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Feb 25, 2014

Odd Fellow's Chain Mini Quilt Finish & GiveAway

Feb 25, 2014
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My latest finish is a mini!  I'm into mini quilts lately.... I've got a new sewing studio to decorate and, of course, that calls for me to make a bunch of new ones, right?  This mini is the first one completed that I plan to hang in my new space.

I was cross-stitching this same block, for Little Miss Shabby's Quilty Stitches project, and fell in love with it.  How had I not made this quilt block before?  It's called Odd Fellow's Chain.
First, I decided that instead of leaving the center square of the smallest star plain, I wanted a fussy cut.  I found part of Sarah Jane's Children at Play panel that my mom had given me and thought the yellow and oranges of the little bicycle boy went perfectly with the Crosshatch Floral prints from Yuwa of Japan, available at Sew Me A Song.
Then I decided I would try my hand at free motion quilting some embellished details on the fussy cut square.  I added two little swoops of bunting in the colors shown on the print.  I still think I need some practice... this always looks adorable when I see others' work.  It was fun to try something new.
Part way through piecing this block, I realized why I hadn't sewn one before.  To piece the sections with the blue star, I had to sew 3 different sets of triangles.  Usually I can do ok with 1 or 2 sets.  But piecing with that many sets, something is bound to end up a little off for me.  I was able to square up the block with a little help from some Instagram friends urging me to pull the block into shape with a little pressing and starching.  I got it - although it's not perfect.... :)
I can't wait to hang this little bicycle boy up in my sewing studio.  The Yuwa prints combined with the soft white and yellow solids are very soothing to me.  Makes me long for sunny spring...
Quilt Stats.
Name: Odd Fellow's Chain Mini (I know, so original)
Size: 22 1/2" x 22 1/2"
Design: by AnneMarie Chany
Fabric:  Crosshatch Floral by Yuwa of Japan in yellow, orange, and blue; White solid from a curtain lining, Kona Maize, binding unknown 30s print from my stash
Piecing:  Me
Quilting: Me
Would you love to sew with these gorgeous prints yourself?  Becca of Sew Me A Song is giving away this fat quarter bundle of the Crosshatch Floral prints from Yuwa.  Look - there's even a grey print too!
There are also some lovely coordinating stripes - see them here.

Enter the giveaway below for your chance to win this yummy bundle.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Disclosure:  Yuwa prints for my mini were provided by Sew Me A Song.
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85 comments:

  1. What pretty fabrics! I think you did a great job on your mini-quilt. I thought that the bunting across the middle was a part of the print! Well done!

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  2. I love all the ginghams she has! I would love to make an all gingham baby quilt.
    Btw your mini is adorable and I can't believe you sewed that little bunting on! So sweet!

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  3. I definitely gravitate towards novely prints. My favourite at the moment is Daiwabo Japan Forest in Plum from Junko Matsuda.

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  4. Thanks for doing the close up of the bunting. I thought it was part of the print and couldn't figure out what you were talking about. I'd say that is a great job!

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  5. I love all of the text fabrics and low volume and linen cotton blends :) You mini is so fun!

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  6. You FMQ is superb. Give yourself a little credit!

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  7. Yummy fabrics. Your mini quilt is perfect. It definitely puts me in the mood for a family bike ride and picnic!

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  8. I love it. The colors are so spring-like!

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  9. The boy with the sailboat hat is adorable. Right now I'm loving solids.

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  10. Love this mini-quilt! Perfect for the spring fever I've started having. I am focused on solids right now as I am trying to build better quilting techniques. The solids just help me see my mistakes a little easier for some reason.

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  11. I just like it all. It's a disease I think. HaHa

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  12. Clover stripe Color and Poise in Grey Flea Market

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  13. I'm liking large scale prints at the moment, preferably in a linen blend. I love My Favorite Berlin by Marie Jacobi!

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  14. Love your little quilt!
    I love the Grasses print at sew me a song!
    I like text prints!

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  15. I love Typewriters in White. I have never owned any text type patterns so I am looking to use them in the future. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  16. I love the vintagy prints! thanks for the chance to win!

