Thursday, June 24, 2010

Little Quilts and a Giveaway!!

I've been getting my patriotic decorating done this week and was surprised to find I didn't have a little quilt to display. As long as I was making one I thought I might as well make two and give one away in honor of Independence Day. I promise I'll have it done before I send it to its new home.

My love for little quilts started with this book. Mine is falling apart as I think I have made almost every quilt in here over the years....more than once. For a new quilter I could find a little project that I could actually finish. I made many for little gifts and most of the recipients loved their little quilts.


This was one of the first ones I made and the only one I have at home. It's faded and worn and has some funny little calico fabrics but I still like it.

This book is one of my latest purchases. I loved it and this many years later I'm still enamoured by little quilts!! The book talks about doll quilts made for children, and doll quilts made by children. There are many wonderful photos of children and their dolls. I highly recommend this book if you love doll quilts!!


Here's a couple of teaser pages.

So, if you'd like your very own patriotic Little Quilt leave a comment and I'll draw a winner next week. Now, I better go get some binding sewn!!

66 comments:

  1. That little quilt book was the first quilt book I bought. That brings back memories. Good luck with the decorating

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  2. Your patriotic quilts are very cute. I have the Choldhood Treasures book and just love it. I get lots of ideas from it.

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  3. The "Little Quilts" book is mt all-time favorite for making small quilts. I have made most of them but my favorite one is the bow tie quilt made from repro fabrics. Your patriotic quilts are so cute!! Blesings from Kentucky - kelley secrest

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  4. I love your little patriotic quilts! What size are the blocks? If I don't win, I would love to make one!

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  5. Amy the blocks finish at 3". You are on noreply so I hope you find this message.
    Lori

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  6. i love your little quilts ,lori,they are yery pretty,susi

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  7. I love your patriotic beauties. I have a couple out myself, and really enjoy them! Thank you...have fun decorating!

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  8. What a treat it would be to own one of your little quilts. They are just darling. I have the Little Quilts book and love it. I have my eye on the other one.

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  9. Lori thanks for the chance to win this little quilt. I have absolutely no 4th of July decor at all. I need to put some on my to do list.

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  10. I love both of those books. The Little Quilts is one of my first quilt book purchases. I honestly think I like the doll quilt book better but it's a close call. I've made several of the quilts shown (from the pictures. For those who don't have it, there are no instructions). Both books are wonderful!!!

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  11. Lori, I will be very happy to win this lovely little quilt made by you. Thanks for the chance!

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  12. Oh Wow!!! I would love to have a little quilt from you! Please count me in!!! Yay!! Thank you.

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  13. I love little quilts & I have been in many swaps on-line. The funny thing is -- I don't have any little quilts that I have made for myself!!

    So, I would love to add another little quilt to my collection & thought I better not end my "streak" by making on for myself.

    Your quilts are beautiful.

    Sherry V.

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  14. I have looked at the Little Quilt book many times but never bought it! But of COURSE I would love to have my very own patriotic little quilt from your very own hands!

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  15. I love little quilts as you can find so many places to display them. Would love to win your quilt.

    marie in Oregon

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  16. Oh, those are both such great books. It would be so much fun to win one of your quilts!

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  17. Thank you, Lori! Got your message. I'll research that noreply thing too. Best, Amy

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  18. Love your little patriotic quilt! The little quilts book was one of my first ones too~ but I don't think I made any of the quilts, just admired them a lot. ;-) Have a happy weekend!

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  19. I would very much love to win your little quilt. I love your blog. I hope I win. Thanks, Jenny

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  20. Yes, of course I want that adorable patriotic quilt. My MIL's birthday is July 4th, so we always have a big celebration here.

    I have both of those books and love them. "Childhood Treasures" is one of my favorite books -- must have everything by Merikay!

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  21. that was my first little quilt book too!
    love the childhood treasures book, made a few of thse quilts.
    Love your little patriotic quilts, I love decorating for the 4th of July
    its actually our wedding anniversary!
    Kathie

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  22. After quilting for a few years now - I really appreciate the little quilts. Coming from a rural background where quilting was utilitarian, lap and wall hangings seemed unnecessary at first. Now that my quilt life has evolved, I LOVE these small projects for the instant gratification but also for the opportunity to try something new, including free motion quilting, on a small scale.

