It’s not often I get to have a re-do on Quilts-I-Once-Started-But-Abandoned, but there’s a fresh breeze in the air this fall, with another go-round of Jen Kingwell’s My Small World quilt. Paula James (@the_secret_sewer) and Nicola Kelly (@nicola_picola_) have joined forces under the IG banner of #mysmallworldsewcial on Instagram, getting us started and keeping us going until we all finish, some nine months later. The experts all say that we’ll agree to anything that has a finish date in the future because we think we have all the time in the world in the future. This proves it.
I love Paul’s opening line in her recent post: “Over 60 awesome quilting friends have foolishly offered to join Nicola and me in a special sewalong to create our very own #mysmallworldquilt by genius @jenkingwell.”
And Nicola writes: “The fabulous Paula and I were beyond inspired by Jen Kingwell’s #mysmallworldquilt at last weekend’s retreat that we decided to make one in our inimitable style! 😂. If you would like to join us in a friendly, motivational and slightly bonkers sew along we’d LOVE to have you onboard….Thank you for the phenomenal response already to Paula’s post last night and let me know below if you’ve reconsidered your WIP pile and fancy another little addition.”
These are my kind of leaders.
I dug in the boxes at the bottom of the heap, to drag out this woe-be-gotten piece of piecing, folded up some four years ago (that’s 1460 days, if you are counting) and set aside. The last post I can find says something like “My Small World, June 2015 edition,” like there was going to be something else after that.
I’d made a copy of the pattern from my Quilt Mania Special Issue Spring 2015 (which isn’t for sale anymore), and made all my errata and corrections on this, so I’m somewhat ahead of the game. I guess. And there was an earlier sew-a-long; see my Posts for Reference, below. The IG at that time was #mysmallworldqal and it can be helpful to look at that feed for ideas.
I also have a bazillion 1 1/2″ squares of ivory-colored sky cut up. When I saw this in a comment on the #mysmallworldsewcial feed, I had to laugh:
You can purchase the pattern at Jen Kingwell’s Shop, Amitie, if you want the booklet, but you can also find some online, if you do a search. So, get out your orphaned Small World and get back in the game!! Below are screenshots from their feed, reminding me of what I need to get done by what date:
Other Posts For Reference
VeryKerryBerry — Kerry ran an IG sew-a-long in 2015. On this post she has info about each section, links to Errata (Corrections) if you have the magazine pattern, and tips and tricks. Very helpful. [Warning: Any link back to QuiltMania does not work. I think after a year, they relinquish rights and responsibilities back to the pattern writer.]
Patchwork ‘n’ Play — Susan’s Melbourne Town, where I found out that Jen Kingwell based this quilt on the artwork of Mary Blair, a Disney artist.
Live A Colorful Life — Cindy’s My Small World: The Disney Version
Wendy’s Quilts and More — Wendy writes about re-starting a stalled Small World
Another post from Wendy with more tips