Make it Mini; New Quilt Book Review

Today I’m excited to share my review of Bev McCullough’s (of Flamingo Toes) latest book, Make it Mini. It’s full of mini quilt patterns, which all feature a touch of hand embroidery.

Mini quilt, book and sewing notions on white tabletop

I’m so excited today to participate in the bo.” tour for Bev’s newest book, “Make it Mini”. The book features 13 Mini quilts, all with a bit of hand embroidery. I love the idea of combining the two art forms, and you know I love a good mini quilt!

They are so adorable and quick to make, which makes them a great project if you feel like you need to start AND finish something!

About the Book

As mentioned before the book contains 13 mini quilt patterns. Each of the patterns features a portion that can be hand embroidered. If you’ve not tried hand embroidery before, it’s not as intimidating as it may seem. I love to have a small project that I can work on while watching tv or just sitting outside.

cover of Make it Mini quilt book on top of quilt

All of the embroidery projects in this book are very doable. Bev includes a section in the book with directions for the many common embroidery stitches.

The book features color illustrations, photos of every completed project, and easy-to-follow precise directions.

All of the quilts in the book are mini quilts. Every single one would be a great scrap-busting project as most require smaller pieces of fabric and lend themselves well to using a variety of fabric prints and colors.

The mini quilts featured would all make great table toppers (that’s what I plan to use mine for), wall hangings, or mug rugs. You could also very quickly turn them into quilted pillows.

Spring Flowers Mini Quilt

close up of page from mini quilt book

I chose to create the Spring Flowers mini quilt from the book. It’s a mini quilt made from eight flower patch blocks, and one hand embroidered block. It finishes at about 20″ x 20″.

Since the center block is a hand embroidered heart, I thought it would be a great project to make from my upcoming “Mint For You” fabric collection!

colorful pink and teal mini quilt on white countertop with book and candy

This quilts size makes it perfect to use as a table topper, and I’m looking forward to using it to decorate for Valentine’s day!

I quilted the quilt on my home machine in a simple crosshatch pattern. The lines are 1″ apart, and I used the guide on my walking foot to help me quickly space the lines.

First I created the quilt (including the hand embroidery section) then I quilted it. As I was quilting, I was careful not to stitch over the top of the hand embroidery.

The fabric on the back of the quilt is from my Chloe & Friends collection. I just love the minty blues and pinks together!

Projects Included in the Book

Some of the other blog tour participants have created projects from the book. Here are a few of their projects so you can get a good idea of the content and projects in the book!

christmas mini quilt with cookies on table

Walking on Sunshine Project created in Christmas Fabrics by Riley Blake Designs

small hexagon mini quilt on wood table

Hexie Flowers Project created by Andi of A Bright Corner

Mini quilt with navy fabric background

Sweet Orchard by Amy of Diary of a Quilter

Colorful blue and green mini quilt with fabric and notions

Stepping Stones by Melaine of a Bit of Scrap Stuff

Where to Buy the Book

You can find the book online at Amazon.

Book Giveaway

Bev is hosting a giveaway for a copy of the book; you can find out how to enter and get all the details over at Flamingo Toes!

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