July 24, 2014

Fun-Size Quilts!

Fun-Size Quilts
I love making big quilts - quilts for the beds in our home and quilts to snuggle under on the couch when it is cold out.  I'm totally on board with the fact that quilting is a long term accomplishment.  BUT, sometimes, you just want a quick finish - a fun size quilt to play with; a little project that gets done.  Almost instant gratification!

To-Do List


Well, 17 designers have given you plenty of little quilts to choose from.  Fun-Size Quilts from Martingale includes 19 projects that all finish about the size of a fat quarter (18" x 22").  There really is something for everyone in this book from cute little four-patches and pinwheels to adorable animals and flowers to abstract designs.

The quilt I designed is called To-Do List and includes both appliqué and piecing.  It was so much fun to design this sweet little quilt.  I'm glad it is home now so I can hang it up in my sewing room to remind me that sometimes you just have to do what you have to do!

Two of my favorite quilts in the book are on the cover - Kimberly Jolly's Sunshine pinwheel quilt and Jeni Baker's adorable little foxes called Fox in a Box!  Kimberly's choice to limit the color scheme and change the color of one block is so effective.  Jeni's little foxes have me running for my scraps to choose the perfect fabrics for those adorable faces!

Perhaps
Another of the quilts that has me itching to sew is Thomas Knauer's Perhaps - it is in Morse Code - I love quilts that have a bit of a puzzle to them :)  I guess some of us never get over that childhood feeling of excitement when solving a puzzle feels like unlocking a secret that only we know.

Skyline
Emily Herrick's Skyline looks like another great project for using small pieces of my favorite fabrics and Jackie White's whimsical My Little Garden is so sweet I wish I had a little girl's room to decorate.  I could go on and on....

My Little Garden


If you've read this far, I hope you are as excited about this book as I am!  If so - good news!  Martingale is giving away a free eBook version of Fun-Size Quilts!  To enter the giveaway, tell me if there is something, besides sewing, that never goes on your To Do List because you know you will always do it!  Giveaway closes at the end of the day Wed, July 30.  Good luck!

Check out Martingale's blog for more info and giveaway links!

130 comments:

  1. hmmmm interesting question! Laundry? Nobody wants to see me naked, LOL. Love your little quilt!

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  2. Something besides sewing that I don't have to put on my to-do list??? drink coffee, eat chocolate and get outside on a sunny day!

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  3. Clean up the kitchen after a meal. This is never on my to-do list because it just comes naturally to me.

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  4. Feeding the animals and cooking and cleaning will never be on the to-do list. You just gotta do it. I would be honored to win my own copy of the Fun-sized Quilts book. Thank you for the chance to win and can't wait to make a mini for myself. These are all so cute and so many designs to choose from.

    Sandi Timmons
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  5. Calling my friends. Never have to remind myself to do that!

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  6. Never put fun stuff on the to do list. It always just happens.

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  7. Doing laundry never makes it to the list. Good thing I don't mind doing it!

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  8. Calling my friends. I never need a reminder to do that!

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  9. Hot tea in the morning, a chapter in a good mystery before turning out the light, and talking with one of my friends... all givens every day.

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  10. reading is not on my to do list. I love small quilts!

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  11. Coffee and my iPad first thing in the morning then off to my sewing room!

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  12. Drinking coffee never goes on my list !!

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  13. Watering my veggies on the balcony does not need listing, as I watching them grow! Gonna have yummy crunchy salads soon!

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  14. I never have to put 'buying fabric' on a list; I just can't help myself when in a quilt shop.

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  15. Making dinner is never on my list because we can't forget to eat!

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  16. Reading is my 2nd favorite thing to do. After quilting of course

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  17. Making my bed because I do it every day and enjoy seeing the quilts I put on it

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  18. Drinking coffee and wine time before dinner :)

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  19. Knitting is never on my to do list (of course neither is laundry, dishes, feeding the cats...!)

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  20. Spending time each day after work with my guy to catch up on the day!

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  21. I love to knit, bead, embroider and most of all quilt.

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  22. Perusing the internet for new/great quilting ideas - I never need a reminder for that!

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  23. Hugging my husband first thing in morning before we go our separate ways. One of us always remembers!
    nridder@hurontel.on.ca

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  24. Taking a break from reading emails early in the morning while drinking my coffee to give my husband a big hug and a kiss good bye when he leaves for work. I suppose the reading emails and drinking coffee would also be two others never put on a to do list as well actually.

