I can hardly believe that this lovely mini-quilt project is now coming to a close! What a fun time it has been. In 2021, I had the joy of discovering – and falling in love with – English paper piecing (EPP). I made a little hexie flower each month with Mollie Johanson’s super cute embroidery patterns (found here on her Wild Olive blog). It was so enjoyable having a mini-embroidery to work on each month and anticipating what new design Mollie would come up with.
I knew I wanted to continue in 2022, and decided to create my own patterns to share with whoever might be interested. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure if people would actually be interested in participating, or would prefer just seeing the progress on Instagram. I had this vague idea of combining the embroideries with EPP and turning them into a mini-quilt, but having never really quilted before I wasn’t *too* sure how I’d eventually go about it.
As more and more new followers showed interest in the project and began to stitch my little patterns, I became really excited (and scared!) to actually put the project together. But – no surprise there – mini-quilts are such fun to make, and hand-quilting is very addictive! I gathered lots of inspiration and had recourse to some fabulous tutorials by Emma of Vintage Sewing Box and Sarah from Pretty Fabrics & Trims (both of which I highly recommend checking out!).
The Finished Mini-Quilt
For my first mini-quilt, I am so happy with how it turned out. I wanted to challenge myself to use only fabric I already had on hand. Luckily I found the perfect cotton floral prints to go with the embroideries. EPP is wonderful for using up pretty fabric scraps!
It is entirely stitched by hand; from the embroideries to assembling the EPP hexies together, appliquéing, hand-quilting, and hand-binding. Very relaxing to do actually, and lots of fun coming up with ideas for the hand-quilting. I’m not yet very equipped for it in terms of threads and needles, so I just used embroidery floss and cotton perle, and an embroidery needle. I just worked a simple running stitch around each embroidery, and around the hexie panel and over the background fabric. To bind it, I used the seam allowance from the backing fabric, creating a lovely floral border that matched the hexies.
Stitch-along combining EPP & embroidery
This project has been a free stitch-along for email subscribers since January 2022. I’ve been sending out a mini-embroidery pattern each month, all “Tea Party” themed. Yesterday, I sent out the complete instructions for making the mini-quilt. It’s not too late if you’d like to join in the fun and get all the patterns too! Simply subscribe here to my newsletter, and everything shall be sent to you. (Be sure to check your spam folder and complete all the steps until you get a confirmation that you’re subscribed).
The project will remain free for the remainder of 2022! After that, it will be available for sale in my Etsy shop. New freebies will be offered for 2023!
I really hope that you’ve enjoyed this Tea Party stitch-along and that you have fun putting the mini-quilt together! Of course, if EPP and mini-quilts are not as much your thing, you can definitely use the patterns to make something else. Many of the designs look really lovely just on their own, too.
Thank you so, so much to everyone who has participated in or shown enthusiasm for this project! It was such a pleasure to share little stitcheries with you. I love seeing your work, so don’t hesitate to tag me on Instagram or email me with photos! 😊
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