Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Blog Tour Day Eight

It's the LAST day of the blog tour!  Thanks for coming along to meet Simply Charming Minis!
Today is the day to visit:
and

Oh!  I guess you are here already!


I scheduled myself for the last day so I could see which pictures you hadn't seen.  But you've seen them all!  Well -- you will after you visit the Quilting Gallery anyway!

I will tell you one story about making this book.  Before writing this book, I have never tried to make a mini quilt.  I have relatively large hands that aren't too dextrious.  I thought for sure that my hands would be too big and clumsy to make a mini quilt.  BUT mini blocks started soming back with Dear Jane and the Farmer's Wife, etc.  Frankly, they intimidated me.  I asked myself if I wanted to make some mini blocks, how would I do it?  I started designing.  I designed mini quilts because I didn't want it to take me two years - or a lifetime - to finish!  Then I tried making one of the quilts I designed.  It was so fun!  I was done making it before I had a chance to think twice about my decision! 

With some of the quilts, I used different techniques than I would a larger block.  It made working with the small blocks easier.  I still had the question - what would I do with all of these quilts!  I answered this question in two ways.  One, I would learn.  That is why I asked the ladies on the blog tour to tell you what they do with mini quilts.  My second answer was my fall back position if I didn't end up learning a thing - which, of course, isn't the case - is I owuld use them for doll quilts.  I have six kids.  Chances are I will have grandkids.  If nothing else works out, I will have a doll quilt for every grandchild!

I have the perfect spot over my sewing machine that needs a mini quilt right away!  Now to decide which one!!!

Remember everyone's giving away a copy of the book and some of them still have the drawing open.  Be sure to stop by them all!









 
Michele Foster http://quiltinggallery.com 
 
Since I'm on the list, I will be giving one of the books away too! 
 
Enter to win by commenting on this post and telling me what you like to do with mini quilts. 
 
 I will draw the winner Monday morning, Aug 6. 

85 comments:

Paule-Marie said...

I like having them near me in my studio for inspiration.

Laura said...

I like to hang them on the walls in my sewing area and my kids rooms :)
My daughter uses a mini quilt as a "worry quilt" she feels the bumps of the free motion quilting when she's having a hard time falling asleep at night.

Sallie said...

I like to have them in my sewing room or give them to my GD for a doll quilt. Thanks for the giveaway!

Linda said...

I do so enjoy your blog. I like to hang up the mini quilts or give them away.

Linda said...

HELLO! LOVE THESE 'MINI'S"!
I LIKE HANGING THEM IN MY SEWING AREA. THANK YOU FOR A CHANCE TO WIN!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

grendelskin said...

I just started my very first mini (my deadline is just after you start the quiltalong). I plan to have this one be the first of many, perhaps to have a special hanging spot in my kitchen.

Winona Thompson said...

I like to hand them on my door. I have a metal door and I hang them with magnetic clips. Works great. I sure hope I win a copy of this book. It looks right up my alley.

{ HeatherK @ AReformedHeath'n } said...

I love using mini-quilts as seasonal table toppers. They add beauty and variety not only to my kitchen table but also to my mantle and piano.

Diann said...

Doll quilts are a good use for mini quilts. Another possibility which I haven't done yet but am considering is to donate them. AAQI, which raises money to fight Alzheimer's disease, is one worthwhile place to donate, but I'm sure there are other equally good causes.

Laurie in Maine said...

I like to practice or try something new - and "mini" means more likely a finish instead of a UFO!

Carrie P. said...

I have been following the book tour and their are some great patterns in the book. thanks for a chance to win a copy.
I like minis for my new table topper quilt stand. I also like to hang them on a wall in my studio.

Lesley said...

I love making mini-quilts...for tables, walls, frames, and gifts! Your book looks like it would be wonderful to receive...thanks for the chance!

A.J. Dub. (Amy) said...

I either let my littlest miss use them for her many "friends" (dolls) or hang them to admire.
I am enjoying the blog tour and always enjoy your blog.

Sally said...

I'm working on a 'mini quilt wall' display!! Love making minis.

Quilt n Queen said...

I have made a few mini's. I decorate with them and my grandgirls use the to cover their dolls. Love your book Konda, thanks for the chance to win one...Happy stitching!!

Gill said...

I hang them on the walls of my sewing room! I love making them!

Beth said...

I like having them on my walls or as table toppers.

Judith said...

I enjoy sewing mini quilts for my granddaughters. When they visit, they always know where my beauties are enjoy them. I also love them on my wall in my office. It gives me a nudge to make another. Thanks so much for the tour.....Judith, Texas

Anonymous said...

I'd hang them in my sewing room. I give away a good deal of what I make so having some projects around just for me would be great :^)

karenDOTwoodieATcmaaDOTorg

Lisa said...

I have disabilities with my hand but have heard your techniques made mini quilt doable. I have only made one mini quilt at the birth of my best friends 1st grandchild. It matched the baby quilt I made the baby. It sets on here desk at work. I would really like to make more after seeing all the lovely ones in your book. Future ones I'd like to hang around my home. Thank you for having this blog hop.

