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quilting my fear mini quilt

I quilted my fear in response to the Project Quilting 14.6 prompt.

Project Quilting?

Project Quilting is a series of challenges hosted by Persimon Dreams that requires a project to be made with your interpretation of the challenge rule. Read all about Project Quilting on Kim’s blog. This is the 14th year of this and I heard about it and decided to join in and challenge myself, especially with the quilting design side of things. I am doing all of the quilting on my domestic.

What was the rule?

RULE 5: your project must involve conquering something that scares you.

How it works

You have one week (until noon the next Sunday) to meet the challenge.

  • Every challenge piece must be a FINISHED project seen through from INCEPTION to COMPLETION during the challenge timeline.
  • Each piece must stand alone as DONE to count toward prizes.
  • Your project does not need to be a traditional quilt, but must meet at least one of these requirements: include patchwork, include appliqué, have 3 layers stitched together by hand or machine.

Quilting my Fear mini (PQ14.6)

Did I stick to the rule?

Well, I have always been a less than enamoured with 8 legged creatures, my skin is crawling as I type. So this seemed to be the obvious choice for the topic of conquering a fear.

I found a smallish colouring page on a free site on the internet, printed that off and traced the basics of the design onto white fabric. I used a green lead in the sewline ceramic pencil. I normally steer clear of the green for client quilts but as this is mine it was a good choice.

This was quilted on my domestic machine rather than the longarm. Domestic machine quilting has been part of the challenge to myself for this series.

I used the Janome hopping/darning foot to quilt this entire mini. The design required a number of starts and stops and also some backtracking to avoid even more stops.

Another part to the fear of this project was all the colour changes. Even as a longarm quilter, this can be something we avoid doing a lot of as it takes extra time and doesn’t always add to the project. This project used 5 colours and I completed all of a colour before changing to the next one.

Quilting Tip: slower movement of your hands gives a better more controlled quilting line, not oo slow, but slow enough that you can control where the stitches go.

You can see in the pics below that I did better on the left than the pic on the right.


I did not realise that I had folded the backing fabric over and quilted it down. After trimming closely to the web I have finished the mini quilt. Will I carefully cut between quilting lines and pull out the threads, maybe, probably not. Will I keep this as an example for quilting classes, maybe, quite possibly, it’ll be the ask me how I know example!

Project Details:

  • cotton fabric and scrap of wadding
  • 7.5 inches square
  • white fabric for top and binding
  • red fabric for the backing/binding
  • Rasant thread multiple colours, see the pic.
  • Title – ‘Quilting my Fear’

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