Monday, May 2, 2016

Villages


Hey everyone!

It's the second day of May and it's time for the Minis and More Parade!






Some exciting stuff going on here in the Parade this month.

 The first exciting thing is that Sherri and I will be giving out a prize package after this Parade to one of our participants this quarter.

Fun quilting goodies will be on the way to someone very soon!


The next exciting thing is our pattern for next month's Parade.

I'm so excited about it that I'm changing it up a bit this month and telling you about the new pattern before we start the Parade.

 It's a brand new one that only came out a few days ago!


A Popsicle project just in time for the start of summer!

This is an adorable table runner that was available in a box that Joanna sent out last week.  The response to it was so great, that she decided to release the pattern in her shop earlier than expected. You can see beautiful pictures and read more about it in Joanna's blog post about the new Popsicle Table Runner. 




This picture is from the Fig Tree and Co. Shop.



Joanna hints that a larger version may be in the works, which I might just have to make too.

My head is spinning with all of the fabrics that could be used for different Popsicle flavors!




And now for the Open House!

  - Thanks to Helen L. who was so clever to think of using the phrase 'Open House' for this Parade -


 Village by Carrie Nelson was the featured pattern this month!

It's a pretty big quilt made up of lots and lots of house blocks. 

Parade participants chose whether or not they wanted to keep it big or make it small.

I always love to see the different quilts or projects that you all make using the same pattern!  




This one is Mindy's! She used all Fig Tree and Co. scraps and she had a good time making the houses! Mindy is looking forward to the quilting and she's thinking about doing a darker binding.  It looks great Mindy, and I just love those soft colors. It makes me think of me of beach houses.






And here is a recent picture of my progress.  I've made a few more houses and I plan to make a few each day out of totally random scraps. I'm mixing fabric lines and styles.  Wow,  some of my fabric goes way back!  I was kind of surprised at how much I like it so far, considering all of that.  It will take me awhile to dig through all of my scraps and get it finished, but I'm okay with that.




Be sure to catch the other half of the Parade later today on Sherri's blog, A Quilting Life.

 There will be more wonderful Village Quilts over there.

Hildy loved this pattern so much that she made two quilts!  That's impressive!

Now I'm off to make some Popsicles for my next project!


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Under Construction



This Village is still under construction!

Village is the quilt pattern by Carrie Nelson that Sherri and I are featuring in Minis and More this month and last month too.








It's a big quilt, so we thought two months would be a good amount of time to get it done.

Some of you are making yours smaller and changing the pattern up a bit.  If you're interested in joining in, its not too late, you can find the pattern at The Fat Quarter Shop.

As you can see, I'm making it big and scrappy, so mine might be a work in progress for some time.

At first I was a little intimidated by my large pile of scraps and the pieces of stash fabric that I had pulled out to use, but once I got started on it, I had trouble taking a break!

Thelma of Cupcakes and Daisies is making one too. I'm inspired by her houses and I love that she's making them from scraps of each of the quilts she makes this year.  What a great idea!

I can't wait to see all of those Villages when its time for the Minis and More Parade.

 Since the first falls on a weekend, the Parade will be on May 2. You can see it here and on Sherri's blog, A Quilting Life too! 








I did take a quick break from building all of those houses to quilt my Clambake Mini.

The straight lines took awhile, but I think it was so worth it.

Once I add the binding,  I'll be back to show you more!



Tuesday, March 1, 2016

March Minis and More


Are you ready for a Clambake?

I sure am after making this adorable mini quilt!

The pattern for this Parade was Clambake Mini by Camille Roskelley.

It's super cute, fast and so much fun!  What more can you ask for in a mini quilt pattern?



We'll start this half of the parade with Mindy's quilt.  She's already ahead of the game because Mindy used holiday fabric for her version of Clambake Mini!  She was able to take some sewing time for herself and ran across a charm pack of this fabric when she was cleaning out her sewing room.  The candy cane border is a perfect fit for Mindy's festive quilt!






