Friday, October 6, 2017

Cobblestone Quilt



I'm so glad that today's the day I can show you what I've been working on!

The Cobblestone Quilt!









I did the fabric layout and the cutting for this quilt during our power outage due to Hurricane Irma.

Knowing that because of our location we weren't in any danger from the storm, but we would probably lose power for an extended period of time, I made sure to iron my fabrics the night before the storm hit so I would be all ready to start rotary cutting in the morning when we would surely have no power.

I planned to layout my fabrics later in the day, since I wouldn't need any electricity to do that either.

  It all worked out pretty well until it started getting dark, the power was out, and I wasn't quite finished deciding where everything was going to go.  With the help of my husband and his super powered flash light that he normally uses at work, I was able to get my Cobblestone Quilt layout finished that evening.








Because there's no background fabric with this quilt, the layout was pretty simple.  Just move the fabrics around a little bit until you're happy with the arrangement and you're finished.  Perfect for a project partially done by flashlight!

Before a hurricane I usually have a project planned that doesn't require electricity, and during Irma I decided to cut and layout this quilt.  It's nice to have something to do to keep your mind off of the storm outside and the mess that will be left behind. 

Usually I go for binding in a hurricane, but just recently I've been trying my hand at machine binding, with great success I might add.  But machine binding obviously won't work for a hurricane project.

Forty five hours later, our power was back on, the yard was cleaned up and the sewing began!  Our phone line was still out, but you don't need a phone line to run a sewing machine, so it didn't bother me.








After the piecing I was on to the quilting.


I've been trying to work on my free motion quilting some recently, so I did some flowers and swirls on this quilt.  I've done them in the past and I like how they turn out.  This quilt seemed to call for flowers, since there are so many pretty flowers in the cute LuLu Lane fat quarter bundle by Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts that I used.

Using the darks and the lights in the Lulu Lane bundle was so nice. Patterns that require just a fat quarter bundle are great! No background fabric to choose!  I have a few fabric bundles in my sewing room that are waiting for a pattern that includes the dark and the light fabrics from a bundle, just like this one!









 Then it was binding. 

Did I tell you that I've been doing some machine binding lately?  I tried it once many, many, I won't say how many, years ago and it did not go well. Not. Well. At. All. I said I'd never do it again. Never.  

Never say never, right? Now so many people are binding that way I thought I'd eat my words and try it again.  After a little trial and error, I thought it was a great success!  What a difference! I won't say that it's really easy to do, but I do love how it looks and I definitely think it's worth the effort so I can get more quilts finished and in use!


The Cobblestone Quilt was a great quilt for machine binding since there were no pesky points to worry about anywhere near the binding.  In fact, there weren't even any points on the whole quilt, which made it a breeze to piece.








While I was making it, I was thinking that this is the perfect quilt for that fat quarter bundle that draws you in with its gorgeous dark and light fabrics.

Using both the darks and the lights in the Lulu Lane fat quarter bundle was so nice.  The Cobblestone Quilt has several different size options so you can make it big or you can make it small. The interlocking blocks are created with simple strips so the piecing is quick and easy.


I'm glad I could share my latest finish with you today.

If you go over and visit The Fat Quarter Shop at the Jolly Jabber you can find the other stops on the Cobblestone Quilt Along and see more versions of the Cobblestone Quilt!   



Monday, October 2, 2017

It's October!


Happy fall y'all!

Welcome to October and the Minis and More Parade!



First, I'd like to announce the pattern for next month.

Corey Yoder's Mini Dashing Pattern caught our attention this time around, so it will be our featured pattern for the November Parade.

You just need a charm pack, a little background, a border and of course your binding and you are on your way to making this cute mini quilt.


Photo from Corey Yoder's shop. Used with permission.  Thanks Corey!


I love the fun secondary pattern that you see here!

You can find the Mini Dashing pattern in Corey's Etsy shop or in the Fat Quarter Shop.




I'm happy to show you Mindy's Berry Baskets Mini Quilt!  The Berry Baskets Mini pattern was designed by our cohost of the Minis and More Parade Sherri McConnell.  This adorable basket pattern is so cute in mini form and Sherri has made a pattern for a large version that is just as beautiful.  Mindy's cheery mini quit was made with a mix of Bonnie and Camille's fabrics and it just says 'happy' to me!  Thanks so much for sharing it with us Mindy! 






Cathy, from the blog Sew Pieceful, has been busy lately but she couldn't pass up the chance to make this Berry Baskets Mini. She had a great time pulling fabrics from her stash for this cute quilt.  The Fat Quarter Shop's YouTube video on mitered borders helped her through the process of adding her own spin on the quilt and I think she did an amazing job!






Sherri has some more Mini Berry Baskets from the Parade on her blog, A Quilting Life, so don't forget to go over and visit.

Enjoy pumpkin spice everything this month, make your Mini Dashing quilts, send us those photos, then be sure to meet us back here and watch the Parade on November first!

