Friday, April 8, 2016

In the home stretch...

...with the little quilts. Won't we all be glad when this is over!?!
I decided to post the "finishes" on this batch, even though the one in the middle won't be finished for a while. It is being hand quilted, but the others are done!



This was the "before" shot. 
I can't put into words the euphoria I feel over getting these little quilts finished.




I haven't shared the finishes on the most recent two, so here you go.
This was Lori's (humblequiltsblog) Midwinter Blues SAL. It is finish #22 this year.





You can click any of these photos for a closer view of the quilting 

Here we have finish #23. This sweet 9-patch was made using 9-patches made by my Mom. They  were leftover from one of her quilts made many years ago.

I hadn't planned on quilting feathers in this. I thought it might be a little over the top for a humble 9-patch. But I tried out my original plan in one block and I did NOT like it.The quilt sat for a couple of days while I pondered and debated. Then I thought, "Who am I kidding--I WANT to do feathers on it!" So I did.                                                   These two styles of feathers are different from what I usually do. I tried them out on one of the Mystic Basket blocks (in my last post), and I liked them, so I put them all over this quilt.  
                                                     
This is my LAST BATCH of little quilts that need quilting. Three are really mini (the Mariner's Compass is 3"--not the whole quilt, just the compass), one is small and the other three are more wall hanging size.  Haven't basted these yet--maybe I will get to it this weekend. I am so much more likely to get quilting if the pile of quilts are basted and ready. If I finish all of these it will make 31 little quilts quilted this year!
Only one from this group was a SAL--Lisa Bongean's 10th anniversary SAL. I didn't add the last couple of rounds because I knew it would be too big to hang in the place I had for it.

This last photo is all because of Paulette (Sweet P Quilting and Creations blog). I blame credit her. She has had a few posts lately of the little pillows she has been making as bowl fillers. Her most recent is here.
She pointed out to me that I could use little leftover blocks to make some and that was all it took. I put all of these together yesterday using little bits of quilts that hadn't made the cut--and I also copied her idea of using Cheri's (quiltsbycheri blog) recent Facebook little basket quilt pattern to make a couple. There are definitely some seasonal themes here. I used what I had on hand. Thanks for the inspiration, Paulette!

Until next time,
Janet O.
                  






38 comments:

  1. Great finishes. Maybe I should start making minis... They are beautiful and I like the one with feathers, well done.

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  2. Oh Janet, everything looks so wonderful. You do such beautiful work. The little pillows in the bowls are very tempting............

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  3. You may be getting tired of working on and posting these quilts, Janet, but I am NOT tired of seeing them. Every time I look I notice more. Your feathers in the 9-patch are perfect. And that little herringbone basket is adorable. I must give Cheri's baskets a try soon.
    --Nancy. (ndmessier @ aol.com, joyforgrace.blogspot.com)

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  4. You should do one of those smile box things for a blog post where readers can click through and see all the miniatures one after the other.

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  5. AWESOME! Each one is prettier than the next!!

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  6. Fantastic feathers! Love the finishes, loving the wee cushions too.

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  7. Another post full of quilty goodness! Those feathers are perfect on your little nine patch. What a special quilt, with blocks from your Mom. Very sweet little pillows!

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  8. I have enjoyed seeing your finishes.

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  9. I especially love that little 9-patch quilt with the blocks made by your mom. That is a real treasure! The little pillows are a perfect accessory for a great wooden bowl, and the herringbone basket really speaks to me. I'll need to go look up Cheri's pattern, so primitive and cute. It sounds like you will have finished all your little quilts in another week or two, and I suspect that will be both a good feeling and also a bit daunting as you'll just have the really large ones facing you.

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  10. Your little quilts are so beautiful! Love seeing them. The bowls of pillows are adorable!

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  11. I can't even imagine how great it must feel to have all those little quilts closing in on the finish line. I was just sorting through a bag of orphan blocks yesterday, wondering what I could do with them--bowl fillers--perfect!! If I finish quilting my Memory Bouquet, I'm going to reward myself by making some!

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  12. Congrats, you're making great progress on getting them all done. Show us your wall of mini's again when you get a chance. I bet it is amazing.

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  13. Good Morning, again I so enjoy reading your blog. Finishing 31 mini's is awesome and each one is a treasure. Using your mom's blocks (patches) is so precious. The feathers just so belong in them. This little mini will have so many memories attached to it. I flipped over to Sweet P's blog and the woolie basket is darling. Making pillows from blocks is a great idea, and collecting them into a bowl is a nice thing to display them.