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  17. I adore the text prints- being a lover of books and all. This one is probably my favorite: Snowy Day Crossword in Black and White from Alexander Henry Fabrics

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  18. Hi!!!!! Very pretty mini quilt!!!! Love it!!!! It does make me ready for Spring!!!!

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  19. I think your freehand quilting on the center fussy-cut square looks great. I was looking at the block and didn't even realize that it wasn't the print until I kept reading your post. Then I had to look more carefully to see that in fact, the top row of bunting was quilted, and not printed on the fabric! Very cute block!

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  20. So hard to pick just one favorite! I do like Baking Time by Kiss The Cook for Kaufman. Would work up well in an apron! Love your wallhanging - come on Spring!!!

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  21. Love the fussy cut in your quilt. I am drawn to vintage-y prints.

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  22. I love the prints you chose. I personally really like the vintage prints available now everything from cival war to 30's, there is just something about those that speak to me. Your mini is great, I love the pebbles you did, I can never get my pebbles to come out well.

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  23. I think you did a wonderful job. The fabrics coordinate well with your fussy cut...cute fabric for that too. Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

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  24. What a sweet little mini! I love text prints, and those cross-hatch floral prints are amazing. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  25. Your quilt is absolutely adorable! I couldn't pick just one favorite print, I fell in love with the Pam Kitty Picnic from Lakehouse Dry Goods. Oh, all those vintage prints! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  26. I really like the gray cross-hatch print. Love your mini

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  27. I tend to gravitate toward the text prints, I love the low volume postage ones, so pretty!

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  28. I just love Stems in Grey from Wallflowers by Allison Harris for Windham Fabrics -- such a great basic!

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  29. What a great mini! Lately I have been buying text prints ....because there is a plan! However I also like vintage. I like all the prints in Wallflowers, can't pick just one, scary I shop like that too, thanks for the giveaway

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  31. I love your mini quilt! Thanks for introducing me to these fabrics, they are wonderful. I like the Pam Kitty picnic recipes; I have never used text fabrics, might have to give them a try!

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  32. This is SOOO cute! I love that block, looking at it was trying to figure out how you did the big triangles. It looks daunting! It turned out super cute tho! I love vintage fabrics. LOVE them...and text ones too.

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  33. Your block turned out great. These fabrics are so cute. They would work in a modern pattern or a very traditional one. Very versatile.

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  34. I seem to be buying lots of pink, purple and grey at the moment!

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  35. What pretty fabric! I love your pretty fabric.

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  36. Hi, such neat fabrics! I like the 'prints' best!
    Thanks for sharing!

    cobaltt16@yahoo.com

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  37. She has so many lovely fabrics!!! One of my favourites is Bonjour from Live Life from Yuwa.

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  38. Hi AnneMarie! Your mini quilt is really adorable and I love the crosshatch floral prints...the gray is beautiful! Lately I have been trying to buy low volume and text prints. I really like the Newspaper and Notions prints. Thank you for sharing!

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  39. I've loved seeing your little cross-stitch blocks come along, and this Mini is adorable too! I might even bring my (95%) finished mini to Guild meeting on Thursday... wonky hand quilting and all!

    Love those prints in the giveaway... so fun!

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  40. And of course I'm a fan of any text-y print! Vintage or contemporary! :-)

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  41. I have been leaning towards text prints. they are so versatile in projects. Such a sweet little quilt!

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  42. The vintage-y prints catch my eye. Basketweave in Ecru from McGreggor's Market would be my choice.
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  43. I haven't seen that star block before. It would be fun to play with color placement. Cindy

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  44. Vintage, but I need to start collecting some of those text prints in low volume colors. Cindy

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  45. Love those piggies in pink! I like vintage prints, but don't seem to gravitate toward them often. Text fabrics are finding their way into my stash lately

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  46. I like vintage, but the text fabrics are getting really popular.

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  47. I love your mini! Especially the fabrics! I think you did a fantastic job with the bunting and the quilting!

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  48. I can't choose between vintage prints or text! This is one of my favorite sites for both! I love your mini!

