Whip Up Mini Quilts – a review and a giveaway!

I’m so pleased to be part of Kathreen Ricketson‘s blog tour for her new book, Whip Up Mini Quilts, published by Chronicle Books.

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I enjoyed this book right from the very beginning. While I typically breeze right through introductions and info about sewing techniques, the information in the front of this book grabbed my attention, especially the stitch dictionary (I know nearly nothing about handsewing!). Kathreen also provides great information about the history of quilting, how to select colors, a bit about various quilt designs, and a section on applique and other decorative elements. I love that she provides a nice overview of all these topics all in one place. I can see myself using this as a great reference.

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And how about those quilts? This book contains a number of beautiful quilts, contributed by some very talented quilters. There’s such a great variety of quilts and I’ve been enjoying just flipping through and admiring the photos of these gorgeous quilts. I love that there are many different techniques used – applique, curved piecing, improv piecing, Shibori dyeing – as well as different types of quilting, and even many different methods for binding, including a piped binding, which I’d really love to try!

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I haven’t made too many mini quilts (even when I’m trying for a small quilt, it always ends up being larger than I expected!), but this book inspired me to give it another go..

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Inspired by this quilt above, which uses a single shape, some linen and a bit of hand stitching (something way out of my comfort zone!) I pulled out some small scraps of Far Far Away II left over from my last quilt.

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I used a nice Essex cotton/linen blend for the background and appliqued (something else out of my comfort zone!) 2.5″ squares of the Far Far Away and a few corresponding solids. I used some perle cotton to do a bit of hand stitching – some Sashiko stitches (I learned that from the stitch dictionary!) around a few of the squares.

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My handsewing still needs some work, certainly, but I’m so happy that this book encouraged me to actually give hand stitching a try! I’m not sure I see myself hand quilting a larger quilt, but maybe another mini. And this photo of a wall full of beautiful mini quilts definitely has me inspired to make a few more (Morgan doesn’t like quilts on the wall, but maybe he won’t notice?!)

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(photo from WhipUp.net)

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Anyway, would you like to win a copy of this book? Chronicle Books has generously donated a copy for one lucky commenter. Please leave a comment here to be entered. It’s not necessary, but if you want to, maybe you’ll let me know what you think of mini quilts. Have you made any? How do you display them? And if you have made any, do you wash them? I’m curious…(and trying to figure out if I should wash the one I made!)

I’ll select and post the winner on Friday.

Edit: Comments are now closed. I’ll select and post a winner shortly!

And here are the other blog stops – be sure to check them out for additional information about the book and about mini quilts!

6/1 - Craftzine – essential quilting tools
6/2 - Crafty Pod – book review & giveaway
6/3 - Chronicle Books – Behind the making of the book
6/4 – Indie Fixx – Designing your own mini-quilts
6/7 – Craft Sanity – Piped binding tutorial
6/8 – Handmade by Alissa
6/9 – My Love for You Background on Mini Quilts
6/10 - Film in the Fridge
6/11 - The Haystack Needle Decorating with mini quilts
6/12 – West Coast Crafty

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420 Responses to Whip Up Mini Quilts – a review and a giveaway!

  1. 1
    Megan L says:

    I haven’t made any mini quilts myself, but oh man are these pretty! The last quilt I made I ended up doing allllll by hand (not because I picked it that way, either). And, now that I have a machine that I’m currently in a fight with, handsewing doesn’t seem so horrible anymore.

    Except I’m working on a twin-sized quilt. I shudder to think how long that would take me…

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    maryse says:

    i love the idea of the mini quilt and as someone who is just starting out, the size really appeals to me. a chance to practice ideas without committing to something larger. of course having peaked at this book already, i know that i’ll have to learn more before i can attempt any.

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    Cameron H says:

    Looks fun! I’d love to win. The only quilt I’ve completed start to finish is a mini-quilt. My son is proud of it and uses it with his stuffed animals. Mini-quilts are so “doable” and satisfying!

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    Georgia says:

    I’ve been drooling over this book. I just moved into a new house with a lot of empty wall space– I’ve been planning to make some mini quilts to hang.

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    Nancy says:

    I have made one mini-quilt. It is a paper pieced flying geese and hangs in my upper hallway. I love it. I would love to have a whole wall of mini-quilts so would love a chance to win the book…

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    Amanda says:

    I love this mini quilt! I have made a few. I did wash one and I love how it turned out. The others I did not wash because they were on the smaller side and I chickened out. I saw the book at B & N the other day and loved everything in it. So maybe if I don’t win it here I will go buy it. Friday is my Bday and I think it’s absolutely OK to by yourself a present :)

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    Jennifer Singer says:

    I’ve never done a mini quilt. I’m still trying to finish my first! But I think I like the idea of mini quilt to try new techniques and to practice. This book would be great!

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    WendyLou says:

    Um, do I want the book? YES!! I love the idea of mini quilts. I’m hoping to take the plunge as soon as I get a spare moment and try to think in ‘mini.’ My galley kitchen empties to my laundry room at one end. A very blank end. An end that {{I’ve decided}} needs a mini quilt. I have some ideas … just need to find the time …

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    Tonya says:

    I haven’t made a mini-quilt yet. I love the idea to learn new techniques. But, I don’t know what to do with them afterward.

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    jenna says:

    I too have never done a mini quilt – yours looks beautiful and I’m inspired to try my own now! I just don’t know about having the wall space to display all I would like to do!

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    Michelle says:

    I’ve made some, yet they were all the same. I made them for Christmas gifts this past year. All the married couples and people who lived on their own got mini quilts of Christmas trees. They turned out rather excellent. I think mini quilts are an awesome way to show off a technique. I blogged about them on my site. :)

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    Sharon Johnson says:

    I’ve made placemats but not a mini wall hanging. I think mini quilts are a great way to learn new techniques and experience the satisfaction of the finished project without the big investment of larger quilts! I’d LOVE to win this book!

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    sally says:

    I love making mini quilts! Sometimes I wash them, sometimes not. I love this book. I’ve borrowed it from the library, but I’d love to have a copy of my own for all the reference info you mentioned. Your mini quilt is darling! Thanks, Ashley!

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    Natalie says:

    I think mini quilts can be fantastic! It looks like they’re a good place to start to try something new. I personally only have ever made one– a fifth grade project on tesselations :) I’m not sure if that actually counts ;-) Someday, I’d like to try another. I LOVE your mini quilt!!

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    Lucie says:

    I have made one miniquilt and he is for my son, he sleeps on it. I’m washing the quilt in de machine.

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    DDee says:

    A mini seems like a great chance to try something challenging, without the commitment of 16-24 blocks of the same. LOVE your random blocks mini-quilt!!! Great use of negative space!

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    Donna says:

    Learning to quilt is on my bucket list. This sounds like a great project. Small steps. Thank you so sharing this book!

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    Molly says:

    Mini quilts seem like so much fun to make but I’m much too practical. All my quilts end up big but I did just manage to make a baby quilt. I would love to make some, especially to work on some new quilting techniques. I could dedicate a whole wall to them!

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    Krista says:

    Looks like a great book! Maybe I’ll fill in the walls of my new house with some mini quilts.

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    Cindy says:

    I started out making just the mini quilts. Because I’m new to quilting and was afraid to tackle anything bigger!:) But, I’ll have you know, I have upgraded to the baby quilt – finishing my first now.:) I love the minis because they don’t take as much time and I can’t wait to see it finished. I do the free motion quilting (which I still need lots of practice!) and have hand washed and machine dried them. I just love the puckered look of the finished quilt. You do a fantastic job with your quilts and I am always impressed with your work! I would love a copy of this book!:)

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    Susan C. says:

    This looks great! I’m a newbie, so the smaller sizes are less intimidating, although the techniques do look challenging. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Kelsey says:

    As someone who is intimidated by a full quilt, I would love practicing techniques on some mini quilts. Plus, I have two nieces who have American Girl dolls who probably need blankets!

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    Tong says:

    I’ve never made any mini quilts yet, but I love how versatile they are, and they make trying out new, difficult techniques relatively easier. This book looks amazing, I especially love the pair of mini quilts of the hydro poles! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Karen says:

    I’d love a chance to win this fab book, thank you. I love mini quilts and have made a few. It’s a chance to do something with a bit more detail, that, I for one, don’t have the patience in a big size.

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    Ladypennyjane says:

    It loks great. I have just moved into a rented house that is screaming out for a few mini quilts!

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    Mary says:

    I love your mini quilt! I haven’t made a mini yet, but I’ll be making one soon since I’m participating in the Doll Quilt Swap this round. I’m really looking forward to trying something new on a smaller scale – maybe hand quilting!

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    Holly says:

    Thanks for the review, I would love to win a copy! =)

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    Ellen Ban says:

    I haven’t made a mini quilt yet but like the fact that they are manageable to quilt and are more likely to get finished. Seeing the pictures from this book are inspiring me to try them!

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    Jessica says:

    I love mini quilts and this book looks great! Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Erica says:

    This book looks awesome! I have made a few mini quilts and I don’t wash them. Sometimes I take the vaccuum hose to it if needed. Thanks for sharing this book and giveaway!

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    Karen B says:

    I have not made a mini quilt …yet. I have lots of empty wall space and want to use my new Featherweight to make some awesome mini quilts from this fabulous book!

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    Carla says:

    I have never made a mini quilt but maybe I should. I am attempting my first quilt and I keep getting bogged down in the process. Maybe making a mini quilt will give me the courage! to finish my first attempt!

