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November 15, 2018
Return to Ohio! from Gray Barn Designs

Dear Sandy,

I am just so sneaky!  When you left Ohio in August after our whirlwind week of sewing, I secretly kept a vintage block leftover from your “Christmas in Ohio” table runner.

For anyone reading this,  you can download Sandy’s amazing table runner pattern by clicking on this link:  Christmas in Ohio Nov 2018

So, what was I suppose to do with one leftover vintage Ohio Star block?  Well, I made a cute little mini quilt for you!  It was suppose to be a surprise but I just couldn’t help myself and have to share it with ...

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October 29, 2018
Remember This Mini? from Ravelly1

Back in June I designed & made this block to send off for Mr. Cowboy's soil/water conservation group.

It was added to other counties & into a great quilt. Mr. Cowboy is pointing proudly to our block.
The quilt is a big one so this was as close as I could get for a photo of the whole thing.

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August 31, 2018
Patriotic Vote…A FREE Pattern! from Gray Barn Designs

Hi!  It’s Cindy hosting our blog today from the great State of Ohio!

Sandy and I are excited to offer another FREE pattern from our “Patriotic Quilt Series”.

It’s a cute mini wall hanging reminding everyone to be sure and vote during this (and future) election seasons.


This mini is pieced using 1.5 inch squares and half square triangles.  We added a few rectangles to outline the letters and then a few additional white strips to surround our red, white, blue and gold masterpiece.  We used a black border to create a “picture frame” around the quilt ...

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June 13, 2018
Mini from Ravelly1

Mr. Cowboy asked me to help him participate in his cattle/soil/water conservation group project. Of course I said yes before he gave me the instructions.
After reading the instructions and listening to what he wanted, I was off and running with ideas.

I was really on a roll by the time I got to the water crane.

And was very happy with the deer minus the antlers for the moment.

Then I realized the tight fit for the 9 inch block. I decided to call and email a photo to the gal who's the head of the ...

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June 8, 2018
Josef Albers Inspired Mini #3 from Dizzy Quilts

It was my birthday this last weekend and my family was nice enough to leave me alone all day Saturday and most of Sunday. Plus, I took Monday off and it was pouring rain here so I got to spend a few hours in my sewing room.

During that time, I designed, pieced and quilted my Josef Albers inspired mini #3. (You can see mini #1 here and mini #2 here.)

I love pink and purple so those are the colours I chose for my third mini in the series: Kona Eggplant, Crocus, Bubblegum and Orchid. There's also some ...

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May 8, 2018
How I Spent My Tuesday; A Winner & Another Give Away from Ravelly1

Mr. Cowboy decided he needed some blades for cutting hay. He ask if I wanted to tag along. Not thinking clearly, I said, "Sure, why not." Several hours later...& several stops later...sigh. Of course I forgot my Kindle and any hand work I could have done but Mr. Cowboy kept me in stitches so all was not lost.

Next, I went with Mr. Cowboy's suggestion to add the tree. He loves trees & he was so excited to help.
Now for the most exciting part, Mr. Cowboy pulled the name for the FQ..& the winner is  A Left-handed Quilter ...

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May 5, 2018
Happy Cinco de Mayo & A Mini from Ravelly1

Hi everyone! Well I'm back at it. Here's the latest mini. A giraffe in love with his next meal. This measures 9" by 13 1/2".

Here's a close up of the giraffe eyeing the leaves.

My cousin Clark has a beautiful blooming tree in his front yard and I just had to snap a couple of photos which doesn't do the tree justice at all.
And then I've decided to do a FQ give away. Isn't this fabric so pretty. Just leave a comment to be counted in the give away and I ...

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May 1, 2018
Mini Tutorial - To Stitch or Not To Stitch from Ravelly1

Happy first day of May everyone!!
Thanks to all who have commented on my previous post on minis. And thank you for reminding me that I didn't follow through with the entire process.  The stitch or not to stitch part.

These two minis are not stitched. If you are not going to be washing or using your mini as a mug-rug, there is really not need to stitch it down. You can hand wash it gently, lay flat to dry and then press carefully with no problems.

I do raw edge stitching which I will show at the end ...

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April 30, 2018
Mini Tutorial from Ravelly1

Several of my blogger friends have expressed an interest as to how I go about making my minis. So I've decided to attempt to explain in a sort of step by step process.
BTW, this post is loaded with photos.
First, I like to either look thru photos that I've taken in the past or look at some of the clipart photos on the subject I'm interested in from the Internet.
Today I decided to do a sunrise or sunset scene. So I'll need to choose from several photos.
This photo has subtle colors and appears ...

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April 27, 2018
Moose At Morning's Light from Ravelly1

So I got some free time this morning and pulled out some fabric completely messing up my clean sewing room....hehehehehehehehe

I've had this clipart moose for a month and decided to dive in to make it my own.

I used a mixture of batiks, solids and small prints.

I added the silhouette of the male moose.

I trimmed up the area and placed the whole thing on a background fabric.
Then I thought, hey, why not do something a bit wacky, which is so me!!! I added a tree in the foreground just for fun.  Not to worry ...

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April 19, 2018
Josef Albers Inspired Mini #2 and TGIFF from Dizzy Quilts

Welcome to TGIFF!

At the end of March, I shared my 1st Albers Inspired Mini and said the plan was to make six of these in 2018. I'm happy to share Mini #2 today.

