Thursday, May 31, 2018

May Mini, etc.

I have been mostly absent from blogging for over 3 weeks. Thanks to those that checked in on me. I am still here, but between continued physical therapy, wedding plans (this Saturday!!), gardening, and time spent helping Mom, there really hasn't been sewing time. This week I forced myself to finish a mini quilt for May. Just squeaking under the wire.
Here we have "Uncle Kevin's Tree Farm", based on a pattern from Kevin The Quilter. I shrunk the block, of course.  The top was made in December, so I only did the quilting in May.


You can see from this back shot that I just did a bunch of straight line quilting.
And the binding is only pinned on the back at this point. It may have to wait until post-wedding to get sewn down, but I am calling it a finish. Wendy, is that cheating? :)
Down the road I may do some hand stitching in the sashing, but can't worry about that now.

Wanted to share a handy item I picked up at a Ross store recently. This is a caddy for the bathroom. I set it beside my featherweight in my sewing room. The bottom basket holds a bag full of bonus triangles from a couple of blog friends.
I grab a handful of the triangles and put them in the bowl in the top basket to use as leader/enders. When I pull them from the machine I drop them into the bowl in the second basket. Keeps all the leader/ender parts organized and handy, without using my limited table space.
The photo on the right, above, gives you a better look at the caddy.



The barn quilt DD#2 made for me finally got put in its place on the shed. I love it there. Wish I had taken the photo before the lilacs started fading. They looked very pretty together.

As I mentioned in my last post (so long ago you probably don't recall), May is my blog anniversary. It has been seven years! Hard to believe, sometimes, though it feels like I have always known some of my blogging buddies. To show my thanks to my followers and friends, someone will be chosen to receive this little bundle.
This includes Jo Morton's latest book of little quilts, four FQs of her new line of shirtings, one of my Dresden pincushions, and a Riley Blake measuring tape. I will throw in some of my soap, too.
Leave a comment if you are interested. Thanks to all for the years of sharing and friendship! You are the best!
Until next time, 
Janet O.

Drawing Now Closed

101 comments:

  1. You know I love your Blog!! Hope the wedding plans go well. Did you find an outfit?? Under the wire works.
    Happy 7 years Blog-O-Versary!

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  2. Always enjoy reading your post. Love to see all the quilty goodness.

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  3. You have certainly been busy, but not always in your sewing room? Hope the physiotherapy is doing its job. Love the Christmas tree mini. Your barn quilt is beautiful...I have one on my to do list for my shed too...yours inspires me! Have a wonderful wedding and congrats on your blog anniversary! I just wanted to say hello...no need to put me in the draw. Love your fabric caddy idea!

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  4. I've been following your blog for quite awhile in a reader; I love seeing your minis with your precise stitching. I recently looked for shirtings at my LQS and found only 1--they are perfect for certain quilts. I've just begun to hand piece and would like to hand piece some miniature quilts. Thank you for the giveaway and congratulations .

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  5. Love your blog...your little tree quilt is just beautiful..thanks for all the inspiration!

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  6. Your miniatures inspire me to make some of my own. Please keep up the blogging because I enjoy seeing your creations.

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  7. Love the new sorting system for L/E! That stand is perfect and easy to move if in the way. The tree farm mini is so cute and will be ready for winter:) Congrats on the anniversary and enjoy the wedding if you can.

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  8. Love your blog! The tree quilt is very nice!

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  9. Hi! Good to see you and i love the little Christmas Tree mini. What a cute holiday quilt.
    The barn quilt looks wonderful on your shed and what a awesome shed!!
    Clever use of the little shelf for sewing needs!
    Have a wonderful weekend with the Wedding!!
    p.s. blogger doesn't allow openID commenting any more :( it stinks but you have to have a blogger profile now to comment... dumb

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  10. Your mini of May is very cute and I'm sure Kevin will love it too !
    The barn quilt is amazing and I wonder if I will begin this style in France ;)
    I wish you a wonderful wedding weekend and thank you for the giveaway (if it works for internationals)...Happy anniversary !

