after thinking about it for a few days, i finally decided to enter the "surfacing" mini quilt in this years blogger's quilt festival hosted by amy ellis (whom i had the pleasure of meeting at quiltcon).
with the positive feedback i received on my lap size version i entered during the sewvivor sewing competition, i couldn't resist making a mini one. this 12.5 inch square was made from the left over fabrics of the lap size version and will be leaving me soon to live with a very good friend. my dad is also a huge fan of this quilt and asks me every week when he'll get the original! i don't think it's leaving my possession anytime soon. however, it will soon be available as a pattern and potentially a kit too.
looking back on sewvivor, i was still quite new to machine quilting. i don't think i fully understood what i was getting into. the original version has organic straight line stitches where this one features both horizontal and vertical near perfect stitches. its true what they say, practice makes perfect! i'm very grateful and honored to share this mini quilt with you as it marks a huge milestone for me. before sewivior, i had never been in a sewing competition before. i met so many wonderfully talented ladies, many of whom i still speak with today. its also allowed me to connect with so many more quilty friends through instagram. without the continuous support and love from each of you, i wouldn't be where i am today. i'm very lucky to be a part of this community.
very much inspired by the evil ursula (who doesn't love a good villain?), this mini as well as the original version pays homage to my love for disney. i had the pleasure of being a walt disney world intern and later employee during my early 20's. i recently found one of several name badges as well as one of my uniforms while visiting my parents in virginia. like this mini, my experience working for the mouse helped me grow. disney is truly a magical place, inside and out. i'll always cherish those moments.
both quilts were made entirely from robert kaufman kona solids, quilters dream batting, and auriful thread. the tentacles are hand drawn and raw edge appliquéd. the binding is hand stitched.
a huge heartfelt thank you! cut, sew, repeat!
the tattooed quilter