Monday, October 3, 2016

Welcome October!

Happy fall!

We're looking forward to some cooler, crisp weather and what better way to celebrate than to show you the beautiful fall projects that were sent in for this month's Minis and More Parade!

Sherri McConnell did a wonderful Fall Placemat Tutorial at the end of August that we used for the featured project for this month's Parade.

We'll start with Mindy's two wonderful placemats.  She made one with cute pumpkins and the other with little leaves.  I love that she used fall colors and that she has some pops of aqua and green too!

Our next beautiful entry is from Vickie. She added the fall leaves on both sides of her placemats and she used a quilt as you go method to get them quilted and ready to use quickly!  They are adorable! 

And now here's mine.  I was planning on using fall fabric scraps and while I was sorting through them, I came across these leftover squares that I had already sewn together for another project.  I decided to incorporate them into my fall tabletopper.

The Parade for next month will feature another cute free tutorial from Sherri!

I remember when she did her original post about it and I'm so excited make a few now.

You can find it by clicking on this link to Sherri's Simple Patchwork Bag Tutorial.

Photo courtesy of Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life.

I was think this adorable little bag would make a wonderful holiday gift or even a sweet hostess gift for Thanksgiving or any other gathering that you could be attending.

And you just may need to make a few for yourself too!

When you're finished with your bag, take a picture and send it to Sherri or to me and we'll be sure it goes in next month's Minis and More Parade.

 With each Parade entry you're eligible to win the random drawing for the monthly prize.

Last month's winner of some newly released precuts was Mindy!

I can't wait to see those cute Patchwork Bags! 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Let's get ready for fall!

Hello everyone!

Who's ready for fall?

I know I am!  The kids are back in school and the fall decorations are coming out!

Last week I was in a home improvement store and they had lots of big boxes in the front ready to be unpacked and unloaded.  I thought the boxes contained items for the tropical storm that is headed this way, but no.  The boxes were labeled "fall" and employees were working on their seasonal display.

So that means we can get out our fall quilts!

I'm happy to tell you that our project for next month has a fall theme.

It's a fun fall placemat tutorial that Sherri wrote and posted to her blog yesterday.

It's adorable!

This picture was taken by Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life.

This would be the perfect scrappy project to use up all of those fall fabric pieces you can't seem to part with in your stash.

My plan is to make one into a great table topper for a little table in my living room.

I'm not sure I could let anyone use it as a placemat and possibly get food on it....

It's just too cute!

So when you go over to Sherri's blog to see the other half of the Parade, be sure to look for the fall placemat tutorial in Sherri's post from August 31.

Thanks so much Sherri for providing such a sweet free tutorial!

In other Minis and More news, I'd like to announce that the winner of last month's Minis and More prize was Mary from the blog NeedledMom!

After today's Parade Sherri and I will draw a winner from this month's entries.

 Mindy sent in this gorgeous picture of her Handmade Mini pattern for today's Parade.  Handmade is a mini pattern by Camille Roskelley of Thimbleblossoms.  Mindy used Little Miss Sunshine fabric and she changed the pattern a little by setting the spools on their sides.  The embroidery she added is lovely!  I noticed that Mindy has received lots of compliments on this mini and I can definitely see why!  

To view the rest of the Parade of Handmade Minis visit Sherri McConnell at A Quilting Life and don't forget to look for the free tutorial for next month's project too.

To enter the Minis and More Parade for October, just email a picture of your completed fall placemat project that you made from Sherri's fall placemat tutorial before October 1 to be included in the drawing for next month's prize.

See you soon!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

The Minis and More Parade Holiday Edition

Here's what you've been waiting for, the Christmas in July Minis and More Parade!

Yes, it's August now and back to school is just a few weeks away for my kids, since we live here in Florida.

I can't believe it!  We've had a great summer, but wow has it been hot!  I'm always happy to have summer arrive, but I'm usually not sad to see it leave.

Looking forward to cooler weather, we have our Christmas in July Parade today!

Hopefully you baked some Christmas cookies and thought snowy thoughts as you sat inside in the air
conditioning and worked on some holiday related projects or gifts!

This Jingle project belongs to Patty of Elm Street Quilts.  She used some red Kate Spain scraps and her own Chunky Alphabet Pattern to create this cute mini.  Patty even drew the holly leaves freehand and added some extra batting underneath to make them pop!  Beautiful!

Mary from the blog Needled Mom sent in this cute Popsicle table runner inspired by our Minis and More Parade a few months ago using the Mini Popsicle table rummer pattern by Fig Tree and Co.  Mary used bright summery colors and she sent in a picture of the cute back of her table runner too!  

Mindy made an adorable Joy Mini for her Christmas in July Parade entry. Aren't the packages great?  I love the fabrics she used, especially the aqua and the light green border.  She's got a head start on the holidays!  Beautiful Mindy!

 And now, even though I didn't get it done in time for the Parade I'm going to show you what I've been working on for Christmas in July. Although it's not done, you're getting a quick peek anyway because I really wished I would have finished it and I'm so excited about it!  Using some leftover charm squares that I had from previous Christmas projects, I made a few wreaths using the Mini Cheerio pattern by Camille Roskelley and hopefully soon I'll get them and a few more into a mini quilt. 

