I am right on track with one of my goals for the year, to make a mini quilt or small project each month! This month I wanted to make something that I could hang above my sewing area and that represented me as a quilter and my brand. Also, being that it's also close to February, this Sew In Love mini was kind of a no-brainer for me.
I used some of the precious Bonnie and Camille fabric from my stash and decided it was time to tackle something new to make the lettering . . . paper piecing.
I had previously purchased Diane Bohn's (aka From Blank Pages) "My First Alphabet" pattern, so I pulled it out, read through the instructions and went for it! Well, actually before I just went for it, I read through a series of paper piecing tutorials on Diane's blog that were extremely helpful! You can find the series here.
So, although the "s" is probably the most complex letter in the pattern, I decided it would be a good place to start. I don't know why I do things that way, but I do! Once I finished that letter, the rest went SO much faster!
One thing I knew I just had to do was omit the "o" in "love" and replace it with heart. I hand embroidered a hand drawn heart, but it didn't seem quite right yet.
The scale of it was a little off, so I decided to add a stem stitch and another heart like the outer one. I think it looks so much better!
I wanted to keep the quilting to a minimum so I simply free-motioned a little wavy loop in the sashing.
And of course, I had to use my favorite red and white bias stripe fabric for the binding!
And the perfect spot for this mini is right over my sewing area, so I can look at those beautiful fabrics everyday and remember that I really do love to sew (even when my desk is a complete and utter mess)!
So, are you ready to make your own Sew In Love mini? You can buy the alphabet pattern from Diane's website here. You can also check out a bunch of other alphabet projects using her pattern on Instagram under #fromblankpagespatterns.
I would love to see any of your creations if you decided to make this! If you are on Instagram make sure to tag me @sewinlovequilting and use #sewinloveminiquilt, or you can email a pic, post it here, whatever floats your boat! Happy weekend everyone!