Friday, October 09, 2009

Fall Quilt Festival


These are two of the 10 mini quilts I will be making between now and November 15th as decorations for my advent tea table. I'm excited to share them with you for the Fall Quilt Festival!


I have been wanting to try a spider web for some time, so that was the first thing I did. I used this wonderful tutorial - and decided to arrange the triangles like a star. More Christmasy that way. It's about 15.5" square.

I left the paper foundation on until the whole quilt was pieced - I think I successfully avoided some crazy bias waves and it was all nice and square in the end.



The 1 1/2" honey bun strips were perfect for this! Then I added in a little bit of Munki Munki sledders for fun. I LOVE 'Drop Off Hill'.

The idea is that each of these mini quilts will hang on the back of the banquet chairs, like my own little quilt festival! Then each woman will get to take home her little quilt as a gift from me. All of the quilts will be made using Figgy Pudding, but I'm hoping to make each one different. Hopefully I don't run out of steam or get too sick of all that Figgy Pudding before I'm done!


Next were some basic log cabins, again using the honey bun strips. This time two little Heather Ross gnomes slipped out of the forest and into my block! This one finished at 13" x 17".


After I finished the first one, I realized I probably would never label all 10 minis if I waited until the end like I normally do. So I will piece a little label right onto them all like this.

I'll use this as a fun way to try out new techniques, perfect blocks I already know, and recreate some of the amazing inspiration quilts you can find around flickr and blogs.

65 comments:

Ariane said...

They both look wonderful. I just love the colors and the little gnomes fit in perfectly

Life of Joy said...

They look beautiful. You are inspiring me. I might have to make a mini quilt for my mother in law for Christmas.

How do you do your labels?

Anne said...

What lucky participants to the Advent Tea! That Figgy Pudding fabric is so beautiful!

Leslie said...

you are amazing!! these look wonderful

Always Sewing said...

What a wonderful gift for each of the ladies attending! I know they will treasure them.

leigh said...

lovely! talk about getting a lot done! i really love the gnomes with that fabric - it looks like it came with it! and it's perfect for Christmas. i can't wait to see the others!

Dee said...

Will you marry me? LOL Just kidding...but you're such an awesomely nice woman to do this. Someone is watching and sees your heart...you will be blessed in gifting these beautiful minis from your servant's hand and heart!

amandajean said...

what a great idea to make a mini for each person at your table. i'd be begging for a seat at your table. :) and i love the idea of a built in label, too. i've done that once and it need to remember to do it more often. such a time saver.

Karen said...

These are so pretty! I want one! You are doing such a good job on all of them. The ladies who attend the tea are going to be amazed and thrilled. What a neat idea.

Kaye Prince said...

This is such a great idea - I know that I would be honoured to receive one of these as a gift (especially after seeing the work that went into all of them). Absolutely beautiful!

L Johnson said...

Amazing, You are getting so much done and they look beautiful!!

Marianne said...

You are making so much progress and every piece is gorgeous. Great post for the quilt festival.

Diva Quilts said...

Love those little gnomes!

Me aka Supermom said...

I do love that fabric
thanks for sharing,
Margaret (fellow engineer!)
www.quiltsoflove.blogspot.com

One Flew Over said...

A fantastic entry - I love the Munki Munki additions!

Zonnah said...

It is beautiful!

Sara said...

The quilts are adorable...and the idea that they are a gift when your guests leave is even better! What a wonderful idea.

You just inspired me to think differently!

Rhondi said...

They are very nice. You are quite ambitious to do so many!
Happy quilting, Rhondi

Stephanie (A Ditchin' Time Quilts) said...

Angela, this is wonderful. I am loving your mini's. Very nice. Thanks, Stephanie

Stephanie (A Ditchin' Time Quilts) said...

Angela, I forgot to say I have three sons too! Sisterhood!!! :)

Kami said...

Those will be very treasured gifts. I am sure that all of your friends will be extremely pleased with theirs. I just love the gnome fabric, I want one with those cute little gnomes quilts.

amy smart said...

You are amazing! Can I come so I can take home a mini-quilt?? Adorable.

mksumo said...

Great quilts. I am also finding it easier to add a label prior to quilting. What a wonderful idea for a gift.

littlewoodbird said...

So festive! Great fabric and style! Well done!

Sandy said...

