I’m becoming a big fan of mini quilts. No, they’re not especially practical. But its so fun to try out new things on a small scale without committing to an entire quilt. Plus, everything’s cuter in miniature form, right?
As part of the Houston Modern Quilt Guild, I got to participate in the Michael Miller Fabric Challenge a while back. They sent us all a few free fat eighth pieces of fabric, and we got to make whatever we wanted with them and whatever solids and other Michael Miller prints we wanted.
I fell head-over-heels in love with pictures Violet Craft’s Forest Abstractions patterns when I saw them on instagram, but the patterns hadn’t been released yet when I was trying to decide what to do with my challenge fabric. I also am kind of crazy about penguins, so I decided to have a go at designing my own paper pieced penguin pattern in a similar geometric style by sketching it out on a piece of paper, then having it blown up and printed on copy paper at office depot.
I used 6 gray kona solids (charcoal, graphite, ash, medium gray, smoke, and steel, I think), along with some of the gray, orange, and yellow bits of the challeng fabric and michael miller stitch for the background. I had a lot of fun free motion quilting this! I used a solid black on the back to really show off the quilting.
I’m thinking about tweaking the pattern a bit and trying to put it together as a pattern to release. If anyone is interested, let me know!
Design: Fractured Penguin – designed by me!
Made for: me! as a part of the Michael Miller Fabric Challenge (2014).