Monday, April 16, 2012

A Mini For Holly

This post is a week later than I'd planned. It was already revealed here and here, but I'll go ahead and share it again for those of you who didn't already see it. I told you back here that the fabulous Holly had put together my beautiful blog design for me. In exchange, I made a mini quilt for her sewing room, and last week it was delivered to her. I call it a Type of Improv Mini for Holly. Really, the name doesn't matter. I've never been good at naming anything but my children. ;)

Type of Improv Mini Quilt

I'm thrilled to know she loves it and I really did enjoy putting it together for her. As much as I adore certain fabric lines together (Far Far Away I, Mendocino, Flea Market Fancy, AMH Good Folks, Innocent Crush, the list goes on), it sure is fun to find my own combinations. Holly put together a mosaic so I could get some direction for what she likes. It is a mishmosh of many things, but most of it is right up my alley and I enjoyed fitting in as many aspects as I could without going overboard (hmmm...well, maybe I did go overboard by some people's standards, but Holly & I like it so I'll go with that, lol).

Type of Improv Mini Back

The back I tried to keep fairly simple since it will be against a wall, but I do like how it highlights the quilting, all done in straight (and slightly curvy, hehe) quilting with a walking foot, except for on the typewriter itself, for which I did some free motion quilting to highlight it and the heart. I did include a label for her, something I've only done once before, which was a perfect excuse to use this fun lined paper fabric by Cosmo Cricket.

Detail of Label

I have seen Holly here and there on Flickr for the past couple of years, but it was on Instagram sometime in the past several months that we became contacts and where she offered to help me with my blog design. Such a fun and unexpected blessing! I love that various social and online media venues connect people who wouldn't otherwise ever come into contact. I've had the opportunity to meet several online friends in real life, friends that get me and my passion for sewing and quilting, and one day I hope to meet many more of them at fun events like the Sewing Summit andQuiltCon, but for now I am thankful for the day to day connections I get with so many talented individuals, just like Holly. :)


  1. Yay Jen! I think the mini looks awesome against your wall! Thank you for the millionth time :) I love it so much and am very grateful for your friendship! xoxo

  2. I love that typewriter print, and it looks great as the focal feature of this little quilt! Congratulations on being featured on Generation Q, too!

  3. Such a beautiful piece. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I am in love with this mini.
    Would you mind if I made something similar for my wall at work? Of course, I would credit you totally for the design.
    I will totally understand if you prefer not.