Saturday, November 30, 2019

November Monthly Mini

AAK! It was already halfway through November and I had no idea what I was going to do for my Monthly Mini! And I needed to finish before the 25th,  as I had company coming, needed to morph my sewing room into a guest room, had barely any time to sew, bla bla bla...

Suddenly I remembered a large baggie of "scraps"*  gifted to me by my friend Sue, at our quilt retreat a few weeks earlier.

These were hardly scraps, but more like generous leftovers of brand new fabric from a quilt she was currently working on. Already coordinated, they were perfect to play with, so I went to town.

I'm calling this "Sue's Scraps". Its just 6 1/2" x 10 3/4", so kinda like an oversized mug rug. I love the combination of fabrics, but now I'm having second thoughts about those orange strips above and below the star. Oh well, there it is.

I hand quilted it using a combination of YLI Natural, and a charcoal color for some of the ditch quilting.

I found this cute conversational for the back, although the quilting (and lighting) kinda obscure it. It looks like I may need to add another bit of quilting down the sides, but I wanted to get the binding on and call it "finished"  for now. (is that cheating?)

Here is a slightly better shot of the backing fabric.

Anyway, I'm now ready to post, and happy to get my little quilt in on time. Wendy at The Constant Quilter hosts this little challenge, which is so fun!  To see what everyone else made this month, go on over to Wendy's blog  and enjoy! 😄😄😄

Meanwhile, I've been working on my Summer Sampler, which was a Temecula Quilt Co. sew-along about four years ago. Here are the blocks I've made so far:

I need to make twelve more blocks if I want it to be the same size as the original. I'm really really enjoying making these little blocks, none of which are too terribly difficult. But as much as I am enjoying the process, I also really look forward to quilting it, and to being able to enjoy the finished product. To me, sampler quilts are just so fun to hang out with. Each block brings so much joy, thinking back to how much fun it was picking the fabrics and constructing the block.

Saturday update:  Company is gone, bedding is in the wash, guest room is slowly morphing back into my sewing room. Its raining steadily today, and the forcast is for more of the same for the next week and a half. Excellent "excuse" to sew, which I'm so looking forward to!

Hoping everyone had a pleasant, warm, and safe holiday! 



Robin said...

How generous, to give you all those scraps. The Mini turned out really cute. I like the gold strips, it draws my eye out from the center. Your sampler quilt is looking great. I agree with you, it's fun to visit each block as you quilt along.

Cathy said...

Your mini is so sweet. Hugs

Barbara said...

You certainly made good use of those generous scraps. Your star mini is adorable! Love the look of your Summer Sampler, too!

QuiltGranma said...

Love the little quilt!

Cynthia@wabi-sabi-quilts said...

Lovely little mini! I often bind my quilts, large or small, before they are quite finished. Why not? ;).

Wendy Caton Reed said...

Fantastic - not only done, but hand quilted to boot! I have linked it into my post. I just adore it! Thanks for another great mini.

Janet O. said...

Such a sweet little quilt--I love the blue/gold combo. And it is extra special that you hand quilted it.
Really good looking blocks for your Summer Sampler.

Barb said...

Adorable mini and hand quilting is always so charming on small pieces.