Wednesday, March 1, 2017

A pink and red Parade



In the Minis and More Parade this month, we're featuring the colors red and pink!

Any quilt project with the color red or the color pink is great for this Parade.

Usually half of the Parade is on Sherri McConnell's blog, A Quilting Life and the other half is here on my blog.

Sherri is creating some beautiful quilts today with her brand new fabric line Creekside, so to give her some extra sewing time I offered to host the whole Parade this month.

 All of the Parade projects can be seen here this time while Sherri is busy sewing.

She'll be back hosting half of the Parade next month and in the meantime, we'll all be waiting patiently to get a look at the new fabric and quilts by Sherri and Chelsi!




Our first red project was sent in by someone new to the Minis and More Parade, Kim from Lilly Patch Quilts.  Her daughter Sarah made this amazing red and white scrap quilt for a fall semester class and she liked it so much, she just kept making it larger.  What a beautiful quilt!  Welcome Kim and Sarah!







This wonderful runner was created by Karen!  She used a red and pink charm pack of Ever After by Deb Strain to make this beautiful runner.  Karen added some black fabrics from her stash for the background of this stunning project.  This is amazing Karen!







Our next entry is from Brenda.  She created her own red and pink heart design this month and it's a beauty!  Be sure to read her blog post where she goes into detail about how she designed and made this adorable mini quilt for this cute stand near her foyer.  How creative!
    






Hildy made Fig Tree's Mini Blossom quilt with a combination of red fabric by Sherri, and pink and red fabric by Bonnie and Camille.  I love how they go together so well!  Great choices Hildy!  She also creatively added her own twist to the pattern and changed it up a bit.  Gorgeous mini quilt!  







This beautiful pink and red Swoon block that Mindy made into a mini quilt is lovely!  Mindy used Bonnie and Camille fabric and did some beautiful straight line quilting.  Check out that fabric bowl that Mindy recently completed too! Inspiring sewing projects Mindy! 




That concludes this month's Parade!




Sherri and I are so excited about next month!

We're featuring the new Mini Ferris Wheel pattern by Joanna Figueroa.

Image of mini Ferris Wheel from Fig Tree and Co. by Joanna Figueroa.



This will be a fun one to make!

It uses a charm pack and some background fabric.

There are no templates or specialty rulers involved.

 I'm excited to get started!   

You can find the pattern in the Fig Tree and Co. shop.

There is a pattern for a large version of this quilt too.

Either size would be fine to make for the Parade.



Also, I'm happy to announce that the winner of the Minis and More prize from last month's Parade was a new participant in our Parade, Mary-Laura!

We can't wait to see all of the Ferris Wheels in the April Parade!

Don't forget to send in the picture of your Ferris Wheel quilt at the end of March.

Since the first falls on a Saturday, we'll have the Parade on Monday April 3rd.

Everyone is welcome!


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Minis and More Parade - Pulling out and dusting off UFO's



The February Minis and More Parade is today!

Last month we were finishing up some of those unfinished projects that we all have in our sewing rooms.

You know, the ones we started with good intensions of finishing only to be distracted by another project, a looming deadline, or maybe we just couldn't make a decision about the next step in the project.

Well in January, we pulled those projects out and finished some of them so we could start the new year with some finishes!

Let's take a look at the before and after photos!





Mary Laura is a new participant in our Parade!  Welcome! She made this quilt eight years ago for her grandson and set it aside for an unknown reason.  Only the binding needed to be finished.  Isn't it wonderful?  It's the Jack version of a Jack and Jill project from the April/May Quilt Magazine from 2008. Congratulations on a beautiful finish Mary Laura!  Our UFO Parade inspired her to go through some of her unfinished projects from her 38 years of quilting and finish a few. She also sent a top away to be quilted while she was looking for some UFO's for our Parade.    










Sigi (Little Quiltsong) pulled this project out after reading about our Parade.  It was made for her youngest son in memory of their cat Sebastian who is still dearly missed.  She added some cute borders, did some great crosshatch quilting and completed the polka dot binding. It was started in September 2015 and now it's a finish!  What a wonderful memory quilt Sigi!  It's adorable!  I'm sure your son loves it and I'm so glad that you were able to finish it. 










This is my Little Letters ABC quilt by Temecula Quilt Company from 2014.  They were posting a letter or two a week on their blog.  The posts are still available and can be easily located using the sidebar on their blog if you're interested.  I had made another ABC quilt earlier that year by scaling down some Moda letter blocks for a baby gift for my son's teacher.  After giving it away, I decided that I had enjoyed making it so much that I need to make one to keep.  I came across the Temecula Quilt Company's Little Letters posts and I decided to go with these letter patterns for a bit of a change. I couldn't decide how to quilt it, so it was basted and just waiting to be quilted and bound for awhile.  I'm so happy to have it finished!        










I'm sure you'll want to see the other half of the Minis and More Parade on Sherri McConnell's blog, A Quilting Life!



As far as our project for February goes, it will have a red or pink theme.

That's it!  Just focus on red and/or pink in your project!

This month we're going with a color rather than a pattern.

We asked for your suggestions for Parade ideas last year and I'm pretty sure this one was submitted by Patty D. from Elmstreet Quilts.

Thanks for the great idea Patty!

So, that's any project, anything you want to do, as long as it's primarily pink or red.

It would be a perfect time to make that Valentine's Day project you've been considering!

We hope you'll join us for the next Minis and More Parade on March first!


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!