Make mine a minnie please!

 A wild rose found growing on the shoreline at camp.

A wild rose found growing on the shoreline at camp.

 

Hello Friends.  Summer has surly arrived here in Northern Ontario. I know this because along with the many trips to the greenhouses and the weekly hum of the lawnmower, there is a buzz at dusk and dawn that can be no other then the swarms of black-flies and mosquitos that come out to feast.  Summer is also the time when the family spends time at "camp" (Northern Ontario speak for cottage).  Away from the busy duty filled weekday life, camp is a place to recharge, slowdown and take in ones surroundings.   For me, summer gives me some time to quilt a few things off my "want to" list as opposed to my "have to" list. This year I seem to be drawn to all things little.

 

With the use of the Studio 180 tools, making small units and miniature quilts has never been easier.  I feel a class coming on!   

 Flying geese units squared to 1 1/4" x 2" using the Wing Clipper 11 tool.

Flying geese units squared to 1 1/4" x 2" using the Wing Clipper 11 tool.

 Miniature Shaded Four-Patch - a technique sheet by Studio 180 with units squared up with the Tucker Trimmer 1

Miniature Shaded Four-Patch - a technique sheet by Studio 180 with units squared up with the Tucker Trimmer 1

The undertaking of a small quilt or minnie has its advantages:

  • it does not need a lot of fabric
  • It's a perfect opportunity to hone ones skills
  • does not need the time commitment that a large quilt does

I find I gravitate to small projects after the on-slot of 4 or 5 large quilts.   My first try at the twister tool was the minnie by Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings.  It's just sooo cute!

Have you made a minnie?  Would you like to try? if so we, would love to see your pictures or leave me a comment or tell us your story in the comments sections.

The studio has a few new items in stock for your quilting needs.  Anita Zobens, during her workshop at the Quilting Symposium, demonstrated and referred to these items so they are now available at Quilting by the River.

  Appli-Glue -  mini bottle with the small tip applicator - used for turn edge applique

Stable Stuff Poly - Soft Stabilizer sheets used in turn edge applique  

Breezy - dye trapping cloths for the washing machine

I think that's all for now!  Thanks for dropping by.  Until next time, stay safe, apply bug repellant and go make a minnie!