Thursday, July 24, 2014

Fun Size Quilts and a Giveaway!!


Karen Burns of Martingale compiled a book of fun sized quilts 
from several quilting designers.
Each quilt is about the size or less of a fat quarter 
and can be made with fat quarters too!


My Fun Sized quilt is called Particularly Joyful
It was created with Basic Grey's fabric line 'Curio' by Moda, 
a beautiful line of fabric that I was certain would become a quilt....
just not immediately.
I let Curio 'age' on my stash self for a couple of years before I made this quilt.
Choosing fabric, creating patterns and hand sewing all make me 
particularly joyful...hence the name.


There was one other quilt in the book that caught my eye immediately. 
To Do List, and it's on my to do list for my sewing area.

If you would like to win an e-copy of the book Fun Sized Quilts from Martingale,
leave a comment about what part of sewing, quilting or crafting....
makes you particularly joyful.
I'll choose a winner on July 30th.
If you want 15 more chances to win, stop by Martingale's Blog to see the list of contributing authors and how to enter their giveaway.
thank,

127 comments:

Lee said...

I have not done any minis but this book might just inspire me to do a few - they look so sweet! thanks!

Nine Kids and Not Counting :) said...

I love sewing anything...something about whizzing along on my machine is soothing to me. Plus, who doesn't need pretty fabric in their lives?

gigi said...

I particularly love planning the quilt and picking out the fabrics. Thanks!
Gigi

Marti Dyer-Allison said...

Since I discovered Susie's Magic Binding, that is my favorite part of making quilts!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

thanks Vicki...always fun to win something. this pattern is sweet

Deidra said...

My favorite part is making the quilt and seeing it come together.

Deidra said...

My favorite part is making the quilt and seeing it come together.

Diane in Delaware said...

My favorite part is seeing how I can take some small pieces of fabric or scraps and make something that looks really nice and is useful! Also like the "me time" it gives me :)

DeborahGun said...

seeing a quilt top come together makes me joyful!

Janie said...

When the quilt is handed over to someone who will enjoy it. Thanks for the chance.

Sylvia said...

The part of quilting that I enjoy the most is at the end, when the binding is on and I'm clipping any hanging threads. I get such a feeling of satisfaction in knowing that I accomplished my goal.

Sue Flynn said...

Looking at the final project.

Barb N said...

It's all about the process - enjoying each step of the way. And anticipating how much the recipient with love the finished quilt!

jan goerke said...

Since I'm a hunter/gatherer by nature, I really enjoy finding the perfect fabrics for whatever I'm going to make.

Andi Jackson-Darling said...

Color is what makes me particularly joyful, no matter if I'm sewing or picking out fabric.

margil56 said...

My favorite part is putting together the fabrics for a project. I get to play with my stash!

Gill said...

I love hand stitching the binding on quilts !

juliehallfeldhaus said...

I love picking out the fabrics and coming up with a pattern for my quilts. Thanks for a chance at a great prize:)

Snow said...

I love picking out a pattern and fabric when I make presents. I like how I have to think about what the recipient would like, rather than my own tastes. It forces me to look at things in a different way.

Karen said...

Just getting to handle and play with all the lovely fabrics.

J Neely said...

Looking at beautiful fabric makes me joyful. It can also soothe the soul, put pep in my step, and relive memories of wonderful shopping excursions with friends.

Karla Vernon said...

I love to sew fast and piece. It brings me joy.

Margaret said...

I love the piecing part of quilting. Right now I am learning FMQ and am loving it

Cathy Frankel said...

Just looooove hexies... can't stop making then. They are all over the place. In the car, at the office, in my handbag, in my sewing area, and even some sitting in the bottom of a cupboard waiting to become a waistcoat!

Kristy said...

Love your mini! I like picking the fabrics as well as piecing. Quilting is fun but I do tend to stress a bit over what to pick for a design. Thanks! K-

Patti Truckey said...

Love the mini!!!!! :-)

Nancy said...

Every part of quilting or sewing is joyful except cutting out pattern pieces for sewing clothes.
nridder@hurontel.on.ca

Nancy said...

