Thursday, October 16, 2008

mini quilt love

I have been participating on and off in the mini quilt swap on flickr. Each month has a new theme or technique, and the theme for September was owl and/or mushrooms. I'm not a huge owl or mushroom fan. I can appreciate the cuteness, but I don't go crazy for them. Houses? Now we're talking! But you knew that, right?

Look at this wonderful owl that Lucette sent to me! Look at all those stitches!

september mini quilt received


When I saw what the theme was, I knew that I wanted to try sonjaartisania's gnome and mushroom tutorial. Isn't her gnome cute?! Here is my free pieced version for Lucette.

september mini quilt for lucette


I've made a free piecing discovery recently. Maybe this tip is already out there, but I'll say it again if it is. You can take any simple paper pieced pattern and free piece it. Instead of sewing it to paper, use the pattern as a map to sew the pieces in order. This way you can liberate almost any pattern. A little "duh", but this was a real eye opener for me. Plus, who wants to pick off all the paper when you are done sewing? Not me!

If I wanted to make more gnomes this way, I could have a whole village of them. Short, tall, fat, skinny, longer legs, facing different ways. Free piecing gives a lot of variations to one pattern. I don't know about you, but I get tired of making the same block over and over again. I think that is why I love free piecing so much. It gives quilting a little spice.




***Now for the giveaway***

The give away I mentioned yesterday is for this pumpkin panel that I bought recently. What was I thinking? I don't think I will ever use it. It is super cute, but truly I'm not into a lot of seasonal decorations nor do I have much wall space for it.

a trip to the quilt shop
The giveaway is for the panel, not the fabric destroying dog in the picture. You don't want him anyway, right?


The Rules
1. This is only open to commenters in the US. Sorry to all of you who live outside of the US.
2. Second, leave a comment on this post letting me know you would like to win this panel.

The winner will be selected on Monday.

24 comments:

amandajean said...

ok. I'm in LOVE with your little gnome and mushroom quilt. thanks for the tip on free piecing.

zizzybob said...

I would love to have that panel, please put my name in the hat.

TLC said...

Cute mini quilts! I love the Pumpkins Gone Wild line! I am wishing myself luck!

Rita said...

cute gnome and mushroom mini quilt! love all the bright colors! and I had no idea you free pieced it until you mentioned it! free piecing sounds really fun and liberating! I so wish I was in the september round! I love mushrooms and owls! The pumpkin panel is awesome too.

Jackie said...

I love your gnome and mushroom quilt! The tip is fabulous, I will definitely try it! I love the little owl too! I don't have a fabric destroying dog, but I do have 2 cats who enjoy laying on my quilts

Doris said...

Cute gnome! Love gnomes! I would love to win the pumpkin panel, I have lots of those fabrics, just not a panel buy-er so I passed on it, but love it!

LauraJ said...

I'm boycotting your blog! you don't include canadians in your giveaway! seeya

Sarah said...

ha!

Sue Cahill said...

I'd love to win, panels are so wonderful not just as quick decorative wall hangings but also as the base for cut Project Linus quilts.
Sue Cahill (sbonetsue at yahoo dot com)

audreypawdrey said...

I love the cute gnome and mushroom. I haven't tried paperpiecing before, but it seems pretty neat. That pumpkin panel is awesome and would make a great centerpiece for a fall lap quilt.

Magpie Sue said...

I've looked at paper pieced patterns and wondered whether they could be free pieced... you made the mental leap my brain was incapable of!

belinda said...

well yow-uh.....count me in. are you sure you don't want to keep it...it's p-r-e-t-t-y cute!

Blondie said...

Pumpkins Gone Wild is my current favorite line of fabrics- I am slightly obsessed with all of the designs in this set... I would be thrilled to win this giveaway!!! Thanks for the chance!

Meg said...

I love that panel, and yes, I'll pass on the fabric-destroying dog. I have one of my own!

A Day That Is Dessert said...

LOVE your work - and I would LOVE to win the panel!!

LouAnne said...

I would just LOVE that panel. We have had to stay in the home we were trying to sell, lost the new one and now I'm having to re-buy all the decorations I sold at the 4 garage sales last year! That's a lovely banner!
smiles,
LouAnne

nkuelbs said...

I love Moda's Pumpkins Gone Wild line, and would love to be included in your giveaway. Your gnome and mushroom are adorable!
Take care, Nancy

Cher said...

I too love free piecing and appreciate your tip-your gnome turned out terrific-very fun

jacquie said...

sarah,
i adore you gnome...totally fab! i wouldn't paper piece if they paid me...tried it once...yuck...i LOVE your idea though. genius...you are a genius!!!

j said...

I have my own fabric eating dog and you do not want the details of what we have to do for her when she consumes too much "fiber" in her diet. So you must keep your adorable dog but I would like to enjoy the adorable panel and I promise to keep it up high.

j said...

I have my own fabric eating dog, actually she belongs to my son. You do not want the datails fo what we have to do for her when she gets a little too much "fiber" in her diet...GROSS!

Enjoy your fabric eater and let me enjoy your adorable panel!

Lynn said...

Is it too late? I love that Panel!

Jill said...

I would love that panel! I envision quilting it with a fleece back and pulling it out every fall.

GG said...

Hi Sarah,

I do decorate for the seasons & that is one cute panel. Please enter me into the give away.

Hope your dog doesn't want to chew on it!
GG