Thursday, July 26, 2012

It's My Day For The Mini Blog Tour!!

Comments are now closed.  Winner will be posted August 4th Saturday.

It's *finally* my day to blog about Konda's new Simply Charming Mini quilt book!! 
 YEAH!!
 This is one great book!  Konda's directions are so easy to follow and I can't wait to make one or two or more of the quilts in this book!!



 I was riding home from work with DD1 and was telling her about the tour and
 that Konda wanted us to talk about what you can do with a mini quilt. 
 It's kind of a thing, this response, but she said, "What can't you do with a mini quilt?"  
And we laughed! 
 It is kind of true though, they are very versatile.  
This began the following (sorry)

You can use it to decorate your dog  (a mini quilt I made for DD1)


Or use it for catoflauge  (I just made that word up!!)




Can you just see how they blend into their surroundings??

Or for real you can do what I do which is switch them out in my bathroom as wall decorations.
I trade them out seasonally.



Honestly, I think that a LONG time ago I saw this photo and it totally began my obsession with mini quilts.


This photo is from the Sentimental quilter
 When I saw this wall of mini quilts I just flipped!!  
Isn't it amazing? 
 What a great way to decorate a room!

I also love this photo, it's similar, from Hillary Lang



I hope you have enjoyed this post about "What can't you do with a mini quilt?" as much as I have!

Now for the details about winning a copy of Konda's book. 
 Leave me a comment and I will  do the drawing next week sometime.  

I will draw a name, but I need to have a way to contact you! 
 If you are a no-reply blogger I will draw again. 
 Leave your email in the comment if you are unsure, trust me you do NOT want to miss out on this book!!!

~XOP~






129 comments:

Andra Gayle said...

Great ideas for your mini quilts and I would also love to have a wall of minis. Thanks for the chance to win this great book!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I have started a wall of minis from my various swaps - and minis for the seasons/holidays for my table topper stands. Would love this book.

Teresa in Music City said...

Definitely would love to win a copy of the book... I have loved everything I've seen so far :*) Your mini's are adorable and do a wonderful job of accessorizing your fur-children.

Kimberly Cassie said...

I'd love to win a copy of this book. Thanks for the opportunity!

Judith Blinkenberg said...

Your mini quilt is just adorable! I'd love to make a few mini quilts and put them on my wall like other quilters have done and yes, in my bathroom is a great start. It would be extra nice to have the book. Thank you.

quiltma said...

Great ideas for using minis

B Greene said...

I love the idea of a mini-quilt wall! This book would give me a great start :-) Thanks for the chance to win!

Judith said...

I sew mini quilts for my granddaughters. I also hang them on my wall. I do love my mini beauties. Judith, Texas

Gill said...

I like the idea of a mini quilt wall! Love the catoflauge quilt! This looks a great book - I would love to win a copy!

Jamie Lee said...

Cool! Minis ARE perfect for cats!

Quilt Hollow said...

I love mini quilts for instant gratification sewing. I've got them placed throught my home. I like the ideas I've been seeing in the book tour too.

Zuzan said...

Love the colors of this mini and sharing the others. Thank you for the giveaway I love small objects.

Lisa Marie said...

This book looks like fun! Thanks for the chance to win!

Mary said...

What great ideas for displaying mini quilts! I have thought about making some using small pieces from my scrap bins, but always wondered what I would do with them. I'm inspired now ;). Love the idea of dedicating an entire wall in my sewing room for the display.

Vicki said...

Love those mini quilts covering a wall!! I think I may need to try that. Love a chance to win the book.

Michele said...

The rotating mini idea is great. I may have to steal that one. And I love, love, love the entire wall idea. I'm definitley going to pick a wall here to use for that.

Johanna said...

I would absolutely love this book! Nothing like a mini!

Izzy said...

Oh what great walls of mini quilts! I would love to do that... Small quilts just make me smile! Thank you for the chance to win!

Mhairi said...

My two year old daughter uses the mini quilts in our house as a "road". She lays them down on the floor and walks along them and then picks them up, swaps them around and does it again. Not sure this is the best way to treat a mini but she has lots of fun

Quilt n Queen said...

Decorating your pets is definitely a unique way of displaying your quilts. I've made a few mug rugs and minis for the grandgirls to use with their dolls. They make great little table toppers too. I would love to win a copy of Konda's new book and add it to my quilting library. Thanks for the chance!!!

Scrapatches said...

