The Busy Bean

A Postage Stamp Mini

I have had this idea kicking around for a while, and decided to finally try it out for the Modern Mini Challenge at Ellison Lane Quilts.

It’s a postage stamp postage stamp! I know, a little lame, but at the same time, kind of awesome?

I swore that after Brad’s quilt I was done with tiny squares for a while. That really didn’t last long. I started pulling out my scrap bins one by one and cutting a 1.5″ square of each fabric in them. I had planned on doing 400 1″ squares (20 x 20), but that was just turning out too big. Instead, I cut back to laying out the postage stamps 16 x 16 = 256 1″ squares.

I made 2″ drunkard’s path blocks for the border, to get that look of the real postage stamp’s edge you get when you tear them off the roll.

And of course, I just had to quilt in the meter mark, on top of lots and lots of little pebble quilting.

Quilting detail

I was thinking I would turn it into a pillow, but I kind of like the back side view of the quilting so much, I might just leave it alone and turn it around on my wall every now and then. We’ll see.

For now, I’m just hoping I have a shot at  the Flea Market Fancy giveaway as part of the challenge… head over and see all the other awesomeness that has been linked up… I think it’s really a long shot for everyone!

Modern Mini Challenge

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15 Thoughts on “A Postage Stamp Mini

  1. Gloria on March 5, 2012 at 5:22 pm said:

    You are crazy, but I love you and the work you do is awesome.

  2. oh my gracious! that is amazing!

  3. ooh, this is so much fun!!! congrats on getting it finished, too.

  4. 256 squares?!? I’m impressed!
    It’s a very cute quilt and the quilting is perfect.

  5. Oh, that is so darn cute! Love the quilted meter mark!

  6. So dang perfect! I’m so glad you got it finished. What a fun idea. I hope you bring it to group. I want to see it in person.

  7. kerry on March 6, 2012 at 2:44 am said:

    Great border idea, really fun

  8. Binks on March 6, 2012 at 6:21 am said:

    the quilting is genius. Love it!

  9. This quilt is just perfect. I love minis, and this one is calling out my name. I have to try to resist for the time being. But one day… Thank you for showing us!

  10. jkRibbit on March 6, 2012 at 10:06 am said:

    This is one of my absolute favorites! I lurve it so much!! Great work, Colleen!! 🙂

  11. I like your idea for the border. Very cute. That’s a lot of tiny, tiny squares.
    Great job.

  12. Brilliant! This is such a great idea. Beautiful quilt!

  13. that’s totally awesome!! i love the way you made this into a stamp and the extra touch the quilting adds is the perfect finish.

  14. An awesome idea!! Well done!

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