Windham Fabrics announces Natalie Barnes as a part of the Fabric Design Family!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Fun-Size Quilts! Giveaway

it's a proud moment
to be included in such fast company
Pippa Eccles Armbrester, Jeni Baker, Natalie Barnes, Melissa Corry, Elizabeth Dackson, Victoria L. Eapen, Debbie Grifka, Julie Herman, Emily Herrick, Kimberly Jolly, Thomas Knauer, Cheri Leffler, Missy Shepler, Rebecca Silbaugh, Jocelyn Ueng, Heather Valentine, and Jackie White

I have a quilt design featured in the new book by
Martingale
Fun-Size Quilts!

after completing this fun quilt using
batiks

I thought I would make a different version
using
linens and neutrals
and hand quilt the project


it's nice to have a little hand quilting to pick up every so often
and these Fun-Size Quilts! are the perfect achievable project size for some hand quilting

Martingale
is going to give away sixteen eBook copies of the book
so head on over to their site for more blog links

leave a comment here
for a chance to win an eBook

just tell us all the smallest 'fun size' quilt 
you have ever made
and the story behind that quilt
 here is one of the Jaybird Quilts designs
in the book
and you probably recognize these little guys, right?

it goes without saying
but I will anyway
gosh, I am so proud!!!

and
thank you
Martingale
for the great giveaway

(winners will be announced
Wednesday 30 July)

be.do.create

natalie.






104 comments:

Diane in Delaware said...

The smallest fun sized quilt I've made (actually 3) were holiday "twister" quilty that were each about 12" square. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of this inspirational book!

Barb N said...

Hi, Natalie! My smallest fun size quilts were mug rugs. I was so intrigued with that term when I first stumbled upon it a couple of years ago, that I had to put my piecing skills to the test and create some quilty goodness for my kitchen table. Fun, fun!

Sue Flynn said...

This looks like a fun project to do in short time

Karen said...

I recently made a paper pieced mini of tessalating leaves. Good practice for paper piecing.

Margaret said...

I made some some quilts to put in frames for my great granddaughters room. After I made her bedding for the crib my grand daughter wanted matching photos on the wall

Gill said...

My smallest quilt was a trial piece from a workshop

Shirley said...

Thanks for sharing, those hedgehogs are Darling!

Sandra said...

It isn't really a small quilt but it does have a lot of small pieces and has really taken a long time to make. It is a wall hanging that includes deer, mountains and trees. I am not used to such small pieces that I am totally amazed that I am still working on this one. It takes a lot of patience and I am finding that if you really want to make it you can do it. I love the idea of the Fun-Sized Quilts and all of these are such a great inspiration to the mini quilting world. Thank you for the chance to win.

Sandi Timmons
sandit1@sbcglobal.net

Nancy said...

My first fun sized quilt was squares each with a different paper pieced cat or cat face on it. Sashed in attic window fashion so learned how to do mitered corners as well! It was an early piece for me so the quilting is simply stitch in the ditch around the square edges but it is still rotated on the wall with the other wall quilts.
Have also made a number of mug rugs, each designed for the recipient.
nridder@hurontel.on.ca

songbird857 said...

I have not made a mini quilt yet! So excited to finally try one :)
vicnorm@Yahoo.com

Rosalind Gutierrez said...

I made an adorable "Grinch" mug rug for my brother who claims to be a grouch.

Lisa Marie said...

I have made many potholders which are basically little quilts. This past July 4th I took 54 that I had made to a family picnic and passed most of them out to people at the picnic. They are fun to make from scraps!

Louise said...

My smallest quilt so far was my very first one. 24" x 24". My friend Steph is a wonderful quilter, and she had given my husband and me a beautiful quilt as a boat-warming present. When I expressed interest in trying to learn, she gave me all the scraps from our quilt so I'd have something to work with. I made a little square pinwheel quilt and was totally hooked!

It's so much fun to have a quilting buddy, and I am so lucky to have started right out on my quilting journey with a good friend.

Walter said...

I was lucky to win a collection of patriotic fabrics from Stonehenge and challenged my self to make table runners and mini quilts til I ran out of fabric. 2 runners and 2 mini quilts later, I had about a palm's worth of scraps left! pjrcontest@msn.com

Diana said...

My smallest quilts were mug rugs, loved doing them (almost instant gratification). Were made as gifts.
Looks like a fun project.
Thanks for the giveaway.

Karenteacher said...

My smallest quilts so far were about 4 X 8, and were designed as mug + snack-sized place mats

Debbie said...

MY smallest was a paper pieced hearts practice square. It's probably 10" square.

Kim @ TiesThatBindQuilting said...

I made an 18" square mini to highlight a new fabric line. It was displayed at Windham Fabrics' booth at Quilt Market!

Robin McGuire said...

