Monday, 26 October 2015

Blogger's Quilt Festival: Fruit Tingle

When I first saw the post that the Blogger’s Quilt Festival was approaching again, I was very disappointed as I didn’t think I would have anything to submit and I had so much fun last time round. (If that's where you've popped over from, Hi!! Have a look around).

But then I remembered that in my attempt to get some WIPs out of the pile I had set myself the challenge of finishing my Sweet Tooth Mini from the Fresh Mini Quilt Club as my ALYoF Goal for October. How fortuitous! I am entering this quilt in the small quilt category. Go and check out all the fabulous creations for some quilty eye candy.

I signed up to the FMQC back in 2013 when I had just started quilting. I thought it would be a fun way to get some quick makes done. After all, a mini should be pretty quick to finish. Out of the six months in the subscription I finished two and started one more – the Sweet Tooth.  Let me introduce to you my version: I am calling it the Fruit Tingle (not sure if you can get these lollies everywhere, but Aussies should get the reference – something about this mini just reminded me of them).

A finish!

When I started making this mini, I grabbed myself a junior jelly roll of V&Co ombre fabrics (the old ones, not the new ones) and got chopping. I really wanted the graduation within each block of light to dark. The only challenge that I had was that I didn’t have any of the same fabric in pieces big enough for the centre, so I just got my problem solving hat on and pieced them together. I made all of my HSTs and got trimming.

Colour graduation

In order to break up the tedium (each block has 12 x 2” HSTs) I trimmed enough for a block and then pieced it, trim, piece, trim, piece. I have blogged before about my love / hate relationship with the HST and these teeny tiny ones just were too much for me. Defeated I whacked the completed blocks and pieces into a sandwich bag and there they languished until now.

My photo assistant. Does not take direction well....check that belly button

A few things have changed since November 2013 (!!) when I started making this mini: 1) I have loads more sewing paraphernalia and there is no room for unfinished WIPs (watch this space – I am going to be finishing / retiring a whole stack of WIPs in the new year); 2) I bought a Bloc Loc (world changed is all I can say there); and 3) I am just a much better at sewing than I was two years ago. It is embarrassing that finishing off the blocks and piecing / quilting / binding only took perhaps two evenings and I can’t think why I put it off for so long. 

For those of you who have seen this pattern before, the original configuration was a 4 x 4. There was also some grey fabric in the jelly roll, but in order to make all 16 blocks I needed 4 grey ones and I didn’t have enough fabric so I pieced the centres with the little leftover bits for a rainbow pop. When it came time to piecing it all together though, I just didn’t like it, so I just made my mini a bit

My helper insisted on a photo for Olaf

Unlike most things I make I am keeping this for myself. I don’t have a wall where I can hang my mini’s at the moment, but I am hoping for a new sewing space one day and it will be nice to have something me made on the wall.

I really love this mini and am so please to have it finished. Here are the stats:
Name: Fruit Tingle Mini
Pattern: Sweet Tooth by Megan Bohr at Canoe Ridge Creations, part of the Fresh Mini Quilt Club
Dimensions: 18” x 24”
Fabric: V&Co Ombre
Quilting: Straight line in Aurifil white


  1. Very cute! Love the rainbow!

  2. Beautiful rainbow quilt! Great idea for a HST work :)
    Greetings from Poland

  3. What a lovely colourful quilt!

  4. Yummy - I love fruit tingles and your quilt is just beautiful!

  5. Good for you tackli your wips. Still haven't purchased a bloc lock partly because I'm not sure which size. Good luck with the festival. Mine are in small quilts and original design.

  6. Oh I love it! I love HSTs...will have to get that Bloc-Loc, me thinks...and this pattern, with the ombres is sooo great! I love the belly button AND Olaf! Congrats on a super finish, and for keeping this bright beauty for yourself!

  7. Very sweet! I love the colours and how you have put them together. It is amazing what a little time (and experience) does for making us realize we actually can do it. :)

  8. Such a lovely little quilt! It's so crisp and colourful. One of these days I'll get my act together and jump into the Bloggers' Quilt Festival! :)

  9. Tiny HSTs - you are crazy, woman!!! Love the quilt and the way you used the ombre fabric (a particular weakness of mine). So glad you linked up with ALYOF so I could enjoy the eye candy!

  10. I love your quilt, but your photo assistant is just too cute, and I love that Olaf had to be included!! Isn't life with kids the greatest!! :-)

  11. What a lovely quilt. Congratulations on your October finish.

  12. Cute! Great use of ombre fabrics.


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