Saturday, July 30, 2022

Monthly Mini and Churn Dash progress

Just a bitty thing (5"x7") made from some tiny leftovers after cutting up a bunch of 30s repro fabrics.  I bound it in yellow and named it "A Little Bit of Sunshine". 

It is is machine quilted with diagonal lines that form tilted rectangles. The photo below shows the quilting better, and gives you a better size perspective.

Linking up with Wendy (The Constant Quilter blog), where you can check out the other mini makers and what they have created this month.

Here is my progress on Chooky's Churn Dash SAL. I haven't decided yet if I am going with 41 or 50 blocks, but I am on track for 50 with these 25 blocks at the halfway mark.
These are 9" blocks, so the little churn dash centers of some blocks are 3". There are 42 official participants in this SAL--you can find them all in a link list on Chooky's sidebar. And there are several others who are making churn dash quilts with the group "unofficially".

We just returned from our annual family reunion/campout. We reserve a large, private campsite and my siblings and our posterity are invited. We had 55 participate this year, but the little intruder we found in a banana my hubby had hung in our camp, was definitely not invited. Do you think he thought he was camouflaged? Click to enlarge for the full effect.

Don't want to leave you with that photo, so I'll leave you with this one.
These clouds are over the eastern mountains, but this is the sunset, not the sunrise--the colors were just reflecting clear across the valley.

So much going on in this world of ours, it can leave your head spinning. Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay kind.
Until next time,
Janet O.


29 comments:

kiwikid said...

Beautiful mini Janet and gorgeous photos, even of your uninvited visitor!

belarmina said...

Janet me encanta tu mini. Suena gran diversión con la famila, gracias por compartir tus bonitas fotografías. Cuidste

julieQ said...

HI Janet!! Your mini is totally adorable!!! Love it, and camping, too, and with family, it sure must have been fun! That uninvited guest needs to go home. You live in such a beautiful spot.

ButterZ said...

I do like your few odd double churn dash blocks. Good work.
Yep not a fan of the banana image.

cityquilter grace said...

a true mini in every sense of the word! oh and i am loving those churn dash blocks...yes beautiful sunset to erase the darkness of current news that worsens every day...here in MD it's constant shootings to start with...

Cherie Moore said...

I love the way you quilted your mini, those rectangles look great! Hope the banana visitor didn’t sting anyone.

Cheryl said...

The smaller the better in my opinion! Such a sweet mini.

Denice Barker said...

Oh, my gosh, that mini! Just where do the seams go? Is there room for them? I might have to try something like that just for the experience!!!! It's adorable.
That wasp may be uninvited but it's a great photo!

Kyle said...

When you go mini, you go miniscule. Just as sweet as a little ray of 🌞

Quilting Babcia said...

Probably not the "miniest" of your minis, but getting close? As sweet as sunshine! Your churn dash blocks are coming along beautifully. I still have not begun making them, sigh. Maybe some small ones could be incorporated into Lori's patriotic panel challenge. You have the most gorgeous panoramic view from your home, it must be so peaceful to enjoy every day's sunrise and sunset.

Quilter Kathy said...

That "little" bit of sunshine is filing the world with beauty! I adore it! And the rectangle quilting design is intruiging!

Nancy said...

What a delightful bit of sunshine, Janet. I think the white background highlights the clear colors of the '30s fabrics and the particular yellow you used for binding is perfect! I try to imagine sewing such tiny blocks... and can't. I know you've said you sometimes sew larger and cut to size but even so, it's amazing to me.
Your dashes look great. I love the background color you've chosen. These will become such a warm-looking quilt.
Ugh to the bee. Beautiful sunset. I have a friend who lives in NM who said she can sometimes see the sunset in the east. I understood what she meant but this photo illustrates exactly what she meant.

gladiquilts said...

Your mini is really cute! I really couldn’t get one done this month, but didn’t think to make something so tiny….next time🙂!

Jenny said...

Great progress on your churn dash and i love the mini

Little Penpen said...

Hello Janet!! A cute little mini! Such happy colors!

Sandy said...

What a sweet tiny little quilt. Perfect little ray of sunshine!

Mary said...

Sweet little mini as always. We're done with our hot week of Sunshine. Yea!! You can keep the varmits. Happy August

CecileD said...

Your mini of the month is....super tiny !!
I love your Churn Dash blocks ! And the fabrics you used !
Beautiful !!

Denise :) said...

I love your itty-bitty mini! Not so much your uninvited 'guest'. Glad the reunion was a happy time -- good turnout!! Hugs! :)

Robin said...

This turned out so sweet. And like Nancy said the white backgrounds really enhance the true colors of the 30's prints. I think I like your churndash blocks better than any others I've seen online. So nice!

Kris said...

You just can't help yourself, can you? In this big bed-sized churn dash quilt, you just had to add some "mini" to it, didn't you? LOL!! It looks great though and half way - I'm impressed!! Your July mini brought sunshine to my heart today!! :-)

Lori said...

Your little quilt is darling! And the churn dashes are multiplying nicely!@
Such a pretty sky! We are having family camp this weekend, although we don't have 55 family members attending. I think there will be 21, sad my kids can't make it.

Cynthia@wabi-sabi-quilts said...

Your little mini is a breath of fresh air, and I'm always glad you put a photo in with context to really show how TINY your blocks are - always amazing! Glad you enjoyed a family reunion! Glad no one was stung! lol. I love your churn dashes - and how some of the centers are tiny churn dashes... makes it really "you"!

Fiona said...

Love your churn dash blocks.....
Hugz

Randy D. said...

You mini is once again fabulous! Love the yellow binding!
How wonderful that you were able to get together with the extended family! What a blessing.
The Chooky Blue block are looking great! Love the churn dash blocks!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Your Little Bit of Sunshine is just what I needed to see this morning~ you're right when you mention what's going on in the world, we need more God and greater faith over fear, to be sure! Hugs~

Barbara said...

What a delightful teeny tiny bit of sunshine! Love it! And your Churn Dash blocks are wonderful! Now you can move forward to the next 25 :) So many beautiful sunsets in your part of the country.

Chookyblue...... said...

churn dash blocks look great and I love your tiny doubles also..........
the wasp is cool pic but unwanted for sure..... and the sunset is gorgeous....its amazing what the sky can do at times..........

Shasta Matova said...

That is a cute mini. So tiny! that bee is really brave. I probably wouldn't have noticed it until it stung my mouth. Beautiful sunset photo! So nice that you had such a good turnout for your reunion!