A Dash of Fancy Mini

Thanks for all the well wishes the past few days, everyone, I really appreciate it.  I'm still trying to get over this darned cold, but I hope I'm going to kick it to the curb real soon.

Today, I'm super excited to share my little mini for Amy's awesome Sew and Tell Mini Quilt Challenge.



When Amy mentioned the idea for a mini quilt challenge, I knew I wanted to make something.  Ever since I heard Amanda speak so passionately about making minis at Sewing Summit, I've been feeling the urge to make a mini, so this was a quilty perfect storm for me.  I've slowly been collecting little bits and pieces of Flea Market Fancy from some awesome fabric swaps and then my recent Pillow Talk Swap partner spoiled me with some larger pieces.  I knew I had to do something cool with them, so I set out to figure out what I had...

A FMF Start

Not too long ago, another fabulous quilty Amy posted a new churn dash quilt she'd finished, and I was surprised at how much I liked it.  I do like traditional blocks, but I haven't ever seen a churn dash quilt I liked...until Amy's.  I just loved the simplicity of it, and I thought it would look good in a teeny tiny size, so I did the math for some 6" blocks and got to cutting.

A Dash of Fancy mini - full frontal

These blocks came together awfully quickly, then I decided to add a fun border for an additional pop of color.  I added some DS Fairgrounds for the backing, and set about to quilting.  I was seriously indecisive about my quilting, and that's why you'll see two different kinds of quilting on this quilt.  In the border, I went with a puzzle-piece kind of straight-line quilting which was a lot of fun, though I can't imagine doing it on a large quilt.  I then added some echo quilting inside each print of my blocks for some extra depth.

A Dash of Fancy border quilting


A Dash of Fancy quilting


Quilt Stats
Name: A Dash of Fancy
Size: 20" square
Design: 6" churn dash blocks
Quilting: Puzzle-piece quilting and straight-line echo quilting
Fabrics: DS Flea Market Fancy, various Kona and Free Spirit Designer Solids to match
Binding: Free Spirit Designer Solids in Pastel Grey