A Dream and A Stitch, and Jan's of Color Creating and Quilting, second mini quilt along. I wanted to be a part of their first one but timing was just not good. I'm so glad I got in on this one! There are lots of us participating; you will find the list of the two days of bloggers at the end of this post.
When I signed up, Jen told me that the hardest part would be choosing the 4" finished block to be the mini-quilt hanging on the line. She was right! I wanted something that could actually be an entire quilt, and after a fair amount of deliberation, decided upon this one, Hour Glass, from this site.
Three-Quarter Patch Tote, quilted it, and bound it, ready to be inserted into the quilt.
Wait. This little quilt isn't sewn as part of the mini? Nope! I had a brainwave to make it 3D. If my idea didn't fly, I"d just make another mini-mini, right? Here is the flimsy:
It worked! I made the little quilt without batting, bound it on three sides, and sewed the top side in when I pieced the big sky section. Now I have the perfect teeny clothespegs to attach here but do you think I can find them? Went through (twice) all the Christmas stuff because that is where they are. I have a tiny 'presents' quilt I hang on a tiny hanger with said tiny clothespegs...ugh! I'll find them next week, guaranteed.) Anyhow, can you spot my little secret under the mini-quilt? I almost always add a little surprise in my quilts, and beneath the free-hanging mini-mini quilt, I quilted my initials! You can see I also used a couple colours of green threads for the grass.
Of course I couldn't have met the deadline without my feline supervisor keeping those baby blues on me all during the quilting of it.
|This is the best photo I've ever been able to get, I believe, of the sparkle in Holoshimmer metallic thread!|
I used scraps from my Freefall quilt for the house, sidewalk, grass, sky, backing and binding. These are such wonderful fabrics by Paintbrush Studio Fabrics, the sponsor of my own upcoming quilt along. 😉 For details on how you can participate in that, see my previous post.
Here is the label:
|No, those Paintbrush fabrics are not batiks, but they sure read batik, or hand-dyed, don't they? They are now available in an LQS near you!|
Pattern: Quilter's Laundry Day
Size: 16.5"; 16.25" after quilting
Batting: Hobbs 80/20 scrap
Quilted: on my Bernina
Threads: pieced with Gütermann; quilted with Essential: variegated Ocean, Bark, Violet and Parchment; Sulky: Holoshimmer variegated, rayon 1177; Gütermann black cotton 50 wt; Isacord polyester 5324.
I am in love with this little quilt and cannot wait to hang it in my sewing room in Ontario. That hanger usually holds a snowman embroidered wallhanging, so this will be a great one to switch out. If you would like to make your own Quilter's Laundry Day you can find the tutorial here.
Smiles From Kate for creating this adorable pattern, and for hosting this fun blog hop/parade of quilts. To see other versions of the mini, you can visit the blogs below over the next two days!
Oh!! Prizes!! Yep! If you visit, and leave a comment on each of Jen's and Jan's blogs, (Jen's today, Jan's tomorrow) you will be entered into a drawing for some sweet prizes!
March 10 Reveal Day
Kate Heads at Smiles From Kate
Jennifer Fulton at Inquiring Quilter
Karen Thurn at Tu-Na Quilts, Travels and Eats
Melva Nolan at Melva Loves Scraps
Vicki at Vicki's Crafts & Quilting
Julie Stocker at Pink Doxies
Anja Clyke at Anja Quilts
Diann at Little Penguin Quilts
Jayne at Twiggy & Opal
Susan Arnold at Quilt Fabrication
Leanne Milsom at Lizzie the Quilter
Sandra Walker at mmm! quilts! (you are here!)
March 11 Reveal Day
Janice Holton at Color Creating & Quilting
Sola at Alice Samuels Quilt Co
Jennifer Strauser at Dizzy Quilter
Amy Gerlich at Amy Scrap Spot
Sharon Denney Parcel at Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Tami at Sew Much for Free Time
Suzy Webster at Adventurous Applique & Quilting
Tish Stemple at Tish's Adventures in Wonderland
Susan Gordon at Sevenoaks Street Quilts
Anne Boundy at Said With Love
Mary Marcotte at Fleur de Lis Quilts
Crazy Mom Quilts
Confessions of a Fabric Addict
TGIFF at Quilt Moderne
Busy Hands Quilts