****Today I have the pleasure of hosting Kathreen Ricketson on her blog tour for her brand new book Whip Up Mini Quilts from Chronicle Books. Kathreen talks about the history and current popularity of mini quilts. Read on to find out more, and don't forget to enter the giveaway above! ~ meighan****
The history of mini quilts:
I see today’s mini quilt as a modern take on the traditional sampler quilt, which was used as a teaching tool for young quilters. Similarly, in the early nineteenth century, doll quilts were used to teach girls the first steps in sewing and quilt making. Every girl was expected to learn to sew, and many began by sewing for their dolls. These doll quilts, and other small quilts made for babies and children, were miniature copies of full-size designs. Only later in the century, when the concept of childhood took on a greater importance, were quilts designed specifically for children. These quilts began to reflect children’s interests, depicting stories and animals for the purpose of educating. In addition, doll quilts were no longer made only by young girls; suddenly, mothers, aunts, and grandmothers were making sweet little quilts with fine stitching and designs for the little girls in their lives.
Why are mini quilts so popular - here are just a few reasons:
1. Quilting can be intimidating - however the small format of the mini quilt means they are a much more attainable goal and the perfect way to gain some quilting confidence
2. Mini Quilts are a great way to use up scraps but also perfect to use your fancy expensive small pieces of fabric
3. Many people don't have the time or patience to finish a large quilt but as they love quilting a mini quilt is an achievable project. They are perfect for those with short attention spans.
4. Mini quilts are the perfect way to hone your quilting skills and test out new techniques