"Catoflauge" ... love it :) My cats love to hide (and roll up in) under all my small quilts. I have even made mini quilts just for them for their baskets. My cats are very spoiled. I love the photos of the wall displays. Since I am going to have to have one of these ... and I will not be able to get my mini quilts out from under my quilty kittys, I am going to have to make many more. Hope I win this lovely pattern book ... thanks :) Pat

Anita in Florida said...

I love the walls of quilts...wish I had a wall!! That book looks great!

Jenny said...

i am longing to decorate empty wall space with mini quilts now!!

Mimi said...

I love mini quilts too! The book looks awesome! Thanks for sharing.

grendelskin said...

I'm thinking of things in a whole new light all of a sudden! I need the book anyhow to participate in Konda's next quiltalong so if you pick my name you'll make me very, very happy!

Pat said...

I love the idea of a wall of mini quilts!
Love to win the book so I can make some.

Hilachas said...

I like the mini quilt wall idea. I like mini quilts but I'm always at a loss as for doing something with them. Thanks for the opportunity to win your giveaway.

Dolores said...

I too love minis. I must get them out of the cupboard and on to my walls. That's fabulous. Thanks for the chance to win this great looking book.

Carrie P. said...

now those are some ways to use your mini quilts. I do love those walls. I have been making my own mini quilts lately which I switch out on my table topper stand.

Anonymous said...

I can visualize mini quilts on one wall for maybe a baby's room or a little girl's room. Yes, there are endless possibilities to making mini quilts using Simply Charming Minis Book. You are going to make some lucky quilter really happy to win that wonderful book.

Sandi T.
sandit1@sbcglobal.net

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

This has been a very fun blog hop. The book looks awesome! Thanks!

Mommarock said...

Thanks for the giggle, great way to start my day! But seriously, those mini quilt walls do make my brain whirl with ideas, I wonder what DH would say???? Hmmmm...

Linda said...

ooooo, a wall of mini quilts! Lovely. Keeping my fingers crossed...8-)

Pat said...

well I have one mini on the wall in the sewing room. perhaps the start? Thanks for the chance to win. :)

VickiT said...

Haha Catoflauge! Too funny. I think your kitties may have been fine being 'hidden' for the better part of the day judging by their faces.
I have never made a mini quilt yet but think the decorating a wall is such a great idea. I think I'm going to make some and put them on my family picture wall to break it up a bit and add some bright color to it.

and just to be positive .....
vburr at charter dot net

Lori said...

I love the walls from Sentimental Quilter. So cool. Is that a purple dragon on the first quilts? That is so cute.
quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

quilt for fun said...

These "walls of mini quilts" are really inspiring. I might have to start one (if I ever get caught up with my current projects!).

Meredith said...

Those are great ideas! :) Looks like a great book too.

Quilt Monkey said...

I've also seen pictures of walls filled with mini quilts. I love how that looks! I wish I had a wall with enough room to do that too. Thanks for the great post and for the chance to win!

Sherryl said...

You are so right - I do NOT want to miss out on this book. And you really can do anything with minis. Besides wallhangings (have you ever seen them framed!?) they make great little table toppers (like on a lamp table), or doll quilts. You can even use them to make a tote bag. Or just sit around and admire them. I love minis! LOL
- sunshdws at yahoo dot com

Sallie said...

I'd love to win this book! Thanks for the chance!

Dru said...

Have been thinking of making a wall of minis. This book would definitely help. Thanks!

Faith said...

What a great idea, a mini quilt. Do put me down for the draw.... I love the photos they are great and funny. You can tell the cats have more experience showing they know what to do and your hound lookin... "well what do you want me to do with it!" hope you are well Pamx

Tiffany said...

I'd love to have a whole wall of minis! I currently have 2 on one wall, and 3 on another - better get sewing eh? :)

Ruth said...

Little guys like these make great doll quilts!

Annabanana said...

I sure don't want to miss out on a chance to win this book...it looks great! Thanks for the giveaway!

Jeanne said...

Thanks for the opportunity, Pam. Little quilts are my cup of tea!

Colleen said...

Cute decoratng ideas. Thanks.

luntville@aznex.net

Lesley said...

This book looks wonderful! Thanks for the chance!

Helen L said...

Love your catoflouge!!! Great post, love the pics of the wall's of quilts too!! I like to trade out the few mini's that I have also, when the seasons change (when I remember :-P ) Helen (hlebrett at live dot com)

Monica said...

Hahaha! Since a mini quilt can camoflauge both cats and dogs, maybe it should be called pet-o-flauge? We should add this to the urban dictionary because I feel this could be the next trendy word...LOL.

Sewgirl said...

I love mini's, as they are so versatile.. Love your decorating the cats and dog...I change mine out seasonally too.

manybooks said...

