Friday, March 10, 2017

Jen & Jan's Mini QAL & Blog Hop

It's Blog Hop Day!!
*Can you see me doing my happy dance?*
I have been so anxious for this day to finally come.  I have been getting little sneak peeks of everyone's mini quilts, but no more than peeks and the wait has been killing me!

A few weeks ago, Janice from Color, Creating, and Quilting and I threw out the invitation to join us in making a pattern I wrote with the help of Janice and Kate from Smiles From Kate.  We had an overwhelming response.  So many people wanted to join the blog hop that we had to separate it into two days!  WOW!!! Seriously folks, I cannot express how much this thrilled me.
If you want to make this mini and missed out on joining the hop, you can still download the pattern for free in my Craftsy shop. Or view the tutorial.

In addition to the testing, I made a completed block to share as well.  This mini has so many opportunities for personalization beyond the fabric choices.  I chose to practice a little planned quilting.  (Is there an actual term for this? ) I usually do an all over stitch of one kind or another and I decided this quilt was the one where I started to change that.

The quilting can be seen much better on the back of the quilt.  I love the polka dots.  

You can't see it here, but I attempted pebbles on the road.  It's a good thing you can't see them.  They were HARD to do!




We had two fabulous sponsors for this hop.  Fat Quarter Shop and Craftsy.  Both were generous enough to supply gift certificates to a couple of our blog hop participants!  We will be drawing the winners from the hop participants later this week.

                                       

In addition to those two prizes, I will be sending a ***surprise goodie bag*** to one lucky reader.  Just leave a comment below and I will randomly draw a winner.  The last day for entry would be Thursday, March 23rd.

Now.....Finally.... What you all have been waiting for...
The list of blog participants for both days.  Make sure you stop by a few (if not all of them) and show them your love.  From the sneak peeks I have seen, you will not be disappointed in the creativity and talent of these bloggers!

March 10 

Jen Rosin A Dream and a Stitch
Kate Heads at Smiles From Kate
Jennifer Fulton at Inquiring Quilter
Karen Thurn at Tu-Na Quilts, Travels and Eats
Melva Nolan at Melva Loves Scraps
Vicki at Vicki's Crafts & Quilting
Julie Stocker at Pink Doxies
Anja Clyke at Anja Quilts
Diann at Little Penguin Quilts
Jayne at Twiggy & Opal
Susan Arnold at Quilt Fabrication
Leanne Milsom at Lizzie the Quilter
Sandra Walker at Mmm! Quilts!


March 11

Janice Holton at Color Creating & Quilting
Sola at Alice Samuels Quilt Co
Jennifer Strauser at Dizzy Quilter
Amy Gerlich at Amy Scrap Spot
Sharon Denney Parcel at Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Tami at Sew Much for Free Time
Suzy Webster at Adventurous Applique & Quilting
Tish Stemple at Tish's Adventures in Wonderland
Susan Gordon at Sevenoaks Street Quilts
Anne Boundy at Said With Love
Barbara Wootie at The Flashing Scissors
Jan Welander at Making Scraps
Mary Macotte at Fleur de Lis Quilts

I think I can speak for Janice as well and say that this has been such an awesome experience for the both of us and we can't wait to do it again!

99 comments:

  1. Your laundry on the line is so beautiful, what a mini to sew, and a door to match. The binding is a great finish.

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  2. Jen, I must first thank you for the cutest little pattern and for giving it away free. I am having so much fun, I really should be about to leave now, but I am still sitting with a cup of cold coffee hopping all over the world to see the different versions. I am now so inspired I just HAVE to make another one, or two or three.
    I love your black, white, and red version, so dramatic, and that tiny pieced quilt so precise. I agree with Nancy, the red binding is perfect.

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  3. I believe that the suspense must have killed you. =) I have spied fabulous versions of the mini quilt already. The laundry line on cacti is my favorite so far =)

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  4. What a lovely mini quilt! Perfect to hang in a sewing room. I'm off to check out the other bloggers' versions. Fun.

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  5. A lovely quilt! I like the colours you used.

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  6. Love, love your block! Reminds me so much of my mom. She was a quilter and always hung her laundry outside to dry. I'm happy I found you through Tu-Na Quilts.
    Judyhutchens@yahoo.com

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  7. Thank you for whipping up this cute mini for free and thank you for letting me join in the blog hop. I love your mini:) Oh one of the secrets to pebbling is small stitches and a thin thread to match or closely match your fabric. OK that was more than one thing, LOL

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  8. I try to hide my "learning curve" quilting just in case it does a crash & burn. Thanks for the chance to win. momoftana at yahoo dot com

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  9. I love the polka dots!! Even though you can't see the pebbles...I'm sure they are fabulous! Thank you for creating such a fun pattern and inviting me to join this Hop! I loved making my house!

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  10. I had such fun making my version of your pattern! Thanks so much for inviting all of us to join in! I love yours - reminds me of nighttime in the winter, but people are at home in your little house and it looks very inviting!

