Friday, November 11, 2011

{amylouwho} sew & tell v3.8 mini quilt party and giveaway!

Hello!!!  It's here! I know, I'm probably more excited than you all are! But still :)









I mailed off this mini quilt early this week for my partner in the Post Sewing Summit Swap.  I'm not going to lie.  I was a little intimidated to sew for my partner (hi, partner!).  I went through all of her favorites on Flickr searching for some inspiration. Knowing she liked bright colors and her favorite being green, I decided on doing something bright with stars.
Then I got cold feet and went in a different direction.  Then I got cold feet again (and by cold feet I mean a little birdie told me my first idea was better) and dove back in with the stars.
Post Summit Swap - mini quilt!
I'm not going to lie to you - I love the way it turned out!
close-ish up

And the quilting on this was really fun to do!  I got to practice some of my skills that Allison taught me in her free motion quilting class.
backing on mini
I chose my favorite Amy Butler polka dots in Lime for the back.  (and said birdie told me this is one of my partner's all time favorite prints! Yea!)  Binding it in the turquoise really helps it pop! (birdie suggested this too - which was a better choice than the green I was going to go with.  Thanks birdie!!)

This quilt was so fun to finish.  It didn't take that long, and I learned how to  piece them in a "random" way so they weren't just all in rows.

figuring out the layout.
It was a little tricky at first, but I just layed them out and figured out where I needed to add more white. I love learning new things!  It was nice to practice on a small project too.

So many of us were inspired by the mini quilt class at The Sewing Summit!  Holly (who designed my new banner and button) started a new Flickr group!  You can head over there to add your quilts, or just look at some eye candy!











So now onto the details of the party + prizes!

Instead of making this a super long post and relisting all the prizes I'll summarize them. But you can go here to read the prize post.
1) Lovely Dana from Old Red Barn Co. is offering a 30$ gift card to her soap shop!
2) Erin, is offering up a flat rate box of swag from the Sewing Summit! 
3) Kim is offering up a bundle of awesome Heather Ross scraps!
4) Candy from Candied Fabrics is offering up a set of “quilter’s 8ths” of her own hand-dyed cottons. (check out the birthday sale in her shop!)
5) Nadine from The Material Girls Quilts, is giving away a jelly roll of fabric!

Now, for the fine print.
To enter:
1) Link up a new blog post about your mini quilt.  You can have blogged about the quilt before, I just ask you write a new post for our party, linking back to the fun!  Use a link or button in your post. (And by new post I mean written in the last 2 weeks, for you swappers who may have already blogged ~ just edit to add the button and/or link)
2) Leave a comment on this post.  Tell me one thing on your Christmas list.
**I really want a walking foot and a food processor.  :)**

3) If you don't have a quilt to enter, write up a blog post about sew & tell (button on sidebar) or the mini quilt party (also on sidebar) and let me know in the comments.  Leave a link to your blog post.

That's it! I hope you all have had fun getting ready for today!  I have!  Let's get the party started!
Linky will be open until Sunday night.  Winners announced Monday.  :)

I would love it if you put your name/blog name in the linky so we know who you are! :)


93 crafty mcCrafters commented:

Bree said...

I'm seriously LOL'ing that my quilt also has wonky stars, a lime backing (mine was *almost* polka dots but i went with stripes) and a turquoise binding. Too funny!
My christmas list... a restock of aurifil. I'm running dangerously low!

KristyLou said...

Oh, wow, Love your mini!!!! And I love that you challenged us to make one. I have been wanting to make a mug rug for a LONG time. On my Christmas list is a new camera. Any suggestions?

notes of sincerity said...

Oh Amy. I love your mini! It turned out so cute! :o) Your swap partner will be so happy to receive it! What a sweet little birdie to help you along the way! We all need one of those. :o)
Ok, don't laugh but on my Christmas list is a cordless limb trimmer! I live on 10 acres in the country and love to work in my yard. I know. Not diamonds or perfume, but I would be over the moon happy to receive this tool. :o) Another thing is batting ... lots of batting! It's that one thing I never have enough of!
You need to tell us what is on your Christmas list now. :o)
Our anniversary is in February and "Fly A Kite" comes out and I am dying to have it ... so that is my one want for our 20th anniversary. Again .. not diamonds. :o) ha ha ha
Have a great weekend.
love, Trish

Dawnmarie said...

