I declared last month Jane-free July, a short break from the fun of making a Dear Jane quilt, during which I would focus on other projects.
I have enough unfinished projects on the go, but I could not resist starting something new, and I signed up for my first online sewing swap. The swap is to make a set of coasters, organised by Michele at Quilting Gallery and designed by Vicki of Quilting Lodge.
The coasters were so much fun to make that I made more coasters, using Kumiko Fujita’s book of 318 patchwork patterns. (Her book is now out of print, I believe, but I recently bought my copy second-hand through Amazon Japan.) My coasters were 4½-inch squares, a fraction smaller than the swap coasters, mostly due to the limited zoom abilities of my home photocopier.
The coasters are so small, they are not just mini quilts, they are micro quilts. I confess that I do not understand the point of mini quilts until they are given a purpose – as coasters, placemats, table runners, wall-hangings, cushion covers or the like. With a purpose, mini quilts are a great way to experiment and learn new quilting techniques without committing yourself to a full-sized quilt.
Yes, I do see the absurdity in pausing my Dear Jane project – dozens of tiny, detailed 5-inch quilt blocks – to make coasters – more tiny, detailed 5-inch quilt blocks. I never said my sewing decisions were rational!