Storts Market

by Lesley Storts


»A Mighty Mini«

Can a quilt that is only the size of a placemat be called a quilt? It can, if it’s a mini. And even though this is small in size, the meaning behind each block and the determination to find just the right fabric made this a labor of love.


My dad had a milestone birthday this year and I wanted to make him something special and I like making quilts. I’ve recently been involved in the #polaroidgreetingswap on Instagram hosted by Johanna who blogs at stuffimadethisweek. Over the past several months, I have received little Polaroid blocks from quilters all over the world! After pondering what to do for my dad, I decided I could make him a mini Polaroid quilt with many memories represented. It first started with planning…


I never thought that StampinUp! paper would come in so handy.


Then came the fabric. I searched through ALL of my fabric and found things in there I didn’t even know I had. I guess my mom had given me the dog paw fabric and lighthouse/beach fabric a long time ago for another project and it was hidden in a bag. But in searching for just the right pieces for my memories, I searched everything. When I exhausted my supply at home, I went shopping. Ooooh yeah! I NEEDED fabric (I don’t get to say that often 😊). Columbus stores that I enjoy frequenting including Sew to Speak, Red Rooster Quilts, and Quilt Beginnings. I also like Hobby Lobby and JoAnn fabrics for many basics.

When I couldn’t find just the right fabric for a few blocks, I decided to embroider those blocks. Anyone who is familiar with amusement park Kings Island will know all about “Beware”. It is for The Beast, a classic wooden roller-coaster that I rode for the first time with my dad.



I was going to quilt the mini by crosshatching it but decided I didn’t want to stitch over my embroidery. Some of my quilty friends suggested I just straight line quilt in the blue. It was just right!


How do you like my fancy wrapping job? Ha ha! Along with a letter wishing my dad a happy birthday, I provided him with a “Quilt Map” just in case he couldn’t figure out what each block was supposed to represent! 😉

Go make a mini! They are terrific.

Happy Quilting! ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