Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Good Things Come in Small Packages


      Sunday was the holiday meeting of the Toronto Modern Quilt Guild.  It was fun party time.   Those of us who wanted to participate brought a small hand made gift.  I made the hexagon coasters I saw on Yvonne's blog Quilting Jetgirl  using the  5 minute hexie coasters tutorial posted by Sharla at Thistle Thicket Studio.  I made four.  They took more than 5 minutes, but that's because I didn't used pre cut hexagons.  I had a hexagon template which I traced around and then used a ruler and cutter to cut the traced lines.  Each coaster is slightly different from the others.  I had a lot of fun making them.  The multi coloured square fabric is one of the oldest fabrics from my stash. I've always been attracted to bright colours.


     Funnily enough the gift I received was also coasters.  Look at these beauties. I'm sorry, I can't remember the name of the woman who made them.   I love the fabrics that she used in the coasters and I really appreciate the care she put into quilting  each coaster.

     We  played a couple of games including quilters bingo .  Here are the two bingo cards/quilt blocks I made for this . Buttons were used as the markers. Under the blue, dots, Under the red, flowers.  This was lots of fun and the blocks will be sewn together into a quilt for charity.

     There were lots of opportunities to win prizes at this event. I had the good fortune of winning this charm square package of Barcelona by Zen Chic from Moda.

     Continuing  with the theme of small is beautiful.  Look what turned up in my mailbox this week.

     This lovely fish mini,mini came all the way from Nova Scotia .  Isn't she wonderful.   I love the free motion quilting.
I  exchanged mini, minis  with Anja of Anja Quilts.  Anja used my favourite colour blue to make this for me.  Here's the mini mini I made in Anja's favourite colour of Orange.  Some of my oranges look a bit yellow in this photo.

   I hope she loves this as much as I love mine. It took me three tries to get the binding on this 4 1/2" quilt, but I'm happy with how it turned out in the end.   Don't you love that each of us snuck our own favourite colour into the other's mini.  
     I enjoyed working on all these little projects.  It was really fun to send my mini to Anja and to receive hers in the mail.  I have a few more mini, mini's partially made and I'm planning on exchanging some more in January so if you are interested keep tuned.  I'm linking up with Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts.


Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Those little coasters made with hexies are adorable!

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

Love the coasters. I'm hoping to try the tutorial. I'm glad you liked your mini. I found it hard to do FMQ on such a small project. Can't wait to get mine in the mail. Thanks for swapping.

the zen quilter said...

I think I have to make some of those hexie coasters. Looks like you are having aa lot of mini fun!

Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl said...

The coasters turned out great, Lisa, and it's fun you received a set as well. Binding a mini mini quilt does take some getting used to; I took 3 or for 4 tries the first time myself.

MartiDIY said...

Your coasters are so cute! I had to jump over and see how they were made and it is so genius the way they are turned inside out. Now I have to make some!

Chantal L. said...

Sounds like you had a lot of fun at this meeting. Love the hexagon coasters. (Thanks for the link to the tutorial.) The mini mini's swap looks like a lot of mini fun ! Enjoy! ;^)

Cheryl said...

Your coasters (both the ones you made and the ones your received) are beautiful! I just made some of those quilter's bingo blocks for my guild meeting on Thursday :)

Anonymous said...

I love the coasters, they are really adorable!

Allison said...

Oh, a five minute project... that's so my thing!... and you can never go wrong with lots of color in my opinion!

I've gotten caught up recently in swapping mini's... and while it's been fun to be a little distracted and off course, I'm glad to be back into normal size!

All in all, it looks like a fun event to attend... congrats on your win!

Greetings from Germany!


Kaja said...

So much tiny goodness! My favourites are those hexies - I would never have the patience but they are so sweet and the little mini you made for Anja.

Preeti Harris said...

Good things indeed come in small packages. Loved all the eye-candy. Wish I was there at the swap. The wonky log cabin in bright solids turned into a coaster - that is a winning idea :-)
I am adding hexagon coasters to my to-do list.

Lara B. said...

Your holiday guild meeting sounds so fun Lisa! i love the hexie coasters you made. I saw Yvonne's too and loved them. What a lovely idea for the quilters bingo being turned into a charity quilt.
You and Anja did each other proud - those are great mini minis!

Sandra Walker said...

Love the coasters, those you made (I have that turquoise dots fabric!) as well as those you received. I need to make some Christmas ones, and want to try Yvonne's or I guess it's Sharla's. The mini minis are adorable, and wow your binding is perfect! I might be trading with Anja in the New Year...Oh, good win! I bought a jelly roll and some yardage to make a quilt with Barcelona. Need to get at that baby!