Low Volumes: Whisper Quiet

(This is Part 1 of a 3 part series. For Part 2 or Part 3, follow the link!)

I’ve been tossing around the idea of posting my take on low volume fabrics and how I would categorize and use them for awhile. It seems like there is a lot of differing opinions on what is actually a low volume and what isn’t. I love this aspect of quilting!! We all have our thoughts and ideas and in the end we make beautiful things because of our differing gut instinct. I’m going to tackle these low volume thoughts in a 3-part series starting today!

The first category of low volumes are what I’ve decided to call “whisper quiet”. I pulled some examples from my stash and included a few sample quilt blocks made with “whisper quiet” low volumes. In essenceĀ these low volumes are as close to a white as possible. They look like they could be a white or very light solid when you look at them from afar and within a quilt. Most likely they are a white or an off-white background with white, gray, or light brown subtle prints.

I’ve heard some quilters say they’re afraid to use low volumes because they don’t know how to pair prints with them in a way that the prints will pop. When you use “whisper quiet” low volumes, the sky is the limit with pairing it with prints. Since the background ends up being so light, you can get away with pastels, jewel tones, vibrant hues, subdued tones, etc. Essentially if you would love to make a low volume quilt, but you’re afraid of the end result, start with a whisper quiet color palate!!

 

 

Fabric Postcard

I have planned on actually writing out this tutorial for months and months. I’m not exactly sure what’s stopped me from doing it, but today is the day!! I had heard of people sending fabric postcards in the mail, but I wondered if it could actually be a “thing” that worked. I sent this one to a friend last fall and it made it to her in one piece with only one smudge on it. I call that a major win! Here’s how to make one of your very own.

Cutting list:

(2) 4″ x 6″ white

(4) various scraps about 1.5″ x 1.5″

Heat ‘n’ Bond lite

Thread

Micron pen or a fine tip Sharpie

Instructions:

Cut a piece of heat ‘n’ bond lite to about 1.75″ x 6″. This may need to be adjusted based on the size of your scraps. If you lay your scraps out like the photo below, you should be able to easily adjust the size of your heat ‘n’ bond.

Follow the manufacturer instructions and fuse the heat ‘n’ bond to your scraps.

I next roughly drew out a triangle that would fit within the size of each scrap, then I traced it onto the back of the heat ‘n’ bond.

Cut out your cute bunting flags and set aside. Next, pick one of your white 4″ x 6″ rectangles and draw a curved line in a washable or heat removable pen. This will serve as the string line for your bunting and help you align your flags. Lay out your flags in a way that is pleasing to you. Peel off the paper and fuse according to manufacturer instructions. Stitch around each flag and along the curved line. I chose to use a contrasting thread to make it a little more fun.

Cut a piece of heat ‘n’ bond lite to 3-1/2″ x 5-1/2″. Fuse to the back of the bunting flag block. Peel off the paper, and fuse to the remaining 4″ x 6″ white rectangle. I chose to pink the edges with my pinking shears, then stitch about 1/8″ away from the edge just to be sure it would hold together. Now your postcard is all ready for you to write a message and send in the mail to your friend. Mine shipped with just one forever stamp.

 

Monthly Minis

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Growing up, my mom had these fun little cross stitched pillows (we’re talking maybe 4″ x 5″) that corresponded with each month. They lived in a drawer and my two sisters and I went through a phase where we would fight over who’s turn it was to change the pillow. It was such a fun part of my childhood that I wanted to do something similar in our home. Since I don’t cross stitch and do quilt, I decided to make monthly minis. I started with September back in September 2015 and I just finished the rest today. I couldn’t make up my mind for a few months last year, so we were mini-less! That has been rectified and I feel really relieved. I have taken a photo of each month (and a few extra bonus minis I’ve made as well), and I’ve done my best to link to where you can find the pattern should you feel so inclined to make one. šŸ™‚

JANUARY:IMG_1368

Mrs. Snowman complete with french knot snowflakes. I used Lori Holt’sĀ #mrsnowmansewalong on instagram for these instructions.

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I used Cluck Cluck Sew’s free heart tutorial. In hindsight, I would’ve added a small-ish border.

MARCH:

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I used the clover part of a Splendid Sampler block and added a simple border to enlarge it. The multi colored polka dot was just too perfect to pass up for this one!

APRIL:

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Camille Roskelley’s Mini Raincheck was perfect for my April vibe. (She has it free on her site and has for awhile). I used Desert Bloom by Sherri & Chelsi and added on borders instead of making more blocks to enlarge it.

MAY:

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May flowers were perfect for this mini. This was actually my very first attempt at free motion quilting. I had zero practice and just went for it. This is Camille Roskelley’s Flower Patch in Hello Darling.

JUNE:

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Ice cream cones were a must for June as it usually starts getting very hot in Utah. I found a free Single Scoop paper pieced pattern and repeated it 4 times.

JULY:

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For the 4th of July, there is a big hot air balloon event held each year in a neighboring city. It’s been fun to go with our kids, so a patriotic hot air balloon fit the bill. This is Alli Jenson’s Rise pattern with some modifications to add in the stars.

AUGUST:

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This is a cheater because my sweet mom made it for me. August was a month I just couldn’t pin down and she surprised me with this adorable watermelon. Isn’t it perfect?!?!

SEPTEMBER:

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September is a simple 6″ maple leaf block on repeat 4 times. There are plenty of great tutorials if you search the internet for one. Our leaves change big time here in September and we see all shades, just like this mini.

OCTOBER:

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October is a patchwork pumpkin from Lori Holt’s Farmgirl Vintage book with some fun jack-o-lantern applique I added at the last minute.

NOVEMBER:

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This is Lori Holt’s “Tom Turkey” block, before he was modified with actual legs. I love his skinny little embroidered legs. It reminds me of hand turkeys we all draw around thanksgiving.

DECEMBER:

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I made a present for December not to remind us all about presents at Christmas, but to remind us that Jesus Christ is the greatest gift we’ve ever been given. Maybe as my kids grow up, we can have some nice chats about that. This was a free Kate Spain pattern called Flurry.

BIRTHDAY:

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Each time a family member has a birthday, I try really, really hard to remember to put out this special birthday mini. This is once again a free Lori Holt pattern. I omitted the ribbon around the cake stand.

OLYMPICS:

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If you’re new around here, then you missed my Olympics obsession. They’re just my favorite. I have this free mini pattern available on my site. Yes, it will only be used for a few weeks every 2 years, but it is just way too much fun to not have for my mini stand!

Now for the question I am certain will be asked. How do I display my minis? I have a cute little mini stand I purchased on line.Ā Ā I then put a small hanging sleeve on the back and slide it into the mini holder. It works great and sits on top of my piano for all to see.