I love making minis! The smallest I've made recently is about 7.5 inch square of a heart within a spool block.

Maree in NC ☺ said...

My smallest is probably about 9" X 11" and it is a summertime beach scene. ☺

Thanks a bunch for the chance to win! ☺

my nana maree @ yahoo . com

quilt455 said...

My smallest was a 8th pinwheel for my mother in law.

Farm Quilter said...

The smallest quilty thing I have ever made was a set of placemats for my mom that were about 12x18. They were the very first quilt project I ever made and quilted on my husband's Singer. I remember I used a whole spool of thread to piece the 4 placemats - no one had taught me about chain piecing!!!

Karen Thurn said...

The smallest quilt I've made was a full size bed quilt. kthurn@bektel.com

sandra said...

Would love to win a copy so that I can make a mini!!!

Anita said...

My smallest fun size quilt is a 7"x8" and is called 'HST Cow All Squared Up'. I made it for the Ruffled Blog Hop with Madame Samm last March.
Thanks for the giveaway!

Jacklynn said...

I have a cute snowman mini that is 5" by 10" - it was just so stinking cute I dropped every other project to make one! Hangs on my mini wall year-round. Thanks for the give away!

Elle D said...

Gosh! I've never made a mini. Thanks for the chance to win a book to start me off on another journey!

Marilyn Snow said...

My smallest is about 8" x 11". I love small scale because it can be so fast.

Julie C. said...

I make a lot of rag quilts for babies. If they are a girl, I will make them a matching doll quilt out of the scraps for when they are a bit older. Or if they have older siblings, I'll make them matching doll quilts to match baby brother's/sister's. These go over quite well and it's a great way to use up tiny scraps of fabric (usually flannel) that I may not otherwise find a use for!

delaineelliott said...

The smallest quilt I have made is a Christmas wall hanging about
1 1/2 by 2 feet. Thanks!

Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

SewCraftyJenn said...

I have started a couple mug rugs that still need to be quilted. I've also made placemats. My favorite mini quilt, though, is the one I made for my son's stuffed animal. He requested it and it turned out really cute. It's 19x19.

Kathy H said...

Such cute quilts, my smallest mini quilt was 10 inches square, a little chick under a leaf. I made them for my children, my own little chicks.

Carrie P. said...

the smallest quilt have ever made is 12 inches by 10 inches and it is a pinwheel design

tac73 said...

The smallest quilt I have made is a table runner for a wedding gift.

Cindy said...

I have made so many mini quilts that I can't begin to list them. I was challenged to make one with the smallest pieces I could manage. That turned into a finished size of 6" sq. pineapple with 1/8" binding and 1/4" finished pieces in the blocks. Oh, it was foundation paper pieced.

KatheG said...

Love the idea of this book -- and your quilt. Thanks.

Kathryn said...

I've made some small mini quilts to hang on the wall.

Kathryn said...

I've made some small mini quilts to hang on the wall.

Jen Beatty said...

Coasters & mug rugs are smallest to date. I do like smaller sized projects.

barbara woods said...

mug rugs and a small doll quilt for a great grand

Diane H said...

I made an paper pieced mini pattern with a black cat sitting on a pile of quilts. In was in memory of our dear cat Annie. Congratulations on being included in this fun book.

Shauna said...

I've not made many small quilts (I like them big and snuggly) but I have just recently finished a couple of table runners. It was fun getting a quilt done so quickly. I am thinking I would love to do a mini for above my desk.

Dana Crossland said...

The smallest I have made are mug rugs. That's what I started on when I started quilting. It was good to be able to finish a project and work on those fun corners.

Pauline Perry said...

Congratulations on having a mini quilt in this lovely book - I LOVE HANDQUILTING and your quilt looks gorgeous. I have only made one mini quilt many years ago before I knew anything about quilting - only that I wanted to do it. I made a 12" mini with an easter egg in each quadrant - the eggs were made of strips of fabric that I had sewn together and then cut the egg shapes out of - I appliequed them and turned under the edges as I went - I put sashing horizontally and vertically with a little center square that I hand quilted a heart on - I handquilted around the eggs and put easter coloured plaid binding on. I discovered it this easter - it looks so amateurish and that's because it was - but I love it.
Pauline

perry94022 at hotmail dot com

Carol said...

I made a small quilt (about 10"x12") called 'Celebrate' with a birthday cake and candles on it for a quilting friend for her birthday. She was very surprised as I had hoped she would be.

RosieGma said...

I have made 2 fun sized quilts for Barbie...Yes, she and her sister Kelly, needed patchwork quilts, besides underwear, for my granddaughter Trinidy, then of course ,I had to make one for her bed and her chihuahua, Pip....

Beth said...

I made a doll blanket when I was about 5 or 6. It is pieced from 3 pieces, none of which are square.

Cecilia said...

