Stems – A Mini Sampler

Hello all!

I’m excited to share my flimsy finish for November’s AYOS quilt.

It is best described as a Stems Mini Sampler.  I have worked in three of Fig Tree Quilts newest mini patterns.  I put in links to Fig Tree Quilts shop site for each pattern if you want a quick way to buy one for yourself.


Here is a picture of the original pattern design by Fig Tree Quilts:

Stems Pattern


Now, here’s mine.  I used a partial charm pack each of Best.Day.Ever. and Fancy.

First – let’s start with the Mini Stems !

Stems Stems

Here is a Mini Lollipop !


Stems Sun


And finally – Mini Painted Ladies !

Stems Butterflies


And then put them all together!

Stems AYOS Center

This center part came out around 30″x31″.  The green grass fabric really looks like grass texture up close.  I didn’t pre-test it for colorfast – fingers crossed!

Also, when I started off – I wasn’t thinking that I was going to grow it this much.  I had opened up a jelly roll of Kona White for the background and I couldn’t (easily) find a matching white when I got to the expansion areas for the sun and butterflies.  So – I made do!  I think the quilting design I have in mind will help hide the seam lines, and it will be backed with white batting – not a dark green quilt underneath.

I had everything for this quilt (except the coordinating butterfly backing which I got half off from Hancocks of Paducah) in my stash.  Here is what I came across for my border fabric which was PERFECT.  One yard each of these two pieces from Swirly Girls for Michael Miller.  Probably got it on a Flash Sale from FQS :

Stems Border Fabric


I finished the last border around 1:00 am this morning.  I should have laid this out on a white bedsheet, but it was really late and I was really tired.  The green surround is the bedspread quilt.

Stems Mini Done


Finished quilt size is now around 50″x51″.  And it is already earmarked as a Christmas present for my granddaughter who was born in May of this year.  I see it as a great interactive play mat for now and hopefully it gets washed a lot and becomes a super soft snuggle blanket later.

I’m really happy how it turned out.


Have you done your Mini Stems yet?  Can’t wait to see you in the parade!  Hop over to Sinta and Sherri’s blogs on December 1st to see all the wonderful garden quilts – I bet there will be a lot of participation this month!


Enjoy the weekend!


5 thoughts on “Stems – A Mini Sampler

  1. Oh my gosh this is so darn cute! I need to copy you!!! And in the future see what you are up to first and then just copy you before I make one!!!

    • Hi Sarah – biologically, … no. But my husband had two sons when we were married and one of them is now a Dad this past year. But stepgrandmother doesn’t sound right, so I just put it out there. 🙂

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