Heather Ross Mini Quilt Swap

Many months ago, the call went out for interest in a Heather Ross Mini Quilt Swap.  I hummed and ahhed over it, then decided I HAD to  participate!  I mean, I’ve been collecting HR here and there over the past few years, and still hadn’t really done anything with it, so this was the perfect opportunity!  But with the acceptance of taking part came the realisation I had to decide what to make!  This took far longer…..

In the end, I couldn’t go past fussy cuts.  And circles.  Lots of circles…..


Isn’t she pretty?  About three appliqué circles in I thought perhaps I had bitten off more than I could chew.  But I wasn’t going to give up on my first ever hand sewn quilt top!  Slowly, but surely, I spent many hours with needle and thread, and made teeny tiny little stitches around each and every circle – anchoring it to the white linen background.


I took it to work with me, so during “down time” I could pull it out and get a few more done.  I questioned my sanity regularly, gave myself sore fingers and discovered I must have a very odd way of hand sewing – cos where I had a sore finger was not common…..


After a couple of months, all the circles were in place.  They may not all be perfectly circular, but the time and effort has been spent!  It was time to decide how to quilt this beauty.  I tried several times to echo quilt around the circles in different coloured threads, but just was not happy with how it looked.  So the unpicker was utilised and I would start again.  I ditched that option and went with pebbles.


Hundreds and hundreds of little pebbles.  Most of them white, but I threw in some pink, yellow, blue and orange – all 40wt Aurifil of course!  I love how the little pops of colour add interest.


Backed with this gorgeous Briar Rose froggy print, and bound with blue Far Far Away II, it just screams “whimsy”!

I have adored making this mini quilt – possibly my favourite mini yet!  I know, I know – they’re all favourites – but I think the fact that I had the patience to hand sew this project makes it extra special to me.  It’s heading off to its new owner, who will hopefully love and adore it just as much.

I’ve only got one mini quilt left for this year – it’s already finished, I just need to show you all!

26 Responses to Heather Ross Mini Quilt Swap

  1. lucinda jones says:

    I love it! I sure wish it was being mailed to me.

  2. Serena @ Sewgiving says:

    Really beautiful! You can see ALL the hours you’ve put into it … love how the pebble quilting makes the bubble pop even more 🙂 … now you need a new hand sewing project to drag around! Any ideas?

    • Ms Midge says:

      Thanks Serena! I’m thinking I may just take a break from the hand sewing for a while 😉 Between this and the Steam Punk…… !!!!

  3. Clare says:

    Such a gorgeous little quilt

  4. Emma says:


  5. Great job with all that circles hand sewn. Sorry about yoyr fingers, but it is worthwhile. Lovely mini!!

  6. Maja says:

    Great way to show some favourite prints! Beautiful mini!

  7. Kate says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!! 🙂
    Which finger did you hurt? I always seem to get a sore on my right ring finger on the middle-finger-side of the nail lol – I think that’s the spot I push the needle thru with 🙂

    • Ms Midge says:

      Thanks Kate! My problem spot was my middle finger, in the middle section of my finger! Obviously where I pushed the needle through too!

  8. Paula says:

    Simply adorable. I love how you have showcased the desings so beautifully and it was well worth the time, effort and injury to have hand stitched all those circles. I made a really similar mini a couple of years back with pink circles and couldn’t even begin to contemplate hand sewing them all at the time but maybe I should have as it defintiely adds a wonderful extra dimension to your quilt. Your swap partner was ever so lucky to have you making a mini for them.

  9. Sophie Zaugg says:

    So cute ! A really good idea to showcase those prints. And I love appliqué circles …

  10. Jayne says:

    You can’t go wrong with Heather Ross prints! Especially for fussy cutting! This is amazing and the cutest mini ever! Love the pebbles, I think it was the perfect choice!

  11. Diana says:

    Very cute~done for the love of quilting and experimentation, well done!

  12. Julie says:

    This is beautiful and you have a very lucky partner. Well worth all the unpicking, sore fingers and time involved.

  13. A charming little quilt, totally unique. Love the bubble quilting including the colors. It is worth all the pinpricks you endured. Congrats!

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