Friday, March 10, 2017

Quilter's Laundry Day Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop on Jen and Jan's Mini QAL!  It's no secret that Tish of Tish's Adventures in Wonderland and I are great friends, and that we get each other into trouble, like all the time... This one is on her. 😃  She showed me the beginnings of her version of Quilter's Laundry Day, and it was just SO adorable...  I could NOT.  Well, it's a mini....maybe?  All right, I'm in.  So, with hours to spare to the sign-up deadline, I committed, and came through!
Haven't had a finished quilt in a tree for a few weeks!  This is Jen's of 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.
I was pretty tickled with how it turned out, all Kaffe Fassett fabrics, and put it on Instagram.  And then, realized, nooo..... there was a mistake! 😫 Ah well, a little time reverse sewing and it was fixed.  Layered it with more Kaffe leftovers from my 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:
Not readily apparent that the mini-mini is not sewn into the mini on all four sides....

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 Sulky Holoshimmer metallic on the window panes, and quilted the cat and butterfly with it too.  That's a Laurel Burch kitty cat, a scrap sent to me last year in with many others, by one of my sweet readers.  I love the sparkle the Holoshimmer adds!  The door is a scrap of wood-like batik, as are the clothesline posts.  The roof is a scrap of black.

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.
Even had a strip of leftover fabric from Freefall for the hanging sleeve.

Here is the label:
You can see I did the binding by machine.  Quick!  You can also see the brick pattern I free-motion quilted on the sidewalk section.  I had fun with various quilting designs and threads.
Swirls and loops and clouds and wavy lines in the sky with variegated Essential thread.  I also used Essential thread for the sidewalk, door, and the lines on the house brickwork.  For the grass, I used two greens, one a Sulky rayon, the other an Isacord polyester.  For the roof I used a black Gütermann cotton.  The mini-mini is quilted with an Aurifil variegated.  My Bernina loves 'em all.  As do I!
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!
Quilt Stats:
Pattern:  Quilter's Laundry Day
Size:  16.5"; 16.25" after quilting
Fabric:  scraps
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.
Thanks so much to Jen with help from Jan and from Kate at 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

Jen Rosin  A Dream and a Stitch
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
Jennifer Strauser at Dizzy Quilter
Amy Gerlich at Amy Scrap Spot
Sharon Denney Parcel at Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Susan Gordon at Sevenoaks Street Quilts
Anne Boundy at Said With Love
Barbara Wootie at The Flashing Scissors
Jan Welander at Making Scraps
Mary Marcotte at Fleur de Lis Quilts

Linking up
Crazy Mom Quilts
Confessions of a Fabric Addict
TGIFF at Quilt Moderne
Busy Hands Quilts


  1. Oh wow, totally wild and wacky, it's stunning. So many little details, I didn't know which to look at first, and the 3D quilt is fantastic. I keep having to go back for another look!

  2. A quilt on the clothesline, a cat at the top window, and all else, this is a stunner!!!

  3. Wow, this looks like so much fun 😀 xx

  4. And finally I've hopped round all the blogs for today and this is a lovely final destination. I can't even wrap my head around all the thread changes. Your detailing and that 3D mini mini quilt is a very nice touch. Well done!

  5. I love this! The 3D quilt on the line genius.

  6. I see great minds think alike(the mini mini and clothespins!).

  7. Oh that is very cute. I'm seeing these pop up and they look wonderful. Love the creativity and the quilting!

  8. Wonderful! What a fun and funky little house! A quilt flapping in the breeze is just brilliant!

  9. oh this is wonderful. I love that the quilt is 3-D. you did a fantastic job.
    thanks for sharing and inspiring.

  10. SO STINKIN' CUTE!!!!! Love the 3D mini gently swaying in the breeze..... Super creative!

  11. Beautiful!!!! Love everything about this mini.

  12. Oh, what fun! Your amazing quilting is perfect for your Quilter's Laundry Day! I love the cat in the window, and the beautiful fabrics and thread you used. Glad you joined in!

