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Little Quilts Round-Up: May and June

LittleQuilts.LTWe are hosting a sew along over on Threadbias in 2015! Members of the group will be sewing from the Little Quilts book by Sarah Fielke and Amy Lobsinger. Feel free to join us any time – if you are not a member of Threadbias yet, go ahead and sign up (it’s free!) and then find the Little Quilts group and click the “join” button. That’s it! Hope to see you there!

To get more detail on each project in this post, click on either the image or the link to go to the maker’s project page.

May’s little quilt was Fans Of May – an adorable mini quilt with a simple pieced center surrounded by dimensional fans.

FansOfMay.KarenKaren used plenty of red in her mini, a color that makes her happy!

FansOfMay.ValerieValerie chose bold, fun colors to make her little quilt sparkle.

FansOfMay.WendyI decided to go with a girly, vintage feel and used a bit of lace around my fans.

June’s little quilt was Candy is Dandy – a mini which celebrates the wrapped, hard candies of childhood.

CandyIsDandy.CathieCathie’s mini keeps it simple with clean lines and solids.CandyIsDandy.MargaretMargaret made her quilt modern with fabrics from the popular Cotton and Steel collection…and added great quilting to enhance the texture

CandyIsDandy.WendyI decided to use some cross weave solids to my quilt to give it a little depth.

July’s mini quilt is Pretty Little Half Hex – it is a challenging little quilt but I am looking forward to seeing how others will interpret this pattern.

A Mini Adventure

*Click on any image in this post to enjoy a larger view

I am a co-host for a mini quilt sew-a-long in 2015 over on Threadbias. We are making quilts from the Little Quilts book by Sarah Fielke and Amy Lobsiger (you might have noticed that I am posting round ups for each month…and they are really fun to see how other quilters are interpreting these projects).

I’ve made the mini for each month now and thought I would share my interpretations of each quilt.

January’s project was Drawn Together – a lovely paper pieced mini that really called to me.

DrawnTogether.WendyMy favorite part of this project was the fabric selection. I have been challenging myself to use my stash first (rather than buy new fabric), and to also go to fabric in my stash that has been there for some time. The print for the large points (as well as the back) is Hullabaloo by Urban Chiks for Moda. I honestly do not remember when I bought this, but it was a long time ago and when I rediscovered it I decided it had to be my inspiration print for this little quilt. Other fabrics used are: Spot on by Robert Kaufman (gray dots), a basic print in coral from the 2014 collection of Cotton and Steel, a green dot from the Happy Go Lucky collection by Bonnie and Camille, and the charcoal Stof Quilters Basic (text print) in the center of the star. Additionally, I used Bella Bleached white for the background. The text print on the borders is a dark gray and white…unfortunately the selvedge was cut off and I don’t remember the name or designer of the fabric. I used more of the Stof dark gray for the binding.

drawntogether.backrevealI decided not to hand quilt this mini, but used an elongated stitch and echoed the star with some machine quilting.

drawntogether.onwallThis quilt has found a happy place on my wall above my quilt rack and next to my grandmother’s china cabinet filled with quilts.

February’s project was My Heart. I actually made this quilt in December and gave it to my sister, Paula. She loved it and it cheered her up and let her know I was thinking of her. Paula lost her battle with colon cancer in March and I decided to keep this little quilt for myself – something that will always remind me of Paula and our shared love.

MyHeart.WendyI stayed true to the scrappy version in the book, but decided to substitute a gray for the brown fabric. I picked out fabrics I knew Paula would love (see that little bird in the bottom row? Paula LOVED birds!), including some fun text prints.

MyHeart.Mini.FrontDetail0001 The back is a print from Lotta Jonsdotter’s collection Bella. And I added a sweet label from Sweetwater to remind Paula of the Christmas it arrived.

MyHeart.Mini.BackReveal0001This was a fun quilt to make…there is some needle turn reverse applique to sew up the tiny hearts…but it goes fast! I decided to machine quilt this piece rather than hand quilt as I was running short on time!

March’s quilt was Paper Dolls.

PaperDolls.WendyThe tiny scraps of fabric which make up the back mosaic came from my scrap bins. I had some fun stylizing the little girls’ dresses. This was the first time I used wool felt and also the first time I did a curved binding. I decided this one needed to find a home with my sister, Donna! She has it hanging in her craft room.