Love that figgy pudding fabric! I had been waiting to see what people did with it! Thanks so much for sharing.

tooznie said...

Cute gnomes. I like how you spun the spider web!

Rene' said...

Beautiful mini quilts and the fabric is perfect. I especially like the spider web block. Too adorable!!!! I may have to try some minis myself. I like the way you pieced the label on the back. I have several quilts floating around my house that have been label-less for years. Lucky guests of the Advent Tea to take home a beautiful gift such as this!!! Very generous. Thanks for sharing.

Quiltluver said...

My, what a wonderful gift for the participants. Such beautiful quilts and pretty colors.

Rafael's Mum said...

I love the way you mixed the little gnomes with the figgy pudding! Those trees are just the thing! Great colour mix too. You are clever!

Katie B. said...

This is a fantastic idea! I love your fabrics and how they're Christamsy without beging just red and green.

Natalia said...

Super cute! Love the figgy pudding!

Two Dogs and a Quilt said...

Festive minis and such a great idea for the party and gifts.

RED PEPPER QUILTS said...

Great mini quilts! What a fantastic way to feature these hard to find fabrics!

Rita

Aimee said...

Those are some lucky guests-- these are adorable!

kwiltmakr said...

The fabric is one that I really like and the spider web block is super.

Kris said...

These are fabulous! It would be really fun to have one with wonky trees, like the ones with three triangles stacked on top of each other... do you know what I'm talking about?

Heather said...

I'm a fan of this line, too. Your work is so pretty! Maybe I'll plot some mini quilts to enjoy.

Arabella said...

I love the quilts! So sweet. And such a lovely idea to give them away to each person at your dinner. How lucky your guests are!!!

paula, the quilter said...

This is so sweet. Thanks for sharing.

Catherine said...

What a nice idea to make mini quilt for each one of your guests! I love the fabrics you've used, especially those knomes!

quiltmom said...

Lovely little mini quilts- and very cute. I am sure they will be adored by the recipients. It is going to keep you busy completing them all but will be well worth the effort.
Thanks for sharing your fun project.
Enjoy the show.
Warmest regards,
Anna

Carin said...

So cute!

Alyson said...

These are so perfect! I am just about to start on a quilt with this fabric, you have inspired me! I am off to check out the rest of your blog...great entry!

Rebekah said...

So cute! Love the color scheme and gnome fabric.

SewCalGal said...

Delightful quilt. Thanks for participatng in the Bloggers' Quilt Festival.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Tonya said...

I love what you did the figgy pudding fabric. These mini quilts are great!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Very cute. Love the fabric.

Jocelyn
http://happycottagequilter.blogspot.com/

Serena said...

I agree the fabric rocks. Very beautiful work.

Kelly said...

They look fantastic Angela, I can't wait to see all 10 together!

Jane said...

Gorgeous!, the colour matching is fantastic! Love the fabric.

Michelle said...

Wow, they all wonderful. I can't wait to see the finale.

nicolette said...

Lovely mini quilts! Adorable colours.

Cindy said...

These mini quilts may be small in size, but not in heart! Thanks for sharing!

Mrs Moen said...

How cute! Your guests are so lucky to get to take them home.

Amy - Park City Girl said...

Sweet projects! I love the fabrics you are using too :)

Vivian said...

Such sweet projects, and what a generous hostess you are. Love the fabrics you used.

ParisMaddy said...

Such an adorably sweet project. Love your fabric choice, too.

Quilty Ramblings said...

LOVE!! the gnomes and "Drop off Hill"

Jeannette said...

Windowing pictures can be such fun and you do a great job of it. Your piecing looks very artuclate and everything so finely finished!

Suzanne said...

I love them! The little gnomes and sledders...ahhh - you've inspired me :)

Love 2 Quilt said...

I JUST LOVE RED & AQUA TOGETHER. You did a wonderful job.

MARIKA said...

I like it the quilt very nice.
Marika

Care said...

Ack! The gnomes, the gnomes!!

I love it!!!!

Allie said...

They all look fabulous! I love your gnomes mixed in with the Figgy Pudding. Well done!

Vicki said...

I love these quilts. I was thinking about them the other day, because I made a figgy pudding quilt too. But I couldn't remember who made them (or exactly when I saw them). I'm putting your blog in my google reader right now!