I've been enjoying making some mini quilts - postcard size... either 4"x6" or 5"x7". They are quick projects that help to use up a small amount (a very small amount) of scraps, get my creative juices flowing and have the opportunity to brighten up the day of a friend or loved one.
This one was an idea that I shared in my 2023 Planning Party story...
The next one I made is for a friend that is in the midst of a battle of breast cancer... You can't see it very well because of the color of thread I used for the quilting that includes "the battle belongs to the Lord"... but that is intentional. i wanted it to appear as though it is steam coming from the cup.
I recently discovered an Instagram hashtag of #52miniquilts. I'm not sure the beginning source of the hashtag, but I have fallen in love with each and every one of the pictures shared! And include some "dimple quilting".
My plan is to continue my postcard series with a new one each week! I'm a little behind, but I hope to get caught up this week with two new designs. 😀
remaining after my Paper Lanterns quilt finish... plus some other scraps.
(BTW, I was the hostess of TGIFF and shared my finished Paper Lanterns quilt here...)
The pattern made a 35" x 53" quilt. I wanted something just a little wider so I planned to add one column of the "4-Patch on point" units in the center, making the "ladders" on either side of the middle column 4-1/2" wide.
By Friday evening nearly all of the 4-patch units had sewn into on-point units and we had at least 2 inches of snow and it was still coming down heavy...
By 8 that night there was a truck at the bottom of the hill outside our house that slid and was blocking the entire road... State Patrol and tow trucks were on sight and handling the situation just fine... yet Dave had to go investigate.
Saturday morning we discovered that the truck was still there, along with 12 inches of snow, though on the side of the road so that traffic could pass by. The driver had spent the night in his truck and was taking a short walk up the road past our house... Dave called out to him and invited him in for coffee and a chance to warm up.
We quickly discovered that he didn't speak English very well at all and trying to communicate with him was interesting. We did manage to decipher that he was from Uzbekistan and has only been in the US for 10 months. His truck, with bald tires and a flatbed trailer with two full-size trucks and a Jeep Lorado, and no chains, was a company truck and he was trying to get to Lubbock, TX.
As Dave helped him to contact another tow truck they began clearing the driveway, sidewalk and pathways. Eventually, the tow truck arrived (with the necessary tire chains to navigate Raton Pass) and got him up the hill and on his way... to the tire shop because there was one flat tire on the trailer.
We have no way of knowing whether he reached the destination safely or not... we only pray that he did and that our kindness was appreciated.
As all of that was going on I was happily sewing my jelly rolls together to create the "ladders" of the quilt top. By day's end the sun was out and the snow already melting and I had a top ready for borders!
The pattern name for the quilt is Sherbert Lemon, but that doesn't fit this quilt.
I thought Stepping Stones & Ladders... What do you think?
What name would you suggest?
Leave a comment... I'd love to hear your idea.
Last week there were 17 that joined the Sew & Tell Party! Woohoo! Some of the top projects that caught my eye...
Michelle at My Bijou Life showed off an attractive Bearpaw block...
Melissa showed off her roly poly snowmen that she is stitching in black...
And, last, but NOT least, Patricia at Faith, Trust & Breast cancer showed off her Pieces in the Garden Row Quilt... (I may be a little partial to this quilt since it was last year's sew along 😉)
Well done, Quilters! 👏It is now time to show off what you have done this week... Sew & Tell will be open until Friday evening.
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