Your mini quilts are so perfect! Love all the ideas. Looks like a great "little" book :)

Deb said...

Cute way to display the mini quilts as covers on your pets!

Erin and Daniel Palmer said...

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Knittingdancer on Ravelry said...

I have really enjoyed reading all the blogs on the mini quilts blog tour. Thans for a chance to win this great book.

rutigt said...

I put my miniquilts in the windowsill, so the cats wont freeze, sitting there. Especially in wintertime.
Gun, Sweden
gun@lapp.se

Beth said...

My cats aways want to be ON the quilt, so then their hairs are quilted right in. Then it makes a better catoflage.
beth(dot)sebastian(at)gmail(dot)com

Linda said...

I am working on quilts for a mini quilt wall. Would love to win the book.

Sherry said...

That picture from Sentimental Quilter is what started me on the Mini Quilt trail! I have traded quite a few but I still have wall space available so I would love to win the book for new patterns.

paulette said...

Love mini quilts...they actually reach completion!! :o) Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful book!
Take care!
Paulette

Marcia W. said...

Your mini quilts with hanger in the bath is pretty, and I am also in awe of those walls of minis. Thanks for the inspiration and please enter me into the giveaway of Konda's new book.

Lee Ann L. said...

That mini quilt is way too cute! Love the wall inspiration. I may have to do that in my future studio. Thanks for a chance to win.

Linda said...

HELLO! SUCH A CUTE POST!
THANKS FOR SHARING+A CHANCE TO WIN THIS NEAT BOOK!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

Brenda said...

Love your ideas! Your bathroom quilts are so sweet.

Anne D said...

I love that wall and it has inspired me to get my minis on the wall. Thanks for the chance to win such a great book. I love minis and charm packs so it is perfect.

MollyP said...

I love that mermaid mini! Of course, Sparkle is gorgeous as well. I've yet to make a mini quilt. I've been redoing our kitchen and really want to make snack mats. We are always grabbing a paper towel instead of a plate to eat a sandwich or muffin. I think a little collection of minis in a napkin holder on the table would be a great alternative. Thanks for the chance and the inspiration!

Diann said...

I love the idea of hanging seasonal minis in the bathroom. Now I need to make some bathroom quilts.

Joyce Carter said...

I love the idea of decorating a wall with mini quilts. But I have never made a mini. Sure would love to win this book so I could get started on creating some. Thanks for the giveaway.

Kate said...

Love the cataflauge idea! Very creative. I'd have to use it for DD-a-flauge as we don't have any cats.

Gayle said...

I've been on a blitz making small quilts lately - would love to try some from this great new book!

Lisa said...

Just started in small quilts. I find it a wonderful way to learn to quilt on my home machine! Really would love to win this book. Thanks.

Margaret said...

I just started making mini quilts. They are so much fun. You can make them really fun and try new techniques without having to try it on a whole big quilt.

Kathleen said...

I am drawn to mini quilts too and like your pics of displays. Where did you get the long wood hanging thing for the quilts in your bathroom?

Haley said...

Eep! Such cute pet pictures. Of course, now my cat wants to know why he doesn't have his own personal quilt...

shauna said...

I love small quilts for a fast project in between large quilts. I use them as table toppers and seasonal wall quilts. Thank you for a chance to win this great new book!

Ella said...

Wow!! Every time I read someones post on this book I want it more and more!!! Great Ideas to use the quilts for!!!

isa13 said...

I love your pet's pictures! I have two kitties and then often use my large quilts to sleep on. Maybe I could make minis just for them.
Hugs from France

Judy1522 said...

You have some great mini quilts. I am going to have to make one.

Deb said...

I chuckled to see you decorating your pets! I love the idea of the quilt wall. Very cool.

My Old Quilting Soul said...

I think richard's eyes would bug out of his head if I did that to my house! I think I'm going to turn my NY Beauties into mini quilts :)

Joyce said...

Great ideas for display and adorable cats! Would love to win.

JoyceLM said...

Thanks for sharing the pics of your mini-quilts. And thanks for the chance to win.

Patty K said...

I have catoflage at my house too. Minis and full size, just never know what they are going to use.

gnpkrupp at netzero dot net

Winona Thompson said...

Woohoo, I just must have this book. Love all the ways you used mini quilts. (grin)

Mary said...

Love the catouflage look! Sounds like a great book. Thanks for a chance to win.

Sinta Renee said...

I was here yesterday but forgot to leave a comment. I started looking at those blogs with walls of small... who wouldn't love to do that!

Gmama Jane said...