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

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    jenn says:

    I love your mini quilt! I never make mini’s but now I want to! I think I need to really really make a mini quilt! I am really loving all the hand quilting I am seeing around and now I think I need some Perle cotton size 8. Oh me!

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    Marci says:

    I think this book looks great, just what I need. I want to quilt but the idea of a large quilt is a bit daunting right now. A mini quilt sounds like a perfect way to start. They’re cute too.

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    Aleta says:

    I have never done a mini quilt, I can only seem to make bed sized quilts. I love the idea of them, and might be ready to try one. Thanks for the chance to win the book!

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    Anna says:

    Mini quilts – I haven’t made one YET but we’re moving to a new house in which I’ll get a sewing room so I’m already thinking one wall will be designated for them! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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    julie says:

    I am a new quilter and started with a doll quilt as my first project– then a baby quilt as my second. I think these qualify as mini quilts. I think any quilt needs to be washed occasionally, so I wouldn’t sew it if it couldn’t be washed.

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    Kim says:

    Oh my gosh…I love all those little quilts pictured! I need to make some of those. With pain issues, a large quilt is too difficult to handle, but those little ones would be perfect!

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    jessica says:

    this book looks great! i love your mini quilt!

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    Brenda says:

    The first quilt I ever made was supposed to be a mini quilt … turned out much bigger than a mini. Def need to try it again, and I love the thought of using them to pracitice some new techniques.

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    Gill says:

    I love the idea of mini quilts – i’ve only ever made full size quilts!
    This book looks fantastic

    Gill

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    Crystal says:

    How cute!! I really like the mini-quilts on the way too!

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    Bridgit says:

    Oh, those mini quilts are beautiful! I saw a photo of a mini quilt on the wall and decided to make one for my brother and sister-in-law who are expecting. There’s something about fabric on the wall that especially makes a baby’s room more wonderful. I would love to have this book to help me make it happen.

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    Deb says:

    I would love a copy of this book

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    Julie says:

    I don’t have this book yet, but I was in a mini-quilt swap last month & I used the book’s free online pattern for the “Windmill Quilt” (http://www.chroniclebooks.com/miniquilts/) to make my very first mini-quilt. Well, my very first quilt actually…

    Here’s a link to my version of the Windmill Quilt. :) http://www.facebook.com/?sk=media#!/album.php?id=12705160&aid=2340085

    I didn’t wash it because I was swapping it. Here’s a link to the photo of how my recipient displayed it when she received it: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_6zmQTbcLlXs/TA1B_KvGXdI/AAAAAAAACLY/6F9ptA20zBk/s1600/DSC00966.JPG

    I LOVE MINI QUILTS! I’m definitely hoping to win this giveaway :)

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    Amy says:

    I have just become a bit addicted to mini quilts. I love trying out new ideas on a small scale without the expense of a full size quilt. I am still trying to decide about displaying them because my husband doesn’t like the idea of more than one quilty hanging in the house (boo!). I haven’t washed any yet. I would think that they would have to be washed after hanging for a bit though.

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    Jen Gough says:

    This book is on my wish-list! I like to see mini quilts displayed on the wall… so unique!

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    Valerie says:

    I think I neeeed that book!

    I love mini quilts, I have a few on the walls, just like I’d put up a picture frame, and I have a couple on table tops, like a runner but one that never has anything put on top of it :)

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    Stella says:

    I’ve never made a mini quilt before and most of these I’ve seen I translate in my head to larger quilts. But i’m starting to think about how to use them as portable decorations. I move often and they would be very easy to pack up and move without the worry of broken glass!

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    Jenn says:

    What a neat book! I have never made a mini quilt – and I always need new inspiration!

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    Julie says:

    I’ve only made one mini quilt so far. It was a labor of love though and I would love to try more. And I love yours!

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    Briana says:

    I have never made a mini quilt, and didn’t think I would want to until I saw the picture in your post of the yellow kitchen wall covered in mini quilts as if they were paintings. Now I am inspired to make one to hang – and maybe grab this book along the way! Thanks for posting about it, Ashley.

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    Kimberly Nielsen says:

    I tend to make most of my quilts throw size, but I do love the instant gratification a mini quilt provides. Also, mini’s are great for trying out a new technique before committing to a larger quilt size. Thanks for the book review!

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    Kristy says:

    I use mini quilts to try out a new technique or an idea I’ve got before committing to a full blown quilt. I actually have a stack of them in my closet that are going nowhere fast. I’ve only washed the ones where I was concerned the technique would be impacted by the washing cycle. And, I’ve never hung a quilt on a wall. It’s just not my style.

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    Amy says:

    My first quilt was a mini/doll quilt. I started by hand piecing, switched to the sewing machine. I started hand quilting it, then switched to the machine. It’s technically a mess, but still, in the end, looks great draped over my daughters’ dolls. I love that they have it and I love that I made it for them. I really would love to do more.

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    EricaB. says:

    I think mini quilts are cute, if they aren’t too country. Just my personal preference :-).

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    Amber H. says:

    I’ve made one mini quilt, and I made it to test out your string quilt tutorial, plus a wonky log cabin block. It came out super cute, if not a bit mismatched. I enjoyed the process of making a mini quilt and I would do it again, if to do nothing more than to try a new quilting method.

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    Sandi says:

    I love the hand quilting stitches – they really add a fun dimension to the quilt. I enjoy making (and swapping) mini quilts. I have several on the wall in my sewing area/office/basement. I really need to make some for myself, since all of those on display are ones that I received in swaps.

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    sandy says:

    Oh what a neat book. I have made a couple sort of mini quilts. I have them in my quilt room but was thinking about covering one small wall with mini’s …. someday. I love the kitchen photo with the mini’s. Please throw me in the pot.

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    Kirstin says:

    I remember years ago trying to make a doll size quilt and I found it to be too tedious. Recently I decided to give it another try but this time in the form of potholders.(even smaller) I love it! It is a such a great way to play around with design, new piecing techniques and to practice putting on the smaller bindings. This book would be a great addition to a new addiction. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Michele says:

    This book looks so interesting!

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    Megan says:

    You inspired my first mini-quilt, last fall, after the simple and beautiful mini-star quilt you offered as a give-away back then. And last night I pulled out “See and Sew” (http://www.amazon.com/See-Sew-Sewing-Book-Children/dp/1584794917), this ADORABLE book for children just learning to sew, and reviewed the handsewing instructions, just for myself! I am newly inspired–a new mini-quilt is def in my future. Thanks, Ashley.

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    margie says:

    I love this kitchen with all the mini quilts … time to get busy!

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    Amy says:

    I’ve never made a mini quilt, but as someone who has only recently started quilting it appeals to me in that it’s not as daunting a task as a larger quilt would be.

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    bear says:

    This book looks incredible! Thanks for the chance to win… I’ve made several mini quilts (how gratifying to finish something quickly), and I always wash them. The crinkly look is what it’s all about for me…

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    Sarah C. says:

    I’m currently in the process of making my first mini quilt for ALQS4, and I’m having a ball! A book that discusses the best ways to do it would be wonderful – hopefully I’ll win one but if not I’ll for sure check it out. I’m learning by trial and error now!

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    Kaelin says:

    I hope I win! I love mini quilts because they’re a unique way to decorate. Everyone has picture frames on their walls, but how many people have the ability to decorate with awesome, customized mini quilts?

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    Ellen says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! And I definitely think you need a quilt wall . . . my hubby is anti-quilts-on-a-wall, too, but we’ll wear them down eventually! Thanks again!

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    Tanis says:

    That book looks really neat! I haven’t made any mini quilts, or many big quilts either, but I do think that making little quilts for babies is a very good idea. Something small enough to be easily srunched into a stroller and wrapped around a baby. Babies are so small, I think that people underestimate the value a good teenie quilt.

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    aseemlylife says:

    Thanks for a chance to receive this book.

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    I’ve made quite a few mini’s. I used to swap with a couple friends. Yes, I wash them! They are as durable as a big quilt and I love the look of fresh washed. ;-) Have fun!

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    Michele says:

    I have never made any, but would love this book for inspiration.

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    sherri says:

    I have never tried making mini-quilts, mainly because I just wouldn’t know what to do with them. I’m not sure it’s my style to hang quilts on the wall, but that abstract grey quilt in the last picture really calls me. I may have to try something like that.
    I would only wash a mini-quilt if I wanted to use it (like a pot-holder or placemat) because if it was to get dirty, I would have to wash it. If it was going on the wall, I wouldn’t wash it, a) because presumably it’s going to stay prety clean and b) I would think that the rumply effect from washing would make interfere with the asthetic.

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    Ruth says:

    I’ve never made a mini-quilt but I think it would be a wonderful way to experiment with a diffecult new technique, like applique or hand stitching or even an unfamiliar block pattern. I’m inspired.

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    Deanna says:

    I just finished my first mini quilt and must admit that the “what to do with it” question baffles me, but I am happy with it. I would enjoy this book for the applique tips alone. Thanks.

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    nettie says:

    i love minis, they are used as doll quilts around my house, and there are several on my daughters wall. I love that I don’t really worry about the outcome. I just make them. My daughter is always happy with them. we wash them alot.

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    Jeni says:

    I’ve made one mini quilt but it was too mini and looked ridiculous. I’m going to try a HOPE quilt from the Denyse Schmidt Hope Tote pattern for our hallway and hopefully it won’t look silly. :)

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    I have never made a mini quilt, but I do have one in my sketch book that I’d like to try. I am starting to really like the idea of mini quilts in a cluster of hangings in my sewing space. I really like how you have hung yours! Don’t know if I’d wash them – unless I knew for sure that I’d want that crinkly effect. What a beautiful book, thanks for the chance to win!

