Friday, March 10, 2017

Quilter's Laundry Day

Jen Rosin over at A Dream & A Stitch and Janice Holton at Color, Creating & Quilting announced a quilt along and blog hop a few weeks ago.  The pattern was for a 16" mini quilt... and it was super cute!  And the ideas in my head were rolling - so there was no stopping them!

I really wasn't sure that I would have time to participate since I was in the midst of the Hanky Quilt and needed to continue working on the wedding quilt for our daughter... I mean the wedding is just 4 weeks away!  

But I was in need of "a change in scenery" of sorts and decided that one day away from the King-sized wedding quilt was much needed. The top was complete and had been sandwiched.  I felt that I "deserved" and had even "earned" the right to a break...

So I took one!

When I first saw the pattern I immediately thought of using the open sky space as an area for mountains.  

Using inspiration from Amy Ellis over at Amy's Creative Side  and her Majestic Mountains paper pieced pattern that I made last fall I came up with something similar... and what I think is a fair representation of our local mountain range. 

We live in Southern Colorado and every day we are fortunate enough to enjoy the beauty of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range.

For the quilt drying on the line in the yard I wanted to make a play on my first published block Pieces of My Heart that was included in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, volume 8.  

I took two pieces of paper 2" x 3-1/2" and drew lines on each to indicate which direction the fabric was to be sewn on and jumped into my scrap bin in search of 1 inch wide strips.

Placing 2" squares on each piece after having the strips sewn on, I marked a center line and did the sew and flip method and trimmed to create the bottom of the heart.  Using 1" squares I did the same to shape the top of the heart.

I added a border and used a fabric marker to draw in a line at the edge to look like the binding.

It was a fun break form the wedding quilt!
(I am now hand-sewing the binding)

I hope that you will stop by the other blogs and see what everyone has created. 

There are prizes to be won at some of the blogs!

I am offering a chance to win the recent copy of QuiltMaker's 100 Blocks, volume 14 (including my block - To Have And To Hold, #1310). 

Simply follow my blog 
(you can subscribe or follow along at bloglovin') 
and leave a comment about how you would add your personal touch on "Laundry Day"
before 11:59 p.m. March 12
(If you are a no-reply blogger, be sure to leave your email address with your comment.)

Join in on the fun of this hop by visiting the links below.  

Thanks for stopping by!


Jen Rosin  A Dream and a Stitch
Kate Heads at Smiles From Kate
Jennifer Fulton at Inquiring Quilter
Karen Thurn at Tu-Na Quilts, Travels and Eats

Melva Nolan at Melva Loves Scraps
Vicki at Vicki's Crafts & Quilting
Julie Stocker at Pink Doxies
Anja Clyke at Anja Quilts
Diann at Little Penguin Quilts
Jayne at Twiggy & Opal
Susan Arnold at Quilt Fabrication
Leanne Milsom at Lizzie the Quilter
Sandra Walker at Mmm! Quilts!

March 11 Reveal Day

Janice Holton at Color Creating & Quilting
Jennifer Strauser at Dizzy Quilter
Amy Gerlich at Amy Scrap Spot
Sharon Denney Parcel at Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Susan Gordon at Sevenoaks Street Quilts
Anne Boundy at Said With Love
Barbara Wootie at The Flashing Scissors
Jan Welander at Making Scraps
Mary Marcotte at Fleur de Lis Quilts


  1. Love your version of Quilters Laundry Day Melva. I especially like the way you made it your own, not just the beautiful mountains and the lovely quilt, but the little things, the tiny border around the quilt on the washing line, the way you quoted the grass (wish I'd thought of it) and the border around the mini which, with the coloured binding, really sets the mini off well.

  2. this is such a tribute to your mountains in CO, and I love the way you have them there.

  3. I love it! All the tiny details and your personalization of this is so beautiful. Pinwheels is my go to block so that's how I would personalize mine.

  4. The mountains were such a great addition to your mini!

  5. Love your mountain idea! Beautiful little house and that heart quilt...lovely!

  6. Great idea to fill the open space with mountains-gives me a wonderful idea for mine! Thank you, Susan

  7. Hello from Northern Colorado! I love the way you added the mountains to your Quilter's Laundry Day! The heart mini is adorable, too!

