So you may remember that last fall Diane made me the most adorable red & white chicken pincushion, who quickly became our project mascot. Well, I’ve been planning my return volley for some time now. Diane and I both loved the simple-but-perfect red and white “wave” quilt in the Infinite Variety Show:
We joked that it would be so easy to make it as a miniature: all you’d need is a few yards of red rickrack! So when I found out that Diane’s birthday was coming up in July, I thought I’d test our theory. City Quilter has some terrific giant rickrack, and the result was this wacky red and white “mug rug”:
I used MM Couture Cotton and Thermore and put a piece of our Infinite Gratitude alphabet print on the back. A dash of handquilting and it was all done! To be fair, it’s all about proportion: the rickrack didn’t have exactly the same curve as the wave in the large quilt, so it’s wasn’t possible to fit it in a rectangle with the same number of rows.
Happy Birthday, Diane!
Update: Now that’s she’s received it, Diane says it is NOT a mug rug, or at least she won’t be using it as one. Something about making a wall of miniature quilts in her new apartment. Gosh, this presents even more possibilities. Could this become a grand new obsession? Quilts even tinier, fussier, and more semper tedium than Dear Jane? Hmmmm….