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    Lauren says:

    Your mini quilt is so cute! I love the hand stitching.

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    Brady says:

    I’ve never made a mini quilt but I’ve fantasized about it. My nieces would love to have a little tiny quilt for their dolls. I think I might have to make some… Thanks for having the drawing!

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    Chanda says:

    I love your mini quilt! I have hand stitching on my list of to-dos as well. I always find it a bit intimidating…I have made a couple mini-quilts and I always found the process really fun. They come together so fast – and they are much easier to quilt than their full-size counterparts!

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    sandra says:

    I would love to get inspired by the gorgeous quilts in the book!

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    Emily says:

    This book has been in my cart at Amazon! Looks so fun!

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    Amanda says:

    Oh what a neat little book! I love sewing books actually… I’ve been wanting to try quilting & I think a mini quilt would be just right – not too daunting. :)

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    Pam A says:

    I too would like to try some mini quilts. Like you I start thinking I will make a small quilt and then it grows. LOL

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    Jaime says:

    I’ve only made one mini quilt, for a swap. It was so much fun and I have the beautiful quilt I received hanging up in my bedroom. This book is a great idea!

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    Marianne C says:

    I would love to win that book…I’ve been thinking about mini quilts a lot. Many from the creative standpoint to try stuff without a full quilt committment.

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    Daniela Catrocho says:

    I love this book! I have a hard time committing to a large quilt and certainly don’t have the time or to attention span for it either. Mini quilts are the perfect cure for this!

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    Wendymoon says:

    I’ve made a few minis and love them. It’s nice to finish fast, maybe trying out a new technique or having something to show off favorite fabrics. I have one mini on my wall, another one with some stuffed animals ;-) another as a table runner to hold remotes… I did end up washing them all and they turned out fine. Minis are so fun, that book looks like wonderful inspiration!

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    Misty says:

    This is such a gorgeous book! I’ve been wanting to try mini quilts for a little while now. I think it would be a really good way to practice different techniques and let myself play without it having to be “perfect.” I have trouble letting myself have fun, sometimes!

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    Jennifer S. says:

    I would love that book – I’ve never tried a mini quilt, but as an impatient person by nature, this might be a good idea for me! I’m all about whipping stuff up in a day.

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    What a great book! Love the collage of mini quilts displayed in the kitchen nook! Super cute!

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    Bianca says:

    I’m not really a fan of quilt books and I’m super picky about the ones I actually buy. This one, however, looks amazing!! I’m crossing my fingers, hoping I win!!

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    Anastacia Louise says:

    I’ve never made a mini quilt…or a large quilt for that matter, but it’s my summer goal! Thank you for all your great ideas! :D

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    Liza says:

    Sweet! I could use a stitch dictionary! I hand-stitch all my quilts, and while it does take forever, I love the end results. Maybe this book could inspire me to take on a smaller project.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

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    Amy says:

    I LOVE making mini-quilts! The size makes it so much fun, and you can really get it done quickly before any “boredom” sets in! I’ve never washed any of my little quilts that hang on the wall because the crispness makes them hang more evenly, but I’ve washed MANY a doll quilt and they hold up just as well as any big one. Thanks for the chance — I think I need this book!

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    2hippos says:

    This book looks great and my newly painted dining room could use some mini-quilt art.

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    Bertha says:

    I have yet to make any mini quilts but I am planning on it! My 3 year old daughter likes using quilts for her dolls and I’m sure they could use some smaller ones.

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    I’m making a mini quilt right now for a quilt exchange. Even did some hand quilting on it last night, which I haven’t done for a long time. Made me remember how much I love hand quilting–so relaxing and satisfying.

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    Wow, this looks like a great book. I just recently started mini quilts and I love them for trying designs…

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    DawnH says:

    Love your first attempt at a mini… looks fab… I, like you usually do larger quilts… they seem to grow….. would love to win copy.
    Hugs Dawn x x

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    simone says:

    Lovely book! I really enjoy making mini quilts. It somehow makes you think ‘bigger’, being able to experiment more and using more details.

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    adina says:

    sounds like a great book. i’m always looking for some inspirations for mini “paintings” (quilts) on my walls.

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    Melissa R says:

    I’m a member of the LA Modern Quilt Guild, and we swappedoni quilts at our meeting Monday. I didn’t get one made in time to swap, but am very inspired to make one – or several!! I think they should be displayed, for sure!

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    I love making mini quilts, quick satisifaction when finished!

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    kerry says:

    I haven’t made any mini quilts but I’m just about to do a block bee so I amy end up making some for a practice- I like the idea of putting them on the wall and replacing when you make a new one

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    Anita says:

    I would love to add this book to my small quilting library. thank you!

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    Margaret says:

    Mini quilts are a great way to try out techniques and colours that would be tiresome and repetitive in a full sized quilt. Not to mention that they’re great fun to hang on the wall in a rotating display.

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    Sonia Bartholomew says:

    Looks like I need to try my hand at some smaller quilts. I like the idea other readers have suggested to use mini-quilts to try new techniques. Looks like a great book!

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    elsa says:

    I’d love to have the book! and, yes, I’ve made a few mini quilts! it was some time ago and they would end up as teddy quilts for my son’s teddy bear … if I made some now? hopefully they would end up with a teddy or two! oh, and I’ve washed them all! the ones I made in the past were well loved! thanks for the opportunity and love your blog!

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    I will definitely be trying a mini quilt to test out some new techniques that I might not have the patience for in a larger quilt. Book looks lovely!

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    Emily S says:

    I love mini quilts – it lets you try out new techniques without committing to a huge project!

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    Ruth says:

    Great Giveaway! I’ve made one mini quilt and they are so much fun to do because you can finish them so quickly!

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    amanda says:

    Beautiful hand quilting! I want to try this, for sure. The laundry room has become my impromptu “sewing office,” and there is zero decoration in there. I think some mini quilts might be just the thing. I saw one the other day that was an embroidered to-do list, made to look like it was written on a sheet of binder paper. On the list? “Buy more fabric.” Bwa ha ha!!

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    Jane says:

    ooh, i especially love that circus tent quilt!

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    Lindsey says:

    I haven’t made a mini quilt per se just a set of pieced and quilted placemats. I would like make a mini quilt to try out some free motion quilting which is defintely out of my comfort zone.

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    alissa says:

    Wonderful giveaway. This book looks so inspiring. I haven’t made any mini quilts but I think I definitely would if I had this book!

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    Karin says:

    Cool book! I’ve made a few mini-quilts – some serve as table-toppers, some as wall-hangings. I look forward to making more!

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    Betty says:

    A mini quilt would be a wonderful first quilt project for me. This book looks fun and enticing!

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    Monet says:

    This looks like such a great book! Thanks for posting about it.

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    shir says:

    thanks! the book looks great, I have never made a mini quilt, hope to do so one day

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    Amy says:

    I’ve never made a mini quilt. I’ve made a few potholders to experiment with different blocks, but this sounds like a really fun middle ground between potholders and my queen-sized quilt…

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    mandi says:

    i have never made a mini quilt – i always felt like they were kinda a waste of fabric because they didn’t seem “usefull” BUT seeing these, I LOVE THEM! they are so cute on the wall!

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    I’ve never made a mini quilt – well, not on purpose anyway. I’d love to learn about the technique and hone my hand sewing skills.

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    Stacy Marie says:

    Ohhh I really want this book! I want to try a mini quilt as my intro to quilting.

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    Kristina says:

    I love your mini quilt. Before I learned to machine quilt a few years ago, I quilted my quilts by hand using quilting thread (not many quilts got finished because it took so long!). But I might have to try some hand quilting again–this time with the thicker perle cotton. I love how it looks. Oh, and the only mini quilts I’ve made have been for wall hangings–they are probably a bit bigger than the largest one in the photos.

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    This would be a perfect introduction to starting the quilt-making that I’m longing to do. I do like the idea of displaying them but feel that it is important that you can touch them: they are after all so tactile. So they would need to be washable. But if I put that much effort into something (I know my skills and know it would take a lot of effort!) I’d kinda like to display them behind glass!

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    Dawn W says:

    I love your hand stitching – very cute touch. But I agree – I wouldn’t want to try that on a larger quilt, especially one that actually got lots of use. What a great giveaway too!

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    kate C. says:

    I’ve made lots of small wall-hanging quilts that I guess would now by classified as “mini-quilts.” I’ve NEVER washed them and neither does my mom who has probably made dozens of them. I don’t think the washed/wrinkled look is nice on the wall.

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    Annalia says:

    I just got a swap from someone who made me a quilt from this book – so it was really fun to get a peek at the book! I’ve made lots of mini-quilts for my nieces to have doll quilts. It’s a fun, fast way to try out something new. …on the wall? Depends on the quilt for me, but maybe my quilts wouldn’t get left on the floor all of the time if I hung them on the wall!

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    Kelsey Nolen says:

    That’s adorable! I haven’t ever made a mini quilt before but I love these pictures. I would love to make one to hang up for our new baby!

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    Leigh says:

    Mini quilts seem like a great way to try new techniques. I am also awed by the art impact they create on the wall.

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    Audrey says:

    I haven’t made any mini quilts previously, but now I really want to display a bunch above my kitchen table, so I need to get started!

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    Balinda says:

    I’m inspired just by these pictures. I would love to read more.