Mini quilts give you a sense of accomplishment for instant gratification as well as allowing you to try out new techniques, patterns or quilting styles. I love to work on a mini quilt to match the larger quilt I'm making!!
Hope I win!!
Blessings
Gmama Jane

Anne said...

I am a new visitor to your blog, I will come back again too! I enjoyed the way you displayed your minis!!

Sherry said...

I enjoyed your post about mini quilts. I have not done much of that type of quilting but it looks like fun. Love the catoflauge!

Lee said...

I have never done a mini quilt - but it looks like fun! thanks!

hueisei said...

Love all your minis! :)

Carol said...

I don`t need a mini-quilt for my pets, since we don`t have any right now. However. I can always find another reason....

therese said...

I love these adorable mini's! A wall of mini's - eye candy!! Thanks for the chance to win.
therese.aiken@gmail.com

Beulah said...

I don't think I've ever seen so many mini quilts at one time. Great inspiration!!! Now if it will just rain so I will make myself stay inside and try to create a mini quilt!!

sowingstitches [at] yahoo [dot] com

Shasta said...

That sounds like a great book, and I would love to win it. Ever since I saw that photo of that wall of quilts, I have wanted one.

Silverthimble said...

I will have to try that catoflauge!

Cathy said...

I love the idea of the wall of mini quilts. I think my sewing room may need a may over.

Karen said...

What a great idea to fill a wall with minis. And they finish up so quickly.

foodmathquilts said...

I think that a wall of mini quilts would be gorgeous, but I have an aweful time actually putting things up on walls! I need to get to it I guess.

Sarah

Anna said...

Would love to add this book to my quilting library. I like to decorate with mini quilts.

Chris said...

LOVE the idea of all the mini quilts on the wall. You're right I can hardly see the cat under the quilt! ;)

creativeinstincts said...

Would love to win the book and take the journey of filling up a wall with mini quilts.

Leena

Tricia said...

I love mini quilts and new ideas for them.

webmailaddress2 said...

I'm loving the blog tour.

I am Just One Mom said...

I would love to get reacquainted with some mini-quilt action!

Dj said...

Thanks for the chance. I love minis!

Tricia said...

Wow I loved the pictures of the "mini" disguises you offered for the abundant amount of "fur" on your furbabies. Hummmm wonder if that would work for me? ;) I would love to disguise a few extra inches on me. Thanks for the chance to win.

Sincerely,
Tricia

Pamela Nees said...

I'm inspired by those walls of quilts, as well!

Love all of the mini quilts!

Newbie Jen said...

Oh how I love minis! Thanks for the chance to win.

Eileen said...

Love those walls of minis! Great idea!

Cindy said...

Would love to win a copy! I love mini quilts and charm packs so this would be perfect! Thanks!:)

Sandra said...

Ooh, I love Fatty McFatty!
I would make a mini-quilt for my DD2. She just got a maple-lea doll (like an American Girl doll, but for Canada) and now "it needs a quilt" lol.

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

I love all the mini's! And the rooms with the walls covered~ how fun!

Deb said...

I like mini quilts and think the quilt along would be fabulous. Would love to win the book.

Shannon said...

I love how that quilt hides your cat so well! LOL! I love mini-quilts. I hope I am getting in on time to the give away.

Jennifer Gail said...

I love mini things.

Anna said...

oh how I miss Miniature Quilt Mag. The 2 mini's I have on the wall were designed by me and featured in their magazine...(sigh) I am going to make a wall of mini's in the house we are building!

LeAnne said...

I love mini quilts. They're something I actually get finished!

Paule-Marie said...

Love that wall of minis. I'll have to remember it for my quilting studio when we get moved in. Minis are great learning opportunities.

Sandy D said...

A lot of minis to choose from to make.My sewing machine faces a wall so the wall of minis would be a great idea.

Sally said...

Love mins. working on my own wall!!

Kristen said...

I know I need a mini quilt wall...and I need to get started on it! :)

beverly said...

I wanted to start quilting with mini’s but actual mini’s not just small ones…perhaps I’ll try this….thanks!

Susan said...

From what I see of this book, I want to make ALL of the minis! Thanks for the chance to win!

rachelle pare said...

the mini quilts are a way for me to learn how to make the different blocks without having to be overwhelmed with the aspect of making a queen or king size project. i love the variety available. thank you for the opportunity.

huntersgrammie@gmail.com

Gwen said...

I so love mini quilts!! They are so satisfying because they are quick to make-- and easy to display! Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this book! It looks great! :-)

Valarie said...

I just love minis and your mini wall is fab! I'd love this book. Thanks for the opportunity!

BeachQuilter said...

This is fun, I want a wall of mini quilts!