Every part of quilting or sewing is joyful except cutting out pattern pieces for sewing clothes.
nridder@hurontel.on.ca

songbird857 said...

The quiet solitude and the focus it brings to an otherwise hectic day :)
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Rosalind Gutierrez said...

I like creating a quilt out of my stash.

Lisa Marie said...

It all makes me joyful but I especially love giving quilts, bags, etc. as gifts.

Louise said...

What I love most about quilting is that there are so many different stages of each quilt. No one part takes so long that I get tired of it so it's always fun to look forward to the next part. So I guess it is the variety of tasks that gives me joy!

vickievanphd said...

What a lovely little quilt! It does look joyous. What part of quilting do I love...hmmm...hmmm well I would have to say ALL OF IT !! Love to pick colors for the quilt, love cutting and piecing, love quilting, love binding. Yup I love to make quilts :)

Deb G. in VA said...

I love your little quilt! I like to make mini quilts as they usually finish up quickly. I also like hand sewing, but I enjoy the entire process of making a quilt, except maybe putting on the binding.

Karenteacher said...

I haven't made any minis, except for some mug-sized place mats - but these would make great gifts.

govikes said...

What makes me joyful about quilting is the fabric and the color. I can envision how it is going to look even when others can't. My husband is in awe of how I can see the colors coming together before anyone else. I think I would love a job just putting quilt kits together!

aus_chick said...

finishing it is my favorite part!

Shauna said...

I think my favorite part of any project is picking out and petting the fabric. It can be stressful because I can be somewhat indecisive, but I really love it too.

Robin McGuire said...

I enjoy every part of making a quilt. I find it particularly joyful to see others' reactions to my quilts, especially when it was lovingly made as a gift for them!

Elle D said...

I love searching for just the right fabric, but my favorite part is the look on the face of the person I give it to!

sandra said...

I love both piecing and machine quilting.

Farm Quilter said...

My favorite part is the quilting!!! Love standing there, creating beauty upon beauty with thread!

Karen Thurn said...

I love picking out the fabric to use in a quilt. I love buying fabric. kthurn@bektel.com

Julie C. said...

I love choosing fabrics, whether that means mixing and matching from my stash or in a store, or just buying pre-cuts. I especially love it for babies. I also enjoy the laying out of projects!

SewCraftyJenn said...

I love the entire process of cutting up fabric and putting it back together into something useful!

Anita said...

I like creating a scrappy quilt completely from my stash without having to go shopping for new fabric.

Dana Crossland said...

Just love your quilts and love the mini Particularly Joyful.

Pamela Neal said...

Thank you so much for the opportunity to win this book. I love giving the items away and seeing the reaction on the recipients face. I

Kathy H said...

Finishing something and giving it away makes me joyful. But I also like to look at the different fabrics and decide what goes the best together. Just looking at some cheerful fabric can make me happy!

Cindy said...

I enjoy seeing my design emerge and come to life when making an art quilt. I start with a vision of what I want it to look like, then when it actually emerges from the background, it's such a joy to see the completed picture.

Kathryn said...

I love the piecing part of the quilt journey the most. I love seeing the design emerge as the blocks are finished.

Kathryn said...

I love the piecing part of the quilt journey the most. I love seeing the design emerge as the blocks are finished.

Linda said...

HI,I do love the planning of the quilt;but love the piecing+final binding too! Thanks for sharing!

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Msfrnd said...

I love picking out the fabrics . It's like getting a new box of crayons when I was a kid

KatheG said...

I love working with any kind of needle and thread from sewing to needlepoint to embroidery. It helps to calm me, inspire me and an outlet for any kind of artistic ability I may have in my little pinky. Thanks.

Jen Beatty said...

Choosing the fabric & placement of the colors w/in the pattern for myself & friends on retreats!

Kim @ TiesThatBindQuilting said...

I love using the creative side of my brain after a long day of critical / science thinking from working in a research lab!

Diane H said...

Congratulations, Vikki, your little quilt is lovely. All aspects of quilting bring me joy especially when they are going to be gifted.

jane said...

It may sound strange, but I always look forward to having a pile of HSTs or flying geese that need to be trimmed to size. It's a bit of a Zen thing for me.