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  25. Cooking. Working out. Reading blogs. Many things I do each day are not on a list. Maybe I should put them on a list just for the pleasure of crossing them off as accomplished!

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  26. I know I will always enjoy reading blogs and meeting new friends with fabulous ideas to inspire me.

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  27. I don't have to put sewing on my to do list as I do it when ever I can. The only time I need to put daily things on my list of to dos is when I am leaving the house for more than a day so I know things will get done. Crafting is on my every day list in my head.

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  28. Let's see: making the coffee in the morning, and pouring the wine at night! Never need any reminders for those :-)

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  29. Always kissing my loving spouse when one of us goes out!

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  30. Cooking, reading and dollhouse miniatures. But quilting comes first!

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  31. Telling my husband that I love him which is easy because he has been wonderful every day of the 34 years we've been married! Honestly--I'm the difficult one to live with!

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  32. I would have to say that going online every morning to check out the quilting sites/blogs that I follow never has to go on my to-do list.

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  33. Shopping for fabric comes a close second to quilting, so I never have to put it on a to-do list!

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  34. Loving on my family and our pets! ♥ Thanks a bunch for the chance to win!

    my nana maree @ yahoo . com

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  35. E-mail always is early in the morning then late at night. Always rest in the mid-day. Thanks for this chance.

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  36. Washing dishes - I can't stand dirty dishes in the sink or on the counter!! Thank you for the opportunity to win this awesome book!

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  37. Reading and playing tennis - I spend way to many hours doing both!

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  38. Dishes. I can't stand having a dirty dish in my kitchen. kthurn@bektel.com

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  39. Organizing a drawer or closet!

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  40. Reading, in some form or another. Books, blogs, anything!

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  41. Gardening - it is my second favorite thing to do after quilting.
    Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  42. Laundry, as soon as it is done, it starts filling up again.

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  43. Making cards for upcoming occasions...I love to see the recipients face when they receive one!

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  44. at least 2 big cups of coffee in the morning ... ;-)

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  45. I will always cook dinner for my family. Cleaning up the kitchen? Not so much. Sewing is more fun that housework!

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  46. Reading ... hopefully, a little every day ... it's my escape, staycation, relaxation!

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  47. Well done on getting your quilt into the book - it's fab! Something I never have to put on a to-do list is getting ice-cream on a warm day - it just goes without saying!

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  48. Reading email - always a given that I will be doing that every day. SOmetimes for too long!
    Pauline

    perry94022 at hotmail dot com

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  49. My weekly trip to the library. Now that I've retired, I love being able to indulge myself with a cup of tea and a chapter from the latest novel whenever I wish.

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  50. depending on the day everything including sewing can go on my to do list because I need to remember what I need to do next...I have old age brain. I will say about the only thing I don't put down is eating...I can remember that much.

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  51. Reading to my granddaughter before bed, always done, never on a list.....

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  52. Getting online to check email, FB, blogs. It never makes the list, but it takes up a lot of time!

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  53. I never have to have going to the grocery store on a list, I just need a list of what to buy. And I go way to often!!

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  54. Going for a walk in the morning before I start any project in my sewing studio is automatic these days. I have more energy for everything throughout the day!

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  55. Cooking and baking never make it to the to-do list, but cleaning does.

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  56. I have a few:
    Clean, laundry, bills. (You know cause we avoid those we are sewing!)

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  57. One thing that'll never make my to-do list is LAUNDRY! It's just a given. Blah. But to list a fun thing, it's to watch ET at 6:30 each night. It's almost the only tv show I watch.

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  58. Eating---what a problem! I need it on a do not do list

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  59. Going for my a morning walk. I find it a nice way to start the day.

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  60. Walking the dog and working on my latest quilting projects - no need to put those on the to-do list.

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  61. I love gardening and summer is so short that I just make the best of it and other things on my to-do list can wait for a rainy day.

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  62. Reading never goes on my to do list, because I always have a book around

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  63. Shopping as that is something I will always find time for too.

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  64. Never on the list... dishes... lol

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  65. Shopping...never have to put that on the list! Would love the ebook. Thanks,

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  66. Making coffee...every day, without fail. Sometimes the sewing and quilting doesn't happen :-( but the coffee always does ;-)

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  67. Laundry never makes my to-do list because my sewing "room" is in our unfinished basement next to the washer and dryer. While the washer and dryer are doing their thing, I'm doing mine - sewing and dreaming up new projects!