My Clambake Mini is made with Gooseberry fabric.  I had so much fun with this one.  You can read more about it HERE. A big Clambake quilt is now on my list of quilts to make this year.

  




And in keeping with the "More" part of Minis and More, Sherri and I are changing it up a bit this month! 


Our next pattern will be Village from Miss Rosie's Quilt Co.!

One of Carrie Nelson's new patterns!

It's a big quilt using charm squares!

I can't use too many exclamation points here!  I'm excited about it and I hope you are too!




This lovely picture of Carrie's Village quilt is from Thelma's blog Cupcakes and Daisies, taken by Carrie Nelson of Moda. 


Village would be wonderful with scraps, or a mix of charm packs, and even Layer Cakes too if you'd like.

So many options!

Now I'm not really sure of this so please proceed with caution here, but I'm thinking you could possibly even make it smaller or larger if you'd like.  That's something you'd need to look into if you were interested in doing that, but it looks like it might be possible to me..... 



This picture of the houses she made with scraps belongs to Thelma of Cupcakes and Daisies.  Used with permission. 


Sherri and I are giving you two months to make Village, since it's a bigger quilt, so the next Parade will be May first.

And after the May Parade it'll be time for a prize!  Anyone with a quilt in a Parade since our last giveaway will be entered. The more Parades you've participated in, the more times you are entered!

I'm off to order my pattern from The Fat Quarter Shop and look around here for some charm packs.

Don't forget to see the rest of the Clambake Parade on Sherri's blog A Quilting Life!


I can't wait to see your Village! 


Monday, February 29, 2016

Time for a Clambake!



Over the weekend I photographed my Clambake Mini and I'm so happy with how it turned out.

I'm happy with the pictures and I'm especially happy with the quilt!







This little quilt was so fun to make!

The construction is different than what I'm used to and that was wonderful.

Trying something new can be so refreshing!









I admit I was slightly slowed down by the fact that the Gooseberry fabric line that I was using had only a few colors in it.

Similar colors and fabrics so close together had me rethinking my layout a few times, but boy do I love how it turned out and I love that Gooseberry fabric too!

I'm tempted to stock up on it, but with so many beautiful new fabric lines coming out soon I might just wait..... 








If you haven't tried this adorable pattern by Camille Roskelley of Thimbleblossoms you might want to check it out.

It's quick, fun and easy.

A big Clambake quilt has definitely been added to my list of projects to make!

To see more cute Clambake mini quilts stop by tomorrow for half the Minis and More Parade here on my blog, and and visit Sherri McConnell's blog, A Quilting Life to see the other half of the parade.

Sherri and I have something big planned for next month!  Hope to see you there.

Have a great Monday!


Monday, February 1, 2016

The February First Minis and More Parade



The last month of winter!  Before you know it we'll be welcoming spring!

For today's Minis and More Parade we'll start out with Patty's table runner.  



Patty from the blog A Stitch In Time used Road 15 fabric by Sweetwater to make a table runner using the blocks from Sherri's Hope Chest Mini, the pattern for this month's parade. This mini lends itself well to a table runner version.  Patty's fabric choices make it great for use any time of year!






Sandy did a post on her blog Loves To Quilt and included a picture of her mini quilt for this month's parade.  She used Kansas Troubles fabric from scraps of her stash in an effort to use some of it up. Great use of scraps Sandy!  It's beautiful!






Mary sent in a picture of the front of her Hope Chest Mini and one of the back too, so we could see the beautiful pantograph she used in better detail. I also love that she used the border fabric in the blocks. Lots of flowers just in time for spring! You can read more about Mary's mini on her blog Needledmom.









And here's mine, now all quilted and bound.  I was happy to be able to use only fabrics that I already had on hand for this one, including some Me and My Sisters fabric that I had left over from a baby quilt that I made last year and some Kona Snow for the background.  And I was able to get the stripes on the binding matched up all the way around!






Be sure to view the other half of the parade on Sherri's blog, A Quilting Life.



As far as next month's pattern goes, Sherri and I have chosen Mini Clambake by Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms!

