Thursday, April 29, 2021

April's Mini

 There's cheater fabric, and I suppose there's also a cheater mini.  Like when you receive several baggies of quilt "parts" from a non-blogging quilter who  decides to rid her stash of some extras.  Sometimes a baggie can hold 23 feet worth of 1-1/2 inch finished HST blocks, another baggie might hold the beginning of a quilt plan cut short.  That would be this mini.


A really nice start, but since I had no particular ideas on how I might want to build on it, and it is a perfect table topper size I decided to just sandwich it after piecing a backing, and get some free motion quilting practice before working on the FMQ stencils on Younger than Springtime, seen in my last post.


This is the backing, pieced from four smaller pieces of a fallish batik.


Happy to be joining in Wendy's Monthly Mini Challenge at The Constant Quilter.  I'll link to her post on Friday.  Please have a look at other quilters' challenge quilts, the ones I've seen so far are wonderful!


It began raining hard late yesterday afternoon, subsided a bit overnight, but today has been a non-stop deluge.  Hubby finally put the rain gauge out around 2:00 this afternoon and after a couple hours we are closing in on 2 inches.  Hard to say what the total has been since last evening, but from the look of our back yard we are no longer in a drought locally.  The photo appears a bit grainy since it was raining so hard, but the water has inundated the rear portion of our yard, the creek is well over its banks. Thankfully it "shouldn't" come much closer to the house as we are on a little rise.  But the unfinished basement will see some water by tomorrow and the sump pump will be making itself useful once again.


11 comments:

  1. A very nice use of someone else's parts and pieces. :)
    Minis make a great place to practice FMQ. I like your designs.
    Beautiful daffodils--I love the coral colored ones.
    Wow--that is a whole lot of rain!!!

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  2. Too funny! "Finished" is never cheating! I love this little mini and there is nothing in our rules (oh right, we have no rules!) that says you have to make any or all elements of your mini. Thanks for another great mini! I have linked you in to today's post.

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  3. Wow...that’s a lot of rain. Your mini turned out very cute. Nice job on the quilting.

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  4. My sister's home is on a slight rise and water runs toward their house in the back yard. She has used large bags of potting soil to help divert the water around the corner of the house so it will continue downhill rather than running down the basement steps and into the house.

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  5. Fun table topper - I really like that "broken" geese pattern!

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  6. I like that idea of just starting something not knowing where you will go with it! It made a nice table topper!

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  7. You did such a nice job using your gifted quilt parts.;). Nice for free motion quilting practice too! Looks great with the cheery daffodils;).

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  8. great little quilt and it makes a nice runner.
    Your vase of daffodils is absolutely gorgeous! what a wonderful variety.

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  9. Oooo. So all that gray in horizon is water?! That's the creek? Wow. You ARE getting a lot of rain. Sounds like you already know what's-what when it comes to leaving your basement unfinished. It's fun to see what you create when you're given a bag of leftovers from someone else's stash or failed projects. You're really taking on a challenge when you figure out what to do with parts and pieces. Good for you! I think it's great when a quilter does this because it stretches and engages the mind to consider all the possibilities.

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  10. Great finish with all those quilt "parts." Your mini looks so nice as a table topper. Nice quilting, too! Beautiful daffodils amid all that rain!

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  11. You put those quilt parts to good use and did some fine stitching on the little quilt!
    What a lot of rain. It must be great to have a creek bordering your hard. Glad it won't overflow into your home!

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