Sunday, March 30, 2014

March Minis

I recently participated in a couple of mini quilt swaps and I received two of the minis this month.

The first one was from the ALQS8.  It is called Mason’s Whirl and was made by Marie (no blog) in NH and I really love her design and use of colors.  As I have said before, this is a fabulous swap each year.


002

My second mini quilt came from Sharon as she was my partner this round in our Sewing with Friends swap.  Her work on this is perfect and I love how this little quilt says “spring” through and through.

136

This past year I have been a member of a Japanese X&+ block swap.  Our group sadly fell apart along the way and we were only left with a few members.  I hated to see the blocks that I had received not be put to good use so I have slowly added more blocks over the year as I made exchange blocks for others.  I think I now have enough to make a top with them.  After looking at the photo of the blocks, I see a few that need to be changed, but this will be my goal for April’s ALYoF.

005

A Lovely Year of Finishes

One last March project that was finished was a feedsack challenge.  Emily provided us with a vintage feedsack to repurpose and this is what I decided to do with mine.

256
238

I cut up some old denim jeans, used an orphan quilt block and used the feedsack to create a pillow for the sofa.  It has a nifty pocket on the back to store the ever lost remote control!  Thanks, Em, for the chance to play with the feedsack.

One last note - Jacquelynne Steve's new Art of Home spring e-magazine is coming out this week.  You can go here to sign up for your free copy which is going to be filled with wonderful projects, patterns, recipes and ideas for spring.






 





Now.......onwards to April!

32 comments:

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Too bad your block group broke up but what you have and added are going to make a gorgeous quilt. Oh, just love the bluebird feedsack pillow!

Hilachas said...

Pretty mini quilts you received and that feedsack pillow is so cute. What a great idea to make the remote control pocket.

Rhonda said...

Love your mini quilts especially the first one. I've never heard of the Japanese X design before but it is a cool one for sure. You've been busy.

Betsy said...

Mary you have been busy and your quilt blocks look awesome. I started those blocks a few years ago and just added them in some baby quilts.

lindsey said...

Beautiful quilts and clever idea for the sofa cushion!

Michelle said...

What pretty mini's! ...and your 'x&+' blocks are beautiful!

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

The minis are adorable! Win!

That feedback pillow is fabulous ... And what a creative solution for the remote. Genius!

Stephanie said...

Sweet mini quilts. I'm so happy you're continuing with your Japanese X blocks. Your quilt is gorgeous. I LOVE your pillow...especially with the remote pocket in the back and the use of denim. The mister in our house needs a pillow like that!

andsewon said...

Sweet mini quilts. nice gifts. Love feed sacks and that pilla is just darling! Your quilt will be bright and lovely. busy gal as always!! Happy April Sewing!

Maria said...

Both minis you received are lovely.
your Japanese cross blocks look great and it good you are continuing with them..
Love your Feed sack pillow cover with its special pocket on the back...

Candace said...

Such nice mini blocks, Mary! So sorry your Japanese group fell apart, but you sure didn't! I love how colorful they are - what a great quilt this will make. The pillow is sheers genius! I think we could use several of those in our house!
Cheers!

barbara woods said...

Love your quilting

Lesley said...

What a wonderful post! Love those minis....so sweet! And your blocks are wonderful...such a great idea to make more so that you will have a gorgeous quilt some day soon. As for your feed sack project...aren't you the creative one...great remote pillow!

Quilting Chemist (Danette) said...

Mary, the minis you received are beautiful! The blocks are going to make a gorgeous quilt, so colorful. What a good idea for the remote and a great use for a feed sack. Such a pretty pillow.

Denise :) said...

Sweet minis! I especially like the first one with all my favorite colors! How clever to put a remote pocket on the back of the pillow!! I can't wait for the Art of Home e-zine to come out!!! :)

Nat Palaskas said...

I love those Japanese X blocks. I know you will make fantastic quilt with them. Those quilts from you swap are darling Mary - Hugs Nat

Nedra said...

I've always wanted to make the Japanese X & + blocks. Someday....
So sorry your group fell apart.

Scrapatches said...

Some great`finishes here and the x&+ blocks are looking good. I am doing a two person swap with a friend this year and love making those blocks.
I really love the feedsack pillow. I have never actually sewed with vintage fabric although I have seen some of these from time to time at pricey boutique tables at quilt shows. How nice that you were able to create with one of these. This is a very pretty feedsack and you did a wonderful job with it. I love the denim and the pocket on the back for the modern gadget. Great job! ... :) Pat

Kat said...

I love the mini's and the beautiful blocks --- but I have to admit, my favorite this is the pillow you made. I love that you cut out the nutritional info and ingredients and added that to the back. Brilliant!

PS - We lose the remote(s) constantly. I am definitely now making a pillow with remote pockets on the back!

Michele said...

Nice swappy items. Too bad the one fell apart but I too like what you are doing with the blocks.

Gosia @ Quilts My Way said...

Wow!! What a great idea. This pocket is fantastic, Mary.
And I love Your beautiful blocks for a quilt!!!!

StitchinByTheLake said...

I love that feedsack pillow - what a great idea to put that pocket on the back! It's sad when a swap group doesn't make it but it looks to me like you're going to end up with a beautiful quilt anyway. blessings, marlene

Sheila said...

Wonderful minis and your blocks will make a lovely quilt , too bad the group broke up . Love the feedsack pillow , the pocket on the back was brillant :-)

Connie said...

The mini quilts you received are adorable and Sharon's little birdhouse is sweet! Love the pillow with the pocket for the remote.....we could use one of those! What neat blocks and I'm sure you will complete your goal of finishing a quilt with them this month!

sophie said...

Marie's little quilt was on my wish list ... you lucky girl!

Gayle Bong said...

Not sure what you would change in that quilt. It's great fun.
And how nice for mom and brothers to get together.

Wacky Woman said...

Love it all; but, adore the vintage-sack pillow.

em's scrapbag said...

The blue mini from the swap really does have a great design. Love what you did with the Blue Bird sack. the pocket for the remote is perfect.

Teresa in Music City said...

What adorable minis! Your partners did well for you :) And my oh my - your x&+ blocks! I have been drooling over all of these I have seen on the web this past year, and yours are just GORGEOUS!!! Love the black and white neutrals :) I think I may have to just bite the bullet and start making a few of them each month! Thanks for all the great inspiration!

julieQ said...

What beautitul projects...but I especially love your pillow! It is wonderful, and the pocket is just what I need too for the remote, LOL! I am a nurse too...

quiltmania said...

Love your mini quilts. The first one gave me a great idea for a mini I have to make this year!!!

Mary Huey said...

Your X and + quilt blocks look great -- what do you need to change? And I love the bluebird feedsack pillow!!