It's a little different than a quilt made up of quilt blocks, so it should be fun!

I was able to locate the pattern at the Fat Quarter Shop and in Camille's shop too in both PDF and paper form.

  We're really looking forward to making this one and seeing what you all come up with!

Don't forget to email one of us a picture of your quilt and maybe a bit about it when you're finished.



Have a great week and be sure to do some happy sewing!



Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Hazel Pouch Trio



Today I'm going to show you pictures of the finished bag from the Hazel Pouch Trio Pattern that I tested for Jennie of Clover and Violet.







It's a cute bag!

It's a very versatile pattern too, with three different size options.








This is the largest size of the bags in the pattern.

I plan to keep some hand sewing in it so I can pick it up and take it with me when I'm on the go.

For that reason, I went with the option of leaving out the dividers inside the bag and going with more open space.

There are big deep pockets on the inside where I can keep some smaller sewing items.








I used Prairie fabric for the accent squares and Maker fabric for the background.

I'm not a fan of white bags, but this one just had to be made, there was no resisting!

I love this fabric combo and you can be sure I'll use it again.







For more information and pictures of the bag in progress you can check out my post HERE.



In other news, in the continuing effort to keep my blog up to date and refreshed I've removed a few inactive blog buttons and I've also removed a few blogs from my blogroll.

 I've only removed blogs that haven't had posts for two or more years. I figure if you haven't written a post in two years you have probably decided to stop blogging.

If this isn't the case and you decide to continue to blog or to reactivate your blog button, please let me know because you are missed and I'll be more than happy to put you back on.


   Have a great week!



Monday, January 4, 2016

Minis and More in 2016



Welcome to the first Minis and More Parade of 2016!

Usually I can't get my Christmas decorations down and put away fast enough, but this year I'm being pretty slow about it and I'm sad to see them go.  Maybe its because of the crazy warm weather we had over the holidays.  If I remember correctly it was 83 here on Christmas Day!

Well warm or not its time to move on to the New Year, and Sherri and I are excited about what we have in store for you for Minis and More in 2016.

Today its a small, but wonderful Parade, as I'm sure many of you were busy with plans over the holidays.



Hildy made this beautiful Christmas tree pillow by combining two of our pattern choices for December,  Oh Christmas Tree by Amy Rivera and Christmas Baubles by Jen Daly, both available in the Moda Bake Shop.  She can use this pillow all year.  I love how Hildy comes up with creative ways to use the patterns and this one is no exception!






Nancy E. made this adorable mini pattern by Camille Roskelley for a friend at 
Christmas and she sent it in.  This pattern is wonderful!  That cute checked binding is perfect!  Nancy used First Crush by Sweetwater for her fabric.  I think that's a brand new line of fabric, out just in time for Valentine's Day. 





During December I was able to squeeze in time to make Abundantly Blessed by by Bonnie Olaveson of Cotton Way.  I had a great time making this quilt!  Cathedral Windows have always been a favorite of mine and add the quilt as you go method and this is definitely a winner in my book!  I used Charlevoix fabric by Minick and Simpson and some Moda Bella Solid Off White too.  You can read more about it HERE if you're interested.






I'm so excited to tell you about the pattern we've picked out for the February parade!

It's Sherri's brand new pattern Hope Chest Mini!





Remember the Hope Chest pattern I tested for her a few months back?

 It's one of my favorite patterns ever! 

So when she sent me the mini to look at just a few days ago, I asked if it was possible to have it out in time to introduce as the pattern for Minis and More this month.

The PDF is on sale in Sherri's Etsy shop until Friday for the reduced price of $3.50 with the code minihopechest.

If you're interested in the paper version there will be a short wait of 1-2 weeks until the paper pattern is available.






The Hope Chest Mini is a great way to use up some scraps or a few precuts you have left over from a larger project, but couldn't bear to part with.

I walked right past that pile of laundry and all of the Christmas decorations that are begging to be taken down this morning, so I could get my Hope Chest Mini finished up and show it to you!

I'm looking forward to seeing your version at the end of the month!