Quilted and Framed

I promised in Miniature Quilts Revisited that I would show a picture of my miniature quilt once it was finished. The hand quilting didn’t take long. I just quilted 2 lines through the light patches, each about 3/8″ from the seams. I’m a big fan of Lori Smith, From My Heart to Your Hands, and used her idea of framing small quilts. 

birds in flight mini 244x300 Quilted and Framed

I bought a 16″ x 20″ frame, removed the mat and just placed the unbound quilt against the glass. The quilt was slightly larger than the frame, but I didn’t want to cut it smaller in case I decide to take it out of the frame later on and bind it. I just let the edges extend beyond the glass and squeezed the cardboard back on. If you look at the back, you’ll see the unfinished edges of the quilt sticking out, but that part will be hidden against the wall.


cb backframe Quilted and Framed

back of the frame with quilt edges sticking out

Have you made any miniature quilts? What do you do with them? Leave me a comment—I’d love to hear your ideas.

About Carolyn

I'm the Content Director for Quiltmaker magazine. I'm married with three grown sons and one adorable grandson.I've been quilting for over 30 years. I'm an avid quilter, but I also enjoy photography, scrapbooking, knitting, reading and hanging out with friends and family.
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5 Responses to Quilted and Framed

  1. Pat Hoxter says:

    I am finishing two minatures I made this week. First ones I have made. They are both strip quilted. One has sashing the other does not. They are for a guild project. I have enjoyed making them but, ready to get on to another project.

  2. Nancy says:

    I have made one paper pieced minature quilt using 30′s inspired fabric. I finished it like a bound quilt and it hangs proudly in my upper hallway. It will be lonely as I don’t think I will be making any more minatures or any more paper pieced projects. Drove me crazy!! LOL

  3. chrisc says:

    I, too, saw the real thing, and it’s even more beautiful than in the photo! Can’t say I’m as inspired as Robin is to make a mini, but you never know….Especially because of the fabrics and colors, it reminded me of a framed antique block.

  4. robin says:

    I had the privilege of seeing this in person today and it is awesome! What a fabulous way to use scraps from a special project. I am so glad I saved all of the half square triangle “trimmings” from my Twist and Twirl quilt. Your project has inspired me to try something miniature. Thanks!

  5. Peg Spradlin says:

    my goodness, you’re fast, Carolyn!
    I made a miniature after taking a class with George Siciliano last year at Quilt Colorado. His technique uses foundation fabric so the quilt is stiff enough to hang without having to put it into a frame. It’s got a Southwestern color scheme so it lives in my camper in Arizona in the winter. A picture of the result is on my website.

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