Charley Harper Mini Quilt Swap

Hi quilty friends!

I’ve got 4 Instagram mini quilt swaps due in late March and April. I’ve finished 3 out of 4 so I’m going to start sharing what I created.

For the Charley Harper inspired mini quilt swap, my partner indicated that she liked the penguins from the Nurture fabric line so I decided to create a penguin mini.

First, I started by creating a larger sized penguin and chick by making my own applique pattern. I used Kona snow, black, and yellow for the adult penguin body. For the chick, I used Kona black, snow, gray and a piece of medium blue Charley Harper fabric.

Next, I created the background piece by stitching together 2-1/2 inch squares, using some Charley Harper fabrics and adding in other fabrics from my stash. I decided to use aquas, blues, and neutrals with the aquas/blues starting in the upper left-hand corner and fading slowly into the all neutrals. The bottom gray portion resembles the ground and is also Charley Harper fabric.

Then I carefully added my penguin appliques to the background and used a blanket-stitch in matching Aurifil thread colors to secure all the individual pieces to the back. I used yellow Aurifil 40 wt thread to add some detail stitching o the adult penguin (mimics the Nurture fabric).

Here’s a look at the completed mini:

Charley Harper Penguin Mini Quilt

Charley Harper Penguin Mini Quilt

Closer look at the penguin:

Penguin close-up

Penguin close-up

I added a few extras to the swap package, including a open wide pouch that I made from the Charley Harper Nurture fabric. I couldn’t resist adding a little stuffed penguin plus some chocolates and wildflower seeds to represent my home state of Oregon:
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I hope my partner loves this mini as much as I do! I had so much fun making this quilt, and it was very hard to take it to the post office yesterday for mailing.

I received a wonderful red cardinal Charley Harper mini in return. I’ll show pictures on my next post!

Until then, happy quilting!
~Jennifer

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9 thoughts on “Charley Harper Mini Quilt Swap

  1. Hey Jennifer! This mini is amazing! It took me a minute, but when I realized the mama (or daddy) penguin was bending over the baby, I fell in love! You are so creative! I don’t know how you do it!! I am going to have to check out CH fabrics too! Thanks as always!!!

  2. Very creative design, I too love Charley Harper, I have made wall hangings using his children’s coloring books as patterns. I would think it would have been hard parting with the Moonstruck chocolate as well!

  3. You’ve made a wonderful mini – I bet you didn’t want to part with it!
    I’m a CH fan too and have some of his earlier fabric just crying out to be taken out of the box.
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. It is really cute. You should have made two at the same time and then it would have been easier to give away. Love the colours.

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