A finish!

It’s been awhile since I’ve finished a quilt that wasn’t on a deadline.  It was nice. Some friends who are having a baby girl are getting this one!

IMG_0693

This quilt confirmed for me that I am not as much of a fan of the washed crinkled look when the quilt isn’t stippled. Stippling leads to a nice even all over crinkle, but other quilting… not so much.

Quilting Detail

I’ve been trying to stretch myself and NOT stipple quilts… it’s hard for me! But there’s inspiration everywhere. I saw this photo shoot with Megan Fox recently.  Do you think others are obsessively looking at the quilting too??

Happy Monday!

Thanks for all your mini quilts comments.  They are a great time, right??

Getting down to business… the ol’ random number generator picked…

#32: Megan!

Who said “What a great little book! I’ve been thinking about doing some mini-quilts lately for just those reasons you mention: you can try out new techniques and ideas without the major commitment of a full-size quilt. Plus, it’s a great way to use up scraps (not that I have any of those lying around).”

Congrats Megan!!  Keep any eye out for an email from me…

Whip Up Mini Quilts

Today’s the day that I’m part of the Whip Up Mini Quilt book blog tour! Hurray!

Cover

It’s such a great book. It starts with a very thorough run down of quilting – how to and loads of tips and tricks. All the info you need in one place. Then you get to the quilts… oh the mini quilts!

Mini1

Mini

Mini3

That last one there was made by Liz, a member of my guild, the LAMQG. In an aligning of the mini quilt stars, we had a mini quilt swap at our meeting last night.

Mini quilts are so wonderful because you can try something new or whimsical or out of your comfort zone, on a small scale.  You can take a risk or two that you wouldn’t dare take on a huge project that takes you ages to make.

Check out some of the great quilts from last night with their happy recipients…

Kelly Terri Jamie
Quilts made by Latifah,                 Emily,                                                                  and Lori

That last one deserves a zoom in…

On the To Do list?

Zoom In

“Buy more fabric” – so clever!

Whip Up Mini Quilts divides the many included patterns up into different categories.

I think the one I made fits nicely into…Geometric!

Geo

Right?

My Mini Quilt

Mini quilts are great because you don’t have to concern yourself with the functionality of making a quilt – you’re just having fun with an artistic expression.  The book  captures that so wonderfully, providing such a great mix of practical information and pure inspiration.

Do you want a copy of this fantastic book? Just comment here and tell me your favorite thing about mini quilts! I’ll post a winner on Wednesday!

Here’s the run down of the whole blog tour!

6/1 - Craftzine – essential quilting tools
6/2 - Crafty Pod – book review & giveaway
6/3 - Chronicle Books – Behind the making of the book
6/4 – Indie Fixx – Designing your own mini-quilts
6/7 – Craft Sanity – Piped binding tutorial
6/8 – Handmade by Alissa
6/9 – My Love for You Background on Mini Quilts
6/10 - Film in the Fridge
6/11 - The Haystack Needle Decorating with mini quilts
6/12 – West Coast Crafty

Oh and P.S. … guess what I spotted in the book’s crafty blog resources list?

HbyAinbook

I was completely surprised by this and didn’t know about it until I was flipping through the book.  Truly made my day!

Catching up

On Friday my job ended and so I’m back to having much more time to sew! Needless to say, I’m happy about it. I took the weekend to catch up on some things including one of the bees I’m in, Bee Imaginative.

DrunkLove

Some drunk love style blocks for Ashley.

IMG_0461

And some flying geese for Amanda!

IMG_0460

I paper pieced these… not something that I’ve done a lot of, and it limits creativity, but it was fun to tackle. I used this pattern.

Check back here tomorrow as I’ll be part of the Whip Up Mini Quilt book blog tour. As luck would have it – we’re having a mini quilt swap tonight at our LA Modern Quilt Guild meeting.  Tomorrow’s post will be all mini quilts all the time!