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    lisa delong says:

    I suppose you could say I’ve made 6 mini-quilts. I specifically made them to be placemats but they are pieced. Does that count? I think the book looks totally awesome.

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    suzi says:

    I love mini quilts! I can’t afford fine art – but I can afford lovely, little, luscious quilts! I look forward to long car rides so that I can stitch the day away. Little quilts are great for trying new techniques before committing to a large quilt.

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    I am always up for a good read with great inspiration. Count me in, thanks.

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    Ashley says:

    I’ve made a few mini quilts for my neices to play with. I love the satisfaction of starting and finishing a quilt in one sitting! I didn’t wash mine, but I don’t see why you shouldn’t. (I’m no expert though, that’s why I need to win this book!) I’m dying to make the field of flowers quilt on the cover. :o)

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    Cammy says:

    I haven’t made a mini quilt, but this book is on my wish list because I think that it is a great way to try new techniques on a doable project.

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    Chay says:

    MQ’s are totally satisfying – not overwhelming, great way to experiment with fabric. Plus, easy to change out when displaying them. This book looks inspirational! Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Eileen says:

    What a great way to try new things, but how to pick which new thing to try first!

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    SongBird says:

    I love making mini-quilts. I’ve been making them longer than I’ve been working on full-sized ones. I like that I can do them away from the sewing machine – I like handwork and enjoy portable projects, so things like hexagons or hand pieced minis are fun for me.

    Also, I think hanging minis on the wall is very different from hanging full-sized quilts on the wall. Minis are art in a way that I find larger quilts to not be. I want to use my large quilts; I like that the art of them is functional art, but minis can be something fun and artistic, just like a picture.

    SongBird

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    heather says:

    Ooh…. I was eyeing this book at the store the other day! It has so many great projects and features a few of my favorite designers. I have made mini-quilts in the past. They’re a great way to find inspiration and be creative without the commitment a larger quilt,
    i’ve never washed mine because I used so much raw-edge applique – I was afraid they’d become too frayed looking.

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    Whistlepea says:

    I’ve never made a mini quilt but I’d love to try!

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    Julina says:

    The first quilt I ever made was a mini quilt. Grandma had my cousin and I start out with a 14×14 size to learn the basics of quilting. I have been dying to make on of those cool clothes line quilts though. I might be crazy, but I won’t wash mine lol. There is a very cute duck quilt we just received for our baby, that is hanging up on the wall in his room, becuase I refuse to wash it or else the cute sailor ducks will get all wrinkly, and I just don’t think I could handle that ;)

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    Kristina says:

    I love the idea of mini quilts because it’s a quilting project that I know I can actually make from start to finish!

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    Nathalie says:

    I have made a few mini’s from really mini – 7″ X 8″ with 12 1″ blocks all paper pieced hearts to a bit larger wall size mini quilts. They are fun, but not necessarily faster.

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    My first quilting project was a mini quilt because I thought it would be easier than making a bigger one – foiled again! Luckily it didn’t put me off quilting… I still have a soft spot for miniatures even now!

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    Lucia says:

    I love to make mini quilts… In this house we call them “doll quilts”. We have three girls, so lots of dolls and frIends with dolls, so always a reason/excuse to make one. I love mini quilts since it allows me to try out new designs without the commitment of a big quilt. Is love to win this book. I need a lot of inspiration for all of the mini quilts on my future!

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    Mini quilts are so much fun. Most of my quilts are big now (I’m lucky to have the tools for it), but mini quilts are where I really get to play with color, texture & dimension. Great skill builders, and so lovely in groups.

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    Kim says:

    I really need to get on this bandwagon, they look so fun! And quick to finish so even with my over-developed procrastination skills it would get done! : )

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    Chas says:

    I have never tried a mini quilt, but would love to try using this new book!

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    Megan says:

    I love your mini quilt. I have made quite a few mini quilts to be used as doll quilts, so I did wash them. They are so quick and easy to make. This book looks like it has lots of great ideas!

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    I would love to win this book. I prefer to do mini quilts because you can only have so many bed quilts :) Mini quilts are like art to a room! thanks.

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    Christine says:

    I love the idea of mini quilts but It is something I’ve yet to try. I’d love to see this book and be inspired!

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    Michelle S. says:

    I’d like to win this book!

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    Cathy A says:

    I really like the mini quilts and have done a few holiday ones. Small sometimes means I may actually finish it!

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    Andrea says:

    Ooh, I like those cute little quilts! Have never tried it myself, but I would love to change that!

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    julie says:

    that grey and white one with the power lines (i think that was a quilt in that photo…) is AMAZING. i love those quiet quilts.

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    Carrie says:

    I LOVE mini quilts! I haven’t made one yet, but I intend to make some so that I can have a wall of mini quilts just like that. I saw that idea first on the Wee Wonderfuls website and I adore it!

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    holly p says:

    I love your mini quilt! You’ve motivated me to try out a mini quilt myself…it would be nice to have a handstitching project to work on during road trips! I’d love to win the book, thanks for the chance!

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    Amanda says:

    I haven’t made a mini quilt before, but I’m intrigued by the idea of using them for art. I’d love to have this book in my collection!

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    Kim says:

    I’m just about to make my very fist mini quilt as a gift. It would be awesome to have this book to reference.

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    Jen Jackson says:

    I love them! I made a mini quilt but it was so mini it ended up looking like a pot holder!

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    Mary VZ says:

    Please sign me up! I can’t wait to get my hands on this book.

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    traceyjay says:

    cute stitching Ashley!

    I love the look of the perle cotton. :)
    And I’d love the book too.

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    Jessica C says:

    I have made a few mini-quilts — doll quilts for DQS and one for my daughter’s American Girl Doll. I like them in that they’re fun to make, FAST, let you try new techniques without too much commitment. Unfortunately, my husband HATES quilts on the wall too, so as yet, I haven’t displayed any. I think I could get away with it in my sewing room, but I just haven’t done it yet. Anyway, love the book.

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    wyndy t says:

    I like the whole hand sewing thing, maybe if I win I will try some!

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    Simone says:

    I’m inspired to try a mini quilt for a wall hanging!

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    Ramona says:

    just made my first one, sooooo much fun!

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    Charlotte M says:

    No, I haven’t made any mini quilts, but the projects in the book looks so cute!

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    Amber says:

    Sign me up! I love the mini quilts, but haven’t made one yet.

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    RosaMaria says:

    I made a mini quilt for my blog anniversary giveaway. That is a perfect gift!
    many thanks for the chance to win, the book looks amazin!

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    Thanks for the opportunity to own this book.

    As for Mini Quilt… I love them and I am currently working on several!

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    Sarah J says:

    Oooh- I haven’t made a mini quilt before, but I’m already inspired by the photo of the telephone pole quilts in the book! Thanks for the chance to win it!

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    Mama Mel says:

    I would LOVE to have this book! I’ve made a couple of mini quilts. 2 have been doll-size quilts and one was a small wall hanging for my mom. I love making them because they take hardly any time at all and they are an easy gift in a hurry. I usually wash my doll-size mini quilts, since I figure they will be used by kids. I didn’t wash my mom’s wall hanging, since it was pretty small and it looked better non-washed. Hope this helps! :)

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    thegoose says:

    Your mini quilt is cute.
    I would love to win a copy of this book so I can try my hand at a mini quilt! :)

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    Kacey says:

    i’ve never made a mini quilt. (i just started sewing a few months ago.) maybe this book would give me the know-how to try one!

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    cheryl says:

    I’ve made a couple mini-quilts, and I love them! I made some mini quilt tops in an improv piecing class with D. Schmidt, then appliqued a bird onto one of them and embroidered the words “the only traveler”. I put it on stretched/framed canvas and stapled the back, so that it’s hung like a painting. Here’s a pic of it: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3298/3267961809_9bf778e70c_o.jpg

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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    donna says:

    I certainly would love to win a book, and this one in particular . . .I love mini quilts…

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    Jeanine says:

    Great giveaway. I would love to get my hands on this book. Mini quilts would be a great way to build on quiltmaking skills.

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    Andria says:

    I’ve never made a mini quilt, but the idea appeals to me greatly. Especially for kids. I think they would be perfect for little girls and their dolls.

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    Teresa p says:

    I would love to try piped binding as well and I think a mini-quilt would be the perfect way to try it out. I wouldn’t wash the quilt unless you needed to (if it got dirty). If you wanted it to get crinkly, douse it in the sink, roll it in a towel, and pop it in the dryer for a little bit. That’s my opinion, anyways. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Amy Hodge says:

    I think mini quilts are a great way to test out designs and try out new techniques. And they are so satisfying because they are done so quickly! They also are small enough to hang in small spots. I’ve made a couple of small quilts that right now are on my design wall. They really need permanent homes somewhere!

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    Rachel says:

    I love mini quilts. I can finish them before I get tired of them. I would love to know how other people and them. If they are small, I put two safety pins on the back. Then hook the safety pins to small nails in the wall.

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    Stephanie says:

    This looks like an excellent book!

    It’d be a relief to have some smaller projects to break up the work of all the queen sized quilts!

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    duff says:

    I haven’t made a mini-quilt yet. yet. I have one in my foyer that needs a friend!

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    Tanya B says:

    I’m a big fan of the mini-quilts. The book looks wonderful!

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    Eleanor says:

    I haven’t made any but I’m DYING to and this book seems like the perfect thing to give me the kick in the pants I need to get going. Thanks for the chance to win!

