I love to sew, and most of the time I make clothing. There is something that I just love about quilts though. I have made a few quilts before, however since I am self taught, I don’t always know if I am following the proper techniques. So when I saw a tester call for the Modern Succulent Mini Quilt by Rachel Rossi, I was excited to learn some new techniques. The pattern teaches you applique techniques for applying all the petals for the succulent design. I also learned which needles and threads were best for this type of quilting.
For my first mini quilt, I decided to use fabrics in varying shades of blue and purple. I used the lightest colors in the middle and got darker as I went out. I decided to make it into a pillow for my 15 year old, who loves purple. For the back I pieced together some of the lighter colors, and then hand embroidered “Love you” on it. She really likes her new pillow, and I am so glad that I can make things that she loves.
After completing my first mini quilt, I decided to make a Christmas version. I chose 3 shades of red and then a green for the leaves, so that it would be like a poinsettia. This time I decided to hand stitch all of the applique pieces. I am still working on the second poinsettia, and then I think I will make it into a quilted table runner. It is fun to play around with different colors and fabrics, in order to get a completely different look.
Modifications: I made my first mini quilt on the machine, and decided to make it into a pillow. My Christmas versions are hand stitched.
Recommendations: Play around with color schemes to get a completely different look for your mini quilt.
Fabric: Cotton fabric from Jo-Ann Fabrics