tablescapes and recipes, book reviews and hand stitching, crafting and mountain living. I love to have new followers, too!  See the buttons on the sidebar to follow by your favorite method.

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Table Stand White Quilt

When I get in one of my Victorian moods, it is hard to stop embellishing!  The white on white table stand quilt is a good example.  I kept going and going, like the you-know bunny!  Pearls were added to the lace heart.  If you missed part one construction and quilting, click HERE.

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I added more beads to the top, but they are small and hard to photograph.

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I added these neat five sided mother-of-pearl buttons…

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and more ribbon roses along with a long line of seed beads.

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Aren’t these clear crystal beads neat?

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I added some pearls to the Belgian lace basket.

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This heart shaped button looks like lace.

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The bugle beads went on in a line, and I added a few more after that.

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There are five pearls in the diagonal line.  There are 88 seed beads on the lower right going up the edge of that patch.

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It hangs nicely on the frame from the loops on the back.

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Another button to the upper right, and a ribbon rose in the lower right.

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I need to press it, forgot to do that!

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The white reindeer stays out all winter, and looks wonderful with the quilt.  The dark line on the left is a shadow from the frame.

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Sharing with the fun linky parties on my right sidebar and Simply Neutrals Tuesday at Apple Apricot.

More handwork to come!  Do you enjoy handwork?

 


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Table Stand Quilt – White on White

I got a table quilt stand last year, specifically to display my Miniature Mariner’s Compass.  Problem though, the quilt is too small, or is it the frame is too big?  Either way it isn’t going to work, so I needed to make something else.

Quilt Stand

I have decided to do a series of quilts for it, for different seasons and holidays.  All will be original designs.  I don’t promise one a month, but there will be several this year.  I like to decorate with all white in January, so this first quilt is all white and ivory. I started with a crazy patch idea.  Begin with a five sided piece of fabric.

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Add more fabrics log cabin style, cutting off the excess as you go.

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Press the additions flat as you go so there isn’t any ruffling.

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Continue until you have a 12 inch block. Pin with batting and backing.

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Then using your sewing machine’s decorative stitches, go over the seam lines in white thread. Stitch down the edges too.

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I was excited to use the used Pfaff I purchased some time ago with all those stitches!  I used a faggoting stitch to secure the lace on a seam.

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Isn’t this fun! I have a lot of stuff that I can choose to add.

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So I started playing around with various items.

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This rose ribbon was couched on using the blind hem stitch on the machine.

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On the back, I added two wide loops to hang the little quilt on the frame.  I shortened it after this picture was taken.  The final size is two inches wide by one inch folded to 1/2 inch.  It is stitched down under the binding, and the loops will turn up but not show over the top of the quilt.

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I finished the binding, and started on some handwork, then realized it really needed more quilting. The stitching on the seam lines just wasn’t enough. I could have added more quilting with my domestic machine, but believe it or not, I loaded it on the frame and added quilting.  I don’t recommend this, and you can learn from my mistakes, LOL!!  The project is small enough to quilt easily using free motion on a domestic machine.

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I began adding more embellishments to the top. The lace basket holds special memories, as I got it in Belgium at a lace shop in Bruxelles (or Brussels as we in the United States know it).

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I added some ribbon bows and roses and some pearls on a diagonal line. It isn’t nearly done, but I’ll show you the rest next time.  Click HERE to see the finish!

Do you like to crazy quilt?