Minimal Mini Series

MM2500Minimal quilts fascinate me and I’m interested to see what I can do with the idea of minimalism.  Now, this is not “Minimalism” as it might be defined in an art setting.  This is just me playing with the less is more concept.

I’ve made a lot of sketches and I plan to make them all into quilts.  Looking back at the sketches, I really like some of them and others not so much.  At this point, I want to make all of them. Sometimes things happen between a sketch and a finished quilt that turn a so-so idea into a nice quilt (sometimes it happens the other way around too :)).

As I was sketching and thinking through this idea, I decided to make all the quilts the same small size – 20″ x 20″.  This lets me play with an idea quickly and move on to the next one.


Kellogg Eye Center

My plan is to limit my fabric choices to solids and neutrals for the most part. This seems like a natural fit with the idea of minimalism.  I may or may not use some color, but I mostly plan to stick with whites, creams and greys.

Taking the “minimal” idea one step further, I will not be naming these quilts, just numbering them (sometimes naming a quilt is the hardest part!).  All the sketches are in one sketchbook and I numbered them as I drew them, so each quilt will be named MM (minimal mini) and its number.  I don’t necessarily plan to make the quilts in order, but will likely do so much of the time.

So the quilt above is MM2.  It was inspired by the tile in the restroom at the Kellogg Eye Center at the University of Michigan here in Ann Arbor.  My Mom has regular appointments there, so I’ve had the opportunity to admire the tile work over many visits. For this quilt, I used Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton solids in White, Shadow and Iron and Aurifil 2500 thread for the quilting.  I thought about using matching thread for each of the sections in the quilt but decided I liked the way one thread color would unify the look a bit.

  • Needle and Foot
    Posted at 13:38h, 13 April Reply

    I really (really) like this one. I am pinning it as inspiration. I may try to do this on a larger scale (eg bed size). Would you be ok with this?

  • linda
    Posted at 11:35h, 13 April Reply

    looking forward to seeing the rest of the series.

  • Lauren - Tekstil Crave
    Posted at 08:44h, 11 April Reply

    Very Nice Debbie. I’ve been playing with the idea of a single-block, or big-bock minimal quilt, I may have to try making a few mini’s to sort out the design I like best. I love your mini here.

  • Libby Ernst
    Posted at 01:32h, 10 April Reply

    Such an interesting idea. I like the idea of minis so you can get them all done. I just watched Mona Lisa Smile and so all the art approach fits in so nicely. Great!

  • brenda
    Posted at 08:33h, 05 April Reply


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