This Albers colour study was all about transparency - you can see how I attempted to create the illusion of transparency with the three different shades of grey between the black and the white.

I quilted it with straight lines using my walking foot. I first stitched a few random lines across the quilt and then echo quilted inside the different sections the original lines created ...

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March 26, 2018
Made A Move from Ravelly1

The sun has been out for a couple of days so I'm finally getting some energy back. The elephant has been bugging me for some time so I forced myself into the sewing room and got to work.
I pulled out nearly the whole stash digging out fabrics to audition and use. Boy was that fun but the mess isn't pretty.....LOL

Here's what I have so far but I know that I'll need to tweak some parts and add others and I'll need to add a tree or two. Let's hope the sun ...

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March 2, 2018
Single Burst Mini from Dizzy Quilts

Remember my Cross Check Mini from a few weeks ago? Well, when I finished it, I decided to pull more blue fabrics and make the other design from the pattern: Single Burst Mini.

I absolutely loved making this mini! Yvonne's designs and patterns are just so striking, so graphic and her instructions are fabulous!

I used two of the same fabrics that I stitched the Cross Check Mini with and then pulled a fabulous Cotton & Steel print for the background, border and binding.

Can't you just imagine this as a huge block for a bed quilt?

I went ...

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February 5, 2018
Valentine’s Day Sweet Hearts from Gray Barn Designs

I am obsessed with making mini quilted Valentines this year.  The pattern for my mini Valentines is actually my free mug rug pattern.  You can click on this link to download the pattern:  Sweet Heart Mug Rug

I searched through my scraps for interesting color combinations that are “just perfect” for family and friends.  Here’s my stack of Valentines so far;  I’ve popped some of them in the mail already.


I had some left over fabric from the Strawberry Fields Revisited fabric collection by Fig Tree & Co. These colors match the decor in my youngest sister’s house ...

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February 2, 2018
Finished Cross Check Mini from Dizzy Quilts

Last year, I focused on sewing my stash, including my scraps and was pretty successful with it. I'm trying to continue using what I have on hand this year and that includes making the patterns I purchased over the years.

A mini quilt I finished last week was made with one of the patterns I purchased a few months ago from Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl.

Although it doesn't look square in this picture, it actually is!!
Cross Check is super fun and quick! I went with two solids and one print because those were all big enough scrap ...

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January 26, 2018
The Mini Instant Pot from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

The mini Instant Pot has been here a week or so and I’m loving it. I put the big one away for now and am keeping the mini on the counter. It’s probably all in my head but I made yogurt in it and it’s the best yogurt I’ve made. It’s very creamy and it...

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October 31, 2017
My Fascination With Elephants from Ravelly1

I found this particular photo on Google. It represents a collage of images I have in my head of the magnificent mammal, the elephant.
I remember the first time I saw one up close. It was at the Austin Zoo, oh several, well ages ago. Ok, 19......59ish. Anyway, the next time was years later at a circus.
I know you all remember that I don't like things that fly, flutter, crawl, creep, slither, buzz, bigger than or smaller than me....not to worry. The elephant will never get anywhere near me except on fabric!!!! Whew.
I've had ...

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October 17, 2017
Tula Spider Mini Quilt from In the Boondocks

"Spider Mini Quilt"

Size: 9 1/2" x 9 1/2"

Fabrics: Spider & Borders - Holiday Homies, Tula Pink, Freespirit, Background & Backing - miscellaneous 5" solid squares Binding -Rocacco Grunge, Moda

Threads: Piecing & Quilting - Aurifil 50 wt thread 2000 (Light Sand), Raw Edge Applique - Aurifil 50 wt thread 2692 (Black) Binding - Aurifil 50 wt thread 2250 (Red)

So who takes the Christmas fabric and makes a Halloween mini quilt?

That would be me!


Print and cut out a random spider 3" or so. This helped when I raw edge applicated it on the 5" square! But I am getting ahead of myself. I outlined the spider on some iron on double sided interfacing! Then centered everything on the red cross in the green square. Ironed it on the 5" x 5" square. Sewed the raw edge applique then the web string. I am sure there is a better word, but I cannot think of it! Sew the 2 1/2" borders on, match at top, trim! I do sides first then top and bottom. Make a quilt sandwich and start quilting! Trying to think like a spider is hard so it is pretty straight but at an angle! Not the greatest quilting but I did it myself! Trim and square up! Sew on your binding, mine is 2" wide! Hand sew the back of binding down, I think it looks better even if I hate doing it. Tip: The more you do the faster you get!

Hope you like it! Lisa

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And I'm Back To The Minis from Ravelly1

So, I've had this guy in mind since before I lost my mojo. Then when I got my mojo back, I was off on another tangent but I had already pulled several fabrics that could possibly fit.
Using my favorite fabric adhesive and the chosen fabrics, I set to work pressing, cutting and sorting each piece.
I use a non-stick pressing sheet to arrange things.
The rabbit has come together very well.
Here is where I went off the deep end. I have some great brick fabric that I wanted to use and a neat sky piece.
I placed ...

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September 27, 2017
Peaks: a Log Cabin-Inspired Mini Quilt from The Cloth Parcel

“Peaks” is a mini quilt that we created in response to a challenge issued by Curated Quilts.  The details of the challenge were to create a log cabin-inspired mini quilt, measuring between 10″-16″ on each side.  They also provided a color palette to stick with.  “Peaks” measures 13″ x 13″, to give you a little […]

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