Guild Challenge Miniatures

Every year my local quilt guild has a challenge quilt. Those participating bring the finished quilts to our last meeting of the guild year in July. This year’s challenge was to do a miniature quilt, no more than 18″ on each side. The other constraint was it had to be a real quilt with three layers, quilted, bound, and labeled.

There were so many wonderful entries. My regret is I didn’t take pictures. The quilts included art quilts and wall-hangings, block format quilts, and medallions. My small group did a round robin to make medallion quilts for the challenge, and several of them were entered.

I brought two quilts. One was my round robin, and the other was made only by me.

Friendship Star round robin quilt. I made the center star block. Barb added the first braid border. Cleanne added the blue and gold checkerboard, and Karen added the rest. I completed it with quilting and the purple binding.

Mini Take Two. The colors don’t show quite right on my computer. The “Take Two” refers to the outside corner blocks. I’d started this quilt months ago and wasn’t happy with how the corners resolved, so I changed them.

I added a touch of embroidery to the center.

This was a fun challenge. I enjoyed working in the small scale, though I wouldn’t say I am very good at it. Still, I like both of my quilts and am glad to have another token of friendship from my small group members.

8 thoughts on “Guild Challenge Miniatures

  1. Thread crazy

    i’ll have to echo the prior comments; I too have not done a mini persay. I’ve done some smaller ones but not 18″ or so. Both are very striking and pretty. Great job.

  2. KerryCan

    I’ve never done a mini–all the quilts I’ve made are maxis! But since it’s getting hard to store those maxis, maybe I should try working small. Your projects inspire me!

    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      I like working big, too, though that has changed somewhat over the last few years (to lap-size, not bed-size all the time!) Small is a good challenge, though. For me the main thing it did was make me think more about proportion than size, if you get what I mean.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  3. treadlemusic

    Way to go……you have my vote on these. I haven’t done a “mini” challenge but I think it would be a good one for one (or both) of the groups I belong to!!!!!! I really like the 2nd!!!! Hugs………..

    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      Thanks for the vote. Some of the challenge quilts were fantastic, though. These are not in the same category!

      It was, actually, a great group challenge. More people participated than usual, and I think those who did had fun with it.

      hugs back!


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