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  11. I have enjoyed you blog. Love seeing your minis. The tree farm will be a beautiful display in December.

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  12. Has it been 7 years? Time flies when your reading is fun! Congrats on your lucky 7 bloggiversary! Love the quick Christmas finish, especially that plaid binding. It adds just the right touch. Many blessings to the bride and groom, and I hope the day is perfect.

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  13. I enjoy following your blog and seeing all your minis. The tree farm is perfect for the holidays. Congrats on 7 years of blogging.

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  14. The bathroom caddy is a great idea!!!

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  15. It was nice to get caught up what you've been doing. First, your May mini is lovely. Perfect for the holidays. Your so good about using your featherweight and having a leader and ender project. I've got to get a new one started. But mostly enjoy the wedding!

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  16. love your May mini quilt! I always enjoy seeing what you're up to.

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  17. CONGRATULATIONS ON 7 YEARS OF BLOGGING I LOVE YOUR MINI QUILTS, I THINK IAM GOING TO HAVE TO START MAKING MINI'S AS RUNNING OUT ROOM / AND FRIENDS TO GIFT QUILTS TO. BUT I STILL WANT TO MAKE QUILTS PLUS REALLY NEED TO USE UO THAT STASH.
    hjrogers@sympatico.ca

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  18. Hey Janet! I had been wondering what you were up to! The tree farm quilt is adorable and your quilt block is pretty on your little barn. I'm currently painting my second barn quilt to hang on my fence outside my kitchen window. I'll post pics when it's all done. I like your organization caddy by your sewing machine. Our minds are always thinking of these things, aren't they? I've been big stitch quilting on the quilt top from my last blog post; otherwise, nothing new going on in my world. Happy Blogversary.... that's a sweet give away that any of us would love to win!!! How's that shoulder?

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  19. Congratulations on 7 years of blogging! I enjoy how you always "miniaturize" all the blocks and quilts. I guess you can't help it. lol The three tiered basket is a clever idea for handling leader-enders. Thanks for the idea.

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  20. Love your little quilts. Congratulations on 7 years of blogging. Have I been lurking around that long?!!! Thank you for 7 years of inspiration. I like your basket set up for the leaders and enders. I might give it another try. I found the L&E stuff on my table mixed with what I was sewing was too "messy" and upsetting. I went back to just a little square of fabric to sew off onto from my blocks. I would love to win your give away ! Thank you

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  21. It would be so exciting to win! Love your blog!

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  22. Love the caddy--great for keeping organized in small space. And what a generous giveaway--thanks for the chance to win!

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  23. Been missing reading your blog these past few weeks - good to see you back. Sometimes life just exceeds! Very nice give-away - would live to win this!

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  24. Love your blog. Always inspiring. Giveaway looks wonderful.

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  25. Your little tree farm is adorable! I don't always comment, but I look forward to all of your sweet little quilts. Congrats on seven years of fun!

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  26. Congrats on your blog anniversary! I love seeing your mini quilts!

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  27. Lucky 7!

    I think about blogging but I just can’t seem to vote on a format.....i thoroughly enjoy when your newest one shows up. It often gets me to get back to doing some “me” time. And I usually like the project you are working on. I like to resize and tweak other designers work too.

    Here’s to another 7!

    Jane Modjeski

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  28. May has been a busy month for you! The little tree quilt is adorable.
    Happy blogaversary! Of course, I'd love to win the goodies!
    Take care.

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  29. Wow, can you believe it has been 7 years? I am sooooo glad you came into my life over 5 years ago!! Your May finish is wonderful as always and your Barn Quilt is fabulous!! I am in the process of making one for Kelly's "Barn" (his storage shed behind the cottage) right now!! Love them!! Have a wonderful time at the wedding tomorrow!! xoxoxo

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  30. Your tree quilt is so cute, will be a great addition to the holiday. Love your barn quilt.

