Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Mini Tulip Market


Everyone is having a busy summer, including me! 

Last month we took a nice vacation to the mountains of North Carolina and we visited Georgia Tech on the way home.

My youngest son will be starting his senior year of high school, so it's time to make some plans and get those college applications filled out.

We're looking forward to a busy, fun fall!

And since fall is right around the corner, are you ready to sew some pumpkins?

The Minis and More pattern for our next Parade is Mini Pumpkins designed by Allison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew.

Used with permission.

I can't wait to get started on this adorable pattern.

Allison has a large version of this quilt too if you're interested.

I don't think you can have too many pumpkin quilts!

 I love pumpkins and I probably have too many pumpkin items for someone who lives in Florida, where pumpkins only arrive on trucks!

Here we have to make our own fall, but I sure have fun with it!

The pattern for this month's Parade is Mini Tulip Market by Corey Yoder.

Mindy could not stop making these cute tulips.  She quickly went from three to twelve!  So she made  an adorable table runner and a pillow too.  She has a few tulips left over for another sweet tulip project!  I can see why you couldn't stop making tulips Mindy!    

Dont forget to see the other half of the Parade on Sherri's blog, A Quilting Life!

Email us your Mini Pumpkin Quilt pictures before the end of August and we will get them in the Parade.

Happy sewing!

Monday, July 3, 2017


It's definitely summer!

The kids are out of school, you can fry an egg on the sidewalk, and vacation is about to begin!

So there's no better time to have our Minis and More Parade with a summer theme.

June was a month of patriotic pincushions for me! These Sweet Liberty Tuffets by Carrie Nelson have been on my list of things I want to make for years.  I'm not kidding.  I've had the pattern and a pile of red, white and blue scraps ready to go for that long.  I'm so happy to be able to cross them off that list and enjoy them before the Fourth of July!

This Schnibbles pattern is now out of print, but if you haven't made any of these cute pincushions yet you're in luck.  Carrie Nelson kindly shared the pattern on Moda's blog, The Cutting Table, last year.  You can still find it in the post called 'A Sweet Little Treat'.  Thanks so much Carrie!

Mindy's cute flower mini is perfect for this Parade.  This was a from a Block of the Month that the Fat Quarter Shop did a few years ago. The light, bright, colors of the fabrics look so summery! 

An adorable mermaid mini quilt is Patty's Parade entry.  How creative!  Patty made this as a gift for a good friend.  She paper pieced it and used fun, organic, wavy lines for the quilting.  This is her twenty-sixth finish of the year!  Wow!  That's impressive!  You can read more about it on her blog Elm Street Quilts.      

The other half of our summertime project Parade is on Sherri's blog, A Quilting Life. Be sure to go over and view the rest of the summer themed projects!

Our July mini is a cute new Mini Tulip Market Pattern by Corey Yoder.

You can find this charm pack friendly pattern here in her shop.

Corey used a gray fabric for the background, which looks amazing, but any color would be wonderful for the background and it would give this adorable mini quilt a totally different look.

Have fun with it!

Send photos of your completed tulip mini quilt to Sherri or to me to be entered in the next Minis and More Parade before August first.

We hope you'll join us!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

The June pineapple parade

Hello! We're welcoming June with a pineapple parade.

You can see half of the Minis and More Parade here on my blog, and the other half of the Parade is hosted by Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life.

This month's Parade is all about pineapples, big and small!

The featured patterns are pineapple tutorials by Jackie Padesky and a mini pineapple tutorial based on Jackie's pattern written by Sherri.

Everybody is crazy about pineapples right now and we are no exception!

This pair of pineapple placemats is perfect! Karen sent these to us and they are wonderful.  That bright green makes the beautiful yellow fabrics pop! I can see these being used outside on a nice sunny day with a fun summer snack. They are beautiful Karen!  

This adorable mini pineapple is from Patty at Elm Street Quilts.  Its so tiny and cute!  The black binding Patty used really works well with the small bits of black in the fabric of Patty's pineapple.  I'm sure she found the perfect spot for this pineapple mini in her home.

Mary from the blog Needled Mom sent in this lovely picture of her pineapple.  I love the bee fabric up in the corner!  What a great touch!  And Mary's quilting is wonderful too.  She plans to make a quilt full of pineapples someday and I've got one on my list of projects to start too.

I made a few non-traditional pineapples for the Parade.  I was planning on making mini pineapples, until I realized that the original pineapple pattern was a perfect use for those mini Charm packs with 2 1/2 inch squares that I've been saving.  The two pineapples below are both made from a combination of Sherri's fabric line Bright Sun and Vanessa Goertzen's fabric line Sugar Pie.  I think the two lines look great mixed together!   

That leads me to our next project which is anything that says summer!

