Anna Maria Horner Mini Quilt Swap

I know this post may seem a little “Groundhog Day-ish”, given last Friday I was here revealing a mini quilt!  Today is another mini quilt finish, and another mini quilt that will be going to live with someone else, and another mini quilt made using AMH!  Hmmmm.  I see a pattern here!

When the call went out on IG a couple of months ago for participants to take part in an AMH Mini swap, I didn’t think too hard before jumping in.  I mean, I seriously have enough AMH to make a hundred mini quilts, so why not put them to good use and make just a couple?

It has taken me until this week to decide which pattern to use for the quilt, inspiration hit when I made these bee blocks for Cathy from my MQG Artistic Licence Bee….

blocksWe used a pattern by Lady Harvatine, called The January Block.  You can purchase it HERE.  It was actually lots of fun to put together, and I knew it would look fab with AMH!


Example A – Fab yes?  If it wasn’t being shipped off far away, I would be leaving it right where it is there, above my bed!  I’m wondering if the husband would be ok with a quilt hanging above us…… there could be another mini on its way…..


There are 34 different AMH prints in this mini – if you include the binding and backing.  Add to that, around 20 different low volume prints I pulled out.  It all adds to the beauty of it!


Once I had the blocks put together (and let me tell you, squaring and lining up four of these blocks to all connect together is rather interesting!) and basted, I did my usual trick of sitting at my sewing machine and wondering how to quilt it?  I started with some swirls and added pebbles in between in the centre circle.  Whacked the walking foot on to go around in circles for a bit and then continued with some straight lines, echoing the curves.  Organic quilting on the corners and in the diamonds add a super amount of texture!  And more swirls and pebbles on the half circles.  Phew.  I think the quilting actually took longer than the construction of the blocks!  I used two of my go-to Aurifil thread colours – 2600 Dove Grey and 2310 Sandy Gold.

miniswap4The Navy binding is one of my all time favourite AMH prints, from her Field Study line.  It almost killed me cutting it up, but that’s what it’s for yes??  I have to now gather a few goodies to bundle up with this mini, and then send off to its recipient!  I’m feeling very organised, because the shipping deadline is weeks away. Winning.

Finished size is 24″ x 24″ – so it’s a little on the larger side of a mini.  But I really don’t think its new owner will complain?

What have you finished this week?  I’m linking up – You can too!

25 Responses to Anna Maria Horner Mini Quilt Swap

  1. Julie says:

    Amazing! This is so beautiful! I love the quilting and how you included many different designs. The fabric speaks for itself, I am on this swap too but have yet to find inspiration.

  2. Well that’s just the coolest thing I’ve ever seen! Lucky partner 🙂

  3. Marly says:

    This is amazingly beautiful! The fabric is fantastic to start with, but you’ve paid such attention to placing the different fabrics. Well done!

  4. Gayle says:

    That is beautiful. Love the pop of values you get with the AMH mixed with LV. Your swap mate is so blessed to get that beauty!

  5. Jayne says:

    Gorgeous! Love AMH …love this mini!

  6. Love the way those low volumes look with the definitely high volume-ness of the AMH prints. Why on earth would hubby be against a quilt over the bed? It’s not like it’s a safety hazard if it falls! ☺ Thanks for linking up with TGIFF!

    • Ms Midge says:

      He’s not against it, I just need to tell him there’s another quilt going up on a wall in the house 😉

  7. Jess says:

    Absolutely beautiful!!! I love the quilting you did.. really adds dimension to it!

  8. Janine says:

    A wonderful design and great fabrics and quilting 🙂

  9. Valerie says:

    This is fantastic! I’m loving the fabrics and all the creativity you put into quilting it…. looks great! I’d be sad to see it go too!

  10. Little Black Cat Quilting says:

    I’ve never seen a block like this before, it’s so unique! Your fabrics work beautifully together, great job!

  11. Renee says:

    What a gorgeous mini! Great use of AMH fabrics, and I love the quilting you chose!

  12. This is absolute perfection. I want it so bad and now I’m envious of your swap partner. You’ve got mad skillz!

  13. Sarah says:

    I just finished squaring January blocks today and was working on my layout when I noticed things were getting interesting. I’ve been scouring the internet to see if anyone mentioned having any issues with fitting the blocks together…I sure am glad I came across your post because I was starting to think I somehow mis-cut all 30 of my blocks. I fear piecing this top is going to take some patience…and maybe some vodka. 😎

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