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  31. Beauty of a mini quilt, as always, Janet! Who is getting married? Must have missed that news earlier. I like stacked types of storage and your tower is easy to move too, when the vacuum comes out. Congratulations on 7 years—I’m at 9 but didn’t mark the occasion. Your generous giveaway is totally you! Please add my name to the hopeful entrants. ❤️

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  32. I am always inspired by you and your beautiful quilts!! The mini quilt turned out so cute! Love the barn quilt. Congratulations on 7 years, and I plan to enjoy many more!!

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  33. Of course I'm interested--lol! I so look forward to your blog posts and seeing your sweet little quilts (as well as all the great tips!). I hope the wedding is wonderful and you have an awesome day--so exciting!!

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  34. Your table-side caddy for your leader/ender projects is perfect, especially its portability. Love your barn quilt too! Happy 7 years, and I hope you continue sharing all your mini creations with us for years to come. May the wedding couple be blessed with a beautiful day and a long and happy, loving life together.

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  35. Seven years! Congratulations. Of course I'd love to win. The caddy is great, bt I am mystified by leaders and enders---I don 't want scrunched up knotty seams on my intended L & E quilt top either. And I find it confusing to work on 2 quilts at once? So I gave up that idea.

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  36. Congratulations on your blog anniversary! I love the basket find, I'll be watching for something similar. My sewing table becomes so cluttered I lose track of leader-ender pieces, but this would be perfect. Hope the wedding weather is perfect. Another adorable mini!

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  37. Best wishes for a wonderful wedding day! I was thinking of you and hoped it was life and not health that kept you busy. Like you, i love to "make it smaller". Thanks for the give away opportunity.

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  38. Love your little tree quilt!! What a great idea using the caddy next to your machine.

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  39. Your tree farm quilt finished beautifully! I need to get working on mine. I forgot all about it, so thanks for the reminder!

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  40. A veces otras ocupaciones nos hacen estar alejadas de nuestras costuras. El mini quilt precioso. Tus cestas para colocar tus costuras una gran idea. El mini quilt colgado en la fachada del cobertizo, me encanta ver ésta tradición qué tenéis. Y muchas felicidades por tu cumple blog, seguro que serán muchos más. Un beso

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  41. The Xmas mini is adorable! Yours is the second Xmas tree quilt I've seen this week and now I really want to make one...if I start now it might get done by Christmas. ;o)

    What a clever use of the bathroom caddy.

    Happy blog anniversary and thanks for a wonderful giveaway.

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  42. Happy blog birthday! Your mini tree farm is so cute and I love the simple straight line quilting on it. Good luck with the wedding weather, too.

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  43. Happy Blogiversary!!! Enjoy your wedding weekend !!! Thanks for the chance to win your little bundle :)

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  44. Wow, congrats on 7 years. I love your minis- I do them too but I think you get more done than I do.

    My son got martied in October. I got some good advice that I want to pass on to you. Relax and enjoy the day as well as wear comfortable shoes!

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  45. Happy 7th Blogiversary! So many things to love about this post! I love the fact you titled your little quilt "Uncle Kevin's Tree Farm!" I call myself that to a lot of people....other than Kevin the Quilter LOL Also, the straight line quilting is perfect for the quilt....and I love straight line quilting! Your barn quilt is charmingly beautiful! If anyone knows about life taking precedence over blogging, it's me! We love hearing from you no matter how often!

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  46. Time flys when your having fun! Congratulations on seven years of blogging, thank you for sharing your beautiful work, I have enjoyed seeing and learning from you, re our mutual love of minis. Hope the weather is perfect for the happy couples special day, enjoy!

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  47. You are never idle! Your Christmas tree quilt is a beauty--so very pretty the way you have added the binding. Enjoy the wedding

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  48. Happy Anniversary! Long time follower. Love your blog and quilts.

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  49. Congratulations on your anniversary! I really like your Tree Farm Quilt.

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  50. Have a great time at the wedding!!! Really enjoy your blog-

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  51. I enjoy your blog and thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  52. I have been wondering how you were doing since you had been absent from Blogland. How creative to use that bathroom rack for a sewing purpose. I haven't been in a Ross store in a couple years and there is one very close by.