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  11. Black and white with pops of red--so very classy! Love this version Jen! I have that same red fabric you used for the door! It's such a terrific pattern. :-)

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  12. Very different colors you used-red adds so much-very nice! Thank you, Susan

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  13. This is SUCH a fun idea! Gotta go, lots more to see!

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  14. Black, white and red is always so classic and I love how they fall into this mini quilt. I can't thank you enough for sharing this cute little pattern with all of us. It is so much fun to how everyone is bringing it to life.

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  15. oh this little quilt is fabulous. I love the colors you chose.

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  16. I love this little quilt and it's so much fun looking at the different versions that everyone has made!! Thanks for doing this!

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  17. What a cute little quilt. It has inspired me to make my own. A nice way to step back from larger projects and create something that can be completed in a day.

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  18. Thanks so much for putting this hop and this pattern together, Jen! It has been a lot of fun to make.
    Your winter scenery is perfect today - I have a few inches of snow already, and I'm expecting more.

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  19. I love your mini mini drying quilt and ofcourse your mini quilt is superb! We must be thinking alike because I had pebbles in my grass as well. I've given up trying for the perfect pebble. If I get the circle then it's all good. Doesn't hurt that thread is matching and print is busy eitheršŸ˜€. Thanks for the opportunity to join the fun party.

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  20. Well, that is darling! I may have to make a block to reflect our house, a yellow farmhouse that often has a quilt hanging on the line outside. Thanks for sharing, and for firing up my sew-jo. :)

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  21. I need to make a few of these. So cute! Thank you! tljeo at yahoo dot com

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  22. Just starting my way through all the versions we've sewn, and admiring your tiny geese on the line. And btw, I pebbled my drive, too, and mine are fairly awful, I think. But the overall picture of the block you've made is wonderful! Black and red is a great color scheme for this.

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  23. Fun hop, Jen! It always blows me away how the same pattern can be interpreted so differently over and over again again! Bravo for doing something a little different!

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  24. Jen, this is cool...love the black and red!

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  25. Love it in black, white and red!

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  26. OOOO, I'm sooo sorry that I didn't make a mini for the hop. I'm going to have to make one and pin it to Pinterest.

    Great job and pattern. I'll be watching for more hops like this.

    monica(at)icanquilt2(dot)com

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  27. I love black and white quilts, with a touch of color. That red is perfect! Such a cute quilt. What a fun hop!

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  28. thanx for all the work you did and, of course, the cute pattern. I love your version...so dramatic!

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  29. I love your colour choices, Jen!
    Thank you for designing your free pattern, and for letting me join in with your blog hop. I have been visiting blogs but not commenting yet as I have been trying to finish my version!
    I can certainly see I will be making more than one of these sweet mini quilts!
    Barbara x

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  30. What a cute hanging... love the quilt on line!!!!

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  31. Cute quilt! I like how everyone has a different quilt on the line!

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  32. I have really enjoyed looking at all the variations of your block

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  33. Your fabric selections for your mini are so striking and the mini mini hanging quilt is the cherry on top! Wonderful pattern design-house designs are one of my favorite block ideas. They stimulate one's imagination about what's happening in and outside the house!

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  34. I love this version of this little mini. Like the black and white theme and the great little quilt on the line.

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  35. I love how the quilt block looks with your limited color palette. I'm having a blast today reading everyone's blog posts (and getting nothing else done, and that's okay). What a creative bunch. There is so much inspiration here!!

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  36. love it! hehe.... yeah, pebbles are HARD! :)

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  37. Love this mini quilt and all the possibilities! Thank you for the pattern.

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  38. What a great event this is. I am glad to see how many participants you have! Probably because this is such a cute pattern. Isn't it fun to look at everyone's interpretation of it? Thanks for making the pattern available to all of us to try. It is so sweet!

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  39. Thanks, Jen, for this pattern and Blog Hop. I've just scheduled my post to be published in the morning. Its been fun working on this sweet mini, and equally fun seieng everyone else's versions. So many creative interpretations! Can't wait to see the rest!

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  40. your mini quilt is beautiful. I love your colours.

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  41. I am a new follower and I love the house mini.

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  42. Thanks for this mini. I think your pebbles look great. Some day I'm going to give them a try.

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  43. How cute! I love your little mini quilt hanging on the line. :)

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  44. Ooohh, love your colors!! So much fun seeing everyone's blocks!
    lstangl482 at aol dot com

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  45. Ooohh, love your colors!! So much fun seeing everyone's blocks!
    lstangl482 at aol dot com

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  46. I was really wanting to join in on this blog hop, but my free sewing time was at zero minutes this month! Too much work and not enough fun time for me! I am really enjoying seeing the other blocks on the hop...it's a great block!

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  47. Your laundry day quilt is so striking!!
    sweetpeamarie2003@yahoo.com

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  48. Jen, it has been a blast working with such a talented designer and I am already looking forward to the next one! LOVE your mini. Black, red, and black is a favorite color combination of mine. Here's to next time!! :D

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  49. A fun two days looking at all the minis. Amazing group of talent.

