Sunday, September 4, 2016

Monday Meandering AND Shadow Box Mini Quilt Along

It's time to share my entry in the Shadow Box Mini Quilt Along.  Here's my version of the Shadow Box:
Um, Mr. Bunny you were suppose to show the whole quilt not just the back!  Let's see if I can get a better quilt holder!
Sophie does a much better job showing off a quilt.  She was happy to hold it and put a smile on her face while doing it!  

We had a change of plans for Sunday when it turned out Jenny, Brian and the girls could come down for a visit. So Saturday night I stayed up working on my Halloween inspired Shadow Box Mini for the Quilt Along.  
Here's one of the layouts I tried.  I'm not sure why I didn't use this one but I did make changes to it.  One reason this was easy for me to do is I used an old Charm Pack I had. Some of the fussy cut blocks wiped out the entire square but most of the squares I was able to also cut some smaller blocks out of for the stash. 

Once I picked out my charm pack (and a couple of other fabrics that happened to go with the charm pack) it was on to cutting and sewing.  It went surprisingly fast.  Then I sashed the blocks and added matching borders and on to batting it up.  I found an orange backing fabric and a small, fairly flat piece of batting which I used.  Because it was getting later and later, I decided to just quilt lines down and across the quilt.  I even got the first side of the binding on before I gave up and went to bed!  But, I was up early and was able to finish the binding. 


With the kids and grands here right after we got back from church and leaving after dinner, I forgot to take pictures.  The sun was sinking in the west when I took these pictures.  Hum, does that light tan fabric look yellowish to you?  Well, it shouldn't!  

If you want to make your own Shadow Box Mini quilt go to Studio Dragonfly for the directions. And, you can spend a bit of time checking out the other Shadow Box minis made for this event.  Here's a list of participating quilters.  I'm looking forward to seeing what folks did with their minis. 


Jen Rosin at A Dream and a Stitch 
Janice Holton at Color, Creating and Quilting
Debora Exum at Studio Dragonfly
Amanda Everest at Quiltologie
Susan Arnold at Quilt Fabrication
Bonnie Stapleton at Institches with Bonnie (You are here!) 
Jennifer Fulton at Inquiring Quilter
Jennifer Strauser at Dizzy Quilter
Joanne Harris at Quilts by Joanne
Anja Clyke at Anja Quilts
Mary Schuberg at Needled Mom

Now for my regular Monday blog info -- my goals!  Eee, not such a great job getting these things done. 
August 29, 2016
Continue sewing rows of RWB together
Put books away on shelves√ some done, more to do
Begin sewing another block for Christmas Favorites NADA—hoping this week will see some more action
Work on Mini Quilt Along√ done
Work on Alaska Blocks nothing done on this one either

Sept 5, 2016
Make 2 purse blocks for FCQ Equilter
Work on Christmas Favorites
Prep for and attend Stack N Whack class
Finish RWB to flimsy stage
Embroider snowman block

I am so close to finishing the RWB.  I think I have 2 very short rows to finish.  I've sewn the top half together and the bottom half until the missing rows.  So this should be very doable.  I had to take it off the design wall today because something else was put up.  I'll be sharing it with you in a couple of weeks. 

That's it for me now.  If you still want to spend some quality time being inspired by other quilters check out these linky parties! Monday Making should be back this week and Main Crush Monday always has a lot of great inspiration.  (Neither of these are posted because I am, gasp!, a head of schedule.  I'll come back in the morning and create links to these two linky party. Linked up and ready to party!) 

Have a fun day off...at least I hope those of you who are still working get the day off to enjoy more quilting or family and friends time. Heck, maybe you can squeeze in both activities!  We're headed to a block party in the evening. I still need to figure out what I want to bring to the pot luck.  

Happy Quilting All! Bonnie  

38 comments:

  1. I think that your Halloween version is fantastic and this is a great design to feature fun prints!

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  2. Hi Bonnie, if we had a prize for cutest quilt holder, I think yours wins! What a cute idea to use a holiday theme. Hmm! It would be easy to make one of these for each month of the year. Now you've got me thinking!

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  3. Great idea to use the themed charm pack. Perfect quilt holder. Your mini looks great.

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  4. cute little quilt and the one that is holding it!

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  5. What a sweetie...the quilt holder that is! And I cut mine out to be a Halloween quilt too! Great little quilt! I only got as far as cutting, but I will finish it....

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  6. That is a wonderful little mini and your quilt holder is darling too. I like the fussy cut squares for Halloween.

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  7. Bonnie, what a great idea for a holiday version! And your helper is adorable!

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  8. I think Sophie stole the show!! That smile is just infectious, I couldn't help but smile myself when I saw her picture :)

    Your mini looks great! The shadow box block has been on my list of to do quilts for a very long time. . . so many quilts. . . just SO many quilts! haha

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  9. Love Sophie's smile: it's contagious! (Your mini is adorable, too)

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  10. Love the mini with the Halloween theme!

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  11. I love your Halloween quilt. I have a pile of Halloween fabrics from a swap I was in forever ago. This might be a way to good way to use some of them up.

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  12. I love the cute little Halloween images. What a great idea! This mini really works well with those little fussy cut bits. I might just have to do a Halloween version for a gift.

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  13. Love, love the Halloween theme! Very nice.

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  14. So sorry that Mr. Bunny was so uncooperative! But your cutie did a great job holding the mini so who cares about Mr. Bunny? Beautiful job. i was rushed too (time-management isn't my thing I guess) but I finished as well. I have loved seeing all the different versions!

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  15. What a happy little quilt holder. Her smile certainly lit up the photo. Your quilt is lovely. I like that you quilted in a grid. I struggle with the quilting bit.

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  16. Very fun mini! I love those Halloween fabrics. Looks like it's already a favorite quilt for one member of the family. Good luck with your goals this week.

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  17. I have some Halloween fabrics that need to be used, this project is calling for me now.

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  18. It is adorable, and your quilt holder looks like a sweetheart!

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  19. OMG I want to make one! I love it in Halloween fabrics which I have. Your granddaughter is beautiful.

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  20. What a great idea-this mini is perfect for halloween quilting.

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  21. I like the halloween theme for this quilt.

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  22. I really like your version. All fun.

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  23. I really love your quilt! What a great pattern and your Halloween choice of fabrics is fabulous!

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  24. I think I know what to do with my hoarded favorite prints now! :)

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  25. It's lovely Bonnie, but outdone by the beautiful smile on Sophie's face. You can't help but smile back.

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  26. Such a fun Mini!! And an ADORABLE lil Model!! :)

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  27. Very pretty thanks for sharing.
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  28. The Halloween prints were a great idea. Great finish!

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  29. This mini is stunning, and really sets off those charm squares, nice work!

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  30. I've had so much fun seeing everyone's mini quilts. Your Halloween inspired one is so fun, and your quilt holder is adorable! :)

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  31. Cute Halloween Quilt. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  32. Sophie's excitement in holding your quilt tells the whole story, doesn't it? It is a fun piece and full of color! It turned out great!

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  33. I love this quilt.....so very cute and really a simple design.....but looks complicated! Your grand's face is excellent too!!!

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  34. Love your Halloween version of this quilt! I am really tempted to make one.

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  35. Orange and lime green, with splashes of grey, lovely blocks, and a late night to get it all done, superb.

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  36. So cute, and the quilt, too! Love the Halloween colors.

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  37. Your Halloween version is just darling. It reminds me that I have Halloween fabric to make gift pillowcases. I had fun picking these fabrics. There are so many great fabrics out for this holiday.

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