Get out your summer patterns and get started!

Sherri and I are talking about popsicles, beach balls, flowers, fireworks, fruits, whatever makes you think of summer.

Red, white and blue will work too.

Also, congratulations to Mindy!  She was our latest Minis and More prize winner.

See you on Monday, July 3rd for the next Minis and More Parade featuring your new summer quilts.

Happy summer!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Mini Vintage

This month's Minis and More Parade features the Thimbleblossom's pattern Mini Vintage!

Every month you can see the Minis and More Parade here on my blog and on Sherri McConnell's blog, A Quilting Life.

We pick a pattern, usually a mini, and everyone is invited to sew along with us and send in a picture of their project at the end of the month to be entered in the Minis and More Parade.

This month's pattern, Mini Vintage by Camille Roskelley,  was a super fun mini to make!

Our first quilt is from Mindy.  She used mostly Olive's Flower Market fabrics with a touch of Fig Tree fabric, because she says that every quilt needs some yellow.  It's beautiful Mindy!  I do love that mint green sashing!

Patty D. from Elm Street Quilts made an entry for the Parade this month in the form of a table runner.  She made her blocks from scraps, which are perfect for this project, and sewed them into a table runner.  What a great idea!  It looks so nice Patty!

And here's mine.  I also used scraps.  It's a mix of Little Ruby scraps left over from a recent quilt and  some Summerfest scraps too.  I think the two fabric lines look really nice mixed together.  I did some crosshatch straight-line quilting on it and I used some Vintage Picnic fabric for the binding.  I would never have thought of using that fabric as binding fabric, I'm always thinking stripes, but when I put it down beside my mini quilt, I knew that fabric was the one!

Don't forget to visit Sherri's blog, A Quilting Life to view the other half of the Minis and More Parade.

The next Parade is going to be so fun!

It's all about Pineapples!

Everybody is crazy about pineapples right now, including me.

Sherri made this cute mini pineapple tutorial for us based off of Jackie Padesky's famous pineapple quilt that inspired many social media quilters to start making pineapples.

That pattern was inspired by pineapple blocks by Simply Love Quilts and a Dear Stella tutorial. 

What a fun block and a great quilt! 

 You can find Sherri's tutorial by clicking the link below.

Isn't it adorable?

Sherri gave us so many great options.

She says you can make Jackie's original block and finish it as a one block mini, that tutorial can be found here, or you can use Sherri's tutorial and make a pincushion with the smallest size, or even make a wall hanging with the middle size. 

It's up to you!

I've never made any pineapples, so I'm so excited to give this a try.

So gather up your yellows, or whatever colors you choose to use, and get started!

Have a great time and don't forget to send us your pineapple pictures!


Monday, April 3, 2017

The fair is in town this week!

Hello everyone!

It's Fair Week in our town!  My son has no school on Friday because it's Fair Day.  I'm not kidding about that.  It's true!

So, how fun is it that the Minis and More Parade is featuring Fig Tree and Co.'s Mini Ferris Wheel pattern today?

This project by Joanna Figueroa was so much fun to make! 

It looks difficult, but it's actually pretty simple to put together. And with only four blocks, mine was finished in no time at all!

If you haven't made it yet, I encourage you to give it a try.  Now that I've made Mini Ferris Wheel, I'm thinking of making the full sized quilt version too.

The Ferris Wheel quilt that Kim from Lily Patch Quilts made is amazing! Just gorgeous!  Kim didn't make the mini version, she went right for the full size quilt and I'm so glad she did.  It's just stunning!   Kim did her sewing during some late nights over Spring Break and got this beauty finished.

I had a great time with my Mini Ferris Wheel made with Coney Island fabric.  I was only planning on buying the pattern, but once I saw that Joanna had a kit for the Mini on her site, which included this fun mint background, everything I needed for the quilt, backing, binding and all, I decided to get the whole thing!  It was my birthday, so why not?  What a treat!  I'm really pleased with the way it turned out.

And now what you've been waiting for, the announcement of the next featured pattern for Minis and More!

Picture from Camille's website thimbleblossoms.bigcartel.com

With a charm pack and a few fat quarters you are ready to make this new Thimble blossoms pattern.  Camille is putting a fresh spin on some of her more popular patterns and this is one that has caught my eye.  I'm excited that it's the one we're making this month!

Sherri McConnell and I invite you to join us at the next Parade.  Simply make the project, send one of us a picture, and we'd be happy to put it in the Parade on May first.  Any questions?  Just ask!

Everyone entered in the Minis and More Parade is eligible to win our random prize drawing.

Last month's winners were Kim and her daughter Sarah from Lily Patch Quilts.

Don't forget to check out the other half of the Parade on Sherri's blog, A Quilting Life.

Happy Quilting!  

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!