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Holiday Mini Quilts – Day 2

Happy New Year!

Today is a work day…company is gone so I’m stripping beds, taking down decorations and overall house cleaning! My Santa kids were super generous this year giving me a robotic vacuum cleaner. I’m so impressed with how well it cleans and most importantly saves time πŸ™‚

2018 made me realize that I am a small project quilter. I enjoy making items I can use right away or give to family and friends. On my bucket list I do have making hubby and I queen sized bed quilt and having it professionally quilted! In the mean time I will stick with the small stuff πŸ™‚

Today I’d like to share a few more of the mini quilts with embroidery that I made during December.

I added craft magnets to the back of these mug rugs to hang on the refrigerator. The “Ho Ho Ho” design was purchased from Planet Applique, the Merry Christmas design is a combo of designs purchased from Five Star Fonts and Itch to Stitch, both were edited by me to make the mug rugs.

Christmas 2018 Mug Rug Magnets

Snack mats – I’m not much of baker but I do make really good brownies! Hubby and I like to have snacks during TV time in the evenings. I digitized the machine applique letters using software, but was inspired by a design I saw on Etsy.

Christmas 2018 Snack Mats

We have a dedicated coffee counter in the kitchen. I made a little runner for that area. Embroidery designs purchased from Embroidery Library.

Christmas 2018 Coffee Mat

Small wall quilt I used for a guest bathroom. Chevron tree applique design purchased from Planet Applique.

Christmas 2018 Chevron Tree Mini Quilt

Same design — one I framed one I gave as a gift. Applique design purchased from Linnie Pinnie.

In my opinion you can never have too many pillows! The two embroidery designs shown I purchased from Embroidery Library. The quilt above the pillow I made in 2017. Matches perfectly! Pillow on the left is 14 x 14 inches , pillow on the right 12 x 16 inches.

I used this tutorial to make the gnome block from Sew Can She. The block finishes at 12 x 12 inches. I added borders to fit a 14 inch pillow form. The quilt shown is the supersized hash tag quilt I made using 2 Kate Spain Joy charm pack two years ago.

Christmas 2018 Gnome Pillow

For those of you who only have a 4 x 4 embroidery hoop – coasters are a quick gift to make. The tree coasters match the place mats I made for my daughter. I digitized the tree and holly designs .

I will stop now for today….come back tomorrow I still have more to show you!

Linking to Linky Tuesday with Freemotion by the River.

Again, Happy New Year! I wish all of my quilting friends many blessings and lots of creative energy for 2019!

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11 thoughts on “Holiday Mini Quilts – Day 2

  1. So many festive little quilted projects! Thanks for sharing them.

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  2. So enjoying your show of mini’s!

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  3. karenfae on said:

    enjoy your mini’s – we all have to do what we like to do best! I have thought of getting one of those vac’s you mention – any chance of tripping over it or do you know where it is at any given time in your house?

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    • Glad you like the minis! tripping over the vacuum won’t be a problem, you can hear it as it moves through the house, it’s not loud at all. I don’t have any carpet so it was perfect for us..when it bumps into things it just moves to another area — didn’t have any problems going over the rugs. today was my first day using it — ask me again in a week I may change my opinion πŸ™‚


  4. Wow, so many, so lovely. Happy New Year.

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  5. You are inspiring me to work more with my digitizing software (Janome MBX and Artistic)! Thank you!
    Love your smaller projects!


  6. Hi Karla! Oh how I love the idea of adding some magnets to the back of your mini quilt. What a great idea! I think the Ho Ho Ho mini looks fabulous on your fridge. Of course, the black fabric with the trees on it is just a perfect selection, too. What – yummy brownies and I absolutely agree that coffee is good for a person, especially this one. I love the little coasters too – I guess I should expand into some additional embroidery. We’ll see – and I look forward to tomorrow display. ~smile~ Roseanne


  7. Thanks Roseanne, I’m having so much fun learning new things with the embroidery software — it’s addicting like EQ for quilters!


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