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  23. Your little quilts are wonderful. It's really my favorite color combination. You are tempting me with those pictures from the book
    :0)

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  24. I love doll quilts and am planning to do a wall of them in my entryway. I only have one done towards that goal though. I don't have the second book you showed, I'll have to look for that one. Thanks for the great giveaway-those little quilts are so cute! Happy stitching.

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  25. That was my first book on quilting, and mine is worn out also...made MANY MANY gifts from that book. I would LOVE to have that little delight for ME.~
    Thank you for the chance. HOPE HOPE HOPE!!!

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  26. That was my first one, too and first quilt out of it. It's very faded and I actually just replaced it with another quilt. I still love that pattern, though. I miss July 4th celebrations... Canada Day just isn't the same. :-(

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  27. Oh, what a darling 4th of July quilt. I'm starting to make small quilts for the reasons you laid out....you can make & complete them for gifts in a reasonable amount of time :)

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  28. Your little quilt would be a wonderful companion to a little quilt I made. Kathie L in Allentown

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  29. those are some cute little patriotic quilts Lori but i would feel greedy if you put me into the drawing this time. ;-) so i'll wish everyone else the best of luck.

    yes, the Little Quilts books were some of my first and i have made and continue to make quilts out of my well worn/loved copies with always happy results. i actually have a copy of a book that they put out that was really more about decorating with the little quilts than it was about making them called Living With Little Quilts. that one is close to losing some pages i've enjoyed it so much . . . and one can really see how influenced i've been by it when walking through my house as i have small quilts tucked everywhere and move them around constantly according to season, holiday, whim, etc. such a happy preoccupation isn't it~!?!~


    Childhood Treasures is a great book too and i particularly like the quilts shown that are made BY children~!!~ one can only imagine the individual stories behind the making and playing with of those sweet comforts~!!~ in fact, i'm going to get that one out and have a tall glass of ice tea and a long sit in the shade . . .

    :-)
    libbyQ

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  30. Thank you for sharing your love of little quilts.

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  31. I would love to win your little quilt. I've never made a small quilt, but the more I see them the more it looks like a fun and rewarding thing to make. I might actually get to finish something once in a while. I'll have to check out that book of "Little Quilts".

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  32. I love your little quilts! Thanks for the chance!

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  33. It is really cute! Thanks for the chance!

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  34. LOVE LOVE THE LITTLE QUILT BOOK!
    LORI,YOUR LITTLE QUILTS ARE SO LOVELY! THANKS FOR SHARING,LOVE,LINDA

    jldouglas@wispwest.net

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  35. I too have made several of the quilts in the Little Quilts book. Would love to have your extra patriotic one that you made. I have read and reread the book too. I also have the Childhood Treasures book - great eye candy in there! Thanks a bunch! HUGS... and stitches

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  36. The Little Quilts book was an early inspiration for me as well. Your two quilt alongs have been another inspiration for me; I made both but have quilted neither as yet and finished the tops too late to get them in the Linky line ups. Your little patriotic quilts are cute, cute.

    Linda in NC

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  37. That little quilts book is one of my favorites as well. I also like Great Little Quilts by Eleanor Levie...great photographs in this book. (thanks for the reminder to get out the rwb decorations!)

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  38. I love your little quilts and I love your blog . I see your wonderful quilts , I want to sew but I'don't work quickly !!I have bought a nice yellow fabric for my cheddar quilt , but I have not beginning!!!!!! Friendship Evelyne

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  39. That quilt book bought back memories...I think we all had it!

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  40. I love those books. I made a tiny quilt to go with a wicker toy baby buggy my MIL had. Perfect pattern for it.

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  41. Hi Lori - this is NO kidding - that same exact book, "Little Quilts" is what made me fall in love with little/small quilts. I also have their books, "CELEBRATE with Little Quilts" and PATRIOTIC Little Quilts". I always thought it'd be so much fun to be able to visit their shop one day in Atlanta "IF" we were ever in that area. BTW - I also have their small book called "Living with Little Quilts".........I LOVE the pics in all their books.

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  42. The patriotic quilt is full of energy. I don't have a little quilt so this would be fun to win. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  43. I started working on a "little" quilt yesterday. Haven't made one in ages so it is time. Good idea to make a patriotic one.