I made a miniature Christmas quilt that was 20" square. It was paper pieced and the pieces were about 1 inch square. I did it just to see if I could and I haven't made another one. ��

Donna Hawley said...

The smallest I have made were coasters, it was an opportunity to try new techniques

Karla Vernon said...

I've made mini quilts by paper piecing some quilts from Carol Doaks book.

Anonymous said...

My modern quilt guild asked each of us to make a "mug rug" to exchange. I made an English paper pieced flower, put it on a rectangle, and had the greatest time quilting it! Since the finished projects were each in a bag, it was really a surprise. Such a fun project and it only took me about an hour or so to quilt.
Lisa
Lalexander733(at)gmail(dot)com

Lavonne Hansen said...

Nothing this small yet. Smallest was a crib quilt. Kids are getting too old and have enough quilts - need to move to something new.

Julie said...

I made a 2" X 3" pink ribbon quilt. I was inspired by a co-worker who had breast cancer surgery.

Kathy E. said...

I guess the smallest fun-size quilt I've made is a mug-rug. I was putting my favorite fabrics together and testing out fancy stitches on my new machine. It came out so well that I put a binding on it and made a darling mug rug! I've done the same to make pot holders.

scottylover said...

Congratulations! So happy for you!

My most fun small quilt I made as a challenge for a quilt guild I was in at the time. You pulled a gift bag out of a pile and had to make a small quilt inspired by the bag. The one I pulled was blue with big pink dots on it. I made a small quilt with appliqued batik circles on it and used quilting to make it look like they are bouncing balls. So much fun!

Sandy A

Marianne said...

The smallest quilt I have made was a house quilt that I sent to my daughter during the year she studied at Oxford. She was homesick so I designed a quilt with items that reminded her of home.

Sarina said...

My daughter and I have made a few American Girl sized quilts... Cuz the need quilts to sleep with too... Right?! They're usually about 14"x18"

haddie said...

Hi there the smallest fun size quilt I have made is a moose caught up in lights... It was a button challenge from our guild Pres thanks for the chance to win

MoeWest said...

Mug rugs are the smallest little quilts I've made. I made one for my sister with sewing theme fabrics and stitched a crown and the words 'Keep Calm and Sew On'.

jillnjosh said...

I haven't really made a fun-size quilt. The smallest quilt I've made was one for Project Linus.

Rachal Chohonis said...

I made my mom a really late Christmas present, an I pad case. Front was a mini quilt I pieced, center square was fussy cut from a linen cocktail napkin

Lee said...

I have made baby quilts but no minis!! I would like to make the fox in the box or sunshine from this book! thanks!

Betsy Smith said...

My bee did a book display for the library. All mini's were 8x10". I depicted If You Give A Mouse A Cookie.

Janet said...

I just made a 20" square doll quilt for my great-niece ... and of course every pillow I've made is a small quilt, so I guess the smallest would be about 12" square.

Thanks for the opportunity!

suzanprincess said...

The only minis I have made so far are Bowl Cozies (microwave bowl holders), which are 8-9" and not only cute (or pretty or handsome) but oh, so useful.

Jayne said...

The smallest I have made is 12" x 17". I have a love of improv and just made 2 wave mini quilts. One is all blue (35 shades, 78 quilted lines) for the ocean, and one is yellow/orange/red (30 colors) for a sunset! I love making mini's and this book is so exciting!

Darla in PA said...

I haven't tried the small quilts yet and have been thinking about making some mug rugs. Love your quilt.

Coser Tejer Crear said...

It was for a Birthday Club and I made a paper pieced boat and I turned it into a mug rug. You can see it in my Flickr stream.

Monica said...

I'm new to quilting so I've never made a mini quilt but it seems like a great starter project!

Wendy said...

I've only made one mini- it's about 14" square. It's a silhouette of my smallest bunny Harry

Wendy said...

I've only made one mini- it's about 14" square. It's a silhouette of my smallest bunny Harry

Susan said...

The smallest fun size quilt I have made was a 30" x 30" wall hanging.

GrannyTo8Boys said...

The first Fun size quilts I ever made were for my daughter's dolls. Mug rugs fit the bill as well. I also make travel sewing kits that have quilting on the front, so I guess those are fun size too.

SunflowerSkies said...

I just got into quilting so I haven't made any myself, but I remember helping my grandma make one for my dolls when I was little!

Donna W said...

Mine was a guild quilt challenge. We receive a fat quarter and had to do something with it. Mine became "Where have all the flowers gone?" It was an appliqued dog and some flowers. Can you get the picture?

Bridget Jane said...

My favorite mini quilt was one that I made up and had my dad make an acrylic tracer for the pieces

Katie said...

I made a patriotic star quilt of sorts for my MIL once. She loved it!!

Gale said...

