Friday, July 8, 2016

No, You Are Not Lost!

This really is my blog--I know these aren't my usual colors, but this will be a gift (a very long overdue housewarming gift) for a friend that moved to the south end of our state a couple of years ago. Their home is decorated in the colors of the area--red rock (well, they call it red rock, but we would call it rust or orange) and blue sky.
The block I used is "Crazy Ann" because my friend's name is Ann. But I changed the color placement so that the resulting blocks didn't look so much like a swastika. This will finish at about 16" square. I wanted that plain outer border to quilt some feathers. : ) It will be bound in the darker blue hanging to the left side.

Okay, now we are back in familiar color territory. My last two r/w/b finishes are shown below.

This is little finish number 38, made with some leftover HSTs.

And this is number 39 that was made with the fusible grid.
Since the first little quilt I made with the grid wasn't as stiff as I thought it would be once it was finished, I decided to just finish this one without trying any of the trimming methods I had been considering. That was a mistake. It is quite stiff. I need to soak it and see if that will soften it up. My next effort with the 1/2" finished fusible grid will definitely involve trimming of seam allowances!

And here they are in their home for the month of July.
I like that the last quilt is bigger. I think the quilts in the middle are too similar in size, so they don't show up much from behind each other. Lesson learned. I want more graduated sizes for this display.

Look what I found in an antique mall today. No, it did not come home with me--not in my budget. But wouldn't this make a sweet display for doll quilts (the doll buggy, not the book)? Love it!!

Grace will be the recipient of the Mama Said Sew plate. Of all of those who wanted it, I only had email contact for three of you. Most of you have "no reply" settings, so I cannot contact you and could not include you. (If you did not receive a reply from me to your comment, you are one of those with the "no reply" setting.) I'll get it sent off to you, Grace!

Until next time,
Janet O.
 

29 comments:

  1. Lucky Friend to get a Housewarming gift from you! I like the color placement changes. The 1/2" fusible grid sounds just way too tiny! I'm glad your stitching is happening with all of your busy days. Thanks for blogging all your pretties and lucky finds at the Antique Mall. I have a doll Crib, I like having a Doll in it.

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  2. Lovely to see your still making minis Janet, love the way you have displayed the July group.
    I have a little doll pram with dolls and mini quilts....still a kid at heart.

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  3. I love your patriotic minis Janet and it was THE week of the 4th of July !
    In France, with the same colours we will have our National Day the 14th...
    Your gift for your friend is sooo cute and no doubt that she will love it ! :)

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  4. Beautiful quilt for your friend and yes the doll buggy would make a great display for your quilts (although I do like the letter sorter)

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  5. I like the motion of your crazy ann quilt and your beautiful feathers will just add to that. Glad to see you out of your color comfort zone but your 7/4 displays are quite nice.

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  6. That little doll buggy is so sweet, very hard to resist I'm sure. The housewarming quilt is beautiful, I love to see the red-rock colors against a soft blue sky, reminds me of our visit to Arches National Park last year.

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  7. Your friend is going to LOVE the quilt you are making for her. Your Americana mini's are wonderful; you amaze me with how many quilts you can make in such a short time. And yes, the doll buggy was beautiful!

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  8. Late or not, it is a very nice quilt gift. Your display of small quilts looks great!

    Mary

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  9. I can't decide which I like best --- No. 38 or No. 39. Both are special. I'm surprised you didn't take the doll buggy home with you! ---"Love"

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  10. Such a striking display of little r, w, & b quilts. You do such a nice job. I'd also like to mention how much I liked the plaid quilt from your previous post. It is just so expressive of the patriotic holidays in July.

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  11. Very pretty block for your friend and so sensitive of your color placement, too. I liked the way that you quilted the wee bit larger pinwheels and the fussy cut stars on the little cornerstones is genius! The doll pram is adorable but I wouldn't want to have to dust it all the time, ugh!

