Isn't this the cutest? I made it for my daughter, who is a nail polish collector, after I happened upon the video tutorial from FAT QUARTER SHOP. The mini quilt was so quick and easy to make, it only took me an afternoon to piece and an hour or so to finish. I used scraps from my stash so it was a simple, fun project to put together.
One other reason I was inspired to make this wall hanging is that after all the quilts I've made, I don't believe I have ever done cross-hatched quilting. Each line was drawn on the fabric after the top was completed (but before sandwiching). I used a Frixion pen and the lines are 1" apart. I'm super glad I tried this quilting technique on such a small piece because it was a pain. I cannot imagine doing all that marking on a full-size throw or bed quilt. I used monopoly thread in the top and matching Aurifil cotton thread on the bottom. It worked very well and the texture is beautiful! While I love the look and feel of the diagonal cross-hatch, I doubt I will be doing it again soon!
To keep things moving along quickly (I wanted to finish while daughter was at work), I added the binding completely by machine using my small Bernina fitted with a walking foot. The special foot comes with 3 different soles, one being a stitch-in-the-ditch foot with a guide in the centre. This makes it super easy to follow along the binding and get the stitches exactly where they need to be. That's the first time I've done this on my 350SE and it worked like a charm. Even my corners turned out pretty well and the finish is fast and tidy, perfect for a small wall hanging like this.
I am very pleased with how this Nail Polish mini quilt turned out and I think daughter liked it too. You can of course, make an entire quilt out of the block pattern, which is available for free from Fat Quarter Shop HERE. Make it for the girly girls (or for yourself) in a few hours.