Thursday, April 2, 2015

Little finishes and some wool gathering.

The two little quilts in Kim Diehl fabrics are finished.
The larger one (No Big Diehl) is a mini version of Kim Diehl's design "All in a Row".
In my last post I asked for name suggestions for the smaller one. I received many good ideas, but still can't decide, though I think I have narrowed it down.






My Spring version of Lisa Bongean's Old Glory Gatherings pattern is now completed and hanging in my living room.

I do think there will be one more little quilt made for this series, but it will wait a few months.



















Just in the nick of time I finished stitching up the March block for Miss Stacey's Mystery BOM (yes, I know--I don't do mysteries and I don't do BOMs).

I chose not to use the crown, so I added an extra bee for height, and threw in some buzzing lines. Don't you know about those? I live next door to a real life bee garden and I see those in the air all the time (well, it was still April Fool's Day when I started writing this--but I really do live next door to a bee garden).












So here are the three blocks so far for those things I don't do (mysteries, BOMs).

Just caught up with the last three Attic Heirlooms Ornaments of the Month. Check out the link for April's ornament. So cute! Each pattern is free through the month it is posted.
You are extremely perceptive if you caught on to the fact that I am not making these into ornaments. I am appliqueing them onto cotton from thrift store shirts and will be sashing them with red and green shirt fabrics for a little mini Christmas quilt. I think I will trim the blocks to about 4 1/2" before sashing them.

Finally, and most fun of all, almost two weeks ago (has it really been that long?) I was able to meet up with friend and fellow blogger, Gayle (The Middle Sister blog) for a nice lunch. We actually remembered to get a photo just before we parted ways.
Always such a treat to get to spend time with Gayle. They don't come any nicer!

Up next on my quilting agenda is to turn my Nabby's Dowry flimsy into a baby quilt. Picked up the backing flannel yesterday and will wash it up tomorrow. Grandchild #5 is less than 2 months away!

Until next time,
Janet O.

31 comments:

  1. Such pretty little quilts! I don't have any Kim Diehl fabric but I should. I love the shade of the border fabric.
    Your spring version of Old Glory is precious - love the chicken on the sheep!
    Buzzing bees are a favorite! How nice to have a real bee garden near you. Of course, you needed to add the buzzing lines!
    You're getting a head start on that Christmas quilt. I'm sure it will be darling.
    What a great photo of you and Gayle - beautiful ladies!

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  2. Your non-BOM/mystery is coming along very nicely! Lovely finishes too. My little granddaughter would love all your mini quilts to cover all her little ponies, dollies and other stuffed creatures!

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  3. I love Kim Diehl's little blocks ... and your versions are spectacular - as always! What a treat that must have been to meet up with Gayle.

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  4. Your little quilts are so cute. I've started a couple things this year where the blocks are just huge, and I think some of those are going into my orphan block bag. I really enjoy your little blocks much more.

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  5. I love those little hangers you show with the ornament blocks hanging from.
    You and Gayle have some facial features that look alike. Are you sure you aren't related somehow!

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  6. You are doing a great job NOT participating in mysteries and BOMs (insert sarcasm)!! I made the first OOM, and have not gotten any of the other ones done, but I really like your idea of making them into a little quilt! I want to make the BB mystery blocks, but have not had time, and I'm stuck on what to use for background. Now I better get to work, or I will never get to that mystery!

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  7. Your "Littles" are again adorable!! And the wool projects are scrumptious! I keep thinking I'm going to get started on a wool project but...

    What a lovely photo of two of my favorite bloggers - so glad that you got a girl's lunch out!!

    Blessings and hugs!

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  8. Lovely finishes and I-don't-do BOM, boms! LOL

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  9. Your little quilts are adorable and I love what you did with the bee hive block!

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  10. Love your tiny quilts and blocks. They fabrics are wonderful too.
    Kristie

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  11. Love everything...but especially that beehive :)
    Grandchild #5!!!...and it's not mine :)!!!

