I love mini quilts because the simple ones can literally be completed (yes, binding and all) in less than an hour! Talk about instant gratification! Here is my latest mini- an abstract quilt I call "Primary Puffs."
This was so simple to make. I chose four fabrics that had some circle/dot print and sewed random width strips together. The two red puffs are made with my puffy applique technique. It's kinda like trapunto... but not really. I hand appliqued them on to the finished quilt.
You can see how the red puffs add dimension to the mini quilt. I really like the effect.
Now to the quilting.....
I used a pale yellow poly thread I found on eBay for $1. That's not a typo. I really paid $1 for a 5,500 yd cone of thread....(more on this in a bit.)
I love how the yellow pops on the black and white fabrics. Another reason I love mini quilts is that they are a small canvas to experiment with your free-motion quilting designs. I used a different design on each strip.
Now about that $1 cone of thread. It sounds insane, I know! Leslie, an online group quilting buddy of mine, recently sent out a link to this eBay shop she buys quilting thread from. After seeing some of the gorgeous work she did with the cheap thread... I had to buy some even if it was just to try it!
SewingThreadsRUS is the eBay shop. The thread is the Signature Poly. It's made by A&E- American & Efird. It is considered embroidery thread but we use it for quilting and it stitches like butter! It has a matte-like sheen that adds more texture than plain ol' cotton quilting thread.
Initially, I ordered 10 cones + shipping = ~$18
(Had to place a second order after I tried it out on my Primary Puffs mini quilt.)
Second order: 20 cones= ~$30.
Can you believe it?! 30 CONES (not spools) of quilting thread for <$50!
If you are looking for suuuuuper affordable and good quality thread give them a try.
p.s.- Here is a quick comparison so you can get a better feel for exactly how big a 5,500 yd cone is. The cone on the left is the Signature Poly I bought and the itty bitty one on the right is a standard 250 yd spool from Coats & Clark.