Puppy and Poppy

I keep forgetting to share my mini mini quilt adventures here as all the excitement happened over on Instagram.

Last year, I somehow managed to avoid getting caught up in the mini mini quilt phase – more from travelling and timing than anything else – but I could not resist swapping one mini mini quilt with Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl.

First, I thought I would appliqué a tiny rocketship, but someone else had already made a mini mini spaceship for Yvonne. So, I switched to Plan B, which was to immortalise her cat, Puppy, in fabric.

I began by lurking about her Instagram feed and looking for a photograph of Puppy that I could use as a starting point.

Puppy the Cat mini quilt drawing

I fiddled about in Illustrator and Photoshop until I had something like this.

I had to use spotty fabric as I did not have any black solids, but I used the spots to my advantage by carefully cutting the pieces so the strongest white stripes sat about where Puppy’s whiskers should be.

Puppy the Cat mini quilt

I traced the outlines onto fusible web for raw-edge appliqué.

After I had fused everything in place, I used some of the skills learned in a recent trapunto class to make Puppy a bit 3D. Then, I added another layer of batting and a plain white backing, and I free-motion quilted around the outlines a few times.

Puppy the Cat mini quilt

In trying to get Puppy’s nose freckle, I might have given him a wonky nose. Artistic licence!

Puppy the Cat mini quilt

The back was pretty neat as I buried all my threads, but I could not resist adding this Japanese print to the back.

What did Yvonne send me? A mini mini Mini quilt. In a funny twist, I was sewing Puppy for her as she was sewing Poppy, my car, for me! It is the cutest little thing.

For a closer look at the tiny quilt she made, her methods and the cute fabric she used on the back, I suggest you check out her blog post.

Poppy the Mini mini quilt by Quilting Jetgirl

Look how the mini mini quilt Yvonne sent me looks right at home in my sewing space!

Puppy the Cat mini quilt

All finished and ready to mail.

My mini mini quilt was actually more of a maxi mini quilt as it finished about 6 inches squares. That is a giant in mini mini quilt land. I was a bit nervous doing smaller, but in hindsight I think I should have tried. The tiny version of Poppy Yvonne sent me was only 4½ inches square!

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36 thoughts on “Puppy and Poppy

    • I made a few boo-boos, like Puppy’s freckle and a bit where my FMQ went off track and I had to follow, but I am happy as it is still recognisably him. I am proud of it, but it was easy to send off – because it is Puppy, it naturally belongs with Yvonne.

  1. I absolutely love the mini mini of Pupoy you made me. As he continues to age and become a weird old dude, I look at the mini and know some day it will be the best reminder of my quilt inspector I will have. So thank you very much. I love having him looking down from my wall as I sew.

    • At least Puppy started as a nice and affectionate cat. Our Max started as an aloof and demanding curmudgeon and is just getting odder and more curmudgeonly as he approaches his 14th birthday. 🙂
      I adore the mini mini you made me. It is so lovely to admire it hanging over my sewing machine every day.

  2. I love what you made Carla! Very cute. And the Mini Cooper you got in return is too cute for words. I’ve never heard of a mini mini swap. Sounds fun. I’ve missed all the excitement happening on IG, I will go and have a look right now.

    • I cannot bring myself to put dirty cups on any of the minis I have made or received in swaps, including the one you spotted made from your Russian doll pattern, even when they were made specifically as coasters. Silly, right?

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