My quilt and fabric designer hero is Kaffe Fassett. Therefore, it’s hard to throw out even a small scrap of fabric left over from any of the quilts I’ve made using them. Recently I’ve been working on a “Mile a Minute” quilt which is a marvelous way to use even tiny scraps. I won’t try to explain this process here, but anyone interested can Google that name and learn about these quilts. (I first learned about the process about 18 years ago!)
As this quilt started to come together, I stood back and looked at the blocks on my design wall. I actually said aloud, “This quilt is totally wild!”
Wild! Ah ha, a light-bulb moment! I could turn several of these blocks into my Wild quilt for Material Mavens! In truth, I had been struggling to come up with a vision for this MM theme.
And so was born my Wild quilt, using four of the Mile-a-Minute blocks. I could easily spare them; the quilt has now a total of 56 six inch blocks! I chose four of the blocks I was the most fond of, sewed them together, sandwiched them with batting and another piece of KF fabric. For its quilting I hand-embroidered a simple running stitch with a variegated perle cotton. The binding on the quilt was left over from one of the many KF quilts I’ve made in the last few years. My little MM quilt uses about 20-25 different scraps of various sizes; and that’s not counting the backing and the binding! The large quilt uses scores more. When it’s done, I’ll send all you Mavens a photo of it.
This has been a “killing two birds with one stone” project for me, and I am delighted with both little and big quilts. AND with the “Mile-a-Minute” process, that I urge you to learn all about!
|Here the corner is folded back to show the quilt's backing. I've used|
this gold Paperweights fabric in many quilts!