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  14. Your quilts are beyond Beautiful! The feathers in the alternate blocks of the 9-patch are stupendous!! So nice to be able to use something your Mom made! 31 quilts so far this year?!?!? And the year is not even 1/3 gone yet!! Love the little bowl fillers too!

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  15. My eyes are so happy after reading your post this morning Janet! You've been SO productive and every single project is just delightful! Congrats on some great finishes!

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  16. and thank YOU for the inspiration as well...love the snowmen! what a gorgeous stack of little quilts...hard to believe there are so many but bundled together they really make a decorating statement! beautiful work as always janet...

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  17. Your pretty bowl-fillers are adorable, especially with those vintage buttons. Congratulations on all of your very fine finishes, but special kudos for more of your fabulous feathers!

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  18. I love all your little quilts, and it's inspiring me to get some of mine pieced and ready to quilt. Also love your header photo.

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    1. Thank you, Paula. I would love to reply to you personally, but your settings are for "no-reply", so I cannot.
      I would love to see some of your little quilts!

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  19. As always I love your mini quilts, especially the mid winter blue one resonates with me, not sure why. Feathers on simple nine patches make it special! Really love the tiny baskets in the corners of the unquilted basket mini, your ability to be so precise amazes me. Those cute little pillows have been sitting in my head and now they are popping up on your blog as well, the temptation is getting to me, slowly but surely....and because I found the perfect vessel for them this week!

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  20. I never get tired of seeing your little quilts, and your quilting is just beautiful. But, I can't stop looking at those little pillows. I don't know why I didn't think of them before. I have baskets sitting here empty just waiting for one (or more) of those. I've got to check my orphan blocks and try one. Oh, and your feathers on the nine patches are perfect.

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  21. The completion of all those quilts is mind blowing. Each one is so unique and beautiful and spectacularly pieced, i.e a 3" mariner's compass, unbelievable! I love the feathers in your humbled nine patch. It really looks awesome. One of the best.

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  22. I'm still hoping some of your finishing mojo juice is going to make its way to my house. The feathers on the nine patch are beautiful--glad you listened to your inner voice and quilted with the feather. Those smalls in your bowl are awesome!

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  23. You are such an inspiration with all your quilting frenzy! How great that must feel to have so many cute little finishes :*). I love the Amish baskets of course, and I'm just amazed at the difference your quilting made to that sweet little nine patch! You're right - it was calling for those feathers. And mini-pillows - what will you think of next?

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  24. First off...your quilting is DDG!! Out of this world! Love ALL of your wee quilts...and your pillows are adorable! I have to say your 'left-overs' are WAY yummier than mine!! They are perfect! You are such an inspiration!!

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  25. Hooray for these finishes !Your quilts are soooo amazing as usual and the quilting make them so beautiful !
    Congrats Janet for your great work ! :)

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  26. I love it when I get on a roll! Hasn't happened lately!! Good for you for all these wonderful finishes.

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  27. Those little pillows are so fun! What a great idea :)
    I love #23 and the feathers...I think it's perfect!

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  28. Good on you to use up leftover units from your Mom's project. Makes that quilt extra special. I don't see anything wrong about feathers being used here. I remember you putting together the snow folks. Loved it then and even more so now. I'll bet your have more basting pins then will fit in their storage container! Enjoy the day, Sandi

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  29. Such fantastic quilting - they say it's practice, practice, practice and your 30-some beauties have given you some mad quilting skills. I'm in awe!

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  30. Oh, my, you made these all of these in one day?? You got too much quiltin' time on your hands, girlfriend!! :-)) LOVE them and went over to check out Paulette's cuties too!! And, as always, I love all your little quilts!! Just yummy!!

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  31. Each one shines on its own! Then you show us that basket filled with even more rolled up wonders - then the wooden bowls filled with tinier sweet things - amazing - just downright amazing!

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  32. Absolutely stunning. What an accomplishment! I just love looking at them . Thanks for sharing.

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  33. I love the feathers in the alternate squares! And the little pillows are darling.

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  34. Oh My! what another wonder filled post. Every time I try to pick a favorite and can't. I really like Lori's SAL on the table - beautiful ceramic bowl. It gorgeous!
    stunning quilting designs as always

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  35. Beautiful Janet! Great finishes, and I love the little bowl of smalls.

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  36. GREAT post!! I love that I have seen most of these areas of your home in person!! Where did you get the magazine?

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