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

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!