Monday, January 2, 2017

Starting a new year with Minis and More!



Happy New Year!

The holiday rush is over, the decorations are cleaned up, the Christmas cookies are almost gone, and my college boy is back at school!  It's time to get 2017 started!

I'm excited to tell you about what Sherri and I have planned for Minis and More.



Since January is a month of cleaning up, cleaning out, and getting organized, we're focusing on UFO's this month!

I don't know about you, but I could certainly use some encouragement to get my unfinished projects done. 

In fact, I'm going to try a lot harder to finish lots more projects this year than I did last year.  That's my quilting new year's resolution!

Last year, an unplanned renovation to our house left some of my 2016 projects in an unquilted state and I hope to have that corrected soon.

The last major phase of our renovation, which is painting baseboards, is supposed to begin tomorrow and hopefully it will be completed quickly. 

I found ways to keep sewing through most of the renovation process, but getting out large quilts to quilt them just didn't mix well with paint, wood glue, and that kind of thing.

But piecing quilts was no problem! 

Which as you can imagine, didn't help decrease my UFO collection.

Anyway, enough about my UFO woes, we want to hear about yours! 







Send us a before and an after picture of a UFO that you finish in January.  We want to see what it looks like before you get it finished and after you complete it!  Two photos this month!

Sherri has some wonderful posts about getting organized, which would be great reading to start out the year.

We want to inspire you to finish up a UFO or two so you can enjoy some of those projects that have made their way to the bottom of the stack.

And just for fun, if you want to, in the comment section tell us how many UFO's you have, I'm kind of wondering......but honestly I'm not even going to count mine right now so you won't see my total there!

Send us your before and after UFO project pictures for our February Parade and then you'll be entered in our monthly drawing for a fun surprise!

Karen was our prize winner in the last Minis and More Parade!  Congratulations Karen!

If you are new to the Minis and More group or if you have't been able to participate recently we'd love to have you join us!  Leave us a comment or send an email to Sherri or to me and we'll be happy to answer your questions.






And because I like to include a picture in my posts, I'll show you my finished Cherrio mini that I completed over our Minis and More break.

It's a project that I did for our Minis and More Holiday Editon last year.







The pattern is by Camille Roskelley of Thimbleblossoms and the fabrics are a variety of red and green Moda Charm squares from different fabric lines.

Now, I'm off to look through my stack of UFO's!

   

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Scrappy Patchwork Pillows


We're welcoming December and that means it's time for another Minis and More Parade!

Between preparing for the holidays and enjoying time with family and friends many of you made a sweet pillow from the free Scrappy Patchwork Pillow Tutorial on Sherri's blog.



This cute red pillow was made by my friend Mary.  She can be found writing posts for her blog Needled Mom.  Mary used some great red fabric scraps and added her own twist to Sherri's tutorial by using leftover HST's to create the center of her pillow.  This pillow will have a home on Mary's couch near her new Christmas tree skirt. It's adorable Mary!   





Patty from the blog Elm Street Quilts made this sweet pillow.  She added some great Christmas themed embroidery.  I love the aquas, light greens, and reds that she used here to make it such a fun, festive pillow.  If it was mine I think I would just leave it out all year long! Patty was the recipient of the Minis and More prize last month.  Congratulations Patty!
   




My Scrappy Patchwork Pillow top is made with the Modern Background fabrics lines called Ink and Paper by Zen Chic for Moda.  I really wish I had more of these great fabric lines.  I was tempted not to use them at all, but if I don't, it really doesn't help me by just sitting there, right?  Once I decide if this will become a pillow or a mini it will have a place in my family room.





And as always, don't forget to see the other half of the Parade on Sherri's blog, A Quilting Life



With everyone so busy with all kinds of holiday festivities, Sherri and I thought December would be a nice month to rest, enjoy the season, and gather fabrics and projects to prepare for the new year ahead!

So in the month of December, we won't be making a project.
  

Our next Parade will be on February first and we'll let you know what project or pattern we will be featuring in that Parade on our blogs at the beginning of January.

 Are there any particular projects you'd like to see us feature in upcoming Minis and More Parades?

Leave a comment and let us know! We'd love to hear from you!
     
Be sure to check in at the start of the new year to see what we're working on next.

If you'd like to join us and participate in the Minis and More Parade with fun patterns and monthly prizes, we'd love to have you!

Simple make the next project, then email one of us with a picture of what you made and we'll put you in the Parade. 

Leave any questions you might have about participating in the comment section and we'll get you more information.

Have a wonderful holiday season and we'll see you again soon!     

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Lulu


Lots of Christmas sewing has been happening at my house!

There's finally a chill in the air here in Florida and it's time to think about the holidays!

I've got plenty of holiday mini quilts at my house and I'm sure you agree there's always room for more mini quilts, but I've been thinking that I'd like another throw sized quilt that we can use while watching Christmas movies on the couch or playing games in the family room this winter.

Jelly Roll quilts are always a favorite of mine, so I was eager to try out the new pattern called Lulu by Amber Johnson of Gigis Thimble Quilt Patterns.









With one Jelly Roll of The Cookie Exchange fabric by Sweetwater and a coordinating fat quarter I was able to make this entire quilt!

Amber's new Lulu pattern uses every strip in the Jelly Roll and I think that's my favorite thing about it.









It's always difficult for me to choose which pieces of fabric should not 'make the cut' for a particular quilt and with this pattern that's certainly not a problem.

Lulu is a super efficient way to use a Jelly Roll with hardly any fabric left over!








I love that all of those cute low volume fabrics in this line found a home in this quilt too.

The Cookie Exchange does include lots of lighter fabrics, so this was a great match up.









The few Jelly Roll end pieces that I have left will find their way into my holiday scrap bin to be used in my next Christmas scrap quilt.








