December 28, 2015

Rainbow Hexie Flower Mini Mini Quilt + (GIVEAWAY)

Instagrams kept popping up for the Mini Mini Quilt Swap and I wanted to participate.  When I commented on the quilting and perfect binding of Bright and Cherry, the 20th mini mini quilt by Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl, she graciously mailed it to me (along with my favorite, dark chocolate!)  Wanting to return the favor, I set out to make a mini mini quilt for Yvonne.  I have always had a fondness for miniature quilts, but most of these were finishing at a mere 4 inches square.  I knew it had to somehow include rainbow colors since Yvonne loves rainbows and decided on a rainbow hexagon flower.
Rainbow Hexie Flower Mini Mini Quilt using  3/8" hexagon paper pieces

The English Paper Piecing (EPP) hexagon flower was made from Kona Cottons using 3/8" paper pieces and the 3/8" acrylic template with the 1/4" seam allowance from Paper Pieces.  I used Clover silk thread in gray #205 in an effort to minimize the thread showing with the different colored fabrics.

Hexagon flower made using 3/8" paper pieces

Back of hexagon flower before appliqueing to background

I machine appliqued a stem and leaf using a zigzag stitch before hand appliqueing the hexagon to the background.  To reduce the bulk and to allow for removing the papers, I cut away the background behind the hexagon flower.

Background cut out behind hexagon flower and before removing papers

Quilt top after removing papers

I was nervous about binding such a small piece and decided on a single fold bias binding.  I knew joining the final seam in a 4 inch space would be tricky.

Single fold binding applied with ends joined using bias seam

If you will look in the lower right of the picture below,  you can see I barely took 3 or 4 stitches after turning the corner, trying to leave as much room as possible for joining the ends with a bias seam.

Bias seam of binding pressed before trimming

For the quilting, I outlined the flower, stem and leaf and used a swirling wind motif in the sky.

Quilting detail of Rainbow Hexie Mini Mini Quilt

Quilt Stats:

  • Finished size: 4" x 4"
  • Fabrics:  Kona cottons for hexagons and ground; Robert Kaufman Whisper Prints for the background; Michael Miller Garden Pindot for the binding
  • Batting:  Warm and White
  • Thread:  Aurifil 50 wt for quilting; Clover silk #205 for EPP and hand applique
  • Quilting:  free motion

Below is the mini mini quilt I received from Yvonne.  Thank you so much!  Yvonne, your Rainbow Hexie Mini Mini will be in the mail to you shortly!

Bright and Cheery made by Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl


Now, on to the giveaway! My quilty friend, Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs just released her latest pattern, Outlined Plus.

Outlined Plus pattern by Cheryl Brickey | Cover quilt by Jackie Padesky

Here is a close up of Jackie Padesky's beautiful version of Outlined Plus.

Outlined Plus is a fun take on a classic plus sign block and is a very versatile pattern containing 5 sizes: baby, lap, twin, queen, and king along with fabric requirements and cutting instructions to make each section (plus, outline, and background) using different fabrics in each block for a scrappy look or any of the block sections from a single fabric.  You can mix and match the instructions to customize your quilt!

Outlined Plus can be purchased at an introductory price of $6 until January 1st in the Meadow Mist Designs Etsy Shop or on Craftsy.

Cheryl has generously allowed me to giveaway a PDF copy of Outlined Plus just in time for the Outlined Plus Quilt Along with Cindy at Hyacinth Quilt Designs which is starting January 4th.

Leave a comment letting me know what fabrics you would use to make Outlined Plus.  On Sunday Stash #4, I shared the background fabrics I will be using for my version of Outlined Plus.   The winner will be announced on New Year's Day!

I am linking up to the Monday edition of Finish it up Friday with Crazy Mom Quilts.

The giveaway is now closed, thank you for entering!  The winner will be announced on New Year's Day!


  1. Paige, I am in awe of the tiny hexagon flower you made for me! Thank you so much for swapping with me and for putting so much hard work into this mini quilt. Binding these tiny mini minis is definitely a challenge, and I think it is amazing you were able to get a bias join! I use a single fold binding as well, but even a straight seam join is tricky for me.

  2. This tiny quilt is amazing. It seems like my fingers would just get in the way, trying to sew such bits together! It is adorable and perfectly made.

  3. Your mini is great! The hexies are fantastic!

  4. Love the hexie flower mini mini!! Thanks for the giveaway! ! Happy New Year!

  5. Pretty mini! I would probably use something from my stash :) Happy New Year!

  6. Wow! Your mini-mini is so intricately pieced. And beautiful. I am sure it will be well appreciated. Happy New Year!

  7. Oh my goodness! Your hexie flower is so cute!!! 3/8" hexies! how could you even hold them?? I made 3 mini-minis a few months ago, and that was enough for me :-)

  8. I love your teeny mini!!
    I'd use Katie Jump Rope !!

  9. Not sure where i'm supposed to leave the comment for the free pattern draw. I'd use low volume for the background, solids for the plus and a single coordinating fabric for the border around the plus part (maybe a grey or black and white). Would gather my fabrics together and then make a decision. Love your mini! Impressive how you did the binding.

  10. Your mini mini is perfect. Great idea and execution. She will love it.

  11. Cute mini. I'd use fabrics from my stash. Which is basically all florals. I need to get some solids....

  12. Mini mini quilts - tres adorbs!

    Visiting you from the Crazy Mom Quilts linkup.

  13. Oh that is so teeny tiny and totally adorable!! As for the pattern fabrics, I'd use a parcel of pirate prints I have sat in my stash which would be perfect for x marks the spot!

  14. What a beautiful mini mini. I can't think of how you managed to do such tiny hexies (which sound like the finish the size of a thumb nail). I'm in awe!!

  15. I have to get rid of stash so a mixture of whatever catches my eye when I make it. It looks as if it would be great to use the pieces I have left from quilts I made last year.

  16. If I were to make the Outlined Plus, I would use my stash of Denise Schmidt prints and some coordinating kona solids. It would be beautiful!

  17. I love your tiny tiny mini! The rainbow is so fun and the binding is perfect.

  18. I really like the rainbow hexie cute!

  19. Great mini mini. I would use fabrics from my stash for the Outlined Plus quilt. Thanks for the chance to win.

  20. Love the outlined plus design. I can picture lots of printed fabrics from my stash with neutral prints for the pluses. Not sure what the outline fabrice would be yet-maybe lots of solids? Want to use some fabrics I have but also looking for excuse to fabric shop! Happy New Year to All. dian gdavidhoffmanatyahoodotcom

  21. Your hexi flower is so cute! Unbelievably tiny!

  22. Your mini quilt is adorable! For the outlined plus quilt I would try using some fabrics I have collected of mostly purple & black prints. Looks interesting!

  23. I have a box of scraps from every quilt I have made. I would use these so that no two backgrounds would be the same. I would use a neutral dove grey for the pluses and I would outline them all in purple.

  24. Wow! Your mini hexie flower is just precious! What patience and skill to make them sooo small! Love it!!

  25. Wow! Your mini hexie flower is just precious! What patience and skill to make them sooo small! Love it!!

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