Sandra said...

Yes you are quite right. We have seem them all, thanks to the Quilting Gallery. So, I like the Rosebud Bouquet, Morse Code and Crisscross Applesauce. These will either on my wall or maybe for Christmas presents. Thank you so much for the Book Tour, your hard work and for giving us all, your followers, a chane to win such a fantastic and special book.

Sandi T.
sandit1@sbcglobal.net

VickiT said...

In all honesty, I've never made a mini quilt but am very much hoping to do so. I have a long hallway in my home leading from our kitchen toward the bedrooms and bathroom. On both sides of the hallway are family pictures and while the pictures are great to look at, they are also not too stimulating color wise. I am hoping to be able to make mini quilts to put along those walls between family pictures to give more color to the walls. Your book has a lot of great looking mini quilts that I'd love to try. Congratulations on the book again. It looks great!

Lisa Marie said...

I like hanging mini quilts on the wall. I also bought one of those tabletop quilt stands that I want to give as a gift with a collection of mini quilts. I need to get busy making them!

Sherryl said...

Oh thank you for the chance to win - and especially thank you for putting this book together. I'm addicted to minis. My mother lives with me and the two of us both love the immediate (almost) satisfaction of a mini. We have a wall in our house where we hang them and switch them out whenever the mood strikes us. Fun! They make sweet little tabletoppers too!
- sunshdws at yahoo dot com

Lori said...

I have never made a mini quilt. But I would like to make one for my kitchen wall that is bare

Kimberly Cassie said...

I like to use minis for wall or table decor. Thanks for the giveaway. I'd love to win a copy of this book.

Peggy Plumley said...

I like to hang mini quilts on the wall for decoration and I use them as table toppers. Depending on how small they are, they would even be place mats or mug rugs.

Dru said...

I'd like to start a wall of mini quilts in my sewing room. This is a great-looking book; thanks for the chance to win one.

Judy1522 said...

I would use them in the table topper stand that I am planning to buy soon. I like all of the quilts in the book there is not one that I don't want to make. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the book.

Pat said...

I would love to hang one in my sewing room.
Thanks for the chance to win this lovely book!

Izzy said...

I would use the mini quilts as table toppers, hang them on the walls and maybe even decorate my cube at work! Would love to win your book! :-)

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

I love decorating with mini's! Rolled in a basket, hanging in a little corner, on a small table~ fun in unexpected places! Thanks for the chance!

Anne D said...

I love minis as wall hangers and table toppers. I love the look of this book. Thanks for the chance to win.

Marcia W. said...

I've seen some lovely mini walls. I would look at hanging minis for decoration in our spare bedroom / small sewing machine area. We have nothing on the wall so would really spruce the room up.

Susan said...

I like to use mini quilts as table toppers. Thanks for the chance to win!

tubakk said...

I have a wall in the hall where I put my mini quilts. I change them sometimes, but as I have only 3 of them by now, I would need some more to change more often. I'm in love with the mini flower quilt in this book. Hope to win one, because it's difficult to buy one here in Norway.
Thank you! tubakk@online.no

paulette said...

I like to put them on a table or a wall to add a spark of colour and interest!! Love all of these little guys!! Thanks for the chance!
Paulette

MoeWest said...

I'd like to have more minis to hang on the wall and change seasonally.

Anne said...

I was inspired by the pictures of minis hung on walls for decorations. It is a neat idea. Thanks for the tour and opportunity to win a book.

Diane N said...

I've never made a mini quilt, but I think they would look nice framed hanging on the wall

Jo said...

Practice free motion quilting, above the door adornments, pot holders, mug rugs, mini dresser scarf, under the clock, and as gifts are what I love to do with minis.

Anonymous said...

I love making mini quilts as they are aso much easier to committment to than a full size quilt which means they get finished & I learned a new pattern. What I love to do with my minis is to use them as gifties. Especially when someone just needs a "thinking of you" they make for nice pick-me-up's suring a rough time.

Thanks for the chance to win this great book.

Sincerely,
Tricia

http://tricia-ramblingsofaquilter.blogspot.com/

I am Just One Mom said...

I see 12 Christmas presents as I look at the minis! I could say: I have made you a quilt!

Colleen said...

I like to hang them on small walls and doors. I rotate them as I want and store them on a Victorian clothes dryer in my studio.

Kathryn said...

I like to use them on the small table in my foyer.

Lee Ann L. said...

I would like to hang some on a wall in my future studio. I think your book is awesome!

webmailaddress2 said...

They are lovely decorations.

rachelle pare said...

i have two new grandchildren 1 and 3 and i would love to make a selection to hang in there rooms to share with them the craft as well as hopefully encourage them to take an interest in it eventually

connieteasley said...

I like to hang my mini quilts in groupings in any room. I would love to win this book. Thanks

Mimi said...