    -Eleanor
    eleanor(at)unfamiliarceiling(dot)com

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    Anne Vitug says:

    I’m a beginner quilter and I’d love to start a mini quilt to improve my skills. Quilting is so much fun…..I have soooo many projects that I want to start now!

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    Laura says:

    These would be perfect for me! I’m new to quilting and haven’t had time to finish the 3 quilts I’ve started. I love this!

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    Love minis, especially for sharing. I don’t wash them…they don’t need to be all soft and crinkly to hang on the wall and they keep their shape better if they are not washed, I find. I’m in DQS9, and did the last one as well and also the miniQT Flickr swap group – it’s so fun!!! I’d love to win the book and get some more ideas. Thanks!

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    Talena says:

    I love the idea of a mini quilt. I love projects that have instant gratification since I tend to get bored with larger projects. I’d love to check out this book!

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    Alison says:

    This book looks great! I haven’t made any mini-quilts, but I love the idea. It looks like a great way to try out new techniques. I don’t see any reason why one would have to wash a mini-quilt, unless some degree of crinkliness was part of the design.

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    I’ve given away most of the mini quilts that I have made. I do like that you can try something new in small doses – this is where I learned pebble quilting by machine. Yes, I washed the ones I have made except for the portrait challenge – too many little frayed edges.

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    Megan says:

    I haven’t made a mini quilt yet but I’ve been planning one in my head for quite some time. It’ll be a picture of the front of our home – we love it! It’s cute and green and I think would be so cute to have in quilt version to hang over our bed.

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    Shannon says:

    I haven’t made any, but I would love to, seems like a great way to decide if a project is worth making a larger one!

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    Jenny says:

    I’ve never done a mini, although I would definitely be willing to try hand quilting on one. Love the appliqued stuff. The book looks like it’s full of eye candy. Can’t wait to see it!

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    Hannah says:

    I’m honestly not sure what I think of mini quilts. I typically lean toward sewing things that will be useful and not just decorative, but I just started quilting and the idea of making a smaller quilt to improve my skills sounds appealing.

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    Asiyah says:

    I make doll (mini) quilts and participate in swaps on Flickr. It’s a lot of fun. I only launder them if they won’t be hanging on the wall and may be stained from everyday use. I recently began making them to decorate our house since the bare walls are driving me bonkers!

    Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Jan says:

    I’d love to win this book. The only mini quilts I’ve made are doll quilts, I think they qualify; even if they’re not “art quilts”.

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    DianeY says:

    I’ve never made a mini quilt, probably because I’m not sure what I would do with it! Guess I’m kind of like Morgan-don’t really like them hanging on the wall. But that little grouping of them from the book has possibilities and I love yours-especially the hand stitching

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    Allison S. says:

    I’d love to try some mini-quilts!!

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    Julia says:

    That book looks great! It would be a great way to finally get into quilting.

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    Kathy says:

    Love these! Maybe I would actually have time to try to make a quilt. I have ambition, but time is something else! This book would help.

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    I love your mini quilt, Ashley, and your stitches look fabulous to me!! All my mini quilts go to isabella (I agree with Morgan about them hanging on the wall, but do like small ones if they are framed). Seeing her wrap her babies up with them just warms my heart and makes them so worth making. I’ve washed them all several times (every time one of her babies has an accident and spills food or juice on them) and they stay as pretty as ever, just keep getting softer with every wash. Besides, just like the regular sized quilts I make her, I figure her doll quilts will get passed down to her daughter one day.

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    Lynn says:

    What a beautiful book! I’d love go get it to see the stitch dictionary. I really want to try hand stitching too!

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    Elizabeth says:

    I think a mini quilt would appeal to any level of quilter, although I have never made one. I am inspired to try a mini quilt using hexagons and I love hand stitching!

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    Mary Claire says:

    My Mom has made lots of mini-quilts; she always called them wall hangings. She’d do ones for different seasons or Holiday’s. Of course we all know that quilting is an art, but there is something about hangning it on the wall that makes it seem more so.

    Fun to see something new! Thanks!

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    emma says:

    I keep seeing this book pop up as I cruise the web. I am intrigued!
    Also, apparently I already make mini-quilts and didn’t know it. I often whip up a small quilt for my daughter’s dolls. They are so quick, I don’t mind doing more elaborate patterns. Who knew I was being arty?!
    :)

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    Amy Sp says:

    I love minis because the come together so quickly. Instant gratification!

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    Wendy D. P. says:

    This book looks wonderful – can’t wait to see more!

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    Jenna says:

    I’ve never made a mini-quilt, but my mother is a pro. She hangs them over her couches and alternates them as the seasons change. I can’t wait to check this book out!

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    Penny g says:

    Love your mini quilt! Maybe I should try some hand stitching to highlight a quilt.

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    julie says:

    Great inspiration! Great photos!

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    Heather says:

    i had to laugh…my husband doesn’t like quilts on the wall either – he always says “it’s a BLANKET…why is it on the wall??” he just can’t understand the concept of quilts as art. However I have been able to get around it by framing smaller pieces (and that way it doesn’t get dusty!) or by stretching fabric over canvas…it’s not quilted then, but still it’s something. Good luck with your next small (or big!) quilt!

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    Greta says:

    Thanks for a chance to win this great book. I have not made a mini quilt yet but I have a few ideas floating around in my head.

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    Anne says:

    There are so many reasons to do smaller size quilts: they use less fabric and so are more economical, they use up small amounts of fabric (like vintage prints) and give them more of a focus, they allow you to try out new sewing techniques and patterns easily, they are quicker to make, and are much easier to machine quilt than the big ones. I’ve made lots of lap quilts, wall hanging, and baby sized quilts lately for all of the above reasons. The ones I make are washable; I prewash any fabrics that I think will shrink or bleed.

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    ~Michelle~ says:

    I’ve made one & received one…the one I received is now in that dead wall space above the stairs going down, so it livens up the stairwell quite a bit!

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    shannonB says:

    I have never made a mini quilt, but I’ve been thinking about making one for my living room. I have a small wall that is just begging for something adorable to hang on it! Thanks for the chance to win the book!

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    Tiffany says:

    I would love to win this book! I am new to quilting and have never made a mini quilt, but I’ve been considering it so I can practice some free-motion and other quilting techniques. Then maybe I could give them to the little one to use as doll quilts. Although I’m sure if I had this book, there would be some creations that were wall worthy instead of play worthy.

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    Liz says:

    I’ve been trying to finish a mini quilt I started years ago. I figure they’re a good way to try out new patterns and techniques before committing to a big quilt. I figure my daughter can use them as doll quilts. I’m really excited about this book!

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    Caroline says:

    Well now, i do believe you have just sold another copy. I love your mini quilt – you are speedy girl!

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    Corrie says:

    Kudos to you on the hand stitching. Not my forte either! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Kirsten says:

    I love the idea of a mini quilt to try out new techniques! I’d love to learn to applique!

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    Judy says:

    Mini quilts seem like a great way to make up a sampler of ideas.

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    Kathy says:

    I would love to make some mini quilts, maybe I would actually get them all the way done!! Your little quilt is very cute!

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    Kolleen says:

    I love making minis–started and done in a weekend–a great chance to TRY technique and use scraps. this book looks so good! Thanks for the chance to win

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    Melissa says:

    Having only made two quilts in my life, I’ve never made a mini quilt but would like to. The book looks fantastic!

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    Elaine says:

    I just made my first mini quilt to give half-square triangles and pinwheels a try. It was very satisfying to have the whole thing done quickly. Not sure where I’m going to hang it just yet.

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    Heathir says:

    In our house, they’re not mini quilts, they’re doll blankets. I like them for trying new quilting techniques.

    I love the look of that circus tent. Maybe it’s time to try one for the wall…

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    Megan Presley says:

    I’ve never made a mini quilt, but I would love to try! I think they are just too cute!!

    sales4mp at gmail dot com

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    Wendy says:

    I’d love to win this book. I make only small quilts now, because of shoulder and hand difficulties, and I’d like to become more artful.

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    Leslie says:

    Looks like a great book. I would love to try to make a mini-quilt.
    Thanks!

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    Jackie H says:

    My first quilt was a mini-quilt (less intimidating than a full-sized one, you know? LOL) and it was really fun to make! I like how you can spend more time to put more decorative stitches in it b/c you won’t run out of steam halfway…esp for a newbie quilter like me. :)

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    Brooke says:

    I haven’t made any mini quilts. I had this idea that if I’m going to put effort and money into making a quilt, I wanted it to be usable. But, I made a small baby quilt a couple months ago and LOVED how quickly it came together and how cute it was. My hubby isn’t a huge fan of hanging quilts on the wall, but I think mini quilts could look so cute in a nursery or toddler’s room. In fact, I’m working on finishing a quilt for my three-year-old. Maybe I should make a corresponding rocket mini quilt to hang on his wall and tie the whole room together! I also would love to have a neat glossary of terms related to stitching easily accessible. This sounds like the book for me!

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    Rebecca says:

    I haven’t made any but yours look so nice it might be worthwhile. Thanks for offering the book!

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    Christine says:

    I am interested in mini quilts because: 1) I have twin girls who would love to use them as doll quilts, and 2) It is a great way to practice a new quilt pattern/technique without committing to a large, bed sized quilt. Thank you so much for the giveaway, I look forward to trying my hand at a mini quilt soon!

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    krista says:

    I love mini quilts because you can add a lot of details that make more impact than they would on a larger quilt. I don’t wash mine if there are any embellishments or raw edge applique, but I have washed the ones that are more simply pieced!

