Sunday, October 25, 2015

A finish! (and more starts--but we won't dwell on that.)

This basket in the photo corrals the little quilts that are usually decorating my home, but must be moved to make way for holiday decorations. So they found a home in the corner of my sewing room until all of the end-of-year seasonal stuff is over.
My little thimble quilt is finished. I'm calling it "Busy Little Thimbles."
This is made from some fabrics I received from Cyndi of Busy Thimble blog and quilt shop, after I had visited her shop in Maine back in August. It is a nice little reminder of a wonderful visit to Cyndi's delightful shop!
I used a clamshell ruler  on Gidget to do the quilting. Shows up better on the back.

What possessed me to think I could squeeze in Pam Buda's Pocket Patchwork SAL? See what happens when you rush? I turned my star points in the wrong direction!! Why didn't I see that until it was all sewn together? It is staying!


Finished up the stitching on my version of Buttermilk Basin's Mystery BOM for October. I had decided early on that my signature on each block would be a little button. I was hard pressed to come up with a place to put a button on this block, until I decided to add the bat. Now he has a little round button body. : )



 And I'm not sure how this happened, but I spent a good part of Saturday evening cutting. I will be making my very first red/white quilt. I actually prefer blue and white, but in 2017 our state quilt guild is celebrating it's 40th (Ruby) anniversary and they are sponsoring a red/white quilt show to travel the state that year. The only "judging" will be a viewer's choice. Sounds very non-intimidating, so I thought it might be fun to participate in the mini division.
 This mess you see on  the design board will eventually be turned into a bunch of these little blocks.

 It is amazing how much more quickly these blocks can go together when you are only using two fabrics. You can actually strip piece, unlike when I made my Burgoyne Strikes Gold scrappy version.
I am using the same size blocks, as you can see, but I think I may only do 9 in red/white, before I am going to be dying to work with more color! So this will most likely be a square quilt. : )

BTW, I am over halfway finished binding the Floating Foxes!!

Until next time, 
Janet O.

41 comments:

  1. Love your thimbles with the very pretty quilting. That last tiny block is exquisite, will be a gorgeous mini.

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  2. LOL for the Pam Buda's Pocket !! Be positive... Yours will be unique ! :)
    I loooove your mini Thimble quilt too and the quilting is sooo cute !
    And your red tiny block is beautiful ! Can't wait to admire your finish !
    Have a nice Sunday ! In France, we have changed the hour : + one hour !!
    Xoxo

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  3. I love the little tumbler quilt! That backing fabric is so pretty! :0)

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  4. Your little tumbler/thimble quilt looks like it would be perfectly at home covering an old-fashioned dolly. So sweet. Your new Burgoyne quilt will be very pretty, though after working on Strikes Gold I can see how you would be itching to use more colors. That little quilt is such a gem!

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  5. oooh pretty little thimbles! you are inspiring me to finish mine....and a red/white? you will be a contender no doubt because of your precise tiny piecing and beautiful quilting....lovely work as always janet...but i know it's FUN not work!

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  6. Lots and lots of lovelies. Your mini block is adorable. I am starting to enjoy making mini blocks.

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  7. Love Your minis. The red and white is so cute. At this rate your stash will last forever!

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  8. LOVE the red/white block! It will be fab in the 2017 show! Don't tell anyone u mistakenly switched ur star points - it looks like a fab on purpose switch! And cutie patootie thimbles. I have a bunch cut...need to start sewing some day...

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  9. Hooray for the binding update!!! I new you could do it!!!

    I'm am soooooo impressed with your minis!! Yours will be hit in the quilt tour!!

    Lovely little basket of quilts - gives me an idea!!! I'm off to experiment - maybe even some photos and a post today! 3 in one month - that has to be a record for me!!

    Blessings for this Lord's Day!

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  10. These are so lovely and interesting. Great ideas for your buttons. Your red and white quilt will be a wonderful addition to the quilt show. I love the Burgoyne Strikes Gold. It is strikingly beautiful.

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  11. Your red and white mini is going to be so cute and I love your little additions to the Buttermilk Basin block. I have my Pocket Patchwork block laid out but haven't sewn it yet--I better recheck it just in case--I can see that would be easy to switch it around!

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  12. Your corralled quilts look great all together in the basket. The clam shell quilting has the perfect feel for all those wonderful repro fabrics you used for the mini tumblers. Then, of course, your red and white Burgoyne is going to be stunning. It's hard for people to work with just two colors, but it will be well worth it when you're done.

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  13. Cannot wait to start my own mini thimbles, that quilt is so sweet, you have inspired me! Red and white quilts are my favorite, so I hope you become a convert! This pattern is fantastic, so nice to see it it in different palettes.

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  14. The clamshells look lovely! I don't know how you still have fingers, working that small:). Love your "mistake" quilt along and woolie with the bat--how clever to include a signature idea. After green, red is my favorite color--I had no idea the 300 pieces you were cutting were for another spectacular mini! ROFL at your strip piecing shortcut with minuscule pieces. It will be a stunner and I won't doubt its popularity!