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  12. Your patriotic display is so so cute! They look great all together.
    OOOhh I love the baby carriage and it would be a perfect display piece, but I have priced them too - ouch!
    I love the first quilt - the colors remind me of a bomb pop popsicle - yum

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  13. That baby carriage is soooo sweet!
    Ann will love her beautiful mini quilt! I think the colors are lovely :)

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  14. Love all your little patriotic quilts and how you have displayed them--so cute! I've used the fusible grid to make a small quilt, and to me it seemed like more work--I wasn't a fan of all that folding and clipping! Mine doesn't seem too stiff though, but it was probably made more than 10 years ago--it's probably deteriorating--lol!

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  15. Love your quilts. You have such a flare for combining colours and fabrics. Love the r/w/b!

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  16. Great quilt for your friend, I am sure she will love it. Sweet blue, red and white quilts, they look great together!

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  17. Beautiful quilts! Great eye for colors and patterns.
    We are moving soon, and the first items I started packing is my "stash". Gleaning through unfinished projects was humbling.

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  18. I can't wait to see the housewarming quilt all fancied up with its feathered border. It's going to be a wonderful gift. #38 and #39 are joining a winning collection. I'm amazed at what you've accomplished in just half a year!

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  19. Your housewarming gift is very cute - and you're nearly done with it - will be extra lovely with the quilting :-)- and well done on two more RWB mini finishes...just love that display you have there.

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  20. The wire rack is perfect for displaying the small quilts. By the way, I found one of those pant hangers for 25 cents at the local thrift store....but just one.

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  21. Your quilts are beautiful, even the little stiff one. You'll have to let us know if soaking it softened it. Or could you go so far as to put it in the washer and dryer? Maybe not with such a small quilt? That little doll buggy is adorable!
    --Nancy. (ndmessier @ aol.com, joyforgrace.blogspot.com)

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  22. Okay, you convinced me to buy one of those letter holders..! I see more mini quilts in my future. I will need to figure out what size mini quilts fit best to use for this type of display. Yours always look great! Happy Summer!

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  23. I love the colors in your friend's quilt! Those particular colors of red and blue are favorites of mine when put together, although I don't think I've ever actually made a quilt from that color way... Maybe I need to think about that! I think your little quilts on the letter stand are too cute for words, staggered in size or not! And that baby buggy - oh my!!! It would have been perfect to showcase some tiny quilts - too bad it was so expensive.

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  24. Great housewarming quilt! I do like that dark orange color. The baby carriage is german made... I had spied one in KY for about $25 and thought it was too much... now I see them in antique stores for $80 to $150. Yeesh! Hindsight is 20/20? ;-) Beautiful quilts all displayed in your letter holder! I'm on the hunt for one of those now...

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  25. What a sweet housewarming gift for Anne!!
    You should branch out more often!!
    Love your little rwb ones!!

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  26. Good Afternoon Ms Janet, You have such a super collection of Red, White and Blues, one is nicer than the other. Your display is so special. The baby buggy would have been another great display, have to put it on your Christmas Wish List, lol. Your friend will treasure her wall hanging forever and will give her lots of memories. I love the pattern as well as the colors you picked for it.

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  27. Funny I find myself responding once again next to my Mom...this has happened a few times =^.^=. That buggy is the cutest thing I've seen today. If only I had the props to show off my projects as you do so wonderfully. I used the fusible grid once and wasn't happy with it a bit. Didn't like the "stiff" as you have mentioned. The background used on Ann's project is very nice. Picks up the lighter blues great. Your Patriotic theme displays can stay up all through the summer with all the timely holidays that happen. Nothing wrong with showing the Red White and Blue! Sandi

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  28. I love Crazy Ann!! What a wonderful housewarming gift!! You may need to start one for me soon!! ;-0

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  29. The top quilt will be perfect for your friend! We have driven through south Utah a lot and it is such an amazing area. I have a doll buggy almost exactly like the one you saw and I paid $3 at a garage sale for it. You may have seen it on my blog. The doll in it is one that belonged to my mother's sister who died at age 9 in 1912 and she is covered by a little quilt you made as a mug rug, but it is perfect in that buggy!

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