Mini Quilt Challenge – January Update and Cadence

Thanks for all the positive feedback on the Mini Quilt Challenge so far! I’m excited that some of you are planning to join in. 🙂

I gave myself a super challenge for January because I got going late on this one. But, I have my fabric selected and my cutting done for my Thimble Blossoms Mini Spools quilt, plus some sewing on the spool blocks.

I mentioned previously that I had designed this challenge because I don’t have very much time to sew. This is true for me, and maybe it’s true for you too. With a busy work and family schedule, I get probably one evening a week where I can sit down and sew. So that’s about 2-3 sewing hours per week. I want these mini quilts to fit into my mini sewing schedule!

If you have more time to sew and still want to join in and add these pretties to your mini quilt wall – please do! The more the merrier! And if you’ve got the extra time, maybe you want to embark on the full size versions. Totally up to you!

So, here is my plan for each week of sewing. I’m going to give myself the freedom to work ahead if I find extra time, and as life gets busy, I’ll probably need to play catch up too. It’s important to go after our goals, but be good to ourselves too. 🙂

Week 1 – Select Fabric and Cut
Week 2 – Piece Blocks
Week 3 – Assemble Blocks into Quilt Top
Week 4 – Quilt and Bind

If you’re not up to crunching January’s selection into just 4 days instead of 4 weeks, I totally understand! Maybe you want to pick up with me on the February challenge for a normal cadence. Great! February is going to be Thimble Blossoms’ Mini Dwell pattern.

I’ve already selected my February fabric for this pattern. With the house theme, I wanted to choose a line that would fit with my home decor. I picked out a charm pack of Harvest Road for next month. And honestly, I just love blue, brown, green, and creams so these colors make their way frequently into my quilts and my home decor. Looking forward to getting into that one, but for me, first steps first and time to get this cute Mini Spools quilt going!

I’m looking forward to having a wall of mini quilts to adorn my home at the end of this adventure. What do you consider when picking out fabric for a quilt? Do you prefer mixing and matching from your stash, or choosing precuts that are already coordinating?

Happy Quilting!

PS if you’re in need of charm packs to get going on your mini quilts, I have 3 brand new Riley Blake lines of precuts available in the shop! Dream Weaver, Deep Blue Sea, and Play Outside, all just released this month!

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