The September Parade will feature the new Handmade Mini pattern by Camille Roskelley.

Sherri and I think this will be a super fun project!

It includes the possibility of some embroidery at the bottom which looks like fun.  I've never tried to embroider much of anything before, so I'm excited to try my hand a something new.  The Handmade Mini would be cute without the embroidery too if that's just not your thing.

I borrowed this picture of the pattern is from Camille's shop called Thimbleblossoms and you can find the Handmade Mini Pattern in her shop by clicking here.  Right now, she has both the PDF and paper versions of the pattern available.

Send in those pictures of your Handmade Mini to Sherri or to me before September first to be in the Parade and to be entered in the drawing for next month's prize!

Now don't forget about the rest of the Parade on Sherri's blog A Quilting Life.

I can't wait to go over there and see what everyone else has been doing during Christmas in July!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Acreage Blog Tour

This summer I've been having a great time sewing with a brand new fabric line that will be released in September.

It's from Moda designer Shannon Gillman Orr of Eva Blake's Makery and its called the Acreage Collection.

Today is my stop on the Acreage Blog Tour, so I finally get to show you what I've been up to with these fun, cheery fabrics!

Acreage has such great prints with adorable fabrics featuring clothespins, different types of flowers, and of course my favorite fabrics in the line, those amazing bikes!

And they come in so many beautiful colors!

Using the largest amount of Acreage fabric that I could in my quilt for this blog tour was important to me, so something bigger than a mini quilt was a priority here.

I love mini quits, as you know, but I wanted this one to be big!

The pattern that I liked the most that would put the pieces of fabric that I had to good use was the Schnibbles Domino pattern by Carrie Nelson.

But as much as I love Schnibbles patterns and as much as I wanted to make the Domino pattern, since it's one that I'd never made before, it just wasn't large enough to include all of my Acreage fabric.

So, with a little help I changed up Carrie's Domino Schnibble pattern.  My version is larger in size and the placement of the fabrics is different than Carrie's, which gave me the ability to use as much of those cute Acreage prints in my quilt as possible.

As far as the background goes, I really wanted to make the bright Acreage fabrics stand out, so I decided a dark background was the way to go.

Acreage paired up really well with Moda Grunge, which happens to be one of my all time favorite backgrounds to use.  It adds a textured look to the background without standing out too much.  

Espresso was the color of Moda Grunge that I chose.  It sounds kind of brown, but it really looks more gray and black.  

 It made the Acreage fabrics pop and that's what I was going for!

It's even what I used for the binding!

I do love using any kind of white fabric as a background, but I try to think out of the box as much as I can and give other background colors a try. 

The big, bright buttons that highlight Shannon's fabric were a fun addition!

After I completed the straight line quilting, putting buttons in the same colors as the Acreage fabrics in the center of the Moda Grunge seemed like a good idea, so I went with it!

I figured I could always remove them if I wanted to, but I love the look and how they go with the breezy feeling of the fabrics.

I don't remember ever adding buttons to a quilt before and they weren't part of my original plan, but I love how they look against the Moda Grunge and how they pull the whole thing together.

Making this quilt with Shannon's Acreage fabric was a fun summer project for me this year!  I had a great time with it and I fell in love with all of the beautiful prints in the process.

You'll be sure to see more of her fabrics in my upcoming projects when I can get my hands on more
Acreage fabric!

Don't forget to visit the other stops on the tour to see more creative projects using Shannon's new fabric!

Monday July 4th Sally Keller of Sally’s Angelworks
Monday July 11th Anna Marks of Crazy8Farms
Monday  July 18 Brooke Sellmann of  Silly Mama Quilts
Monday July 25th Melissa Shields of Quilting Room with Mel
Monday August 1 Michele of Island Life Quilts  You're here right now!
Monday August 8 Jayme Christensen of Finding Sweetland
Monday August 15 Briawna Hugh of Purple Poppy Quilts
Monday August 22 Peta Peace of She Quilts a Lot
Monday August 29 Lani Padilla of Simply Fresh Vintage
Monday September 5  Loryn Litchty of  Sweet Sassy Strong
Monday September 12 Jemima Flendt of  Tied With a Ribbon
Monday September 19 Anne Boundy of Said with Love
Monday September 26 Staci Barrett of A Vintage Fairytale
Monday October 3rd Blog Tour wrap up by Shannon Gillman Orr of Eva Blake’s Makery

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Star Bright Mini

Happy Fourth of July weekend everyone!

I just popped some watermelon flavored cupcakes in the oven to take to a cookout tomorrow and now I have a few minutes to show you the details of my Star Bright Mini Quilt that you saw in yesterday's Minis and More Parade.

This is a fun pattern!

 I love how the corners of the stars form some different secondary patterns and that the star corners actually form the same star in the middle of the quilt.

Sherri has a large version of this quilt that I love, and the fact that the corners of the stars form other stars is the reason why I like it so much.