You've got me seeing stars! :-) And they're absolutely gorgeous. Love how it turned out.

Jacey said...

Love you mini, Amy! Thanks for setting up this fun little party. And oh, for Christmas this year, I really want a letterpress kit!

~ The Jolly Bee ~ said...

Send that little birdie my way -- she comes with good suggestions! For Christmas??? I really need to start thinking about this one....Fabric or wool -- both are sure-fire hits for me! And Amy, thanks for hosting this.

Dana - Old Red Barn Co. said...

First of all, apparently I'm an idiot and couldn't get an image to load the first time I linked up and it published anyway. Duh. Sorry! So, that is why I did it again . . . not because I think I get two entries. Sorry!!

Second, on my wish list is an new camera lens. :)

Teje said...

Hi! Thank you for a great party! And just in time because I have too many mini quilts! Your quilt as your other quilts also are so beautiful!
I couldn't pass the button but have add the link. I'll try to change your new button on my sidelist!
Have a lovely weekend!
x Teje

JuneBug said...

I found out about this challenge just yesterday and was able to eek out a Purplicious mini quilt for it! I love the idea of mini quilts - I will definitely be making more - just to work on making my bindings better :)

For Christmas? I just found this pair of boots I must have! El Naturalista N137 - embroidered leather boots. They are amazing, and expensive...

Toni said...

Oh, your mini is awesome and I'm sure your partner will be pleased! I love the stars, especially with the white/lime one in there, too. Fabulous!

As far as my Christmas list, I really want a serger. Or a desk. But a serger would be way more fun!

Susie at ProsperityStuff said...

Christmas list? Haven't thought much about it ... More shiny stainless steel kitchen utensils, maybe ... Thanks for hosting the fun mini-quilt challenge. I'm loving it already!

Erin @ Two More Seconds said...
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sewfrench.com said...

SO many great ideas!
For my Christmas wish list I want a handheld scanner. I want to get all my old photos digital. It would make it so much easy to blog with the oldies but goodies, LOL!

CityHouseStudio said...

I love your mini quilt, Amy! It's so bright and cheery, and I love the quilting!
An accuquilt go baby cutter is on my christmas list!

Erin @ Two More Seconds said...

Amy. This is so amazing!! I LOVE it! Thank you so much. I am laughing because you started over 3 times for sewing something for me? But I have to admit, this one totally nailed it. I love everything - the fabrics, the colors, and yes the little birdie was right, the binding is really perfect. Thank you SO much - it's going up on my wall right now. xoxo

Briana Arlene said...

I love your mini! Especially the outlined wonky star.

I don't have anything on my Christmas list. My cousin lost her house to a fire last week, and realizing how quickly you can lose it all has made me really feel like I want to give stuff away for Christmas, rather than get anything!

I am linked up for the contest, too :)

Elizabeth D. said...

I love how your mini turned out, Amy!! So cute!! As for my Christmas list, the #1 thing is a big mondo roll of batting. I sure hope Santa has room in his sleigh for that!

KellyS said...

Thank you for pushing me to get this done! I don't think I would have done it without a fun challenge, at least not at the moment. I love your stars! I have so many things on my Christmas list... where to start. A Go Baby, EQ version 6 or 7, lots and lots of fabric and quilt patterns. Thanks again for setting this up, it was so much fun!

Valerie said...

Wow - that is some helpful birdie you have yourself there! Thanks so much for hosting this - what a great idea! I'm loving seeing what everyone has come up with and am so glad I get to participate too! For Christmas I want a fat quarter stack of Echo...I already sent the link to my hubby to make it nice and easy for him :). Of course, some new Aurifil would be warmly received too...

Pamela said...

What I want for Christmas the very most is a kindle. I love to read an an easy light weight kindle would be awesome. Plus I could make a cute little quilted case for it. Thanks Amy!!

twelfthzodiac said...

I didn't get mine finished :(
Blogged about the finished top though!

http://twelfthzodiac.blogspot.com/2011/11/minialmost.html

My Christmas list includes a lot of fabric & sewing/quilty books.
This was a great idea for a linky party & I can't wait to check out all the finishes. Yours is amazing Amy :)

Sunni @Love Affair with my Brother said...

Oops! I didn't put my blog name on their. Just my quilt name!!
I want a bias tape maker for Christmas!!

oh, jenny mae said...

i want fabric or clothes or shoes. or money for fabric or clothes or shoes!