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  49. I love some of the vintage newsprint fabrics, so I guess that's a "both"!

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  50. I am so boring - I like pearl bracelets. I think they are so great. There are some gorgeous Japanese fabrics I'd love to get my sticky little hands on though... To answer your other question, I love the look of text prints, but I worry about them dating so am reluctant to use them so I guess I prefer vintage-y. Good job on the mini too - that many triangles would do my head in!

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  51. I like Les Patisseries... really, any of the Japanese prints. As for text vs. vintage, would you ask me which child I prefer? LOL! thriftstorecrafter@yahoo.com

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  52. Love Shoes and Hats Color F from the Live Life Collection for Yuwa of Japan! I love love texts.

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  53. I think the bunting looks pretty great.

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  54. I love the texty fabrics. She has a text bundle that I have on my wish list.

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  55. I like text prints and I like Pam Kitty Picnic Recipes in Red from LakeHouse Dry Goods

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  56. I love vintage prints...love the giveaway bundle!

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  57. I like Dots and Lines from QH Textiles. I prefer text prints. Thanks!

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  58. Adorable. I'm a sucker for anything with a bike. Thanks.

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  59. Birds in Green from Enchant is my favorite. I prefer vintage prints. Thanks.

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  60. Your little quilt is sweet! I love the Crosshatch Florals from Yuwa - I definitely lean toward the vintage-y prints.

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  61. I love your mini quilt. The colors are so bright and cheery! I loved the fabric Postcards from I Dream of Paris. I do tend to gravitate towards prints more than text, but I've seen some text that is really cute. I'm still new to everything, but I will definitely be trying it out. Thanks

    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

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  62. I love the vintage a lot better. I fell in love with the vintage when I worked at a fabric store several years ago. I have several fat quarters to use for a quilt that I'm working on that is all hand quilting. It is taking a long time. I'm glad I found another place to by more. Thanks.

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  63. your boy on the bike is beautiful. There are several bundles that I need! I like the small florals and prints better than large ones.

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  64. Lately I've really been in love with text prints. Allison Glass Fabric Sun print is one example.

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  65. I gravitate towards the text prints. I like the Alphabet in Yellow!

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  66. I like the newsprint fabric. I don't have any texty prints in my stash at all! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  67. There's just something about text prints that I love so much... I gues it stems from my love of reading and books!!

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  68. Lately I've really been in love with text prints.I fell in love with the vintage for my granddaughters nursery set..

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  69. Lately I have been falling in love with prints.

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  70. I am still adding to my Chicopee stash and I noticed a nice FQ bundle on sale! I love both text prints for low volume and 30's for unapologetic color!

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  71. Love all the fabrics in the Collage line. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  72. I love all fabric but love prints with flowers, I guess you could say its vintage

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  73. I love the Confetti in Noir from Minimalista by Art Gallery Fabrics! And I go for prints over text most of the time!

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  74. I love the Scribble in Navy print from the Architextures line by Carolyn Friedlander. I am a big fan of text-y prints & I think it's great that there are so many now on the market. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

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  75. Hands down: "My Favorite Goods" is my favorite print from Sew Me A Song! I think I also got a calendar print with February spelled wrong a few years ago-another favorite. Thanks for the chance!!
    mmckee at wi dot rr dot com

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  76. So adorable and love that fussy cut print! Great fabrics!

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  77. Such cute fabric at Sew Me a Song. I like the vintage stuff.

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  78. right now I'm gathering fabric for low volume project and am focusing on text prints, but I really liked her Francophile stripe! Thanks!

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  79. Love text prints but seems a song have some fab fabrics !!!

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  80. I am drooling over the Diawabo Japan Rescue Vehicles, my son would be so excited over something with that fabric. I LOVE text prints, number prints, musical score prints, newspaper prints (does such a thing exist? I would die for a quilt that looked like a newspaper)

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity, if I was on twitter I'd tweet, too :)

    Emily at backtothecraft.blogspot.ca

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  81. I like the Birds in Aqua from Enchant by Natalie Lymer for Riley Blake. The color is so pretty!
    tstanulis@mac.com

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