The Minis Blog Tour with Pat Bravo Fabrics

I think most everyone would agree that everything is way more cute when it’s done in miniature. Even those silly food videos where they make the tiniest donuts, or burritos for hamsters . . . I just can’t stop watching! So the thought of making a mini quilt immediately intrigued me, but the real kicker was using Pat Bravo’s gorgeous Essentials II and Dare fabrics as my inspiration!

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My inspiration for my mini quilt came from the type of sewing that I do day in and day out. I am always sewing dresses for Izzy & Ivy Designs, and some of them have turned out SO amazing, that I wanted to figure out a way to preserve them for us to enjoy when she’s outgrown them, but also be able to not hang on to every single dress.  My intentions to make a square from the scraps of every dress I made fell flat. I haven’t made a single one!

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Late last year I bought some Dare fabrics to make a fancy version of our Emory pattern. It turned out just like I pictured it! A double skirt  allowed for even more yummy fabric and the bodice ties in the back just gave it that extra special touch. Seeing the blogger call for Pat’s fabrics and thinking of this dress was all the motivation I needed to try to make a mini quilt out of For the Frill of It by It’s Sew Emma.


Enough backstory…let’s see this quilt!!!

I just LOVE this! It ties in my love for fabric and making dresses, and it showcases so many different fabric combinations. And now that I’ve tackled this mini quilt, I have a feeling a full version is not far behind!


This first one is my block inspired by the original Dare dress. I loved being able to embellish the pattern with trims. I can see adding buttons and other fun things to this as well. Maybe even a little hand embroidery? I made 4 blocks total from the original pattern.


20160425-IMG_1036 20160425-IMG_1044I even added some of Pat’s ribbon collection that coordinates with her Etno line! I purchased them from Renaissance Ribbons and they go great with Dare and Essentials II!


I used two of the prints as a border for my quilt. I love how Opt Out of Norm from Dare and Floralism Blush from Essentials II play so well together! The structure of the geometric pattern versus the soft lines of floral. Dreamy!


I did a blocked backing, which is not perfect, but I think it adds character. I guess that’s what happens when you mostly sew dresses and go rogue from the pattern. Just lean to the left a little when you look at it. *wink*

The final touch was a scrappy binding, which I just ADORE! I love the slow pace of hand-sewing a binding. Especially if I can multi-task and do it while I’m watching my oldest play baseball. Pretty sure I learned that trick from Vanessa Christenson.


I hope you’ve enjoyed my mini quilt! I had a blast making it and getting out of my sewing rut. This may just be the kick in the pants that I needed to tackle the full sized version of this quilt.

Please make sure that you check out all of the amazing projects on this blog tour! Yesterday we saw gorgeous butterflies and blossoms from Stacey of Eden’s Accessories and Katie from the Simple Life Pattern Company. Today you can also catch up with Amanda from A Crafty Fox. Tomorrow check in with Erin at Why Not Sew Quilts and Anjeanette from This tour runs through May 13th, so follow these talented makers for more inspiration!

Thanks so much to Pat and Art Gallery Fabrics for this great opportunity to create and get to meet so many talented sewists!

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21 Comments Add yours

  1. Tiffany says:

    AWESOME!!!!! Brilliant idea & I love how it turned out!!!!

    1. Jessica says:

      Thanks so much, Tiffany!

  2. Lori Smanski says:

    wow the dresses you make are fantastic. your mini is adorable. Thanks for sharing

    1. Jessica says:

      Thank you, Lori!

  3. Pat Bravo says:

    What an adorable mini quilt! It’s so pretty ☺♥

    1. Jessica says:

      Thank you so much, Pat! It was my pleasure!

  4. Allison says:

    This is so adorable – would be great as a memory quilt with the dresses made from saved fabric! Thanksfor sharing!

    1. Jessica says:

      Thank you, Allison! That’s my plan…we’ll see if this motivates me to get it done!

  5. Maja says:

    Sooo cute! What a fun idea!

    1. Jessica says:

      Thank you, Maja!

  6. Cecilia says:

    Cute mini! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Jessica says:

      Thanks you, Cecilia!

  7. Lori Morton says:

    What an Awesome job! Your Mini is adorable! Thank you for sharing 🙂

    1. Jessica says:

      Thank you, Lori!

  8. LINDA says:


  9. Wow! You are an amazing seamstress and quilter. Beautiful work! I like the special details you added. Great job!

    1. Jessica says:

      Thank you, Lesley! This was definitely a fun project.

  10. Brenda says:

    What a clever way to preserve memories of sewing for your daughter. Even though you haven’t saved blocks from your earlier sewing it’s not too late to start. You could make a block for each outfit and have enough for a large memory quilt at some point. For her or for you. Or both of you!

    1. Jessica says:

      We would would have quilts…plural. Ha! I think I’ve sewn hundreds of garments over the years for her! I’d really have to edit it down. But I do need to do something!

  11. barbara says:

    great projects

    1. Jessica says:

      Thanks, Barbara!

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