Do You Mini?

Right now, some of the most fascinating reality television involves people who decide they want to simplify by downsizing to a tiny house. Watching the process as individuals shed unnecessary stuff is, in my humble opinion, incredible. (Generally, it usually also means very few children are involved.) By the end of the show, they are carefully ensconced in a mini-house with only minimal possessions. It’s cute if a bit impractical. 


Mini quilts, on the other hand, are anything but impractical. They’re a bite-sized creation, that takes less time and commitment to create, while also being a great place to push the boundaries of conventional quilt-making. Since its foundation, Curated Quilts has had a penchant for mini quilts, and we want to see your mini-quilts, too! 


You can show us your mini-quilt by submitting to our Mini Quilt Challenge. A Curated Quilts mini quilt is no smaller than 10 x 10 inches and no larger than 16 x 16 inches. We post guidelines for the next Mini Quilt Challenge four to five months before the issue releases on the Curated Quilts blog, Instagram, and in our newsletter. Included in the guidelines are a suggested color palette, the focus topic for the next issue (i.e. log cabins, curves, triangles, etc.), and the due dates.


To have your mini quilt potentially published, upload a picture of your mini quilt on the Mini Quilt Call for Entries page on our website (detailed directions at the bottom of the page). Curated Quilts will select 20 to 25 mini quilt entries to feature in the magazine. If selected, you will be required to send your mini quilt to Curated Quilts for professional photography. Once the issue featuring your quilt is released, Curated Quilts will ship your mini quilt back to you with a hard copy of the journal. 


Here are some of the fabulous Mini Quilt Challenge quilts made by Curated Quilts readers:  


Featured in Issue No. 1: Linear

Saturday Morning by Virginia Cole for Curated Quilts Mini Quilt Challenge

Saturday Morning by Virginia Cole @virginiaquilts

Mirrored Windows by Lucinda Walker for Curated Quilts Mini Quilt Challenge

Mirrored Windows by Lucinda Walker @lucindawalkerart 

When All Else Fails Start Over by Laura Piland for Curated Quilts Mini Quilt Challenge

When All Else Fails Start Over by Laura Piland @sliceofpiquilts


Featured in Issue No. 2: Log Cabin

Crow Catcher by Bridget Jane Vian for Curated Quilts Mini Quilt Challenge

Crow Catcher by Bridget Jane Vian @bridget_jane_creates

Improv Abstraction Meets Log Cabin by Karen Foster for Curated Quilts Mini Quilt Challenge


Improv Abstraction Meets Log Cabin by Karen Foster @capitolaquilter 

Log Cabin Jamboree by Audrey Workman for Curated Quilts Mini Quilt Challenge

Log Cabin Jamboree by Audrey Workman @artandstole


Featured in Issue No. 3: Minimalistic 


Blue Stairs by Terry Aske for Curated Quilts Mini Quilt Challenge Blue Stairs by Terry Aske @terryaskeartquilts 

Typewriter Tape by Heather Black for Curated Quilts Mini Quilt Challenge

Typewriter Tape by Heather Black @quiltachusetts 

Triad by Jayne Willis for Curated Quilts Mini Quilt Challenge

Triad by Jayne Willis @twiggyandopal


Featured in Issue No. 4: Triangles

It’s a Three Fling by Jen Broemel for Curated Quilts Mini Quilt Challenge

It’s a Three Fling by Jen Broemel @highfivesandsilverlines

Hexangle by Isabelle Selak for Curated Quilts Mini Quilt Challenge

Hexangle by Isabelle Selak @southbaybella 

Wadsworth by Annie Jeffrey for Curated Quilts Mini Quilt Challenge

Wadsworth by Annie Jeffrey @anniedov 


Featured in Issue No. 5: Improv

Connections by Janice Gunner for Curated Quilts Mini Quilt Challenge

Connections by Janice Gunner @janicegunnertextiles 

Connections by Emilie Trahan for Curated Quilts Mini Quilt Challenge

Connections by Emilie Trahan @mili.tra 

Disconnect by Suzanne McManus for Curated Quilts Mini Quilt Challenge

Disconnect by Suzanne McManus @sosuesews 


Featured in Issue No. 6: House

Little Boxes Made of Ticky Tacky by Meredith Lee Sewell for Curated Quilts Mini Quilt Challenge

Little Boxes Made of Ticky Tacky by Meredith Lee Sewell @meredithleesewell 

Upward Perspective by Cassandra Ireland Beaver for Curated Quilts Mini Quilt Challenge

Upward Perspective by Cassandra Ireland Beaver @cassandra.beaver 

The Ordered House by Heather Black for Curated Quilts Mini Quilt Challenge

The Ordered House by Heather Black @quiltachusetts 


Featured in Issue No. 7: Curves

Circulo by AnnMarie Cowley for Curated Quilts Mini Quilt Challenge

Circulo by AnnMarie Cowley @runandsew 

Sharp Turn by Patti Coppock for Curated Quilts Mini Quilt Challenge

Sharp Turn by Patti Coppock @patticoppock

The Pantheon by Sharon Hamlin for Curated Quilts Mini Quilt Challenge

The Pantheon by Sharon Hamlin @sharquilts 


Featured in Issue No 8: Well Said

In Charge by Kathryn Upitis for Curated Quilts Mini Quilt Challenge

In Charge by Kathryn Upitis @kupitis 

Me by Jill Fisher for Curated Quilts Mini Quilt Challenge

Me by Jill Fisher @pieladyquilts

Always Darkest Before the Dawn by Erin Andrews for Curated Quilts Mini Quilt Challenge

Always Darkest Before the Dawn by Erin Andrews @erin_sew_fun 



Directions for Submitting a Mini Quilt


  1. Go to the Mini Quilt Call for Entries page on our website. (Found under the ‘Blog’ tab.)
  2. At the bottom of the page on the left-hand side, click the ‘Add Link’ button. 
  3. Please provide an email address in the field provided.
  4. Click on the ‘Upload’ button on the left side of the webpage. You can drop and drag your image into the picture field or you can click ‘Click Here’ if you want to upload an image from your hard drive.
  5. After the image is uploaded, click the ‘I Agree’ box.
  6. Click the ‘Save’ button. 
  7. If you are adding the photo without a link, click the ‘Enter without link’ button under the ‘Link’ field. 
  8. If you are adding a link, click the ‘I have a link’ button under the ‘Link’ field and add a URL or link an image from Instagram. 

Detailed video instructions available in our archived Instagram stories under ‘Mini upload.’ 

 

By Brittany Bowen Burton


PS - Look for our next Mini Quilt Challenge in early November.

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