  13. Well I started with you and visited all of today's village. I so enjoyed the stroll down the street. Looking forward to tomorrow's. This little or actually large block is indeed got my imagination running full speed ahead. Absolutely loved your quilting, I aspire to be so good.

  14. So many versions of this little quilt and they are all so nice. I love your free hanging quilt. I would have done the same thing, I'm sure. I'm a new follower of your blog and love to read everything that you post...thanks..

  15. ADORABLE! Right down to the cat in the window. I love that 3D quilt!! If this one is all on me, then I have one thing to say...You're welcome :) Make that two things...SQUIRREL

  16. So whether it's the lovely shimmering thread or just your energy reflected off the quilt, your mini actually glows! I love that Bella put in her own 2 cents, and oversaw the quilting. Since you're my last stop today on the hop, may I just say everyone did incredibly creative work. What a diverse, talented group we seem to be!

  17. Such pretty fabrics - well done!

  18. I already told you how much I love your version, but I didn't even notice the gorgeous thread and fun stitches before! Beautiful! So glad you were able to join us.

  19. This is so cute. I love the cat in the window, too. You will find those clothespins soon, I'm sure.

  20. The mini quilt in this is so beautiful! Love the fabrics you chose, and the fact that it's a separate quilt. Your quilting of course is perfection, and so are your little touches.

  21. This is so Cute! I think the kitty in the window is my favorite part, but I love all your little details.

  22. Oh, wow!! You went way above and beyond!!! I love each and every detail. But the mini quilt. OH, MY! That is the best! And so fun that you put a cool backing on it and the details to find under it. Do find those tiny clothespins and show us again. And you even had the perfect hanger for it with the heart for the home and quilt love. Please get home quickly and change it out with the snowman so spring can come.

  23. Super fun! I love the 3D work and the kitty in the window. :D

  24. gorgeous Sandra. I'm now wishing I had done this but there just isn't enough time!

  25. Love your quilt. Especially the free hanging mini quilt and the cat in the window!!

  26. Great job Sandra. So cute. Is that a Laurel Burch kitty sitting in the window? Love the decorative stitch you used along the bottom. The best part is the 3-D quilt tho. That was really clover!

  27. Home is where my heart (or clean underwear) is.
    I recognize those fabrics - they warm my heart everyday. I wish I had participated in the hop just to be whimsical - again, like my Homeful quilt. I was wondering about the object in the window. Looked familiar - Bernie identified it. The brick fabric is so yummy. May I ask for scraps - if you have any?

  28. Absolutely love your version! I wish I had thought to leave my little quilt hang free...that is perfect.

  29. Oh...I love your little quilt that can flap in the breeze!

  30. I just love the vibrancy in your mini. And that 3-D quilt, of course. Lovely!

  31. Soooo many things to love in this mini! I LOVE everything about it! Especially the cat and that purple brick and the fabrics in the quilt, and, and, and, well just ALL of it! Thanks so much for joining in Sandra!

  32. Fun! I love how you added your quilt, and it can swat in the breeze!

  33. Very, very fun! I love the colors you used for the house and the walk. Your mini quilt in the mini is perfect. Congrats on a fun finish.

  34. A quilt on a clothesline, a sweet house, lovely colours and gorgeous thread... what's not to love!

  35. Hi, Sandra! I finally got around to visiting yesterday's village makers. I love the 3-D effect of the flopping quilt and I think it's great that it is attached so you don't have to worry about it coming undone. Very ingenious. Wish I would have thought of it. Nice finish.

  36. Okay, that mini mini hanging on the line is just too perfect! You're too creative! I was too far behind to be creative and still get the quilt done. I'll admit thought, this pattern lends itself to much interpretation and creativity! It's probably one of the reasons that so many participant said they love this pattern, don't you think?

  37. Oh, Sandra, what a gorgeous quilt! Love your colours, and your little mini quilt is so cute!
    Barbara x

  38. This is so cute! I love your bright colors!!

  39. Love that little quilt blowing in the breeze, cute touch! <3

  40. Oh my made a real mini quilt. I love the 3D!!!