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  68. Cooking dinner never makes it onto my 'To Do' list because my family would starve if there wasn't something on the table besides my patchwork dinner mats.

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  69. Buying chocolate never goes on my to-do list. I'm always buying it in one version or another.

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  70. Eating. Sleeping. Reading. These I do without being told by anyone or by me "to do" list.

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  71. That would have to be checking my e-mail & reading my quilting website newsletters. :o)

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  72. The first thing that comes to mind that never goes on a to do list (and most things do, or I forget to do them) is: eat some chocolate. Can NEVER forget that!

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  73. I love Mini's! This looks like a fantastic and fun book! Besides the usual groceries, laundry, cleaning, shower, eating....I guess it would be...taking a walk with the dog and my husband in tow!

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  74. housework - it's too depressing to write it down!

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  75. Feeding the dogs... They are always ready to remind me!

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  76. Does drinking coffee and reading count? Otherwise I'm quilting.

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  77. wow...now that's a loaded question! I would think picking up after everyone!

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  78. Things that never go on the to-do list would be laundry and cooking. Anything else would be completely forgotten. Thanks for the give away!

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  79. Hmmm, make my bed I guess. I always make it because my dog likes to sleep on it when I'm gone, so there's a special blanket for her on top of the bedding.

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  80. Eating is never on my list ;)

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  81. Housecleaning is never on my to-do list. The visual reminder is enough for me...lol Thanks sew much for this chance to win, :-D

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  82. Love your mini. My never to do List items would be checking my email, feeding my feline buddies, texting someone that day.

    tushay3(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  83. Breathing, sleeping, eating, checking email, feeding the cat, to name a few that do not ever get put on a to do list.

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  84. Enjoy each day as if it were your last.

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  85. I never have to remind myself to read a good book.

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  86. Checking email and IG! Laundry, meals for my grandson! Playing with grandson everyday!

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  87. Reading for pleasure and learning new things. Daily! notwendy gmail

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  88. Laundry (ugh!) if you don't do it, u don't got clothes to wear...no brainier LOL!

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  89. Vacuuming! I run the vacuum every morning to pick up the animal fur (I have 3 cats and 2 dogs), the sand (we live near the ocean and sand is a constant thing around here) and of course the threads and bits of fabric that get carried about by my shoes and my kitties! I LOVE your mini quilt, you are so creative!!

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  90. For some reason, I never forget to buy Pepsi and eat. Maybe I should quilt more and eat less? Love this book, and your mini is so cool.

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  91. Hmmm...I rarely make a to do list. I do things as they need to be done at home....unless I'm more in the mood for quilting!

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  92. I put everything on my to-do list. I don't put going to work on the list, so I'll put down that!

    I think I'm not a no-reply, but just in case: jhunsberger (at) gmail (d0t) c0m

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  93. I never forget my daily dose of dark chocolate--good for my heart, ya know!

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  94. Meditation -- it provides amazing benefits

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  95. snuggling with the fur babies!

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  96. reading .....murder mystery and word puzzles

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  97. making and drinking my morning coffee is on auto pilot for me

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  98. Making time to read is always on the list. Love your quilt!

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  99. Making dinner -- take-out is no longer a regular option anymore. Wah!

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  100. Quilting... reading... crocheting... I never have to write on a list. I do them to avoid the things on my list!

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  101. Cooking for my wonderful husband!
    emily@reznechek.com

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  102. Reading...I'm always reading something

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  103. Reading, cooking, hanging with friends...never need to add those

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  104. Does work count for that? I am also pretty good at spending quality time with my man. I like your to-do list quilt.

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  105. Playing with the kids is not on my to do list. I am enjoying the summer months with my children and playing board games and enjoying the nice weather.

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  106. Dishes..wa wa wa. I think I'm spending too much time at home. ;)

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  107. Watching baseball on TV (and hand-stitching, knitting, or crocheting at the same time)!

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  108. Reading. I read every night before bed. A REAL book, not on the computer. I still like the feel and smell of a real book.

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  109. Stitching, in one form or another...it's part of my DNA so I never have to put it on a list!

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  110. I guess I would have to say reading. I love to read and I read whenever I have a spare minute.

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