  8. I would add a little girl in one of the upstairs windows to represent my granddaughter. Thank you for the chance to win. momoftana at yahoo dot com

  9. this is pretty. I love your addition of the mountains. So wonderful to make quilts with personality, especially of home.

  10. I like the way to paid tribute to your beloved mountains on your mini. I live on a dairy farm and so a cow would be a must on mine. I am also a scrappy star addict and so the quilt on the clothesline would be a star quilt of some sort.

  11. I absolutely adore your addition of the snow capped mountains in the distance! Congrats on this beautiful finish.

  12. What a great way to represent your own home! The mountains are beautiful and having your own block as the quilt is a great idea. Love it! Thanks for joining us!

  13. There have been many surprises today on the blog hop, and your mountains were a great addition to that. Nice work! I think if I was to make this again, I'd probably borrow a lot of ideas from this group, but a 3 D addition for sure.

  14. One of my favs....I love the mountains!

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    1. Thanks Suzy, for stopping by and taking the time to participate in the chance to win! I wish that I would have had more time to dedicate to the project, but even with the limited amount of time I allowed myself am pleased, none the less. Blessings.

  16. I love how you added the mountains. Great job!

    The houses on our street has small round or diamond shape windows at the top. I would add one on the roof and maybe add a bicycle.


  17. Love those mountains! Such a great way to personalize this quilt. You can see how I personalized it on my blog, but if I had to do it again, I've certainly gotten a lot of ideas from the blog hop. Such fun!

  18. love your mountains! what a great version. I'm getting lots of ideas, but I think I'll add my cat if I make this again.

  19. Very, very nice idea to add the mountains. I also like the quilted grass stitching. I follow by Bloglovin. I think I'm going to make one for my other house with apple trees for the posts.

  20. Instead of mountains, I would add tree covered bluffs and a hint of the mississippi River. The mountains on your block are an awesome representation of CO. I do love your heart block also as seen in the magazine. Thanks and I am now a follower.

  21. The mountains are perfect for the quilt! I follow on bloglovin'.

  22. Every time I see one of these I am amazed at how everyone interpreted the pattern differently. Great mountain range and heart quilt.

  23. oh fab.... those mountains are wonderful :)

  24. How neat to make this block your own by adding your mountains and your own heart pattern. I wonder, do you live near the Great Sand Dunes, too? We vacationed there once. Simply awesome! If I were to make this block, maybe I would sub our neighbor's old fence for the posts. I always photograph my quilts against it as I have no clothesline.

  25. I live in the midwest and you just never know what weather to expect in any season. I could have hung clothes out a couple of days ago when it was in the 70's, now it is below freezing. They say if you don't like the weather here, just stick around for a few minutes. LOL I think I'd have to somehow show how the weather changes that occur so quickly.

  26. I live in West Virginia so those mountains and some tree tops would be my special addition! And a grandmother's garden quilt to dry on the line! I follow you at Bloglovin'! Have an especially wonderful Day!

  27. Melva, so glad you decided to take a break! I LOVE your mountains! They are not at all how I pictured them, this interpretation is very modern and fascinating to look at! And the heart quilt is a perfect touch of love. Very well done! I am having a ball visiting all the blogs and seeing all the creativity. Thanks so much for joining in!

  28. I love that you added mountains to the background! Such a great pattern for personalization!

  29. Cool mountains. I'd add a flock of geese or some kinda birds! Good luck everyone in the giveaway. angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

  30. Your quilt is beautiful, those mountains look awesome.

  31. I'd add a couple of trees instead of the posts for the laundry line.

  32. It's a cute block, I would add a sun in the corner and a cat in a window!

  33. Love the mountains in the background of this Melva! And the little heart block is great!

  34. I love the extras on yours. Very nice.

  35. I love the personal touch on your version! What a spectacular view; reminds me of where my SIL lives in southern Alberta. Cute grass quilting detail too!

  36. I think I'd have to put a rainbow in my sky, since I see them frequently out my kitchen window. And for the quilt, I think I'd have to put our initial in the middle with maybe small corners of different quilt blocks. Love the mountains. Hope to someday see those Colorado mountains!

  37. I would personalize mine w/ a mitten on the laundry quilt as I am from Michigan! thanks!

  38. Sorry I am late!
    Your block is great!
    I just love your mini mini quilt and those mountains are awesome!