Someday I'd love to make that one too!

You an find both the mini and the large versions of Star Bright in Sherri Mc Connell's Etsy shop here.

As I mentioned yesterday all of the fabrics in this mini came from my stash and I was happy about that!

I was hesitant to use the Boathouse binding at first.

I wasn't sure if it would be too busy, especially considering the patriotic text background that I used.  

But now I think the binding really goes well with the red and white text background and I'm happy with it.

Oh, and I was able to match up the pattern all the way around the binding.  I love it when that works out!


This quilting pattern is new to me and I think it looks great here.

I'd seen something similar on lots of flag quilts the last few weeks and I liked that it was simple, but yet it would give me interest and movement to the quilt so I gave it a try.

I drew and cut out a template, copied it onto my quilt once with the purple disappearing pen, then I quilted on that line.

For each line after that I just used the edge of my walking foot and ran it along the line before it.  

Every few lines I would use my template again to get my quilting lines back on track because I found that my quilting lines were gradually getting a bit straighter and what I liked about this pattern was the wave.

I'm definitely using quilting design again soon!

If you didn't catch the announcement yesterday, Sherri and I are hoping that more of you will participate in out Minis and More Parade each month, so we'll be giving monthly prizes now hoping that you'll play along with us as we make more mini quits and projects throughout the year!

The August Parade will feature free choice Christmas projects or any gift or project that you've made during the month.

Just send me an email or send one to Sherri from A Quilting Life with a picture of your project and a link to your blog if you have one and we'll include you in our Parade and our prize drawing.

I can't wait to see what you sew this month!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Star Bright Mini Parade

Happy weekend everyone!

I'm glad you're here for Parade Day!

Today's Parade features the Star Bright Mini by Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life.

When Sherri and I were discussing which pattern to use for July, I suggested her Star Bright Mini because I thought it was perfect for the Fourth of July holiday and it could also be a great Christmas pattern.

It's a great pattern for any kind of fabric for an everyday look too!

Here's Hildy's Star Bright Mini Quilt.  Hildy used an assortment of Bonnie and Camille's fabrics for her mini to come up with this bright and cheerful look.  She added some black dot fabric too since Bonnie and Camille's new, yet to be released line of fabric has some black fabric in it. Your mini looks awesome Hildy! I love the additional black fabric.  It makes your quilt pop!  Great idea!

I made my Star Bright Mini with fabric that all came from my stash!  That's right, even the binding was fabric that I already had. That doesn't happen to me very often, so I had to mention it.  I've done lots of red, white, and blue quilts over the years and holding on to those scraps helped me here.  I did some wave quilting on my home machine inspired by quilting that I've seen on many flag quilts over the last few weeks.

And now for some big Minis and More news!

Sherri and I are pleased to announce that we're going to be giving a prize after each Parade.  We're so excited about it! So gather your patterns and start sewing!

The next Parade is Christmas in July!

 You can use any mini pattern you'd like.

Anything goes! 

If you aren't interested in a Christmas pattern or theme pick whatever you'd like to make.

It's summer so take it easy and make that pattern you've been interested in but we haven't chosen yet.

Don't forget to visit Sherri's blog to see the rest of our petite Parade.

Happy quilting!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Summer Sparkle Quilt for the Fourth of July

Back in June of 2014 I saw the Summer Sparkle Quilt by Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts and it stopped me in my tracks.

I had to make that quilt with those fabrics!

It was a three part Bernina Sew Along.

Luckily,  I was just in time to find enough of the Color Me Happy ombre fabrics by Vanessa Christenson to make my quilt.

I got it all pieced that summer, but not put together.  I was disappointed that I didn't get it finished in time for the Fourth of July.

Fast forward to the summer of 2015 when I was determined to have that quilt ready for the Fourth, and I did!  Just barely...... but it seemed like it was too late to blog about it.

Now its the summer of 2016 and here is this post!

I love this quilt!

Last summer picking the binding slowed me down in the finishing process.

Should I use pink?  Blue?  Even denim went through my mind.  I do have quite an extensive collection of old jeans that I've collected to use in a denim quilt someday.  No, denim wasn't it.

One day I went to my LQS with my husband while we were running some errands and I wanted to stop by to look for possible bindings for my Summer Sparkle Quilt.

And guess what?  My husband found the perfect fabric!

He pointed out a blue fabric with white stars that I walked right by.  I was so stuck on some of the plans I had for my binding that a star binding on a star quilt never occurred to me until he pointed it out!

I loved it and hurried to finish that quilt on July third.

I was so happy to get it out this year and enjoy it!

The quilting is straight line quilting that I did on my machine using my purple disappearing marker and a yard stick to draw my lines.

The backing is Ikea Britten Nummer fabric that my husband found for me in Dubai when it was becoming scarce here.

My husband is great at fabric finding!

Thanks for letting me share this Fourth of July finish with you today.

Tomorrow you'll find the Minis and More Parade here and on Sherri's blog A Quilting Life too.

Congratulations to Sherri on eight years of blogging today!

See you back here tomorrow for a mini parade of mini Star Bright quilts!