Happy Little Things giveaway winner & thoughts on mini quilts

Giveaway winner

Happy Wednesday! We have a giveaway winner for the Happy Little Things BOM sponsored by Olfa and hosted by Jacquelynne Steves. To enter the giveaway, you had to leave a comment telling me whether you like to make mini quilts or not. Out of 626 comments, #405 was randomly chosen. That belongs to Catherine C. who said “I have collected miniatures ever since I can remember ( I am 65). So, when I began to craft and quilt, I was drawn to miniatures. Now I almost exclusively make quilts that are no bigger than 36″ x 36”.

Happy Little Things Giveaway prize for August

Congratulations to Catherine! Based on the number of comments, I think everyone was hoping for a chance to win such a generous prize package. Plus, we have a lot of Olfa fans in the quilting community! Thank you all for participating.

Happy Little Things BOM

In case you missed it, I am a participating blogger for Jacquelynne Steves’ Happy Little Things Block of the Month. It runs from August to December 2019. You can still sign up for this free BOM, here. This is my fifth year as a participating blogger and it is always so much fun to see the different interpretations of the blocks. I’m making my blocks mini – half the size of the original. So, mine will finish at 6″ square, plus I’ve added a little applique to my winter-themed quilt. My final quilt will measure 23″ x 31″.

Happy Little Things BOM by Jacquelynne Steves.  Winter Friends adaptation by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter.

Thoughts on mini quilts

It’s always a pleasure to read your comments, and very enlightening – especially when asking a specific question. This time I wanted to know if you liked making mini quilts, and there’s no right or wrong answer. I’d say the feedback was fairly divided, and I gained some good insight on both sides.

Here are some positive thoughts about making mini quilts that were shared in the comments:

  • I love making mini quilts for the simple fact it’s a great way to try out a new technique without committing to a larger project.
  • Instant gratification!
  • They are quicker to complete and are great for when I want to make a whole quilt with limited time.
  • Love mini quilts…you can use scraps and incorporate so many fun little things that would get lost in a big quilt.
  • I like making minis and large quilts. The minis are fun to make to fill in the gaps of time and I can try a pattern much more quickly with small ones. The large ones are fun to cuddle with my grandchildren.
  • I enjoy making mini quilts. I like to make them for the different seasons so I can change them out regularly.
  • A mini quilt allows me not to get too bored too quickly and I can always finish one quickly to give as a gift.
  • I love mini quilts. I live in a small space, so they are practical too!
  • I like making tiny quilts. I think it allows me to practice quilting skills on a smaller scale so that larger quilts turn out better.
  • I like all sizes of quilts, but a mini quilt is more likely to get finished.

Working with small projects is not everyone’s cup of tea. Here are a few thoughts on that:

  • I like to make big enough quilts to snuggle under.
  • I don’t have the ability or patience to make a mini quilt.
  • I like to make quilts that will get used and I don’t like clutter.
  • It’s easier to work with nice big squares.
  • I prefer making larger quilt blocks simply because I am not always precise in either my cutting or sewing. Gives me some fudge room.
  • I have so much fabric that I need to make big quilts to use it all up!

Most of you enjoy making anything, big or small. Even if you don’t like making mini quilts, you enjoy looking at them. Quilting for the sake of creating is something we all have in common.

Mini quilt ideas

Personally, I love making mini quilts. I enjoy the challenge of working with smaller pieces and I can usually use my scraps and some stash to finish a project. Mini quilts are quick to finish and easy to quilt on my home sewing machine. An example of this would be my Nordic Mini Quilt Tutorial from 2014. This wall hanging measures 14 1/2″ square!

Nordic Mini Quilt by Julie Cefalu, finishes at 14 1/2" square.  Free tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter.

I also like the challenge of reworking the math of a pattern to make it mini-sized. I did this last year for the Quilter’s Planner Sew Along. These blocks finish at 3″ square, so they are really tiny. I turned my blocks into a wall hanging for my sewing room. The finished Sew Happy Mini Quilt measures 18 1/2″ x 17″, and you can find my free tutorial here.

Sew Happy Mini Quilt Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter
Sew Happy Mini Quilt

The ultimate mini quilt (for me) is a mug rug. I love making them; I love using them; I love giving them as gifts. Mug rugs are cute, practical, and quick. I’ve made so many that I’ve lost count, and I have several free tutorials of my own: Holiday Mug Rug, Happy House Mug Rug, Snow Birds Mug Rug, Glass Half Full Mug Rug, and Orange Peel Mug Rug.

Holiday Mug Rug Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter
Holiday Mug Rug
Happy House Mug Rug Tutorail by The Crafty Quilter for Benartex
Happy House Mug Rug
Snow Birds Mug Rug Pattern designed by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter Designs
Snow Birds Mug Rug
Glass Half Full Mug Rug Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter
Glass Half Full Mug Rug
Orange Peel Mug Rug tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter. It makes the perfect gift!
Orange Peel Mug Rug

There are so many other ways that mini quilts can be used: doll quilts, pot holders, placemats, ornaments, table runners, candle mats, bags and pillows. If you haven’t made a mini quilt project yet, I hope you’ll give it a try!

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  1. I like the videos. I am a visual person. A little slow I guess 🙂
    Love your minis!! Beautiful colors and so captivating!

  2. I LOVED the Nordic Star MIni QAL-as i am typing this—I’m looking at it above my work monitor. It’s hanging on my wall. 🙂 I see it every day!!. I did mine in a sorta red, white/cream/blue and it is displayed next to a small quilted flag mini. I love minis..i decorate my cube walls seasonally as well as home! I have given SEVERAL as gifts –ex “a pieced heart to help help”, in place of sympathy cards. AND I still need to finish my SUMMER mini—don’t forget that- I have had on my UFO list this year but since the summer is about over I’m not in the mood to quilt it. 🙂 It will be on next year’s UFO list.!!! Thanks so much for the MINI QAL…i’ve enjoyed and others get joy out of seeing too –even in the office!. I’m catching up on blog reading during lunch today… 🙂 🙂

  3. What a lucky prize winner! I’m sure she’ll enjoy it. I always love your mini quilts. I, too, enjoy downsizing blocks and working small. At the moment, I’m doing just making doll quilts for A Doll Like Me. I set it all up, then work it as a leader/ender project. They whip up quickly.

  4. I love mini quilts. For wall hanging to use a place mates,They are perfect gifts for any occasions. I know each time I am improving my skill. And something to give way and hand down to family.

  5. Julie – thank you for all the great inspirations you pass on. I’ve been thinking about trying mug rugs and now I know just where to go for information.

  6. Wow, over 600 comments on the Olfa giveaway–amazing! I didn’t participate in the giveaway because I have two Olfa’s already, but I did decide to sign up for Jacquelyn’s Happy Little Things BOM and intend to make a mini following your guidelines. Love your Nordic Mini Quilt, too, and the mug mats. ❤️

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