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  53. In the midst of all you are doing, you think of us, your fans...how thoughtful. The little tree quilt is charming and I am gathering fabric as we speak! Thank you! Take good care and enjoy as your memory-filled days arrive.

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  54. Love to read about your quilting progress. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  55. Wow, 7 years, congratulations. Love the bathroom caddy that you're using for your leaders & enders, it would never have occurred to me to use it for them. Like most of the little quilts that you make the little tree quilt is a beauty. I've got my fingers crossed for the giveaway.

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  56. Congratulations on seven years!!! Hugs,

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  57. Congratulations on the upcoming nuptials!! Glad that you're feeling better, Janet!!
    xxxs,
    Randy

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  58. Love reading your blog. Your Uncle Kevin's Tree Farm trees are seeeew cute,the "Oh Christmas Tree" quilt came out great may have to make one myself. The Jo Morton give away is awsome!!! Happy seven years & many,many more. Have a great week-end.

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  59. Your mini quilt is adorable, as always! That shower caddy is ingenious! I may need to get one myself. I would love to win your giveaway bundle. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  60. perfectly understandable that you've been busy...i love that tiny tree little quilt...great giveaway but not interested....

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  61. Love the darling mini tree farm quilt. How much smaller did you make your block? How exciting ~ getting married! Best of luck. Happy Blog anniversary. I LOVE Jo Morton ~ fingers crossed!

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  62. Cute Christmas tree wall hanging!!

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  63. Congratulations on your anniversary! Thank you for your celebration! Carolyn Cecil

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  64. Congratulations on your 7th anniversary and thank you for always taking the time to share your beautiful works of art in miniature format, I love your work!!! Enjoy the wedding and Blessings to you and your family!

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  65. I hope everything goes smoothly for your son's wedding tomorrow -- no rain, not to hot, etc., etc.
    Your little tree quilt is too fun and the quilt your daughter made for your shed it precious. I really like the block she chose.
    Your caddy is a great idea, Janet. I really must begin using leaders/enders again.

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  66. Love the tree quilt.It sounds like you have been very busy. Congratulations on your blog anniversary. I love the pincushion. It is really cute! have fun at the wedding.

    Mary

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  67. Your tree quilt is so cute. Little IS better!! Sounds like your life is full and busy right now. Sweet of you to take time to do a give away for your blogaversary. I've loved every post you have done.

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  68. Happy Anniversary! I enjoy seeing all of your little quilts. Thanks for the idea for the leaders/enders. I use that technique but sometimes spend too much time sewing them. Maybe this would get them off my sewing area so I could concentrate on my real project.

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  69. Hi Janet - I love reading your blog. Full of inspiration !!! Hope the wedding went well. And please tell me how you do your triangle label on your quilt ?? I love that idea !!!

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  70. Janet we are walking the same path in life right now-- minus the gardening for me! Love your projects-- keep stitching when you can. Thanks for the chance to win the neat bundle! Enjoy the wedding!!

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  71. Janet, today is the first day in a very long time that I've popped in on a few of my favorite blogs. I initially went to Karen's at Log Cabin Quilter and saw on the side of her blogs a posting of the cutest quilt and of course it's yours! So much has happened to me this past year with both health and having to move again. I've seen so many doctors and so many injections, physical therapy, chiro etc..list is long and still they are searching for why I have so much pain. 7 years! Wowzers...I let my domain name of Quilt Hollow go since I closed the business and that means they deleted my blog which I did neglect. sigh

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  72. As always you have some wonderful project that you are working on!! Happy Blog Anniversary, Janet ❤❤
    Hug's,Carolyn

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  73. I’ve enjoyed your blog so much over the years. Thanks for sharing your beautiful quilts. Happy wedding day too!

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  74. Thanks for sharing your quilts on your blog. You are an inspiration.

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  75. Thanks for all the inspiration! Congratulations on 7 years! Enjoy the wedding! HUGS... and stitches

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  76. I really enjoy the quilt blogs and do appreciate the time and effort you ladies put into them.
    Happy Anniversary on your success!