My first small quilt was a 4"x 10" little quilt of 3 hearts I made for a friend who lost her husband but was surrounded by the love of her two sons. It was very special to her.
This looks like a great book and I'd love to have it. Congratulations on having a yummy quilt in it.

Renea said...

I have made many mini quilts but the one I love the most is a Jacob's Ladder. My son's name is Jacob.
Thanks for the giveaway.

mary moon designs said...

I have many mug rugs are those mini quilts? My favorite ones are the ones with animals.

mary moon designs said...

I haven't made a mini quilt per say but I have made many mug rugs do those count?

lvkwilt said...

I haven't ever made anything smaller than a baby quilt, but I do love to make quilts for little ones! These little minis would be such quick gratification! Thanks for the giveaway!!

Whitney Leonard said...

I've never made a mini quilt before. The closest I've come is probably the X-mas tree skirt I'm currently working on. It was an impromptu project of linen and lace, that I hope turns out as shabby-chic as I imagined it.

Havplenty said...

I made three postage stamped pink/red heart snack/mug rugs that were about 8" x 10" and a mini spool with sewing machine quilt for a swap partner.

tushay3(at)yahoo(dot)com

Cindy Dahlgren said...

The smallest quilt I have made is probably 12x12, and it was for my granddaughter. It has quilt pockets on the front for a felt doll and a fox and a bear. Those were the tiniest blocks I've ever made, and it was from the book Doll Quilts. I'm not totally sure of the title, I checked it out at the library. cdahlgren at live dot com

Lainey Looloo said...

All the patterns are delightful. i am especially drawn to the little foxes!

Helen said...

Crib quilts are the smallest size I've made. I'd like to try a mini just for fun.

G&G said...

I made a mini Houses quilt. the book looks like it is full of great ideas!

Karen said...

Do placemats for my daughter's new home count!

Kimberly said...

I haven't made one yet, but I'd like to.

jellybean said...

I made a 3" X 5" postcard size one once does that count.

KittyAnnArt said...

The smallest was 8 x 10 inches. It has a trellis background with 3D butterflies with beaded antennae all over the surface. It was one of my favorite quilts to make! Love the book! If I don't win a copy I'll be buying one! >^,,^<

Deb said...

My tiniest quilt ever was about 16" square. 16 half sized Dear Jane blocks (4.5" full size) plus the triangle borders

Jeannine said...

I have made several 12x12 quilts... everything from piecing, applique, English paper piecing & embroidery! I love the book!

Emily Reznechek said...

I have never made a mini quilt as I have just started quilting but look forward to in the future!

Mary said...

The smallest quilt I made was 8"x11" and consisted of three rows of flying geese that was paper pieced. It was my 50th birthday and I told my family I was going to spend the day in my sewing room making this quilt - it turned out so cute and I love the precise outcome.

Jessica said...

My favorite small quilt is little morris repros pieced around a simple hand stitched tree. this book and your pattern both look lovely!

Karen said...

I've made one about 4x4 inches. I like to have a little quilt for my snippers.

jrt14 said...

I made a mini quilt for a guild challenge in 2001 or 2002. The challenge called for using black and white, plus one more color, I added blue. I used the paper piece penguin in Margaret Rolfe's "A Quilter's Ark". I made three quilts. One full sized and two smaller ones to make a family. I can not find the quilt right now, but it was no bigger than 36 inches. My first child was just a baby and I like penguins a lot and that drove the design of my quilt. Of course, I almost did not get it down before the meeting and was working on the binding that afternoon.

Lee said...

I have made a crib quilt and that is the smallest I have made. I actually made it for a friend who wanted something handmade for a baby shower - She picked out the prints with me and I did the sewing and quilting! thanks!

Weatherbee ;) said...

The smallest quilt I have made was a little bit smaller than crib size. I've actually only made 3 quilts. And with this one, my first, I actually won Joann's Craft for a Cause Contest. It was a play quilt with a little doll that had a pocket for a bed, and a castle that she could enter. It was for a child at the Burn Unit of the hospital. It was an amazing first time accomplishment.

Congrats to you and all of the other designers. SO CUTE!! :)

Mary Terry said...

My smallest was a quilted lighthouse on a Kindle cover for a friend with a house on Cape Cod. Love these mini's!

natalie. beyond the reef said...

Thanks so much to all of you for your comments! I wish I could giveaway 102 ebooks, but this giveaway was for only one, from Martingale. I am happy to add one "hard copy" of the book, from my own stash, tho, which makes this a TWO book giveaway! Thanks again. Now to post about the winners. We'll post on Facebook and here in the comments. Thanks again for all of the support and great comments!!

natalie. beyond the reef said...

congratulations to Diane H who has won a copy of the ebook, and to Barb N who has won a copy from me of the actual paper book!

hope you'll post a thanks on our facebook page, or let everyone know via your own blog! Thanks.

Natalie.