Lindsay Conner said...

One thing on my Christmas wish list is a pre-order of Flea Market Fancy!

mindingmomma said...

On my Christmas list is a new set of pots with lids! Everything we have is mish-mash and wonky lids.

Grandma G said...

I'd like a new (ie 'bigger') sewing room for Christmas! :)

nerdysewist said...

Thank you for the challenge -- it was exactly the push I needed to get started on minis! I'm going to make more tonight. I love the practice, and they are so cute!

On my Christmas list... a new sewing machine!

~Kristina

Kelly Irene said...

I am loving wonky stars right now, and I really like that yours are not all the same size. Your mini looks so good!
I want a new sewing machine for Christmas, so I have decided to ONLY ask for that and hope everyone pitches in ;)
Thanks for coordinating this challenge, giveaway and Sew&Tell!

Kelly Irene said...

I'm not sure my mini is going to be complete in time, but I did write a post about this yesterday so thanks for that extra chance at the giveaway ;) http://irenedesign.blogspot.com/2011/11/on-quilts-large-and-small.html

A Girl said...

I love how your mini turned out, it is Adorable! For christmas I would love if Santa would bring me some Echo by Lotta Jansdotter.

jmday said...

Love the stars so much. For Xmas... hmmm.. I really need a new cutting mat!

Dayna said...

Oops! I added my link before reading your post, so my name isn't on it. Sorry. :-/

Your mini quilt is beautiful, Amy! (Of course, all of your work is beautiful!)

Seriously, thank you so much for encouraging me to participate. I really feel that I'm out of my league. I could greatly benefit from having someone sit down beside me and walk me through all of the tips that make one a good quilter. In the meantime, I'm grateful for you ladies who "walk" me through it on your blogs.

This is so much fun! Thank you, Amy!

Erin @ Why Not Sew? Quilts said...

I love your mini! the quilting is awesome. I added my link but forgot to add my name on the title. It's the one that says scrappy stars. Thanks for hosting this fun little challenge.

Jenniffier said...

Oh Christmas. I haven't even started thinking about that one yet. However, I would have to say fabric is on my list.

seaschell said...

This is so much fun! I really love mini quilts... so glad everyone else does, too! I'm also really into stars lately, so I think your mini is great!

For Christmas, I'd love a sewing machine carrying case!

Cindy @ Creating at Home said...

I would like a stack of fabric (of my choosing!) for Christmas.... to make more quilts!

tirane93 said...

terrific mini and a fun show and tell! thanks for hosting it.

on my christmas wishlist - bobbins for my longarm!

Darci said...

I want so many things for Christmas but the one that is most prominent is Boots & clothes!

Heather D. said...

This is so fun! I'll have to take the time to look through a bit more once I'm home, but so far everything looks so awesome.

Christmas list....what I'd really like is an ipod touch OR a kindle fire or something of that sort!!!

Thanks for the fun mini challenge!

Julie said...

I'm loving this linky party, lots of inspiration!! Thanks for hosting this Amy! My Christmas list is filled with things for my other hobbies. I'd like a new lens for my camera and a GPS watch to help me keep track of my distance and pace when I run. :)

Rene' said...

Thanks Amy for a super fun Sew and Tell Friday! Love your mini with the randomly placed stars! Great FMQing too!

On my Christmas wish list is a new machine for quilting. Mine has been making strange noises. Not sure I'll get one though as "Santa" says to take it in for service ;-)

Holly said...

Thanks for the chance to enter! What a fun party!

We FINALLY put our house up for sale, so for Christmas I'd really like to find a new house =)

able mabel said...

Love your mini quilt!!

Sewn Seabee said...

I have only made one MINI and it was to go with a doll that was a gift to a friend. My blog post is here:
http://sewn-seabees-crafty-and-vintage-musin.blogspot.com/2011/11/sew-tell-mini-quilt-party-giveaway-too.html

BTW I want a SIZZIX cutter for Christmas

Jessica said...

I'd like some AB Lark for Christmas. And Lotta's Echo... and lots of other fabric too. Question: Can we get two entries by linking up two posts about two different minis? Or would you rather everyone do just one?

Heather said...

I didn't think I'd actually make it this week, but here I am! Yay! I love, love, love the mini-challenge idea, and sure wish I'd had more time to play with ideas, but I'm still pretty happy with how mine turned out. Thanks for the great party, Amy! And by the way, your mini is just... yummy. Your swap partner will LOVE it!