I like to make them as gifts to family and friends... it is amazing to see them on display in their homes!!!

Anda W said...

I would definitely give mini quilts as Christmas gifts to my family! awolk at rogers dot com

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I have the mini hangers - love to make them myself to try techniques - love to gift them as they work up fast - in a few mini swaps, so inspiration is always a plus. My lovely swap quilts are in a rotational decor in my living room.

Gwen said...

Mini quilts are great for SO many uses! As a table topper! As a wall hanging! Draped over a sofa or chair back! As a doll quilt! Thank you so much for the chance to win a copy-- the book looks awesome! :-)

Annabanana said...

I use them in the center of my dining room table and I have one on a screen in front of my fireplace...thanks for the giveaways !

Andee said...

I have a spot on my wall just to the left of my sewing machine and I change out the little mini quilts I make there so I have something different to look at. I am getting quite a collection and I think I am going to have to find somewhere else to keep the ones I am not keeping there!

Valarie said...

What I like to do with mini quilts is to use them on small wall spaces. They just warm up the space and add so much interest!

Linda B said...

I love the idea of the mini quilts. I saw your quilts at the SF quilt show and loved them. You are so talented. I would love to win your book so I could try the cute mini quilt patterns. Linda

Johanna said...

I love to hang them near my front door.

JoyceLM said...

Mini quilts make nice table toppers. Thanks for the giveaway.

Linda said...

I have several granddaughters and great granddaughters! (I was VERY young when I started...lol)I think they would love to have doll quilts for their babies.

Ella said...

I have never made a mini quilt but I am thinking ,after seeing all these post on them I want to make a collage of them down my hall!! Great book Conda!!!

Erin and Daniel Palmer said...

They work great for in the car for my kids or as wall hangings. eatkin85@yahoo.com

Jennie said...

Definitely learn. My first trial with hexies was in a mini quilt. And my first try with some metallic thread. I figure, it's small enough it's not a huge time loss if I mess everything up and have to burn it. :-D

Sandra said...

I just received an e-mail from Making Ends Meet. I have won that fantastic book of yours. I wanted that book since Day 1 of your Book Tour. Thank you for giving me a chance to win. I really appreciate this giveway and will treasure this gift forever. I will be quilting my little heart out for a while now but that's what is all about.
I love all the mini quilts and all the color options.

Sandra Timmons
sandit1@sbcglobal.net

Sharmond said...

I am probably too late to win. This looks like a wonderful book and I just found out about it! Loving these minis!

Sewgirl said...

I just love your new book and all the great ideas! I like to change my little quilts out seasonally and hang them in various spots around my home.

Knittingdancer on Ravelry said...

I think they look great as mini wall hangings.

Tracey said...

I love, love, love mini-quilts. I give them away to my friends for Christmas, Bithdays, etc. Thanks for the blog hop and giveaway!

ritainalaska said...

they make great place mats! thanx for the chance to win a copy!

Barbara Woods said...

i would hang it near my machine thank you

Deb said...

I like to use them a doilies for either the middle of the kitchen nook table or on an antique dresser.

BeachQuilter said...

I like hanging minis!!

Scrapatches said...

Mini quilts are one of my favorite ways to make my home comfy and quilty. I use them to warm my walls. I cover my tables with them by tucking them under lamps and under dishes. I particularly like seasonal mini quilts that decorate my home for all occasions. I have even made mini quilts for my quilty kitties and tucked thme into their baskets.
Mini quilts also make wonderful gifts to let friends and family know how much I care. Thanks for the wonderfully inspiring new patterns and for the opportunity to win the book ... :) Pat

Helen L said...

beautiful quilts, and they look so fun to make!! I love that you've made each one in two different fabric types!nGmberi 9

MissEnota Minnesota said...

First I'd practice FMQ. Then I'd join a swap and spread the love!

Leo said...

ehh I hang them on my wall - above my "sewing corner" ...

Meredith said...

I would love to win your new book - looks like a great one!

Rave said...

I would hang the mini quilts on the wall so I can admire them often.

revathi33 at gmail dot com

creativeinstincts said...

I would like to put my mini quilt on the new soft board I have next to my work desk.

leena

Cindy said...

The last time I made a baby quilt for a friend I made doll quilts for her older girls out of the leftover fabrics. I had such fun making them that I decided I needed to continue to make small projects on occasion just for fun!

Anonymous said...

Hang them up or put on a table. Always good to look at. Thanks for the give away!!
judyk2310@yahoo.com

Betteem said...

I like to hang the mini quilts. I need a few in the bathroom.
Thanks for offering a prize.

Lettyb said...

Little quilts are so fun to make and look at! I'd love to win. :)

Anonymous said...

I have two granddaughters and hope to have more......I would make the mini quilts for them AND their dollies!
bevvreeland@yahoo.com

Joyce said...

I like them to decorate the walls of my sewing room, or drape them over the back of a chair. They add inspiration to the decor.