Winter Mini Quilt

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I really thought I was done making Christmas projects, but, last week I ran across the Dresden Forest Mini Quilt by Leigh Laurel Studios. It inspired me to make my own version of a forest for our wall, and knew I had to make my own version. I love that it will also make a great entry for the “Baby It’s Cold Outside” themed Project Quilting December Challenge.

My version, while inspired by Leigh’s quilt is quite different. For my version of the quilt, I chose to use my Dear Jane triangle template, giving my trees a different shape. I also incorporated some of my massive collection of ruffled eyelet trim for the snow, adding texture to the quilt, and chose to blanket stitch the trees in place.

mini winter forest

mini winter forest


mini winter forest quilt

This was also my first actual attempt at free motion quilting. The process wasn’t too bad, but I think it might have been easier if I could have gotten my feed dogs disengaged. For some reason the button I thought did it, didn’t work, so if you know how to disengage the feed dogs on a Singer Quantum 2623, let me know.

mini winter forest quilt

I love how this quilt came out. It fits perfectly on the wall next to the TV. What projects have inspired you lately?

Sharing over at:
Sew Darn Crafty at Sew Many Ways, Inspiration Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor,
Made by You Monday at Skip to My Lou, Anything Goes Mondays at Stitch by Stitch, Take-
a-Look Tuesday at Sugar Bee Crafts, Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story, Show & Tell Tuesday at
I Have to Say, Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts, WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced, 
Project Quilting December Challenge at Persimmon Dreams


  1. Marly on December 8, 2014 at 10:06 am

    A lovely mini quilt and a great variation on the original. I especially like the 3D effect from using the broderie edging.

    • Andrea on December 8, 2014 at 11:02 am

      Thanks so much Marly! I love how different a quilt can be from the one that inspired it.

  2. Jackie on December 8, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    I love the simplicity of this. Great job.

    • Andrea on December 8, 2014 at 2:30 pm

      Thanks so much Jackie! I really enjoyed working on it.

  3. Pam on December 8, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    Love the ruffle trim for snow. How cute!

    • Andrea on December 8, 2014 at 9:26 pm

      Thank you Pam! I’m so glad you stopped by.

  4. Michelle on December 9, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    I love the lace! It’s such a neat, subtle little detail.

    • Andrea on December 9, 2014 at 9:21 pm

      Thank you so much Michelle.

  5. tonia conner on December 10, 2014 at 10:37 am

    I absolutely love your take on the mini quilt. I’m gonna give it a shot too, if you don’t mind I want to use your lace idea. I’m following you with e-mail.

    • Andrea on December 10, 2014 at 11:26 am

      Feel free to use anything you want! I’m happy to inspire someone else to make one of these adorable mini quilts. And thanks so much for following the blog. It’s nice to be able to share my projects with people other than my husband.

  6. Lynette on December 10, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Hey, nice! And – wow – a mini in this theme would also be perfect by our TV – there’s a corner spot between two windows that’s just been bugging me! Your use of eyelets for snow mounds is brilliant 🙂

    • Andrea on December 10, 2014 at 3:09 pm

      Thanks so much Lynette! You should definitely make one for your house too!

  7. Kaja on December 10, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    This is cool – I like that you have varied it, so it is unique, and it looks great on your wall.

    • Andrea on December 10, 2014 at 10:21 pm

      Thank you Kaja. I’m really liking how it turned out.

  8. JanineMarie on December 11, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    What a fun use of eyelet! I don’t know anything about your machine, so my comment might be misguided, but I don’t lower my feed dogs when quilting–I use a quilting foot that jumps up and down and the feed dogs aren’t a problem.

    • Andrea on December 11, 2014 at 8:22 pm

      I was using a quilting foot, I just thought I was supposed to do it with the feed dogs down. Maybe it was fine the way it was.

  9. Carole @ From My Carolina Home on December 12, 2014 at 8:07 am

    I really like your idea of the ruffled eyelet for snow, very creative!

    • Andrea on December 13, 2014 at 9:04 pm

      Thank you so much Carole!

  10. Sarah Goer on December 20, 2014 at 12:58 am

    The eyelet is great. It makes the snow look fluffy. As for disengaging the feed dogs, I actually leave mine up, but I use a Supreme Slider. You might want to try one of those. Leah Day sells them on her website.

    • Andrea on December 20, 2014 at 7:47 am

      Thank you Sarah! I will look into that slider.

  11. Megan Null on December 27, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Cute! I love the ruffled snow. I think you’ve improved upon the original version. Good for you to make it your own. 🙂

    • Andrea on December 27, 2014 at 11:20 pm

      Thank you so much, Megan! I really did enjoy making this project, and it was so great to use up some of the massive amount of eyelet trim I have.

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