In April, the project selected was Polka Dot Baskets. I really love this little quilt and decided it needed a spring version.

PolkaDotBaskets.front10001I chose different colors of polka dots for each basket and coordinated low volume backgrounds. Although I did use black for the handles, I decided that black thread for quilting would be too harsh…so instead I used a gray thread and machine quilted around some of the blocks; I also used white thread for some of the other quilting.

PolkaDotBaskets.close up0001The little label patch was one I bought from Sweetwater…they have the cutest labels and I decided that it should be on the front since this is most likely going to be hung on the wall.

PolkaDotBaskets.label0001I went with a scrappy binding to emphasis the different polka dot prints used…and chose a yellow dot from the Sweetwater Hometown collection for the back.

PolkaDotBaskets.backreveal0001Finally, May’s project! Fans of May is a darling mini quilt. I wanted a vintage look for my version.

FansofMay.SunShot0001I chose sweet prints in blue, pink and yellow…and used a lot of polka dots. Instead of rick rack, I chose an antique lace for the edges of my fans (you can see that well in the photo above because of the sun shadow).

FansofMay.Close UP0001I used a yellow dot for the outer border to make this piece a little sunnier than the one in the book. I quilted some diagonal straight lines through the middle section, and then echoed the shape of the fans along the outer border. I chose a solid blue binding and a blue dot fabric for the back.

FansofMay.BackReveal0001Despite the itty bitty scraps of fabric and careful piecing, I rather enjoyed making this little quilt. I could imagine this mini on top of a little girl’s dresser!

Some might ask – what do you do with a mini quilt? Well, you can hang them on the wall, use them as a dresser or table topper, gift them to a friend or celebrate a special occasion. Either way, you will have fun making them!

Stay tuned for more mini quilts in my future.

Little Quilts SAL Round-Up: February, March and April

LittleQuilts.LTWe are hosting a sew along over on Threadbias in 2015! Members of the group will be sewing from the Little Quilts book by Sarah Fielke and Amy Lobsinger. Feel free to join us any time – if you are not a member of Threadbias yet, go ahead and sign up (it’s free!) and then find the Little Quilts group and click the “join” button. That’s it! Hope to see you there!

To get more detail on each project in this post, click on either the image or the link to go to the maker’s project page.

Because I was in New Hampshire for nearly 10 weeks, I did not have a chance to do the round-ups beginning in February…so this post will cover three months of round ups!

February’s choice for the sew-along was My Heart – an adorable mini quilt that pairs sweet hearts with windmills. The quilt uses reverse applique. It is the perfect project for those cute little novelty prints which can be fussy cut for the center of the hearts.

MyHeart.AudreyAudrey chose a bold color palette and customized her piece with buttons.

MyHeart.MargaretMargaret used a softer color scheme for a soothing look.

MyHeart.MaryMary paired lavender and turquoise for a stunning version.

MyHeart.Kady

Katie’s mini has a decidedly country feel.

MyHeart.LuvStitchingLuv Stitching used traditional prints in blue and red to make her mini pop.

MyHeart.MimuMimuscraft decided to mix things up and created her own, more simplified version of this mini.

MyHeart.WendyI decided to keep things lively with bright colors and some modern text fabrics.

MyHeart.CathieCathie used subtle colors to create a serene project.

March’s project was Paper Dolls – an adorable mini that uses  a little woolen fabric, hand applique and the opportunity to customize the dollies.

PaperDolls.MargaretMargaret’s dollies look adorable in their calico-style dresses.

PaperDolls.CathieCathie customized her dolls’ dresses with lace and hand embroidered their eyes.

PaperDolls.MimuMimuscraft’s version is a great example of how easy it is to customize this project – she added faces, special hair, different outfits, and created a boy and girl!

PaperDolls.WendyI had some fun adding a bit of ribbon to one of the dresses.

PaperDolls.GardencrafterGardencrafter used small scale prints to create traditional dresses for her dolls.

April’s project was Polka-Dot-Baskets – a fun way to use up favorite prints, it uses raw-edge applique to create a more improvisational look.

PolkaDotBaskets.MargaretMargaret was the only brave soul to finish this project by the end of April. She chose gorgeous Liberty fabrics and some linen to create a lovely mini that reminds us Spring is here!

I hope you’ll come back in a month to see the beautiful finishes for May – we have chose Fans of May (appropriate, yes?) and this is a gorgeous project that is sure to inspire!