Simple but fun piecing make this pattern appropriate for a quilter at any experience level.

I was happy to able to whip this one up pretty quickly and I'm hoping to have it ready for the holidays!









We're doing some renovations on our home and we're going for lighter and brighter.

Lulu will fit in with our new decor very well with the bright festive colors of The Cookie Exchange!

I especially love the aqua in this holiday fabric line and it should go with the new paint colors in our house.







Speaking of cookies, I think I might make a batch before everyone gets home.

Thanks for stopping by to meet Lulu


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Sugar Pine Stars - A new pattern



I've got a brand new quilt pattern to share with you today!

Last week my friend Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life introduced one of her new patterns called Sugar Pine Stars.







I was thrilled to test this beautiful pattern for her a few weeks ago and I'm so happy that I can show you my version today!


This is the lap size Sugar Pine Stars quilt that I made with Bonnie and Camille's Little Ruby fabric line and some Vintage Picnic for the border.


I love how the two lines look together!








 When I was finished piecing the quilt I was so excited about it that I ordered some backing and binding fabric right away, so I could get started on the quilting.









This border fabric wasn't the one that I had originally planned to use here, but once I put it next to the quilt I decided it had to be the one!

Because of the small flowers, I had bought it for use as a backing fabric, now I think its got to be my favorite border ever!

My family agrees!








Sherri's combination of solid and pieced star blocks and Irish chain blocks makes a beautiful quilt.

I don't think I've ever made an Irish chain quilt before, so I was excited to give this one a try!

It was fun to see the chain sections forming as I made the blocks.

With only twelve blocks in this quilt and lots of strip piecing, it came together much faster than I would have thought.








I made mine really scrappy, using different prints for all of the star points and centers, but I stuck with reds and pinks for the fabrics in the chain blocks.








Sherri made her full size version in reds and greens with low volume background fabrics, perfect for the upcoming Christmas season.

 You can see Sherri's holiday version in her Sugar Pine Stars blog post and the Sugar Pine Stars quilt pattern is now available in Sherri's etsy shop here.  Both paper and PDF form are available.

This quilt has sky-rocked to the top of my to-be-quilted-list!


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Minis and More - The Simple Patchwork Bag Parade



This month's Parade is so much fun!

Rather than a mini quilt, Sherri and I decided to feature the Simple Patchwork Bag Tutorial that can be found on Sherri's blog A Quilting Life, so everyone could enjoy the free pattern.

It's a sweet, simple bag with so many uses, especially now that the holidays are here!




These two Christmas themed bags were made by Karen.  Karen used some leftover Holly's Tree Farm scraps for her sweet bags.  She says they're the perfect size to put some goodies in to give for the holidays. How adorable!






Patty made some great bags for game pieces, that would certainly make great holiday gifts!  She has a cute tutorial on her blog that she used to create her game piece bags.  Don't forget to check out the bag event that Patty is hosting on her blog Elm Street Quilts right now.






My bag was made by combining two different mini charm packs of Modern Background Paper by Zen Chic.  I used both the Ink and Paper fabric lines.  My drawstring is made from long random scraps that I've been collecting and making into twine.  You can read more about my sweet bag in my blog post.  This bag was so quick and easy!  I definitely need to make another!






And I know you all are wondering about next month......

You're in luck!

We're featuring another free tutorial by Sherri!

This time we're making a Scrappy Patchwork Pillow!




A few days ago I was looking at some options for our next project and I ran across Sherri's Tutorial.  I thought it would be perfect.

We've never done a Pillow Parade before and it's a quick and easy project so you can get it finished in a busy holiday month like November. 

Sherri liked the idea too!

Just like the bag featured in this month's Parade, this scrappy pillow would make a great gift, holiday decoration, or something that you'd love to have in your home.

I know I have some scraps of my favorite fabric lines that want to save and this would be a great use for them!

I can't wait to see your pillows!



As always, don't forget to send in a picture of your project to me or to Sherri McConnell at A Quilting Life to have your picture shown in the Minis and More Parade and to be entered in the drawing for our monthly prize!

Everyone is encouraged to join us!  We'd love to have you!

Last month's winner was Brenda at The Quilting Nook.

Be sure and go over to Sherri's blog today to see the other half of the Parade.

See you soon and happy sewing!


Monday, October 31, 2016

I love this sweet little bag!


I'm sharing my finished Simple Patchwork Bag with you today!

This cute bag was our Minis and More project for the Parade tomorrow.

I got mine finished early in the month because I was so excited to make and to use this sweet little bag!

This fun, easy to understand tutorial can be found on Sherri McConnell's blog,  A Quilting Life

You can get to it quickly by simply clicking this Simple Patchwork Bag Tutorial Link.







I made mine by combining a few mini charms from both the Paper and the Ink Modern Background Paper fabric lines by Zen Chic for Moda.

I love how they went together!

For my drawstring handle I used some twine that I've been making off and on with  some long scrap pieces that I'm collecting.

Making that twine can be addicting!

And so is making these little bags!  They have so many uses.

If you are interested in making any kind of bag this holiday season, I want to mention that one of our Minis and More Parade participants, Patty of Elm Street Quilts, is having a bag event during the next few months. Her second annual Bag It Event will give you lots of inspiration to have a handmade holiday this year.  Be sure to check out Patty's fun event including bag ideas and prizes too.

Speaking of prizes, don't forget to send in your Minis and More Parade picture to Sherri or to me to have your project entered in the Minis and More Parade tomorrow and to be eligible for our monthly prize!

Last month's Parade prize winner was Brenda from the blog The Quilting Nook!  Congratulations Brenda!

See you  back here and on Sherri's blog A Quilting Life for the Minis and More Parade tomorrow!


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!