Mini Whimsical Bicycle for Island Batik
The Magnificent Minis are the first project of the season for Island Batik Ambassadors. Our challenge is create a miniature quilt smaller than 24” X 24” using an technique and any of the fabulous fabrics they have sent us this season.
Did you ever have one of those times when everything falls in place? This project was one of those times. In January I taught my Whimsical Bicycle Art Quilt at the Keeping the Piece Guild in Sault Ste. Marie, MI. Guild member Joanne Gray, who specializes in miniature quilts, challenged me to make the WB as a mini. The February Island Batik Ambassador challenge AND Kim Lapacek of Persimon Dreams Project Quilting challenge were BOTH minis! It was off to Adobe InDesign Desktop Publishing to begin pattern design.
Armed with freezer paper from the Gypsy Quilter, wheel patterns were transferred with my laser printer. Fabrics are selected from recent box sent by Island Batik. Colors are arranged and pieced with the freezer paper piecing technique.
The tiny bicycle wheels are trimmed perfectly round. Each seam is carefully pressed open to eliminate bulk. I use Karen Kay Buckley Perfect Circles to shape the curves on the Dresden plate.
After marking the curves on the bike wheels, fusible web is bonded to the wrong side of batik. The curves are then careful cut out. Lots of scraps of batiks create the background for this quilt. A fat quarter could also be used. Again seams are pressed open to eliminate bulk.
Bike Construction Begins
Susan K Cleveland's Piping Hot Binding technique was used to finish the mini art quilt in yellow and purple Island Batik fabrics.
Details, details…they are what can send your quilting to the next level. Finished size: 17” X 12”Watch for the release of Mini Whimsical Bicycle in my Etsy Shop.