Little Quilts SAL Round Up – January

LittleQuilts.LTWe are hosting a sew along over on Threadbias in 2015! Members of the group will be sewing from the Little Quilts book by Sarah Fielke and Amy Lobsinger. Feel free to join us any time – if you are not a member of Threadbias yet, go ahead and sign up (it’s free!) and then find the Little Quilts group and click the “join” button. That’s it! Hope to see you there!

We chose to sew the mini quilt Drawn Together for January – which proved to be quite popular. Drawn Together uses paper piecing to create a beautiful star within a star pattern. Members of the group put together some gorgeous quilts – and depending on the fabrics they chose, each one had a different “look” to it.

Check out these lovely finishes – be sure to click through to each member’s project page to see more detail for each quilt:

DrawnTogether.Katie

DrawnTogether.Mary

Katie and Mary chose beautiful soft colors for sweet versions of this quilt.

DrawnTogether.CathieCathie’s quilt also had a tranquil feel to it.

DrawnTogether.Kirsten

DrawnTogether.Margaret02

Both Kirsten and Margaret chose to make pillows from their mini quilts.

DrawnTogether.Audrey

DrawnTogether.Erica

Audrey and Erica and gave us bright, fiery colors for a bold statement.

DrawnTogether.Nicole

DrawnTogether.Carol

Nicole and Carol also made strong statements with their use of black prints (Nicole) and solids (Carol)

DrawnTogether.Valerie

DrawnTogether.Candice

DrawnTogether.Marsha

DrawnTogether.Margaret01

Pink and red were favorite colors for many participants, including Valerie, Candice, Marsha, and Margaret.

DrawnTogether.GardencrafterGardencrafter’s quilt was inspired by the colors lilac and turquoise.

DrawnTogether.Karen

DrawnTogether.Cynthia

Whereas Karen and Cynthia‘s quilts had a more scrappy feel to them.

DrawnTogether.WendyI also tried my hand at this one and was inspired by the print in the outer triangles.

Stay tuned for more little quilts each month!

Pillow Pop Round-Up: December and a New Sew Along for 2015

BlogButtonThe Pillow Pop 2014 Sew Along wrapped up in December. This was such a fun group which produced a huge amount of gorgeous pillows. The administrators of the group (me, Valerie and Margaret) had so much fun that we decided to do another Sew Along in 2015. Scroll to the bottom of this post to learn more!

We’ll be keeping the Pillow Pop group open since it has such great reference material (although I expect things to be quiet over there)…so it is not too late to sew a few pillows.

We chose  Snowflake (Challenging) and Fair Feathered Friends (Easy) as the pillows for December. Maybe Snowflake felt a bit too challenging in the midst of holiday celebrations because no one chose that one this month! But we did get some awesome pillows using the Fair Feathered Friends pattern.

Here are the wonderful finishes with links back to each sewist’s project page. I hope you will click through to see the entire projects as the backs and quilting on each pillow are also fabulous.

Fair Feathered Friends – This beginner friendly pattern uses fun prints to create a colorful, versatile pillow.

Gardencrafter made her nieces, Sophie and Sarah, each a pillow using this pattern:

FairFeathered.Gardencrafter01Sarah’s pillow is hip and celebrates her love of volleyball with some cute fabric on the back.

FairFeathered.Gardencrafter02Sophie’s love of batiks is celebrated in her version of the pillow.

FairFeathered.MargaretMargaret used some beautiful Kate Spain fabric to create a festive, Christmas pillow with a red flannel backing.

So that wraps up Pillow Pop!

Want to join another Sew Along in 2015??!?

We’re hosting the Little Quilts Sew Along over on Threadbias. Joining Threadbias is free and allows you to create your own project pages, join a variety of groups, and meet other like minded sewists!

LittleQuilts.LTWe’ll be sewing 12 projects from Little Quilts by Sarah Fielke and Amy Lobsiger. The projects are all mini quilts and range from easy to challenging. You’ll learn how to reverse applique, paper piece, sew wonky, hand quilt, and more. Most of the projects are “scrap friendly.”

Members are required to purchase the book as we won’t be supplying pattern information due to copyright law. But we will supply lots of motivation, conversation, general tips and inspiration. We’ll also be hosting a swap later in the year, as well as a challenge. I hope you’ll join us!