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  44. I also own that book and sadly I haven't made a thing from it yet! I just love 'looking' in books, mags and the internet at lovely works, but seem to fail to make anything for myself. I get the baby quilts done when there is a deadline and that is about it. I think I need the sewing room moved to the main floor and I'd do more? Enter me for that charming little quiltlette.

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  45. Oh I just love your little Americana quilts. You always make the cutiest things.

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  46. I love Little Quilts...but I am ashamed to say I have not made any projects out of it....yet....
    I need to pull out my patriotic decorations this weekend...I won't be spending my 4th in a very pleasant way, but that is no reason my family can't them!

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  47. Very lovely little quilt. I'd love to be included in your sweet giveaway :-)

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  48. I would love to win the little quilt. Those books are great! Thanks for such a nice giveaway!

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  49. Oh, what a wonderful thing to do to celebrate the 4th. I love the 4th and all the fireworks. Thanks for using the firecracker fabric. It will be perfect for whomever wins.
    Happy 4th of July to you and your family.

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  50. In this case Bigger is not always better.......however, you have a big heart and are so generous.

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  51. The little quilt book was one of my early purchases --- I've made larger versions of a couple of the quilts in it. Recently used an example to inspire quilts made for my sisters.

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  52. I would love a little patriotic quilt! Yours are so cute. Thanks for having such a great giveaway!

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  53. The Little Quilts book is also a favorite of mine...made the very quilt you show as a gift for my neighbor a while back. Also was able to visit the doll quilt & furniture collection of Mary Ghormley when it was on exhibit at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln Quilt Study Center a number of years ago. The dearest display I have ever seen so Childhood Treasures is another love!

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  54. Lovely little quilt- The Childhood Treasures looks and interesting book that would throw up plenty of ideas.

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  55. This is the first time i read your blog. I like your quilts. I like the make a doll quilt. I suppose the book gives a lot of ideas.
    Have a nice weekend.
    Ingrid (from Holland)

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  56. I've seen the book Little Quilts somewhere. I know I wanted it so I must go check to see if I actually purchased it!

    Your patriotic quilt is wonderful and I'd love to be entered into your generous giveaway!

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  57. I love your little quilt and I have that book as well, it's one of my favourites.

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  58. I love those Little Quilt books! They really started the rage on small quilts. Your patriotic quilts are darling! As is your little 9-patch--so loved and worn!

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  59. I love this Little Quilts book mine is getting pretty tatty also ;) I made the Ode to the Bears on the back many years ago. It is one of my earlier quilt projects and I still love it to this day. You can see it here if you like :
    http://ellydspatchwork.blogspot.com/search/label/Favourite%20Quilts

    I also have the second book shown but haven't yet made anything from it. I just love little quilts. ;)

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  60. I'm slowly accumulating a group of books for making small quilts. None of them are in danger of losing pages due to overuse--yet--but I hope to change that in the next year or so.
    I'd be honored to own a little patriotic quilt you've made, if I'm the lucky winner.
    Happy summer, Lori.

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  61. You have inspired me to try and make an Australia Day quilt.
    We tend not to have as much patriotic ethos as your country does, but scratch and Aussie and it is there...maybe we are too laid back about it all....
    But you have got me thinking and I love little quilts and since I am stuck in the sickly miseries and have not sewn for a month a small quilt might start me off.....but then so would finishing anything on the cutting table.
    Funny how we lose our way at times.

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  62. They are darling! I love little quilts also! I am a collector of old dolls and doll beds---so they have to have quilts -right? I just started a blog and I am having so much fun with it. I will have to take pictures of my little doll quilts and post them. I am enjoying your blog and so fun to view all your neat projects. P.S. I like and collect the doll quilt books also. Very fun. Carolyn

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  63. Your patriotic little quilt is darling. I really enjoy working with patriotic fabrics. Please sign me up for the drawing.
    Jean

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  64. Such a darling book...so many cute little projects! I just imagine your home filled like mine with all these wonderful smaller quilts.

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  65. oooh, pick me.
    I love those books. I've made the little house flag quilt and will be putting that out today as I get our my decorations for summer - a bit late with coco around this year...

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  66. Lori, Thank you for all of the inspiration that I get from reading your blog. I have to start making little quilts so that I can have more around the house. My big ones take so long that I don't have many. Yours are all so fun!

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