A Friday Finish: Laundry Day Mini Quilt

March 27, 2015

Thanks for all the kind wishes for my daughter’s recovery from her arm-break and surgery.  It’s been a long week, but each day is better than the last.

While we were in the hospital this past week, while Sophie slept, I did a little hand-work to finish up appliqueing and embroidering the mini quilt I’ve been working on.  I had finished most of it before the big emergency; I asked my husband to pack it up and bring it to me at the hospital.

Here is the quilted piece that serves as the background for the quilt. I finished quilting it on the longarm last week (I posted it on Instagram because I liked it so much, I almost left it like it was without adding any embellishments).

Swirly wind with watermark


I used a quilting design made famous by Angela Walters from her Shape by Shape quilting book.  My friend Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl used the same beautiful design a couple of weeks ago too in her Out of the Woods quilt. There’s no better way to quilt a windy scene.

Meanwhile, before the big injury, my daughter and I had been having fun practicing origami, with little squares of paper over the past few weeks. She folded all of these paper dresses by herself.  I wondered if I could accomplish the same look, but with some of my favorite fabrics.

paper dresses

I gave it a try, using some of my favorite Cotton & Steel prints in beachy, dreamy colors. And I love the results! It finishes at 20.5″ x 17″.

laundry day on grass with watermark

I am having fun imagining all the possibilities for future projects.  If anyone is interested, I could post a tutorial for the method in the next couple of weeks.

Here’s a closer picture, where you can see the dresses a little more clearly.  I also used the rope stitch to embroider the laundry line using Aurifil’s Aurifloss in Natural White (2021), and I made the little bird with Aurifloss black (2692), and a tiny turquoise beak (2810).

2015-03-22 16.30.05

The Austin Modern Quilt Guild was invited to exhibit a selection of quilts at our local airport where they have an awesome Fiber Arts display.  I submitted this mini quilt for consideration.  The guild will vote on entries this week. We’ll see – there are so many beautiful entries! Wait til you see Michelle’s entry – it is so cool.  She knocked it out of the park. We’ll post it next Friday.

Happy weekend, everyone.  I’m linking up with My Quilt InfatuationConfessions of a Fabric Addict, Fort Worth Fabric Studio, Link A Finish Friday, Thank Goodness It’s Finished Friday, and Show off Saturday.


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  • Reply Melissa Meinhard March 27, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Such an awesome little quilt!
    I am horrible at FMQ, but I like the idea of the fluttery dresses in the breeze. Maybe when I get better at it I will attempt something like this.
    Good luck, I know they will pick your quilt

  • Reply quiltingmod March 27, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    I can’t imagine your quilt not being accepted for the airport exhibit. It’s so adorable, it almost makes me want to do laundry…almost. You should enter the challenge here: http://fatquartershop.blogspot.com/2015/03/march-minis-challenge.html.

  • Reply Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty March 27, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    Folding fabric like origami paper?! Brilliant! Thanks for the inspiring post. : )

  • Reply Abigail March 27, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    I’m interested in a tutorial!! I would also get a pattern.

  • Reply Cassandra March 27, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    This Is one of the cutest mini quilts I have ever seen! The quilting design is perfect for this project!

  • Reply Renee March 27, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    Turned out SO cute!! I love the quilting and that little bird is the perfect little clothesline detail! I think a tutorial is a great idea.

  • Reply Mary March 27, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    Yes, I’d love a tutorial on making the folded origami dress. If that’s not possible, perhaps you could tell us where to find origami designs like that. A shirt would be great, too. I hope the mending of the broken bone is a smooth path.

  • Reply mllitz March 27, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    What a darling quilt! The dresses are individual works of art. 🙂 Saw your post on the Quilting group on FB, and I see you’re in Austin. I’m down near San Marcos. Happy Quilting!

  • Reply quiltingjetgirl March 27, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    What a beautiful quilt; I love how the breeze looks to be blowing the dresses out on the line dry. So glad to hear that your daughter is recovering well; I have been thinking of you all! The origami dresses are superbly done, too!

  • Reply Super Mom - No Cape! March 27, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    What a sweet little quilt! And my goodness the quilting you did on it is beautiful!

  • Reply clumsykristel March 27, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    Lovely! The quilting is really fantastic.

  • Reply Katie V. March 28, 2015 at 11:08 am

    Oh my goodness this is darling! I love the little dresses but that quilting, it’s to die for!

  • Reply sue March 28, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    Love the dresses, please post tutorial. Fab quilt sue

  • Reply Nesta March 28, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    This is brilliant, they have to choose it! I would love a tutorial for the origami fabric dresses. They are so pretty!

  • Reply Vicki March 28, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    This is gorgeous – definitely something I’d like to try!

  • Reply Deana March 29, 2015 at 9:49 am

    Those are adorable dresses on the line and your quilting is so beautiful! The quilting is really what makes this quilt pop.

  • Reply Rachel @ Quiltineering March 30, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    I fell in love when I saw this on instagram! What a brilliant idea – love it!!

  • Reply rozsamaria March 31, 2015 at 5:23 am

    I’d love to see a tutorial!

  • Reply cheryljbrickey March 31, 2015 at 7:55 am

    This mini is so amazing! It is absolutely brilliant and totally different. I would love a tutorial!

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