One Christmas gift I'd love is a rotating cutting mat. Every time I have to square up blocks or HST units, I wish I had one, but it seems like a luxury I really don't need. Sounds like a perfect gift to me. lol Think my family has been "hearing" my hints? :o)

elizabeth said...

My wish for Christmas is good weather for safe travel : )

Jill said...

Thanks for hosting this Amy! What a great collection so far! I told my husband that I want a design wall for Xmas - nice and cheap, but it requires him to do a little work :)

the quilted fox said...

This has been so much fun! Thanks for getting this all together!
Hmm, what I really want for Christmas is our house remodel finished so that I can have my quilt room back. Sigh, it's probably not going to happen so soon, so a few quilty books from my amazon wish list would be really nice!

Meg said...

Thanks for organizing this, Amy! I had fun and it was the perfect motivation to finish something I had already started!

I would love a Kindle Fire for Christmas!

Needled Mom said...

I love your darling mini. I am sure your partner did too.

All we ask for at Christmas are updated photos of the grandchildren.

P├ętra said...

I love your mini!! What a lucky partner you have. Thanks for hosting the mini party it's been fun.

Tsoniki said...

I am bummed that I didn't think have time to participate! I love so many of the quilts! I am off to my sewing room this weekend to make something.

On my Christmas list - an ipod touch! I need a new ipod. LOL

Jeni said...

So cute, love your stars! Such a fun link up!

I want a white balance lens cap for Christmas! Yep, super dorky ;)

Jezibels ~ sproutbabysprout.blogspot.com said...

I would LOVE a walking foot for my vintage 1950's Brother Boutique and a big box of safety pins, and the energy to create my own dedicated sewing space in the corner of the TV room!

Michelle said...

I love star quilts yours is wonderful!

I would love to have a Rowenta Iron for Christmas!

Nina... said...

Such a fun way to inspire quilters! I love seeing all the ideas for mini quilts. I have a lot of blogs to visit and look at. Thank you for hosting. Dear Santa, I would LOVE a ruffler foot for my machine!

wendy_d23 said...

Love your stars, that is the way I went too!

I would love a new bernina, but I will settle for some extra bobbins for Christmas!

tara said...

I am looking forward to visiting all these mini quilt blogs. I dont have a tv (it move out) so i would like one

Cheree @ The Morning Latte said...

The minis are great! I've been too busy thinking of what others want to come up with my own list...I'm happy with anything: fabric, patterns, supplies; boots seem to be a popular request and I'd love a new pair of those!

Sharon said...

Your mini is great! Thanks for hosting this fun linky party. I was definitely inspired at the Sewing Summit & I'm already plotting my next mini. On my wishlist: yarn and knitting needles, also some Outfoxed, Curio, & Prince Charming. :)

Kirsten N said...

Love your wonky stars mini!! On my christmas wishlist is an iphone - even an older model would be great!!

Kimberly said...

Look at all these amazing minis! What a great collection to peek through! Top of my wish list this year is a new sewing machine... my old Kenmore has had a great life but I think I'm ready for an upgrade! And if Santa doesn't get the message, well then a kitten would be right up there too!!

Selina Marie said...

Love your mini quilt! I have yet to make wonky stars, but they are on my to-do list. One thing on my Christmas list would be new fabric, of course!

Amy Gibson said...

Hi Amylouwho!!! What a fun linkie post! Love your star mini! Um, for Christmas I want EQ7, and new luxuious sheets for my bed. Pretty please! xo

Fiberosity said...

What a lot of pretty minis!

On my list is a cashmere scarf and an accuquilt studio.

Goddess in Progress said...

LOVE your mini. I think those stars turned out so well, love the colors, the quilting, the whole thing.

On my wish list? Totally unrelated to sewing, but I want a pair of Spinning shoes. The fancy cycling ones that clip into the pedals.

But I'll never turn down a gift certificate to any of my favorite fabric shops. :-)

diane said...

Love your stars mini!
One thing on my Christmas list would be new fabric scissors. Mine have been used on other things by others who wish to remain nameless!

Danna BC said...

I really want Santa to bring me either an Amazon gift card (craft books!) Or some new fat quarters. :)

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I love your mini quilt Amy. So very cute. I really don't have anything on my wish list other then having time together with my family ;-) That would be gift enough for me.