Shauna said...

I am always happiest when petting...ohhh I mean picking out fabrics.

quilt455 said...

My favorite part is picking out the fabric to use in my quilt. II think a great quilt starts at the fabric choices.

Carol said...

I think the planning is the joyful part of my sewing and quilting. Unfortunately I don't always carry through, but I'm trying to change that.

delaineelliott said...

I love to hand sew binding on quilts, and to do hand quilting. Both are extremely relaxing! Thanks!

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RosieGma said...

I love the sewing part, where you can take what your visioned in your minds eye, and have the ability to touch...

Maree in NC ☺ said...

Making and giving a quilt to someone special brings me much joy! ♥ And, I love finding absolutely perfectly beautiful fabrics for them and my stash. ☺

The minis are so cute! Tanks a bunch for the chance to win this book!

my nana maree @ yahoo . com

Beth said...

All of it... except ripping.

Maree in NC ☺ said...

Oops, not "Tanks", but THANKS! ☺

my nana maree @ yahoo . com

Pauline Perry said...

I love hand quilting and hand sewing but I also love machine piecing and machine sewing anything - oh except curtains!!!!
Pauline

perry94022 at hotmail dot com

Marca said...

I like the planning and shopping, and finishing up the binding, and I'm very fond of hand work.
Marca
Raylynn(at)homemail.com

Julia said...

I like everything about quilt making! It helps me refuel!

barbara woods said...

giving the quilt to some one that loves it

sandyandcosmo said...

I enjoy piecing a quilt because I can see my ideas really coming together.

Lavonne Hansen said...

I like the research process to get the creative ideas for the next quilt. getting out an collecting concepts from Art, nature, and what other quilters have done. I also like the physical construction process the precision and discipline.

Kathy E. said...

Sewing in my own sewing room in front of the window while putting my favorite colors and fabrics together makes me so happy! That's the best part, when I create something new and pleasing to my eye.

Karla Santoro said...

Choosing the fabrics and the pattern is my favorite part of quilting. Then, watching the smile on the one receiving the finished creation is the icing. :-)

Marguerite said...

Choosing color combinations and piecing the quilt are my favorite parts of making a quilt.

Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures said...

Picking the fabrics!

Marianne said...

I love to choose the fabrics!

Cecilia said...

I enjoy the quilting part the most.

Anne D said...

My favourite part is making the quilt and seeing how it all comes together.

haddie said...

The best part for me beside Finishing... is seeing the smile it gives the person who is on the receiving end and watching them pour over it and love it the way I loved making it for them

Sarah said...

I love the handquilting! sarah@forrussia.org

MoeWest said...

I like the start of a new quilt project. I like deciding on the design or pattern, picking the perfect fabrics and getting started to make my vision come to life.

jillnjosh said...

Searching out inspiration and sharing it with my friends is the best part. It's also why I'm known far and wide as an enabler. :-)

Алеся Палекова said...

My favorite part is making the quilt and seeing it come together

suzanprincess said...

So far my favorite part of making quilts is whatever part I'm working on at the moment. I also really like browsing in my Fabric Petting Zoo--I won't live long enough to use it all, so it must be meant for gazing and petting!

Jayne said...

Joyful! It has to be hand sewing each and every binding on a finished quilt! Love, love, love!

Mary Burnette said...

I love the shopping for fabric and picking out what colors to use the best. mburnette912@bellsouth.net

Monica said...

I love when I sew for my kids and they get excited about what I made for them.

Jacklynn said...

The part of quilting that makes me joyful is choosing just the right fabric combination and it turns into something awesome! That and when all the corner seams match!! thanks for the give away!

Susan said...

I like buying fabrics. I love creating. I feel terrific when I finish a projects.

Donna W said...

I have to say that all parts of quilting make me joyful. Each part of the process is a step to the finish.

Wendy said...

choosing the design and the fabric is the best bit

Marie G said...

A medley of coordinating fat quarters always gives me possibilities!

GrannyTo8Boys said...