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    Angela says:

    I wasn’t sure about minis either, but once I made 12 of them last advent I was hooked! They are so fast and fun for trying out new things.

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    faith says:

    i love the idea of a mini quilt and i love the way it can be used as art. i haven’t made any myself… but perhaps this would be motivation to do exactly that.

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    Grace says:

    I would love to win this book, the designs look gorgeous! I haven’t made any mini quilts but I think I’ll try one now!

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    Leandre says:

    I like the idea of trying a mini quilt (though I, too, am not sure that I would know what to do with one once it was done), and the books looks beautiful.

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    katielea says:

    I love the idea of mini quilts…instant gratification & the freedom to experiment a lot. While I haven’t made one yet, I’m hoping to in the future. This book would provide me with loads of inspiration!

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    Cayt says:

    I haven’t made any, but I love quilted coasters and placemats. This book looks lovely!

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    Rachel says:

    I’ve never made a mini quilt, but what’s not to love about the look as wall decor. LOL at your comment about hubby not noticing. That’s my tactic too!

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    Lauren says:

    I’ve never made a mini quilt, but at the rate that I am getting the larger quilts done (NOT!), maybe I should aim for something smaller as time permits! Would love to win some eye candy!

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    Elizabeth says:

    I’ve never made one, but I’d like to try. I love the photo of the kitchen!

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    That book looks AWESOME! I hope I win it so I don’t have to put it on my birthday list! I think you little mini quilt is divine! And thanks for the inspiration about the quilt wall!

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    Karry says:

    I want to make a mini quilt, but haven’t done it yet! This book would be a great inspiration!

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    kama says:

    I haven’t ever made a mini quilt, but I saw one recently that looked like a pad of paper. I thought that would be awesome for my teacher sis-in-law. :)

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    gale lewis says:

    I have made a couple of mini quilts for swaps and I love them! I am amazed at the mini quilts some people make with tiny, tiny blocks. I would love a chance to win this book, I have been eyeing it for some time, but have to not bought it yet.

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    Kelly O. says:

    I’ve never made a mini-quilt but I want to make my daughter a doll quilt for Christmas–maybe I should try something fun with some stitching!

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    craftytammie says:

    I make quilted notebooks, which start as a miniquilt. I’ve also made a couple of little doll quilts, just to practice a block or my quilting. The book looks wonderful, I’d love a copy!

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    Melissa says:

    I love those pictures – must get this book!

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    Carmen says:

    I love mini-quilts! Usually my kids steal them for their stuffed animals. ;)

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    Cindy says:

    This book looks awesome! It looks like it would be east to up-size some of these ideas on a bigger quilt too!

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    Brenna says:

    I just found your blog and I love your quilts! I too love fabric by Heather Ross. In fact, I just purchased a fat quarter bundle of Far Far Away 2.

    I just finsihed the top of my very first quilt. Still have the binding and then I am done. Who knows, maybe I will whip up a mini quilt next!

    Great giveaway and I LOVE your mini-quilt!

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    Amanda W says:

    Oh! I do want this book! I could use those hand stitching guides!

    Thanks for the fun giveaway and sneak peeks of such fun stuff!

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    May says:

    Running out of room in my small condo to work on bigger quilts. I believe many minis are going to be in my future.

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    Jodi says:

    I am still finishing a mini quilt with some embroidery and appliqueing. Love it, and WILL wash it when I’m done. I love your multiple minis hanging on the same wall! Great idea! Too bad for Morgan! JK!

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    Rebecca says:

    I want to make a mini quilt just like this! How sweet! In fact, I think I will put that on my list of projects to make. I love mini quilts, although, I have a hard time finding things to use them for other than putting them all over the place so the cats don’t get hair all over everything. :P

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    Meg says:

    I’ve done one mini quilt but I hope to make more.

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    sarah says:

    I’ve never made a mini quilt but I can see how they could get addicting quickly! Love the circus tent one.

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    monique says:

    This book is inspiring! I’ve never really thought about mini quilts but I realize there is huge potential there. There is no big commitment with a mini quilt.

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    Jenny G. says:

    I’ve made some, and I have a lot more planned. My MIL always refers to them as ‘dolly quilts’. And my first quilt was actually a mini, and then I was hooked!

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    Heather says:

    That book, and the quilts in it, look so great. Thanks for the giveaway!
    heather.nevits@gmail.com

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    Cindy A. says:

    This looks like an awesome book. I’ve never made a mini quilt before.

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    Afton says:

    I’ve never made a mini quilt before, but I love the pics from the book.

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    Carolyn says:

    Thank you for the chance to win this amazing looking book!
    I have not made a mini quilt before, but I love the idea. My vet clinic which unfortunately knows me on a first name basis, they except donations of blankets in which they will wrap a sick or post surgery pet in to send them home. After the first operation that my cat had, they gave me a lovely pink one. I have always wanted to repay them for the item. I think this is the perfect way to do it.

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    Eeva says:

    I´ve made one mini quilt for my daughters doll. I like to work with bigger quilts but the book still looks very inspiring.

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    My only mini quilt was a simple doll quilt, but I love the photo with the mini quilts displayed in the kitchen!! Sends my mind racing with all the decorating possibilities!

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    Lisa M says:

    I’ve never made a mini, but think it would be fun. Especially to try some ideas I’m a little nervous about trying in a full size quilt. I’ve been wondering how a mini would look on the wall in a frame…?? And who knows? Maybe Morgan would be game for it!

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    A says:

    wow what a great giveaway. I have just finished my first mini quilt but had to give it away as it was for a swap. I am hooked though and hope to try several more.

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    Oo, so many comments! I’ve only made a few (very) mini quilts…usually one block each. So far they’ve been a good excuse for practicing without wasting fabric or time…you still end up with a quilt in the end! I’d love to make mini quilts than lean towards the artistic side though. Kind of curious about that ‘circus’ one you pictured. :)
    And so far I haven’t washed. I think the crinkle effect is really good from far away…..but distorts quilts up-close. If I like the way it looks when I’m finished with it, I’m very hesitant to wash a quilt. You can never get back that un-washed sheen!

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    Jodi says:

    I have never made a mini quilt, but I have so many blank spaces on my walls I’d love to try!

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    craftydill says:

    Mini quilts are so much fun to make! They don’t require as much time from start to finish (I hate quilting and binding and would be very happy to just make tops!:D) and don’t require as much fabric, which allows me to use more designer fabrics. Thanks for the chance! -Michelle

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    Erin says:

    This book could be dangerous for me. I began quilting with a queen sized quilt and… that’s where I stopped. I think I got in over my head and mini quilts are a better way for me to get my feet wet. I’m thinking this book could lead to many, many fabric splurges in my future.

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    KerryQ says:

    As a rookie quilted, I’m inspired to start learning how to machine quilt on some placemats. This book looks like a great way to jump out of my comfort zone, and try things on a small scale.

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    Cindy says:

    Thanks for the give-away! I would love a chance to win! I love these small little projects that really inspire & drive me on to bigger & better projects. Great blog, too! :) – Cindy

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    KimmyG says:

    I have seen this book on a few blogs now and it is getting more and more appealing. I am now interested in trying a mini quilt. In the past it just seemed like a (sorry!) useless quilt, but I may be changing my mind. Aside form making cute things to hang, I can see a mini quilt as a great way to try a new technique without committing to a huge project. I might just do one! And this book looks great!

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    Patty says:

    I’ve made a few mini quilts, some I’ve washed others I haven’t yet. The book looks interesting. Your mini looks great. :^)

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    Glyn says:

    I’ve never even quilted! I saw this and thought it might be a good way to try quilting. Since a lot of my friends are trying it, it’s piqued my curiosity and I’ve been looking into what all I would need to have and do. Maybe this book would be just the inspiration. =)

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    Janna says:

    Oh My word THAT is ADORABLE!! Love your mini. I’ve never made any and frankly have never seen the point but I think you’ve just shown me the light!!:) If I had your creativness I’d whip some up;) Thanks so much for all your inspiration, your work is always so gorgeous!

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    mary says:

    I love hand quilting! And using perle cotton is a fun way to begin stitching by hand. It is more relaxed than traditional quilting and the bright colors add so much to a quilt.

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    Zrinka says:

    I love mini quilts. It’s the best way to try new things! The book looks great. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Catherine says:

    Your mini quilt is darling. These would be great to give as gifts–for all manner of people and occasions. How did you like the Essex? I’ve wanted to try that for quilting.

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    I do make mini quilts.I have 6 of them right now hanging on the wall in my sewing room. I think of them as a way to try something you’re not sure about and also to practice machine quilting. Sometimes I use them on my kitchen table under a vase of flowers!

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    Bryanna says:

    Oh I would love to have this book! I have never made a mini quilt before but they are so sweet and seem like such a great way to try new techniques!

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    Kate says:

    I’d love to have a copy of this book! I especially love the quilt on the cover with the multi-colored leaves! Handstitching is also out of my comfort zone, but it’s time for me to step it up a notch! Thanks for all of your posts and giveaways – you’re so very inspiring!

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    Jennifer H says:

    I had never considered mini quilts as wall art, but the last photo is just beautiful! It has gotten me thinking on a smaller more detailed scale!! Thanks for a great giveaway!

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    Anne D says:

    The book looks great. I love mini quilts. They are so quick and look great. At the moment I am making some minis to practice my quilting. Thanks for a great giveaway

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    Amy says:

    This book looks like so much fun! I haven’t made any mini quilts before, but I keep seeing pictures with a wall covered in them and it is so inspiring to me.

