Welcome to everyone on the blog hop visiting here for the first time – Good to have you here and I hope you decide to look around and follow me on my adventure. My name is Sola and you can read all about me and my quilting journey here and here. For the regular visitors, welcome back for the big reveal of my secret sewing project…The Quilter’s Laundry Day Mini Quilt designed by Jen Rosin of A Dream and a Stitch (a free pattern available on Craftsy here) the blog hop is hosted by both Jen and Janice Holton of Color Creating & Quilting – Thanks Ladies (stop over and drop a comment on their blogs for your chance to win lovely prizes).
I really do love a challenge and trying out new things (at least in my quilting) as most of my previous creations would suggest. Therefore, when I came upon the call to join the blog hop and saw the beautiful pattern, I knew I had to give it a try. I remembered wanting to create the shadow mini quilt from the hop last year but I couldn’t.
I must confess though, that I almost gave up after downloading the pattern and seeing all those tiny pieces needed for the mini (16.5″). I’m afraid my brain doesn’t deal well with anything smaller than 2” unless it’s a long strip but this pattern had me cutting 1.5 x 2.5” pieces…pheww! In addition to that, I am terrible at labeling my pieces and not mixing up the pieces without labeling was a real trial! Fortunately for me, cutting and keeping track of the pieces were the only difficult part of the entire process, the rest of the steps went by like a breeze. This is all thanks to Jen for a pattern so clearly written, concise and easy to follow.
I have always enjoyed pulling fabrics for my projects but I had lots of fun choosing fabrics for this project. Immediately I saw the pattern, I already had a mental picture of the fabrics to use; almost like I’ve been waiting for this pattern. I wanted to make the pattern come to life with my fabric choices so something to make it look realistic. I had the perfect grey fabric for the sky (It’s raining season over here so we get cloudy sky), green for the grass, black for the road and because I live in a beige/cream/tan colored house (fairly common around here), the choice of fabric for the house was a no-brainer.
Without further ado, here is what my mini quilt looks like:
Thanks Jen for permitting the option of cutting a piece of fabric in place of the 4” pieced block (remember what I said about piecing tiny pieces…Brrrrr!). I decided to fussy cut a flower bush out of my grass fabric instead so we’ll just pretend I’m currently washing the quilt in the house and it hasn’t come out to dry – Blame the grey sky ha!
I usually never know how I am going to quilt a top until I’ve sat down with it, I keep my walking foot and free motion foot close in case I need to change at any point then I let the top guide me. For this mini I went with loops for the sky, pebbles for the grass and straight line for the road, house and my flower bush. Oh I made an effort to change my thread to match the sections – a first for me!
I didn’t get round to attaching hanging sleeves yet, will do later and after seeing all the genius embellishment ideas from yesterday’s reveal, I might add something to this or not.
MY CRAZY EXPERIMENT
As if making one wasn’t enough – it really wasn’t, I had to make another one and I mustn’t have been too challenged in my previous attempt because I had the craziest idea of up-scaling the pattern! (crazy right?). I mentioned this to Jan and she asked if I was planning to make a lap size…wouldn’t that be so brave? Too bad I’m not that brave! I only wanted to double the current size to say approximately 32” finish.
Certainly there is probably a complicated maths behind the dimensions but I took the lazy man’s approach and just doubled all the dimensions given in the pattern. I know what you are thinking…that can’t be right, it can’t be that easy or what was she thinking? You are absolutely right on all counts! It wasn’t correct by a long shot but I didn’t know that at the time of course. This was such an experience that I think it deserves it’s own post so that should come up soonest.
Need I say more on what an adventure this was or how much I enjoyed the process?
On that note, thanks for stopping by all and I hope you pop over to the rest of the blogs on the hop. If you missed the reveal yesterday, you can visit those blogs today…links included below. I love to read your comments and I promise I always reply so keep them coming thanks.
March 10 Reveal Day
Jennifer Fulton at Inquiring Quilter
Karen Thurn at Tu-Na Quilts, Travels and Eats
Melva Nolan at Melva Loves Scraps
Vicki at Vicki’s Crafts & Quilting
Julie Stocker at Pink Doxies
Anja Clyke at Anja Quilts
Diann at Little Penguin Quilts
Jayne at Twiggy & Opal
Susan Arnold at Quilt Fabrication
Leanne Milsom at Lizzie the Quilter
Sandra Walker at Mmm! Quilts!
March 11 Reveal Day
Janice Holton at Color Creating & Quilting hop over here and drop a comment for your chance to win something.
Sola at Alice Samuels Quilt Co – Me!
Jennifer Strauser at Dizzy Quilter
Amy Gerlich at Amy Scrap Spot
Sharon Denney Parcel at Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Tami at Sew Much for Free Time
Suzy Webster at Adventurous Applique & Quilting
Tish Stemple at Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland
Susan Gordon at Sevenoaks Street Quilts
Anne Boundy at Said With Love
Barbara Wootie at The Flashing Scissors
Jan Welander at Making Scraps
Mary Marcotte at Fleur de Lis Quilts
P.S: My sewing table finally came in on Thursday! should be fun setting up and trying it out this weekend.