Osage Bluff Quilter said...

What fun looking at all these mini's.
I just hope I uploaded mine correctly.
For Christmas give me turkey, dressing and snow and I'd be happy!
Patti

msmcporkchop said...

Hi Friend!!! I hope I did this right, I uploaded my mini..haha! Thanks for all the work & encouragement you've put into this! And thank you to Dana, Erin, Kim, Candy & Nadine for offering prizes!!!!!

msmcporkchop said...

Oh WAIT! For Christmas I want a donkey! But more realistically I want a new knife. And a superbuzzy gift card. Hahaha! <3<3<3<3

Colleen said...

I'm wishing for a small camera I can slip in my purse.

Mary Jo said...

I really want something from Lisa Leonard's shop for Christmas. :)

Amanda said...

Loved this challenge so much! For xmas, I want a set of interchangeable knitting needles! And always...more fabric! ;)

lesleyworth said...

thanks for the challenge, had a lot of fun making my first mini! Christmas list...well...gift cards to fabric shops!

cauchy09 said...

thanks for hosting this group of lovely quilts! i definitely want an infinite supply of cotton sewing thread for Xmas this year.

Denise in PA said...

I just link up my post! Thanks for hosting this great party! One thing on my Christmas list is the new Schnibbles book!

Alexis said...

Thanks for hosting! It's so fun to see all the minis! On my Christmas list is a quilt display rack.

Stitched With Prayer said...

Hi! I just wondered if we have to have a blog to enter this contest. I'm working on a tiny paper pieced quilt (just learning and love it) and also have my first little applique quilt 19" X 19" finished.
Ah well, even if I'm not eligible, my wish for Christmas is to see my oldest grandson. We raised him and his younger brother. He joined the Air Force in May of this year and I haven't seen him since he left for Basic Training. He is now stationed at Andrews AFB Maryland and is hoping to take at least a few days leave to come home for a visit. That is at the very top of my Christmas list...actually, the only other thing on my list is to have the family gathered together for the day. Hugs...
**Of course, fabric is always nice *wink*, LOL

DeeRoo said...

Thanks for the linky party and giveaway! Love having a new place to look for inspiration!

Hmmm....I think mostly I want/look forward to seeing our daughter...who is in the UK...we haven't seen her since January...the longest we have ever been apart!
Me+hubby+daugher+son=priceless!:)

Kelly said...

I really want some of these gold baking pans from William Sonoma. Not very exciting, but I have the mini pans and I love them so much I want the big-girl version! :) I love this mini party!!!

Laney said...

So glad I found this little party! I love minis! Thanks for doing this.
I have an Accuquilt Go! Baby on my Christmas list ;)

Sew Lovins said...

Well I just reread the post and I was supposta have written a comment here..Whoops;) On my wishlist? uh a new knife set and an electric water boiling kettle. Thanks again for a fun link party!

Patrice said...

I just posted my link and have really enjoyed looking at all the quilts!

I'd really like a Bernina QE 440 for Christmas, but totally know that I"m not getting it! :-) I'd settle for a Barnes and Noble gift card and some fabric. Thanks for the chance to win!

Kwiltz by Stephanie said...

THANK YOU for hosting this. It is sooo much fun to see what others are working on and a great way to get to some new blogs. I love your wonky stars. I had just blogged earlier about some purple stars I am working on. Fun!For Christmas my ultimate present would be to take a quick trip around the world to see The Pyramids, Dubai, and Singapore. Otherwise a kindle for easier armchair travel would be nice too!!! :)

mainer said...

For Christmas I just want a peaceful day with my family. I am in! judee aka mainer

Nona said...

Love seeing all the mini quilts. On my wish list is to have all the family together.

Becca said...

Thanks for hosting! Hm, I think I'd like a new house for christmas. It's the little things right? :)

DoohikeyDesign said...

I posted a blog post to direct people to your fun Mini Quilt Post! Plus, what i wish I could get for christmas a new Bernina Sewing Machine, and bigger TV for my hubby!

Laura @ Needles, Pins and Baking Tins said...

Such a cute mini Amy! So glad I posted in time to join up with the linky fun.

On my christmas list is a drill (yep, that interesting)... and a new SLR camera (that really IS interesting!!!)

Susanne said...

Uh, just in time :)

On my list: finishing my advent calendar. Two weeks to go for quilting and binding.

Thanks for sharing all this fun!

Susanne

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