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  50. Jen, this is such a fun pattern! I have loved the ones that I have seen so far, and I can't wait to visit everyone and check out their interpretations. Such fun!

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  51. This is so much fun! I'm thrilled that I was able to participate, thank you!
    Your house block looks awesome! I love your mini mini quilt and your quilting looks fantastic on those cute dots!

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  52. Great Block & Fun Hop!! Thank you for chance to win your give-a-way too! :)

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  53. It is always so much fun to see the very different results when a diverse group of talented quilters joins a blog hop! I love the way that the houses and the quilts can be personalized to reflect the tastes (and the stories) of the various quilters in the hop. Great job!

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  54. Such a great idea for a mini-- love the quilt within a quilt! I can't wait to visit some of the participants to see how they interpreted the block!

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  55. I love the simplicity and black/red color scheme! Great job!

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  56. I LOVE the colors you used for your mini quilt.

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  57. Black and white with a touch of red work so beautifully! Thank you to both you and Janice for the pattern and the Blog Hop. I had a fabulous time making my mini. It came together much faster than I expected. Love, love, love it!

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  58. Love that quilting with the black and white polka dots! Thx for chance to win! Marshudson AT Comcast DOT net

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  59. Beautiful block! I love the colors! Good luck everyone in the giveaways! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

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  60. What a delightful little quilt! Thanks so much for sharing this. This will be a fun hop!

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  61. I love the black and red. After seeing the creativity of everyone I am excited to make this mini.

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  62. Thank you so very much for the cute pattern and hosting the blog hop. I had so much fun creating and designing my block and then hopping around and seeing everyone's variation. I must say we are a creative bunch. I love your black, white, and red block. I do think I'll be making another one for my North Dakota house with some small mountains in the back (idea from Melva) and the quilt hanging between a couple of apple trees. Now I just have to think of what to make for the mini--probably something from the desert.

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  63. I wish I could hang my clothes outside but I live in an apt, building. I do hang clothes in the bathroom when the dryers don't work well. They don't get that fresh air smell.

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  64. Brings back memories of days gone by. Thanks for the thoughts.

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  65. I love all the different quilts on the lines!

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  66. What a fun mini quilt. I love seeing all the creative interpretations:)

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  67. Thank you for this lovely cottage pattern. It is so cute :)

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  68. Love your mini and pattern! I saw Jennifer''s post, from Dizzy Quilter yesterday on IG and wanted to see more! So glad to have found this hop. Can't wait to see what everyone has created. Your pattern is just darling! I just downloaded it from Craftsy and can't wait to make my own.

    All this and a giveaway? Awesome! ;-D
    Thanks for a chance to win!

    usairdoll (at) gmail (dot) com

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  69. Love seeing this block in the red, white, and black color scheme!

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  70. Love your version Jen! Great choice of fabrics!

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  71. Love black, white, and red together. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  72. I like the way you did this block and the colors.

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  73. Jen, it's so cool to meet you via your Blog and join in this hop. I'm giving it my all at free motion quilting and find that Pebbles are thee most difficult. Love your Polka Dots too, and that quilting hanging on the line..Priceless! Thankyou for sharing.

    schimmel(dot)db(at)gmail(dot)com

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  74. I love your choice and color of fabrics! great block - thank you!

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  75. Very pretty block! I like the pops of red!

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  76. Love the block and the backing is my fav (wild about polka dots!!!) mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  77. Love the block, this will be fun, thank you.
    patsystitch@gvtc.com

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  78. I truly love the block!! The colors are amazing :) I will have to try this myself. Your blog is so helpful, too. Thank you much!

    mnordstoke@yahoo.ca

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  79. What an adorable little quilt! I absolutely love the colour combo.

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  80. Very interesting color choices! I'd never of thought of that combination, but I really love the results! Thank you for participating. (lynnstck[at]yahoo.com)

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  81. Count me in! Love your black and white with a pop of red! Well done!

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  82. Love! I love the houses and LOVE the laundry line. Be proud, lady, you all did great!

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  83. great design, the colour scheme is so striking!

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  84. Your mini is wonderful--I love how we can make them our own by choosing what laundry to hang on the line!

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  85. Love the use of the polka-dot fabric in your quilt! So pretty! Thanks and God Bless! ILuvTheEucharist @ aol dot com

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  86. I love the black and white used in your mini!

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  87. I love the black and white used in your mini!

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  88. This looks amazing in red, white and black.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  89. Your house blocks is so cute--I made a log cabin for a Christmas wall hanging (with a fussy-cut Santa and some sleeping children in the windows)--was fortunate to win a viewer's choice as it was a challenge quilt with some required fabrics used. bjkaup(at)(abbnebraska)(dot)(com)

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  90. I love this piece! The red is a wonderful pop of color!

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