I joined the International Miniture Quilt Exchange because I wanted to meet quilters from aroundworld, and to challenge myselft to do something outside my comfort level. I have a great story around my experience as well. I was originally paired with a women in Queensland, Australia. She was a member of a guilt there, but didn't have a computer or smart phone so couldn't communicate directly with me. One of her guild members, Caroline McGilld offered to be the link between us. Caroline, who also joined and was paired with a wonderful woman in PA, Nancy McClelland. In a very short time Caroline and I became very fast friends. Sharing all our out families and lives, not just quilting. We really grew to like each other very much. Well unfortunatly my original partner fell and had to haave hip surgery so she dropped out of the group. So Caroline introduced me to her partner, Nancy, and the two of them just pulled me into their group. And what fun we had. We shared so much and worked so hard on our mini's that we couldn't wait to exchange them. We didnt give each other pics or hints so it was a complete surprise one we sent them off. Personally I was just floored when mine came. And I got 2 since I had 2 partners! they were absoultly amazing, and they loved the ones I made for them.
The mini I made for Caroline is a vivid colored paper pieced large quilt I reduced to a mini. It was one of the hardest project I've ever worked on. It has about 230 pieces and is 21" by 21" and I called it organized Chaos. Caroline like vivid colors and often does modern quilts.
. Nancy's quilt is sunflowers made of 3/4 hexies. My son is a bee keeper, and sunflowers are grown in the delta near my home. I just love seeing huge fields of them when I drive out that way. I call Nancy's quilt Bee Joyful. It was all pieced by hand and I have a hole in my index finger to prove it! LOL. There are over 300 hexies in that mini. Nancy likes more traditional quilts and more subdued colors so I tried to make something closer to her tastes.
Caroline travels as do I. Nancy not so much. Caroline has invited me to come visit her in Queensland, which my sister and I are planning a trip this coming year. I told Nancy I'd come see her as well since I go to VA once or twice a year to visit my daughter there. Such a wonderful experince which challeged me and brought me two new wonderful friends.
Miniature quilt Team 123. My partner is from Canada and I live in Texas. Carole & I discovered many things in common. The one thing we did not share was that she is a professional quilter while I am not. Oh mercy she is a professional!! No pressure, right?
Well, I found Carol to be a delight. We both live in small towns that have a river and a special bridge. Her town has Inuksuk which are rocks stacked originally by the Aboriginal people, while our town has the International Rock Stacking competition.
We choose “Happy” as our theme. I wanted to design the project myself, but in the end I used a pattern by Kathryn Patterson called “The House That Kaffe Built” published in the 1997 McCalls. This smaller paperpieced. version was published by McCallsQuilting.com in 2011.
It just seemed perfect for my partner. It is houses made with Kaffe Fassett fabric, a designer I knew my partner liked. I had just completed a project with his fabrics and loved the colors in his designs. Plus she and her husband have built a new home and moved into it in 2017. Now I am sure I choose the right project for my partner even though it is not my original design
My name is William Kane. My wife and I own a quilt shop in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. I have always wanted to make a miniature quilt but didn’t know what type. A friend of ours had made a full sized Amish quilt and when I saw it I knew this would work as my inspiration. When I joined the IMQE I now had the incintive to start ( and finish)! My IMQE partner, Elaine White, had told me she liked “some color” and I thought this project would have great color and contrast as well. The project was more challenging that I thought it would be as it used fairly small pieces (3/8 inch half square triangles, not paper pieced). I ma now in thhe process of making one for myself.
I am a traditional quilter, but for this challenge I tried something new. My teammate and I live in very different climates. Here in northwestern Pennsylvania, we have a true four seasons as compared to Australia’s two: hot summers and cooler winters. I attempted a landscape quilt that showed some local sights in all of the four seasons. Out of a window frame, spring, summer, fall and winter are crafted out of fabric. My teammate Caroline and I decided to make our own designs, so our quilts will be a total surprise for each of us. We have communicated through many e-mails, getting to know each other’s quilting experiences, climate, geographical locations, family, traditions, etc. In many ways we are very different, but quilting is one of our common threads. We have talked about meeting someday. I am not much of a traveler so, I think that will mean Caroline will visit me on one of her trips to the states. . I am sure the IMQE challenge has sparked many long-lasting friendships and has made quilters from around the world seem like close neighbors. It has been a wonderful experience and I am anxious to see all the creative mini quilts that have been entered.