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    Lacee says:

    I haven’t made a mini quilt, but would love to try! I would love a copy of the book!

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    Tonya Lynn says:

    I’ve never made a mini quilt but this book looks like its fun and a bit of an inspiration to the new quilter!!!

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    shalynn says:

    these look fabulous. i need to make some mini quilts just to have a wall like that last picture. so cute!

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    Tara says:

    I’ve never made a mini quilt but I’d love to try my hand at one!

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    Donnell says:

    I have never made a mini quilt. I think that yours is fabulous. Love the colors.

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    kim says:

    I have made a couple of mini quilts both of which are hiding in a drawer. Could definitely use more instruction and help with my hand sewing.

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    deb says:

    I’d love this book, oh my goodness my wishlist is soooo long, if I brought everything on it, we would be ruined!!! lol

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    Tiffany says:

    I just was admiring this book at my local barnes & noble this week and I would be thrilled to get a copy myself. I’m really into mixed media art / art journals / upcycled/altered clothes etc and this book seems like a nice addition to my craft book library (plus I have time this summer to craft!). thanks for the chance to win! xo. –Tiffany

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    teresa gaiser says:

    i love mini quilts. Ive made them for my little girl who uses them for her baby dolls and trys to use them for herself. they give you that instant gratification. i would love to have this book!!!!!

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    Karen says:

    I love making mini quilts – they are so quick to do! I sort of get a bit bored with bigger projects (& unfortunately often abandon them half way through!), so mini quilts help me to stay focussed.
    For washing I use just a delicates washing liquid – although to be honest, I don’t really wash them that often!
    Hope you have a great day

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    Nathalie says:

    I made one mini quilt for my daughter’s doll !

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    Johanna says:

    I don’t have too many mini quilts but I love making them. Quick, nice to look at, they don’t take up much space nor time nor fabric to make and they look pretty! And they are perfect for trying out a new technique.

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    Jenny says:

    ive never made a mini quilt to hang…doll quilts, and they were washed but nothing specific for the wall. i think its a great way to try new techniques…would love a copy of this book!

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    I just finished my first mini-quilt this spring. It was a horizontal piece of 3 wonky houses side by side with kona carribian blue backgrounds and log cabins of various green prints around each block. The binding was a Kaffe fabric with lots of green stone shaped circles and other colors and to finish it off I dumped the button jar to find 3 cute tiny buttons to use as door knobs. It is now hanging on my apple green kitchen wall and looks great. But I think it need the company of a few more mini-quilts.

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    stacey says:

    Yes, please:) I love your FFA quilt – cute!

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    Amber says:

    I have a few hanging in my sewing room…I need to get a copy of that book – it looks so cute!!

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    sy says:

    i love the projects in the book. i haven’t made a mini quilt yet, i really want to make some for table runners.

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    How do you display them?
    Put a skinny rod poclet on back, make it 1 inch shorter than the quilt on each side.
    Cut a dowel the legnth of the quilt, slide through the rod, hang on 2 nails the rod should not show.
    And if you have made any, do you wash them? I’m curious…(and trying to figure out if I should wash the one I made!)
    I made mine all out of regular fabrics all stitched on machine a little raw edge applique so I washed it in the machine just like any other quilt to get the wrinkle effect. Good Luck

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    Kat says:

    I have been dreaming up many potential quilts with hand-stitching, thanks to much inspiration from SillyBooDilly and my need to create as I go. That stitch glossary sounds great, and I would love to have a good general quilting reference book on my shelf. Thanks for the giveaway, and I love your new mini-quilt.

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    Kristin says:

    Looks like a great book!

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    Katy Smith says:

    I have the ones I have on the wall – probably not hung properly – but they are well loved. Both were gifts so I have not ever actually done one.

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    Wendy says:

    I’ve never made a mini quilt, but this book looks like it could convince me to give it a try!

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    Karen in Toronto says:

    I’m in the middle of making a mini quilt .. hopefully it will be complete before the summer is over. This book looks great!

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    Julie K. says:

    I haven’t made a mini quilt, but it looks fun! I’ve noticed, every time I view your blog I get inspired to make something cool!!

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    gina f. says:

    Those projects look so fun to do and I would love to win this book!! Thanks for a chance to win!!

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    Alice R. says:

    Oh, yes, I’d love to win! That wall is so amazing! Thank you.

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    Jacque. says:

    Hey Ashley…making mini quilts is great fun! A neat way to practice something new…or to just have. I’ve been involved with the doll swaps and they are just too much fun! This book sounds exciting…would love to win! Great job on your mini!

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    Nova says:

    I love your mini quilt with the hand stitching. Linen and hand stitching wins me over every time! I’m really loving that pic of the mini quilts displayed as a little installation of wall hangings – the yellow walls and green dresser definitely help ;)
    x

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    Jodi Searle says:

    I do not like when I let the busy parts of life interfer with me checking film in the fridge, let that never happen again! Mini quilts seem to tell a story so profound, thank you for sharing this book with us. Now I will cross my fingers for winning my very own copy!

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    Katie says:

    I don’t frequently have time to work on bigger projects, so these mini quilts are the perfect size to be creative and feel productive. I love them!

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    Fara says:

    Your mini quilt is so lovely, Ashley! I love the simple design, and the color combination. And the hand stiching is a great detail on it.
    I’m not sure how I feel about mini quilts; on one hand, I think they are cute and could be a nice decorative object, on the other hand, I think what are they good for?! I haven’t made any yet, but recently I’ve been wanting to make one, as I’ve seen all these great mini quilts online and in books (would love to have Whip Up Mini Quilts!) I think I would hang mini quilts in a group, above or next to my sewing area, if I had one. I would probably wash them from time to time if they got too dusty/dirty, unless the mini quilts had delicate material and details in them.

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    Allison Forsyth says:

    As always…great giveaway!!

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    Bernadette says:

    I remember when i was about 15 after years of watching my mum quilt, and teaching herself, I made my first quilt. It was mini quilt. I entered in the the local show craft competition and 1st place for first timers. I was so proud of myself. Currently enjoying getting back into sewing and loving it.

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    Shannon says:

    I have made three, all for swaps, and got three in return. One was coopted by my daughter for play, one is hanging in my sewing room (I stuck it up with tape) and one it destined for the guest bath. I haven’t figured out how to actually hang them up in a good, non damaging way yet.

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    Anne says:

    I love mini quilts. They allow me to experiment without a huge investment of time or money. I give my littl

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    Andrea says:

    I’m really loving the whole minni quilt trend right now. I agree withsome of the other commenters that it’s a great way to practice a new technique! My favorite from the book is the hydro pole mini quilt.

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    SheilaC says:

    I do love mini quilts but I haven’t made one yet. WOuld love to try though!

    Thanks for the give away
    SheilaC

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    Debbie says:

    I think I want to make a miniquilt runner for my kitchen table and the new sunny yellow paint job.

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    Chantry says:

    I’m new to quilting…mostly quilted bags, and I think that a mini quilt would be a great start.
    love your blog, btw.

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    Carol Hansen says:

    Oh wow. What a great looking book. I love making small/mini quilts. It’s a great way to learn new techniques and expand on old ones.

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    Kelli says:

    What a lovely book! I haven’t tried any mini quilts but would love to try one!

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    Beth T. says:

    I haven’t made a mini quilt yet…I started to make one, then decided that the finished block would instead be one of four blocks at the centerpiece of a much larger, otherwise spare quilt. I’ve had my eye on this book, though. Thanks for the chance to win it!

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    Munaiba says:

    Gosh I would love to win this book. Those mini quilts are really inspiring. I’m just starting to make one myself. I have finished the top which you can see here: http://sewjournal.com/2010/06/09/the-labyrinth-applique-is-finished/ and I have just started quilting it. I’m stuck as to what sort of binding to do and this book would really help me. Thanks for the opportunity to win. I think your first mini quilt is really cute Ashley.
    Cheers
    Munaiba

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    Carmel says:

    Oh, I am so in love with this book. It is definitely on my wish list. I love the idea of trying out new techniques on something that is small enough to finish.

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    Mary Ann says:

    I love mini art quilts and have been eyeing this book for a while! I would love to win it! I’ve made several mini quilts so far and am about to organize my third mini art quilt on Craftster.org.

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    Robyn Brown says:

    Wow what a great book!

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    Tina says:

    I made two mini quilts when I was first starting out, one to learn how to piece, hand quilt and add binding, and one to practice machine quilting. The first hand sewn one lives on my armchair and the second (which was kind of hideous) decorates my lab manager’s office.

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    Christina says:

    I’ve made a doll quilt, does that count? This book looks so inspiring.

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    ara jane says:

    i’m not so sure i like quilts on the wall, either, but looking at that lovely little vignette up there might make me change my mind, too! yes, please, to mini-quilts!

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    Christine says:

    What I want to do is make a set of mini-quilts that will be placemats. I even have the material. It’s time (and inspiration for a pattern) that I need.

    I also love the idea of quilts on the wall. Some day I’ll be able to do that. Right now quilts are on the bed.

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    bess says:

    i haven’t tried a mini-quilt, yet, but it’s on the list!

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    Kim says:

    fun! mini quilts that is! would love to make a few for myself…also some as unique gifts!

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    Mary says:

    My sister recently introduced me to the world of Mini Quilts and I have to say I LOVE them! I’m planning on making one and I’m excited to find this give away. Thank you

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    marg says:

    like you my quilts are always big. I have also wanted to make small so maybe this will spur me on

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    Suzanne says:

    I like the gratification of mini quilts. I have made a few which I hang on the wall sometimes with a sleeve and sometimes just with masking tape. (I usually swap them out for different seasons.) I haven’t washed mine so far.