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  15. Okay, how BIG are those thimbles?? Did you use a template??
    I seriously think you should consider professional help for your mini problem!!!
    Oh, the button idea is just adorable. And I love the bat!! VERY clever!!!
    Do you need some more reds?? ;-)

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  16. Lovely quilts for displays.............tiny tiny little pieces again! Your scraps must be tiny too!

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  17. The red and white block for the Ruby Celebration looks so cute. TOO tiny for me. You have a lot of time to make it. I can't wait to see more. I would make an Ocean waves quilt if I made a red and white quilt for that.
    I made the same boo boo on my "Tucker" I haven't sewn it yet though. You will see it on my Blog in the AM. I made another error when I forgot to look at the diagram I drew. It's all fixable! I like the Star you have, not necessarily 'wrong' just different. The thimbles are darling. Great use of the Basket, I'll be looking for a way to use a basket for my extra quilts somehow. My closet and racks are over-flowing.

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  18. Am looking for the courage to start Burgoyne in full size Will be working with three colors. The red and white is beautiful

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  19. You have such great projects here! Your red and white quilt is going to be so gorgeous! And now you have a very unique start to Tucker!

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  20. Amazing is all I can say about your quilts! Just beautiful and amazing!

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  21. Oh. My. I'm swooning over your little red and white Burgoyne Surrounded block! I love two-color blocks ... I love that particular block pattern ... and I love minis. That is going to be one spectacular quilt when you're done, and I can't wait to see it. What size are your tumblers? I like how you quilted that and will have to file that away when it comes time to quilt mine.

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  22. You are so talented! I love your mini quilts! Do you sleep? It was fun meeting you at Quilt Fest! Take care and sew on!

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  23. Wow that's tiny, but it's going to be gorgeous. Good luck!

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  24. I never would have thought of using a clam shell quilting design. Perfect!

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  25. That little tumbler piece really caught my eye! And of course I had to click over to the SAL link . . . you are an enabler!!!! :)

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  26. Wow!! Your quilting just gets better and better!! Hmmmm, practice makes perfect?? Is that why I still can just meander on my quilts? LOL!! Your Pocket Patchwork block is simply a demonstarion of thinking outside of the box and that red and white quilt is going to be fabulous!! And I love your button bat!!

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  27. Can you show me the clamshell ruler you used for quilting your tumbler quilt? I sure like it on there...... Didn't know you had plans to make another Burgoyne quilt - I LOVE the two colors! Such precise piecing! I'm hoping to start Pam's SAL today before grandkids come - guess I better get off this computer!

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  28. I couldn't help but chuckle when I say the Pam Buda SAL block. Haven't we all done that a time or two? Your little thimble quilt is darling.

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  29. Love All your quilts!!! That little red and white Burgoyne Surrounded will be Stupendous! I might try that little quilt Someday! Love Tumbler Quilts too.....have already made two minis but might try another Someday! LOL Magic word is Someday!

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  30. That clam shell really works! Never would have thought of trying it on thimble shapes. How nice to be binding the foxes. Your red and white mini will be a big hit.

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  31. A delightful post full of wonderful quilts. I like the idea of a signature "button" on your pumpkin block. And I love tumbler quilts. So much fun today.

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  32. Oh My! your new R&W is amazing. It will be fabulous of course! Love the pumpkin stitchery. Great little thimble quilt and clam shell quilting looks great!

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  33. My heart did another flip seeing your new red/white Burgoyne...Love the little thimbles quilt too - great blue print for the border - the scale of it fits so well!

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  34. More beautiful tiny quilts. I like the clam shell quilting.

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  35. A wave of inspiration always washes over me when I read your posts. The clamshell quilting that you stitched, partnered with Gidget, is a great design with your little tumblers. I've thought about using a design ruler with my midarm, but I didn't know how a person manages the quilt plus the ruler. You don't hold it in your teeth, do you? You obviously have it down to perfection!
    Lovely little Burgoyne block. It's going to be a spectacular little quilt.

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  36. I love, love, love, your little tumbler quilt! Great name for it. Your red and white quilt will be another incredible mini!

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  37. You are amazing and an inspiration Janet.
    Love your mini tumbler quilt, and the red and white block....
    Love all your work.

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  38. Your tumbler is so cute - love the clamshell quilting you did on it. Hehe doing Pam's sewalong.. I haven't had a chance to start yet (let alone get the blocks around the wrong way!) and found my box with her last unfinished sewalong blocks in it today - maybe I should be thinking about those first!. Your red and white is going to be amazing, good on you tackling that one again!!

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  39. Your little red and white is going to be wonderful....and so tiny! Love it!
    The thimble quilt is lovely- I love having reminders of fun trips.

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  40. You're making another tiny Burgoyne Surrounded!!!! Wow - you go girl!!! I really like the R/W version - not as much as BSSG, but then that's no surprise, right? I admire your ability to work with just two fabrics too - I just can't seem to do that. I start shaking, and then drooling, and next thing you know, I'm sitting in a corner singing nonsense songs to myself and staring at non-existant things on the wall!!!!

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