Techniques used: Free-motion quilting on a domestic machine. I also used raw edge applique, hand-sewn beads and buttons with some crystal embellishments. Clip art objects and birds for each season that were printed on fabric and fused.
This quilt was inspired by photos I took while on a vacation driving from New Mexico to north of Durango, Colorado. We drove through stunning landscapes, and I wanted to capture some of them in a quilt. I used portions of photos from both states to create the design for this quilt. The top portion of the quilt is based on photos from northern New Mexico, the rocks on the left side and the cacti are from photos near Baker’s Bridge, Colorado, and the center front rocks are from photos near the Durango library. This was a new way of working for me. Previously I mostly used drawings or clipart to create my designs, but this time I used my own photos as “clipart” for the landscape, though I did use a drawing for the roadrunner, the state bird of New Mexico.
One of my first appliqué teachers was Suzanne Marshall, and she is incredibly good at finding textures in commercially printed fabrics that she can use to achieve the effects she desires. Following her example, all of the fabrics in my quilt are commercially printed cottons. All of the appliqué is needle-turned.
The pretty ribbon is for Best Use of Color in Wall Quilts at the 2018 Pacific International Quilt Festival.
This was a miniature version of a magazine pattern using some scraps to create a splash of color inside this tan border. I used the baby blue binding as a reference to blue skies on a day in the park. It measures 19 1/2 by 16 1/2 inches.
This Hunters Star was made by me for my daughter who lives in IA. Her husband and their friends hunt for deer so I thought it was an appropriate pattern for them. They just built a house and moved in so it was time for a new quilt! She likes blues so I picked a from Kate Spain for Moda named "Voyage" for the star colors and borders. The orange border is added because there is some orange, pint and turquoise in the fabric and it needed a bright color to make the squares pop.
This is my interpretation of a wave, of bringing about the change we want through the collective voice of people of all colors and nationalities. Uniting together in pursuit of a better tomorrow.
I picked up the pin stripped fabric at QuiltCon in Pasadena, CA in February. The small circles were fussy cut from a fabric I found at my amazing local quilt shop “Nimble Thimble” in Gilroy, CA. Hand quilted, in the ditch, to not distract from the simplicity of the design
The quilt is an altered pattern from Cozy Quilt Designs called "One Fish Two Fish" where I added an additional top sandy beach border and creatures all around the blue ocean borders.
The fish blocks are made from ombre fabric. The sea background is batik. The bath houses use selvedge to label them as well as the boat. There is a beach sign saying Life is Better in Bermuda. I printed this out with my printer on a Printer fabric sheet. The large turtle applique is made by me from turtle textured fabric. The creatures on the border were cut seperately from a seashell/sea creature panel that I happened to have in my stash.
This was made for my Godmother who is 91 and temporarily in a wheelchair as she heals. I had not seen her in many years and went to see her in her relocated home in FL. Upon a tour of the home I blurted out, "Well........I am going to make you a quilt!" She delighhtly said: "You are!!!!". Then to my surprise she said: " Make me 2 to match, there are 2 beds in my room!" That surprised me (in a good way). No one has ever had the hootspa to say "Make me 2" but at 91 I think they can have whatever they want! For some reason I remembered from childhood my mother saying: "Aunt Marty goes to Bermuda to play golf with Uncle Henry." Having not remembered a whole lot from childhood (you know how that is...) I marveled that I remembered that little Bermuda detail! The beach contains a sailboat that my Uncle Henry used to sail. Because they are now living the senior lifestyle, the quilt reveals the good old days for them in Bermuda, the Caribbean ocean and also the tropical fish and shells that float up on the beach. They were delighted with the quilt!
The first quilt I mailed her was of the same fabric and it was a simple strip quilt.