Friday, December 31, 2021

December Monthly Mini


Twas the 30th of December, and while feeling quite wilted,

She suddenly realized there was no “mini” quilted!

 She ran to her sewing room and picked up the cutter,

And threw down some scraps and started to mutter.

 How could she possibly make it in time?

She’d but a few hours to make this sublime.

 She’d never before stitched so wonderfully snappy.

Sublime it is not but it’s done and she’s happy.

 And, I heard her exclaim as she turned out the light,

“Happy New Year to all, and to all a Good Night!” 


 I know this is a pretty pathetic end to a wonderful year of monthly minis, but as I said, "it's done"! I found two tiny blocks leftover from our c1880 sew-a-long with Pam Buda (here) and with the leftover strips I made seven more. I pieced them all together, added a border and, voila! Since this micro mini shares its birthday today with our son, Nick, (and for the other obvious reason) I am calling it “Nick of Time”.

 Thanks for another great year of mini merriment! I’ve been asked about continuing for another year. Since it seems that some months, the mini is all I can muster, I would hate to give it up just yet. And, we did pick up a few new followers this year so I would hate to leave you stranded (wink). So, on to 2022. I hope you all have had much fun as I have looking at all these little gems.

 For those already on board and for any newcomers; as always, there are NO RULES and NO pressure. I post on the last day of the month and you can jump in anytime. If you don’t have a blog, but enjoy following along, simply e-mail me a photo and description of your mini and I will post it. 

I do wish you all a very Happy New Year. I thought this vintage postcard was just weird enough to fit the bill for 2021.

We all felt a bit batty in 2021. Let's ring out the old loud enough to say "bring on a better 2022 for all"! 

 Let’s see what our fellow elves have accomplished in this busy holiday month.

 Quilting Babcia (Amity Quilter)

Randy (Barrister’s Block)

Cyndi (Busy Thimble)

Grace (City Mouse Quilter)

Barb (Fun with Barb)

Gladi (Gladi’s Quilts)

Shasta (High Road Quilter)

Julie (Julie K Quilts)

Kathy (Kathy’s Quilts)

Katy (Katy Quilts)

Sandy (My Material Creations)

Angie (Quilting on the Crescent)

Barbara (Quilts, Gravestones and Elusive Ancestors)

Janet (Rogue Quilts)

Kyle (Timeless Reflections)

Cynthia (Wabi-Sabi Quilts)

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

One Bird Too Many


Yup, I did it again! This time, I waited until it was completely stitched together before I realized my mistake. I wanted all of the birds in the center of the blocks to be different. Some are the same, just a different colorway. But this one was exactly the same and it was the very last block I made! (Insert very frustrated face here). 

Bye bye birdie! 

All I could think of after my discovery was the song from the animated Rudolph from the ‘60’s. “Why am I such a misfit, I am not just a nitwit, you can’t fire me, I quit…”

 Since it was completely finished, I couldn’t just applique a new bird on as it wouldn’t fit the quilting pattern. So, this poor partridge/pheasant will go into my next pot luck quilt and will be replaced by another as soon as a new one flies into my sewing room. 

 Which reminds me of another song from “Rudolph”, “There’s always tomorrow for dreams to come true!”

 Enjoy your day!

Monday, December 6, 2021

Bird's Nest Soup

 I laid all of the blocks on the floor over the weekend. Some are still not finished, but you get the idea. 


Now on to the borders and corner blocks. Still in the design stage, but should get a start on them before Christmas. Nothing else to do right?

 After looking at them all, this little guy really stuck out as being kind of creepy.

Not sure if it was his eye or just the blah color of his head, but I couldn’t live with him amongst all those other pretty birds. So… off with his head and on with a more colorful and cheerful noggin.

I won’t be afraid to sleep under it now!