I love the finish best. The I can't believe I made this moment. I have never made minis but I think I will try it with some of my UFO blocks. I make practice blocks of interesting ones I find to see if I like making them. Some hit the UFO pile because they are too time consuming or I just don't like them well enough to make a whole quilt. Minis, hmmm- so quick, so cute, lots of "I made this moments". A no brainer. LOL

Katie said...

Finishing and pulling a done, warm quilt out of the dryer. It's always so fluffy!

Bridget Jane said...

I love the point when everything else for the project is done and I can just sit at my machine and sew.!

Renea said...

I really like the cutting process of quilting. Thanks for the giveaway.

mary moon designs said...

my favorite part of sewing is making something for someone else

VickiT said...

I love it all, no matter what part of the process I'm doing. I'm frustrated a bit while trying to pull fabrics together when I need more than 2-3 different fabrics. I stress too much about messing it up and then end up hating what I've spent my time creating. So far I haven't had that happen so I shouldn't be so hard on myself. I just need to have more practice and then that will be easier for me too.

lvkwilt said...

Love the process--especially hand sewing the binding on and knowing it's done! Thanks for the giveaway!

Whitney Leonard said...

I LOVE the "creating something from nothing" feeling. That moment when you hold up a finished quilt top, and then a finished quilt and say..."Yeah. I made that. I'm awesome!"

Cindy Dahlgren said...

I love the look on the recipients face when they get the finished product.

Walter said...

If it has to do with textiles, it is all joyful. But pulling out fabrics and starting a new design always gets me excited. pjrcontest@msn.com

Helen said...

I am happiest when I have finished a stack of small charity quilts and deliver them to pediatric chemo unit. It gives such a sense of purpose to my hobby. My second happiest moment is buying the fabric.

G&G said...

I love quilting - many hand quilted but am now working on machine quilting.

Karen said...

I love taking that first line of stitching out from under the pressure foot--I'm on my way!

Teresa @ Aurea's Kitchen said...

I love choose a pattern for a special person, and then choose fabric thinking in their preferences.

Lainey Looloo said...

I've create a few mini quilts and this book has lots of great ideas! I love mini's because they allow me to use fabrics from my stash!

Kimberly said...

I like to see all the hard work pay off once the project is done.

Joan H. said...

I especially enjoy binding the quilt by hand because I know it is almost ready to give to some one special to me.

jellybean said...

I love to sew clothing and mini quilts totes purses and I love it even more if it all comes together as planned and i finish it I have a pile of UFOS!

Megan said...

I like the quiet. I barricade myself in the basement and just get lost in creativity.

Havplenty said...

I like the whole creative process of taking raw materials (thread, fabric, sewing machine) and creating something amazing from them.

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Betsy Smith said...

I like the binding. Quiet time near family. Quilt nearly done and time to think of the next project.

Deb said...

I like binding - because then I'm done and ready to move on to the next quilt.

KittyAnnArt said...

Finishing a project! :D

Jeannine said...

I love every aspect of making a quilt... it is my therapy. some days I love the piecing, and I always have at least one hand-sewing project going.

Emily Reznechek said...

I have never done mini's before but sewing is very soothing and calming for me. Makes me relax after a long day at work!

Emily Reznechek said...

I have never done mini's before but sewing is very soothing and calming for me. Makes me relax after a long day at work!

Mary said...

I love the excitement that comes with a finished quilt and especially when it is a gift for someone special - in fact only special people get my quilts because I know they will be cherished and loved.

Rachell said...

I love paper piecing. I use Peggy Martin's Quick-Strip method, and it makes it fun, rhythmic, assembly-line. I get in a groove and can't stop. then I love trimming the sections and fitting them together--stars are perfect and points are wonderful!
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Karen said...

I love touching, and rearranging, fabric!

jrt14 said...

I really enjoy hand quilting at my quilts. I find it relaxing and a great way to just slow down.

Weatherbee ;) said...

Lately, I have really enjoyed hand stitching, or embroidery. I think it's calming, I like to sit and enjoy my family while still creating and keeping my hands busy at work.

Jess Burns said...

Hand stitching anything. I love my machine, but there is something soothing about sewing something by hand.

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Mary Terry said...

Fabrics bring sunshine to me! Love 'petting' them and getting inspired to make something.