My friend Amanda Jean was in town recently to do a book signing at a new sewing hangout.
She brought me a bag full of “happies!”
Note: Happies are a concept invented by Rene and Michelle’s mom: “a small, unexpected gift given for no specific reason other than just because.”
She brought me so many wonderful things! A beautiful mini quilt in my favorite colors, a thread basket, a pincushion, (still hoping to see a pattern to come out for those two goodies), a stack of fabric squares, another stack of fabrics, soap, lip balm and chocolate. What more could a creative girl need!
Sometimes, I need a simple sewing project to work on, whether I’m procrastinating working on homework or just feeling anxious and need a distraction.
For each of these projects, I started out with a scrap piece from a Square Dance Panel, and added scraps of solid strips to the sides to simply frame them or make a log cabin block.
It was relaxing to start with a small piece and challenge myself to keep adding to it without a plan.
I haven’t decided yet what I’m going to do with these blocks, maybe just a fun set of mini quilts for our end tables or mug rugs.
I love these panels, and I especially love to imagine what they would look like as a doodle page in a sketchbook. That’s next on my list of distractions.
Thank you to all 201 of you for entering my December giveaway!
It definitely feels like Christmas to be giving someone a patchwork book and handmade mini quilt.
Without further ado, the lucky winner is comment #121:
Jenny of the blog, Cut.Sew.Iron.Repeat. Congrats, Jenny! Look for an email from me to get your mailing address.
Thank you again for entering. Hope all your holiday wishes come true!
It seems like ages since I’ve offered a giveaway, so I’m excited to be participating in Sew,Mama, Sew’s Giveaway Day again!
I am offering the book Pretty in Patchwork Doll Quilts which was the inspiration for the mini quilt I also made for the lucky winner (see below). This book is full of 24 projects for making mini quilts in a great variety of sizes and themes.
Along with this book you will receive this mini quilt I made based on the cover project, a Christmas star measuring 19.5 inches all the way around. Perfect for a table topper or centerpiece.
I used that green fabric for the binding and that red fabric for the backing.
I will also include the scraps in case you want to make something else to match your new mini quilt, like a mug rug, potholder or smaller mini quilt.
Leave a comment by 7 pm CST on Friday, December 16 to be entered. International entries are welcome. Good luck, friends!
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I have a couple commissioned projects I’m supposed to be working on. So how did I spend my time? Making these two mini quilts instead!
The star was inspired by this mini quilt. I used this tutorial. Love love love how this turned out! Definitely need to make more of these.
The half square triangle mini was totally inspired by this mini quilt. Love love love this one too!
They are both on their way to being delivered as gifts. Now, where was I?
My husband asked me to make new mini quilts to put on our nightstands. He was bored with the previous ones. So I laid out a stack of fabrics I thought he might like, and let him choose two prints for his nightstand and two for my nightstand.
Here’s what his looks like:
Here’s what mine looks like:
He went with a combination of an African safari map and batik fabrics. He also wanted a simple patchwork design, so I used my pattern for my checkerboards (which are sold out). I love how rich they look on the wood stain of our nightstands. I also love how easy and quick these minis were to make over the course of a week.
I don’t have a lot of progress to show for my weekend, except for this string-pieced mini quilt I started.
I cut up a lot of my Sis Boom fabric scraps into strips and started piecing them together to make another pillow cover. I love how colorful it’s turning out.
In between the piecing, we are enjoying a streak of sunshine around here, which is wonderful because it seems like we’ve had a gray winter so far.
As you can see, we still have a lot of snow on the ground in our yard.
I’m hoping all this sunshine will start melting those layers of snow. I am really starting to get the itch for spring, dreaming of seeing grass again and watching my bulbs start to peak up through the thawing ground. Hope you are enjoying your Valentine’s Day too!
I have always wanted to try making a wonky block, but I just couldn’t make time in September to join in the wonky log cabin quilt-along. I’ve also been admiring the cool wonky star blocks I see out on flickr. I think I’m drawn to them because they are so whimsical.
I made one block with some of my favorite fabrics, quilted it and attached binding for a mini quilt.
I used this tutorial, which was very easy and quick. I think this might make a fun gift, which can be hung on the wall, used as a hot pad or table decoration. I’m keeping this one!
Check out this mini quilt I received today from my Summertime Mini Quilt Swap partner Kathy! It’s called Hollyhocks in Summer.
She used different types of fabrics from cotton to satin and different colors of threads.
Even the binding is framed with piping, which I haven’t seen before. I also think some sections of this project were handquilted.
Other sections have this cool decorative stitching, like the border on the left side.
I can’t believe this work of art was made just for me. In her note, Kathy said she had been stalking my blog for awhile – how funny is that. It looks like a picture I could have taken in my garden. Did I mention she’s from Wisconsin? What are the odds of us being paired up!
Take a look at the back – almost as beautiful as the front. I really love the label in the center.
Thank you so much, Kathy! Be sure to go check out all the other cool mini quilts being exchanged.
I took advantage of the three-day weekend to finish my swap projects that were coming due. For the Friendship Bag Swap, I made this one for my partner using Rachel’s tutorial and some Hello Betty fabrics I had left over from projects for my shop.
I included a couple goodies for my partner’s sewing room too. I think it’s a fun bag for fall, so I hope she likes it.
I made this mini quilt for my partner in the Summertime Mini Quilt Swap. My partner listed her preferences as Americana and Civil War reproduction fabrics. I don’t have any of those types of fabrics in my stash or much experience with those themes, so I used some fabrics from the Zippity Do Da honey bun I won from Moda earlier this year.
This was my first attempt at making a log cabin block! I know, can you believe that after making quilts for ten years, this is the first time I’ve ever made a log cabin block?!
I am happy to report that I put a simple label on this one, which is a first for me. I do hope she likes what I came up with.
I tend to be a procrastinator so it’s a relief to have these finished and ready to ship. I’m not signed up for any other swaps (yet), so I’m going to work on projects for my shop and for the holidays.