Friday, April 24, 2015

Mini with a side of crumbs

Hi everyone! How was your week? Ours was wet and cold. We had frost more than once, some sleet, and a tiny bit of snow. Good thing I didn't jump the gun and plant anything yet, though I did move around some perennials. They won't be hurt, but grass seed would never have survived. Hope we're done with the frost thing now because I am ready for some more color.

It has been a very busy week here, so pretty much all I really finished was the last of the minis and a couple of RSC15 blocks. First up is the mini, which came out to about 20 by 22:


 How darling is that? Our house is yellow with red shutters, so this is sort of modeled after ours. This is just a traditional house block with some borders. The house and the roof are string pieced, which I think made this a lot more interesting, plus it let me use up some tiny pieces. I cut the templates from paper with about a half-inch margin around them, then stitched the pieces to the templates and trimmed when they were full. I'm really happy with how it turned out! My favorite part is that tiny blue inner border. I think I have enough of that for a binding, too.

I also finished up the frame for the blue crumb star block for RSC15:


I also had just enough time this week to make up the purple one. It helps that I had all the frame pieces cut and some sections stitched together before I made the crumb star:

Yikes! A lost point! I'll fix that right up!

Gosh, I like how these are turning out!  Here are the four that I have finished, just pinned to the fence:


Wow. I'm going to like this! And I'll be needing a bigger fence to photograph all of it!

That's the update from here! Hope everyone has a fun weekend planned. I am planning to go treat myself to a new pair of gardening gloves. Maybe I'll even get the nifty waterproof ones. It will be almost as good as having a new rotary blade!

Linking to Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Angela at soscrappy, and also Finish it up Friday. Happy sewing!

21 comments:

Bernadine Kringel said...

Yikes, I love both of these projects. The house mini is adorable and one that I may copy at some point. I will pin it to remember. You were so right about piecing the house and roof, it adds interest to it.
The stars are amazing. That is going to be one awesome quilt.
Each time I comment here I remember that I haven't done my purple mountains - where did this month go? I just pulled the strips and might squeeze in some time to cut my strips today. I know they will be quick - I just need to find an hour to get to them!! Have a great weekend Mari.

Lara B. said...

Mari, those two projects are so cool! I love the string pieced house mini - so sunny and sweet! And the stars look awesome!

Jo said...

Your mini is very cute

Tami D said...

Oh, that mini is so sweet. You are right. The thin blue border Makes it pop. You inspired me to play with my crumbs. I have some cute little colorful wonky log cabins being built I. My sewi g room these days. Enjoy the weekend! Looks lime rain, but 60's are on the way/

Tami D said...

Oh, that mini is so sweet. You are right. The thin blue border Makes it pop. You inspired me to play with my crumbs. I have some cute little colorful wonky log cabins being built I. My sewi g room these days. Enjoy the weekend! Looks lime rain, but 60's are on the way/

viridian said...

It's lovely!

Julie in GA said...

I love your rainbow star blocks!
How big are they?

Hollie @ Just a Mom who Sews said...

Those crumb block stars are wonderful!! It's going to be a spectacular quilt! The mini is darling!

sunny said...

LOVE your little house mini!! And your star blocks are going to make a beautiful quilt. How big are they?

Scrappy quilter said...

The crumb stars are incredible. Love how they are all turning out put together.

Raewyn said...

Your yellow mini is delightfully scrappy :-) Love your big crumb-star blocks... it looks like it is going to be a decent sized quilt too!

Karen said...

Very nice house blocks. Your crumb star blocks are amazing. This will be a lovely quilt.

Angie said...

Wonderful house block idea! There are definitely some string-pieced houses in my future. The star blocks are gorgeous!

Jennifer said...

the mini house is so cute- and even cuter because it's string pieced! the blue binding will really set it off, and make it pop! great job!

LA Paylor said...

what a statement the crumb stars make. There should be a much better working title for such stars... LeeAnna

Pat said...

I really like your crumb stars--great way to use crumbs! your yellow house is pretty cute! I am looking for ideas for houses and your yellow one is fun!

Quiltdivajulie said...

Giggle - good luck with the bigger fence plan!

Cathy said...

I'm down south here in IA and our weather was about the same as yours. Those Crumb Star Carpenter blocks are a fun idea.

Mystic Quilter said...

Both house and the star are super, love the crumbed centre!

Sheila said...

Awesome blocks! LOVE the yellow house!

scraphappy said...

Your yellow house mini is just adorable, but those star blocks are really stunning. What a great collection already.