See you then!


Friday, September 8, 2017

We're back to school and it's time for the Lady Of The Lake Quilt Along



Hey everyone!

Welcome to my stop on the Fat Quarter Shop's Lady Of the Lake Quilt Along.


  I'll start it off with a little history lesson.

Traditionally, the Lady Of The Lake block is made with only two contrasting fabrics.  

I did change mine up slightly by making my little half square block in the corner out of a different fabric, but I used the same colors and the same fabric line. 

Sweetwater's Elementary is what I went with, and I used Moda's Bella Solid Ivory as my background fabric.

That's one of my favorite go to background fabric choices.  It goes well with just about anything that has an ivory tone to it. 









I thought the Elementary fabric line was especially appropriate, since so many of us are in the 'back to school' mode right now.

I was even inspired to hang a few of my blocks on one of my antique yardsticks from my collection, since I was going with the 'back to school' theme with this quilt.









You might be interested to know that surprisingly the Lady Of The Lake block is one of the few quilt blocks that hasn't been known by a variety of different names.

Many quilters believe the block was named after Walter Scott's 1810 poem titled, Lady of The Lake.

The first Lady Of The Lake quilt blocks started showing up around 1900 and
I guess the name has just stuck ever since!








The Lady Of The Lake blocks are super easy, classic blocks.

The Fat Quarter Shop has even taken some of the math out of the process and made those half square triangles in the patterns easier and more accurate, by including half square triangle paper in their newly released Lady Of The Lake Quilt Kit, featuring The Good Life fabric by Bonnie and Camille.

Visit the Jolly Jabber to see the other stops in the Fat Quarter Shop's Lady Of The Lake Quilt Along.


Thanks for visiting me here at Island Life Quilts and I hope this back to school post taught you a thing or two about the classic Lady Of The Lake block!


Friday, September 1, 2017

It's all about pumpkins!


You really can't go wrong with pumpkins can you?

You can find a type of pumpkin that will fit in just about anywhere. 

There's real or imitation, ginormous or tiny, glass or ceramic, white or orange, and even blue!



In this month's Minis and More Parade we're focusing on the quilted type of pumpkin.


It's adorable and I love that it has all kinds of pumpkins, including different sizes and shapes.

 Some are just one fabric and others are pieced!






My Mini Pumpkins quilt got a little crazy.  I had a great time going through my long neglected batik stash, looking for some fun pumpkin fabrics.  I have some lighter ones in there and I pulled in a few purples too, just to make it a little different than any other pumpkin quilts that I have around.  I think I'll keep the total number of pumpkin quilts that I can see from where I'm sitting right now to myself.  You might even gasp out loud if I told you how many I have. And yes, I do have them out already.....







I love the dark background that Mary from the blog Needled Mom used for her Mini Pumpkins quilt! The bright orange fabrics really pop with that nice background.  Mary completed her mini quilt quickly, knowing that she had a busy month ahead.  If I had to pick my favorite pumpkin in Mary's quilt it would have to be the one with the white and orange chevron fabric. Beautiful, Mary!







This cute pumpkin mini was sent in by Sigi of Little Quiltsong.  She used colors similar to those in the pattern and I can definitely see why!  It's wonderful!  That green binding really frames the whole quilt nicely and makes it look so fresh. Thanks so much for sharing it with us Sigi!








Now on to Mindy's Mini Pumpkins.  She used nice light orange fabrics for her pumpkins and I love that she threw in a blue one too.  Blue pumpkins seem to be the thing right now and Mindy didn't hesitate to include one in her runner.  The light green border is a beautiful touch.







Patty from Elm Street Quilts made her pumpkins in three different sizes and they're all cute! She stuck with the wonderful traditional orange to make an adorable mini that she'll be sure to love for a long time.  After reading Patty's fall post I had to run out to Target to get some of the first crop of candy corn this season!   







This full size quilt was made by Kim!  You can find her at Lily Patch Quilts.  Kim went with a lighter background and used a variety of shades of orange for her pumpkins.  I love that she went big and made the large size quilt.






The rest of the Mini Pumpkins Parade is on Sherri's blog, A Quilting Life.

Don't forget to stop by and take a look.



I'm so excited about the next Parade!

The featured pattern is brand new.

Berry Baskets Mini is a cute basket pattern recently designed by Sherri.


Photo by Sherri McConnell used with permission.


The pattern is available in both PDF and paper form in her shop.

She will be dropping the price of the Berry Baskets Mini PDF to $4 for a limited time, so if you've ever considered joining us for the Parade this would be a great time to do it!


These baskets would be beautiful in any kind of fabric.

We can't wait to see your creative ideas!

The Berry Baskets Mini Parade will be on Monday, October 2 so send your project photos in as soon as you're ready.

It'll be a great Parade!

Questions about how to be involved in the Parade? Don't hesitate to ask!



Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Mini Tulip Market




Hello!

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

Summertime


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!


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!