Mini Madness

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Weekend sewing projects have always been my favorite. It’s a time for new things I have been wanting to try but haven’t found the time during the busy week when I am being pulled in so many directions. During the weekend my mind runs wild with ideas that have been scribbled down in a notebook so I didn’t forget my stroke of quilting genius I had while waiting for my quad americano at Starbucks.

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I love the idea of time slipping away with my head in the fabric clouds (who am I kidding, its there about 90% of the time anyway). I love to push past my comfort zone and really try to exceed even my own expectations. The best advice I received was from my first and only quilt teacher. She said if you can’t see it from a galloping horse it doesn’t matter. Wait… huh? You mean it doesn’t have to be perfect? Once my hands matched by mind I understood what she meant. What she was saying was it’s okay to make mistakes, play with ideas that are out of your comfort zone and just have fun with it. Because that is what quilting is. It’s having the confidence to step out of your comfort zone and try something new. I have never been much of a rule follower so I loved this outlook on quilting. Blunders are what make you a better quilter. They are what helps you problem solve the next time you accidently cut something 5 inches when it was supposed to be 6 inches. Yes we have all been there! Because that is what quilting is. It’s the fun of falling in love with a collection of fabric that you have no idea what you will make out of, but a piece of your heart would die without it. It is about remembering the words your mother or grandmother told you when you sewing your first quilt. It’s about passing time with your friends laughing at silly jokes, eating candy and sewing in your pajamas late into the evening. It’s about taking the time to make something for yourself or for someone that you love giving them a part of you with it.

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Sewing possibilities are endless. Every piece I make my legacy gets sewn in time. I have projects that take me longer, but I also love the quick satisfaction of sitting down and finishing something right away. What can I say? I’m a girl that loves instant gratification. So this weekend I completed a mini wall hanging quilt using the Brook color way of Cotton Supreme Solids from the Color Inspirations Club. Mini quilts are a wonderful way to make something fun and useful! They make great presents and can be seasonally changed in your home. Because of the scale they also let you try new techniques without having to fully commit. You get to dabble in something different you otherwise would have been too fearful to try. The pattern I choose was Desert Star by Andie Johnson Sews. The pattern is free and offered on the RJR Fabrics website. It was such a fun quilt to make. Enjoy, and I look forward to seeing what you all come up with!

At RJR Fabrics we love to see what you make using any of our fabrics. Please share on our Instagram and Facebook! Happy Quilting!!

Rachael
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