new patterns and a ‘mini-adventure’

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Hello again!

I’m back after my summer blogging break and I have been working on some new patterns that I’m super excited about.

I also joined the wonderful quilting community on Instagram – if you haven’t tried Instagram yet, I recommend it wholeheartedly!  There are so many lovely and talented quilters on there who freely share their ideas and advice – I find it such an inspiring place to be!  My username is @sewingroomsecrets if you want to follow along , I’d love to connect with you there!

It was on Instagram that I first came across the idea of a ‘mini wall’.  Let me explain – a ‘mini wall’ is a dedicated wall where you showcase all your mini quilts!  You simply display all your minis in a mosaic fashion to make a feature wall. And me, being a sucker for all things small and cute, I was hooked straight away 🙂  (Click here for an awesome example of a mini wall by the very talented Camille Roskelley – couldn’t you just die!)

I’ve had the most fun designing a trio of whimsical style minis and am super excited to share two of them with you today (number three is coming soon!).

First up is this little mini entitled ‘Love Lives Here’.

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This one was inspired by a little block I made for a charity quilt. I had so much fun with this wee project and love how it turned out! And judging by your feedback on Instagram and Facebook you guys love it too!  Thank you so much!

Finishing up at around 20.5″ square, the pattern uses easy raw edged applique techniques and a simple patchwork border to create this sweet little quilt.






Next up is ‘Woof!’


Now as minis go, this one is definitely on the larger side (22″ x 27″), but still cute! See that little pup in the top right ? … he’s the cheeky one! 🙂


Raw edged applique is used on this one too, along with a few basic embroidery stitches, making ‘Woof’ and ‘Love Lives Here’  suitable projects for even a relative beginner.


And guess what? I’m planning a ‘mini wall’ in my sewing room – won’t that be fun! I think this may be the start of a ‘mini adventure’! I’ll be sharing pictures of all the minis I make in future posts and would love to hear what you think as my mini wall evolves!  I’m hoping to include some ‘pieced’ minis (all patchwork) as well as the whimsical style ones I’ve been working on. I’ll be utilising my own patterns as well as minis from some of my favourite designers, so there should be a good mix.

Well now, how about a mini-giveaway? I’m going to give-away a mini quilt pattern to one lucky reader on each of my Instagram and Facebook pages, as well as here on the blog.  That’s 3 chances to win!

For a blog entry, simply leave me a comment telling me which pattern you would like to win i.e. ‘Woof! or ‘Love Lives Here’.  Then pop over to Facebook and Instagram to enter there too if you like!  The giveaway is only open until tomorrow evening (that’s Monday, 7th September) at 6pm (GMT), so you need to be quick! I’ll pick a winner tomorrow night, but if you don’t want to wait until the giveaway ends you can grab your copy from my ETSY shop now.

Good luck and happy stitching!

Natalie xx

P.S. have you made any minis yet?  Leave me a link in the comments and I’ll pop over for a peak! 🙂

15 thoughts on “new patterns and a ‘mini-adventure’

  1. Hi Natalie!!! I really love both of them, as all the things you sew, but for sure if I have to make one I would prefer the house of love lives here!. Regarding my experience with minis…I do not know it they can be considered as “minis”, but I’m preparing a book for my daughter and each page is a mini patchwork, where I have used different techniques and each page is a story by itself that I explain in my blog, as a tale. It has been very funny sewing these minis, but also writing the stories.

  2. Your talents are very becoming Natalie. I love both designs so it is a hard decision but the “Love Lives Here” would be a fabulous win. Thank you for a chance to win.

  3. I love mini quilts so its hard to chose a favorite! I think I’ll chose Love lives here. Thanks for the sharing of your work. Brenda

  4. I am crazy about house blocks & yours is adorable so definitely, I’d love the pattern, ” Love Lives Here!” Thank you.

  5. Love lives here is the one I really like although woof is really close behind. Its a project I feel a closeness to for some reason. Thank you for the chance of winning.

  6. Hi there, the idea of a mini wall is a brilliant one as it might just be achievable!!
    I’d love to win a copy of “Woof” please, as it would make a wonderful gift for my daughter, who is a dog groomer. Though I also love “love lives here”.

  7. I really like your little house pattern, it is just so sweet. I have often thought of having a mini quilt area and Camille Roskelly is one of my favourite quilters too, I haven’t made one yet but do have her mini umbrella pattern waiting to be done. Thank you for a lovely giveaway. x

  8. I love…love your quiilt of “love lives here”. is this pattern for sale?? I think it would make awesome gifts for people. love your stye of work!!!

Thank you so much for visiting and taking the time to leave a comment. I love to hear what you have to say - it really does brighten my day! Natalie x

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