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  12. The buzzing lines are the perfect addition, good job on that one! I love your photo of you and Gayle, you are both so photogenic. All your little quilts are so very dear and the diehl series are no exception.

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  13. I like your version of the beehive block better than the original. The mottled wool makes the hive and clover look so realistic. The buzzing lines are a great addition - really shows the movement. What kind of birds are in your banner? They're beautiful.

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  14. Are those cranes? I didn't know Cache valley had such a big bird. I love love love your beehive block. It just sparkles.

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  15. You always have so much to show! Your "No big Deihl" quilt is definitely a big deal in your fabulous mini quilting style. And I love how you added the bees to the hive. That was a great idea. Then there's you and Gayle. You both just look so cute together. I agree with Karen, you guys could be cousins.

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  16. Love the Diehl mini, just stunning. You've be spending time with needle and thread, that's great! How fun to have a nice visit with a friend who blogs and sews. Congrats on the next grandchild!

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  17. Love your MINIS and the Things you DON'T Do...LOL I even like the hive. No real Bees in that! It's always fun to meet up with dear Blogging Friends!

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  18. HI Janet!! Lovely to see you and Gayle too. I just really love your pretty Buttermilk Basin blocks!!

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  19. I love all your little minis and your mystery BOM. What a clever idea to make those ornaments into a little quilt.

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  20. I don't do mysteries either, but these blocks are so cute! I love the buzzing bees :)
    Your little minis are just too cute. Makes me want to run upstairs and start one.
    I love the chicken on the sheep this time. I had dreams of raising chickens....but have decided not to.
    What a fun and busy busy post full of great eye candy!
    Lovely photo of you ladies

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  21. I just always love your wonderful posts!! So full of great quilts, fun ideas and you!! ♥ Your Diehl quilts finished up fabulously!! And I love your spring sheep and chicken!! Happy, happy Easter!!

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  22. Love your little quilts! Just perfect!

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  23. No wonder you get so little done. You've got so many BOMS and mysteries that you DON'T participate in!!! Wonderful little projects. Love the Kim Diehl quilts... Buttermilk appliqué is also on my list of quilts I'm NOT going to do... VBG

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  24. After a busy few days in St. George & having the family here for Easter Dinner, I'm finally getting to catch up on some blogs. Great post - the Kim Diehl quilts are absolutely gorgeous! I don't think anyone could make an ugly quilt if they were using her fabrics, yes? Your springtime sheep are so sweet - and, like you, I'm not doing the BOM - but really, I'm not doing it! Thanks for sharing our selfie - turned out good - and it was so nice to meet up with you that day. Off for some more blog reading - - - -

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  25. Womderful wool projects. Love flannel on the back of a crib quilt.

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  26. Janet!!! Its Lisa Bongean…I want to send you something you will LOVE!! please email me your physical address!

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  27. Your work is beautiful, Janet - I do remember you saying -often- how you don't do those boms or mysteries anymore - but aren't you pleased you are - all of your projects are just lovely. Love the scaled down Kim Diehl Churndashes, actually, love them all - you are very productive!

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  28. Hi Janet, been off the blog tract for a while. Went to Florida the 7th of February and didn't come back until the 12 of March. Way to long to be gone,, however it was a great visit with my son.and daughter (in law). Came back home to a lot of catching up items. One thing was good, we missed all the snow in Maryland. Love your bee hive, and the bee buzzing about is stunning. Will be interesting to see the mini quilt with the shirting fabric. I have a friend that loves to do tiny quilts and items, I referred her to your blog, she was very happy to see your work. Good luck on the new baby to be. .

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  29. oh janet....such lovely little quilts...i do love kim diehl patterns and fabrics and you have executed them perfectly and in miniature yet....you ARE a whiz my friend

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  30. Janet, your Buttermilk Basin blocks are the cutest I have seen! I wasn't going to do the beehive, but now I will copy yours! Ha! And Lisa B has you in her sights. How cool is that!

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  31. So many wonderful projects. Nice to see that you are using the cute little wooden box. The star with the string of lights is adorable, but then most of your wool stitchery is just simply fun! Sandi

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