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  77. Happy Blog Anniversary and wishing your family a joyous Wedding! I so love the inspiration from your blog.

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  78. Happy Anniversary! I really enjoy seeing what you are working on and I hope that you will continue to inspire us with your beautiful quilts.

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  79. Happy Blogiversary! I always enjoy your updates and am amazed by your productivity.
    kathleenrgee at gmail.com

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  80. Happy Anniversary! Yes indeed.....time goes quickly! But, I think that's a sure sign of happily keeping busy! :-) I love your system with the bathroom organizer! Perfection! Kevin's Tree Farm looks like fun! I may have to try and stitch one up by Christmas... ;-) Thank you for all of your inspiration, tips & tricks!

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  81. Sure enjoy your blog and congrat on you blog anniversary.. Love the Tree Farm quilt - will
    have to make that for Christmas - still plenty time so I just might get it done..
    Thank you for all your wonderful ideas and inspiration..Have a great day..
    MaryLou

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  82. Glad to have you back! And Happy Happy Blog-a-versary! Love the tiny trees, and barn quilt! I would be SO happy to win that nice little bundle you are offering.

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  83. I so enjoy your blog even though I don't comment often. It's so fun seeing what you make, and you have even inspired me a few times - those darling little trees from Kevin. Your mini turned out so sweet - now if I could get myself busy and finish mine:)

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  84. I’m so happy that I’ve found your blog. I enjoy reading all of your postings and admire your work so much. Hope the wedding was perfect, and that your PT is going smoothly. Maybe you’ll have a little more opportunity for quilting soon!

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  85. Happy Anniversary - love to check in and see what you are working on.

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  86. So very cute! I love the tree quilt, I love all things trees. And I think your barn quilt is adorable. Thanks for sharing.

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  87. I always look forward to reading your blog! Happy Anniversary! Seven years is a long time for sure. Thanks for a chance to win.
    Tina in Oregon

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  88. HI Janet, I had been wondering if I had missed a post or how you were - but then I remembered you had said there was a wedding coming up! I hope it went well and you had a wonderful weekend! Well done on squeezing in a finish! Happy blog anniversary :-)

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  89. Glad to see you "back in the saddle". I missed your inspiration. Love the little mini of the Christmas trees. Congrats on the blogiversary!

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  90. I have enjoyed reading your blog for quite some time now - I'm always amazed at how much you accomplish! Your mini quilts inspire me to try new things...thanks for sharing your talents with all of us.

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  91. Wow Janet, am I behind on my blog reading! I just noticed your May mini and I love it! I will link as soon as I get a post up. Where did May go????

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  92. What a great idea to finish up some Christmas sewing! What a sweet tree quilt. Congrats on 7 years of blogging - I hope there are many, many more :0)

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  93. I just found your blog. It is delightful. I love the mini tree quilt. I've yet to try a true mini and this is great inspiration. I'd love to have a quilt sign over my garage of my house. My neighbors might think I'm a bit odd, but I don't care. I don't think any of them understand about quilts. I live on a cul-de-sac. The giveaway is phenomenal. Good luck on feeling much better.

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  94. What a great way to keep your leader/enders organized! I have a small surface area as well.....might need to keep an eye out for something like that :)

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  95. I love making small/mini quilts and I am always inspired by your creations. Thanks for blogging and sharing.

    Charlotte

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  96. I had to zoom in your FW, I have one as well! Thanks for the tip on the caddy. Your quilts are always amazing, such great color choices. Hope your feeling better and the wedding went well. Thanks for a chance at a great give away.

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  97. Congratulations on your blogging anniversary!

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  98. What a great sewing caddy! The tree mini is cute, will have to make one, there's time until Christmas! Happy anniversary !

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  99. Hoping/praying that your shoulder recovery continues to go well! Even with all you've got going on, you manage to get 'er done!! I bet the wedding was wonderful -- can't wait to hear all about it!!! :)

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