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    lauradodson says:

    i do like the idea of mini quilts, however, i’ve not made one as of yet. i think what i like about them is they’re small enough to practice, or experiment on.

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    Lisa says:

    I would love to see this book, it’s the first I’ve heard of it. I’ve only made one mini quilt so far and would love to try more. It hangs on the wall of our little pod that we live in while we build our house….oh to have real wall space someday!! I haven’t tried washing it yet though, I’ll probably just hand wash.

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    Mary P says:

    I’ve made two. One is on my wall and another is not. And I just won Jacquie’s mini quilt giveaway, so I will soon be the recipient of her awesome mini quilt. I am pretty sure I will put it on the wall.

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    Trisha says:

    I enjoy making small quilts. The Doll Quilt Swap on Flickr is rally fun. I don’t usually wash doll size quilts until it is necessary.

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    Michelle Z says:

    Love it love it lve it!

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    Sylvia says:

    Love your mini quilt. I have made a few mini/doll quilts and usually do wash them.

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    Lauren says:

    OOO mini quilts, they sound so appealing. I bet I could make 10 in the time it takes me to make 1!!!

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    sandra says:

    I haven’t made a mini qu8ilt, BUT I love mini anything! I have been going to do a mini quilt for a long time.

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    Jo Chu says:

    I really like the simplicity of your mini quilt. Quite cute.

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    Paige says:

    Hmmm, I’ve never made a mini quilt but they’re fun and look like a great way to try something new without committing to a large project!

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    Chris says:

    I LOVE mini-quilts and can’t wait to check out this book. I always visit the Flickr group for DQS to get inspiration for mini-quilts. Great giveaway!

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    Cathy says:

    I’m in the process of hand sewing a mini wall quilt. My mother-in-law gave me some quilt blocks that were left over from her mother-in-law’s hand quilting days, along with the patterns made from magazines, newspapers, postcards…all from the 30′s. Also material cut & ready to be sewn into blocks. I let my daughters choose ones they wanted. Then I had 9 blocks left over, no two are alike and different size squares. I hand stitched muslin around each one so they would all be the same size, next I need to sew the sashing, and use the extra material for blocks in the corners. I also want to use some of the blocks on the back. Got that idea from you, love the backs of your quilts. I would love the book to learn more about the correct way of hand stitching, quilting, and as a reference and ideas.

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    Terra says:

    This is so inspiring! When I went to art school I focused on fiber art and did a lot of small fabric pieces that could be considered mini quilts. I used Wonder Under to put mine together. I’m interested to see the different techniques from the book!

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    Ingrid says:

    I have not completed a mini-quilt, but I have tinkered around with stitch drawing. I would love to make the quilts featured in the book though. I think they are as good as any art hanging on the wall. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Emily says:

    Sounds like a great idea. I think mini quilts would be great for learning new techniques.

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    I love the idea of decorating with mini quilts. I really want to do this and the book would be just the thing I need to get started. That and an extra 4 hours everyday.

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    PaulaK says:

    I have yet to try a mini quilt but I think they would be the perfect way to try new techniques, etc. I have been seeing all the great reviews on every blog and would love to win a copy so I can get started!

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    Terri says:

    I adore mini quilts, and have made quite a few over the past couple years. I do wash the ones I make. I like to use them as placemats or on our nightstands or as a sewing machine cover or to decorate my drab cubicle at work. I think they are great ways to try out new techniques, so I love your hand stitched version!

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    jojo's circus says:

    Yeah..I think Im with Morgan..I dont know If I like bulky fabric on a wall?………..but I really loved the circus tent quilt I could see that in my twin boys room I would however love to see what others are doing and a really good set of stitch instructions!

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    Jennifer says:

    I’m so impressed with your first attempt at hand stitching! It looks great! I’ve never made mini quilts – I always wondered what I would do with them. But that picture of a bunch of them on the wall gives me a whole new perspective on them. Thanks for sharing.

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    Meredith says:

    I love the idea of a mini-quilt – I’ve never made one, but this would be perfect and I might actually finish it! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Maeve Binder says:

    Put my name in the hat! This is a really cool book! Love that mini quilt too!

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    bec says:

    I would love to win a copy, and to try a mini wuilt! I need to fix up my plain walls! So haven’t made one yet, but need some inspiration.

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    Joy says:

    I haven’t made a mini quilt yet, but I’m looking forward to trying. You did a really nice job on yours! Thanks for the chance to win.

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    Millissa G says:

    I’m just finishing up the binding on my first mini quilt. I am so excited about this book now!!! While I like the crinkled comfortable look of a larger quilt, I’m not planning on washing it because I like how flat and clean it looks on the wall.

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    DebbieKL says:

    I haven’t made any mini-quilts. I think they’d make great wall hangings and doll quilts. I pre-wash all my fabrics. Thanks!

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    Bellgirl says:

    I’d love to work through the book of mini quilts- it looks like a good way for a new quilter like me to learn a variety of techniques. I’d display them in a group on the wall, tehy look so good in the book pics!

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    Jill B says:

    I’m new to quilting and would love this book!

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    Marianne says:

    I’ve made some holiday themed mini quilts but would love to make some that aren’t seasonal. Looks like this book would be a great resource!

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    Colleen says:

    This book looks like alot of fun! Thanks for the giveaway and chance to win!!

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    Jen says:

    I love mini-quilts – they make me feel so productive! I just finished a hexagon doll quilt for my daughter, totally pieced by hand – machine quilted (my first time). I haven’t washed the finished product yet but probably will to soften it a bit.

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    Stephanie says:

    I’ve always admired mini quilts too. Like you said, sometimes they start small but end up much bigger than anticipated. These are so inspiring; I’d love to take a peek!!

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    Miss Mary says:

    I’ve not tried mini-quilts, unless you count the hand-tied quilt I made for my American Girl doll back in seventh grade… or the quilted coasters I made for Christmas gifts. Would love to be inspired in that direction, though! :-)

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    Bec Clarke says:

    I looove mini-quilts. they let me get my confidence up with new tequniques and help me use up some of my lovely scraps

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    Jeni says:

    Lovely book! I love making mini quilts! It’s a fun way to try out a new pattern or technique without investing in a large quilt! They’re also a great size for swapping :)

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    Bonney says:

    I love mini quilts. They are the perfect project to take along in the summer. As for washing; some of them look even better after!

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    Beatrice says:

    I love mini quilts and started a collection.I will be happy to win this book with new designs & techniques.
    Hugs from France.

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    Mindy says:

    I really like mini quilts. The only ones I have made were for my g-daughters for their dolls for Christmas. I’m not a quilter, so I don’t think my opinion should carry much weight, but because the kids love them they have to be washed. It makes my heart so happy that my girls don’t cover their dolls with these quilts instead they sleep with them clutched in their hands like a stuffed animal.

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    Valerie says:

    Looks like a great book! Love your blog! Thanks for the give-away!

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    Marianne says:

    I love mini quilts. I want to make a qhole wall of them in my studio.

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    Jolie says:

    Thanks for hosting yet another great giveaway – I love mini quilts and want a wall of them eventually…should probably get started then!!!
    Love yours – just perfect, especially with the hand stitching!

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    Mego says:

    WOW! What a great book and what a wonderful quilt you created. DEFINITELY something to try!

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    Ange says:

    What a great looking book! Creative ideas, and I would love to see more.

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    Marcia W. says:

    The book makes me want to make a mini quilt. Re: washing them. I might prewash the fabric and forget washing the quilt (unless hand wash) since isn’t going to be used for everyday. Thank you for the giveaway. mlwright29 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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    Hannah says:

    Haven’t gotten into mini-quilts, mostly because I’ve been busy making quilts for family. Once I finish that up, I want to start on some fun little quilts.

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    Holly says:

    I tend to go large pretty quickly like you do. I don’t really “get” the doll quilt size (maybe because I have all boys??), but I like the small size that a baby/toddler uses in his or her carseat and around town. A snuggly stand-in for a teddy bear.
    That book looks awesome! As does your mini quilt! I’ve GOT to get myself some perle cottons, too. Time to “graduate” beyond DMC cross-stitching floss… :-)

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    Linda says:

    I haven’t tried making a mini-quilt but I’d certainly like to try. I’d love to see that book!

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    Sue says:

    I have never made a quilt before but since seeing this book online I have been motivated to make a start with a mini quilt.

    I am not sure how I would display it once its made though, I guess I would leave on my sons bed, since that is who it will be for, he is very particular about where things go so it may end up as his choice of where to display it :)

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    Elizabeth says:

    I like the idea of mini quilts, especially for the urban themes like cityscapes. On a small scale, I wouldn’t be so hesitant to try out new or time-consuming techniques or to freestyle. Not sure what my husband would think of quilts on the wall either, though! Anyway, I’d love to win for the inspriation.

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    Small quilts I usually wash the fabric beforehand. Once it’s made I’m afraid it will shrink or discolor. Large quilts I don’t mind washing once finished. I love hand quilting but I’m terrible with the machine… hard to control.

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    Lovely little mini! You did a fabulous job with the hand stitching! I’ve just started making minis this year due to a couple of swaps I’ve joined and I love them! I can experiment and try new things without getting tired of it before I finish…

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    Ellen says:

    Thanks for the chance to win this book! I’m working on my first mini-quilt artwork for a nursery. If you’d like to take a peek at the “before”… http://www.flickr.com/photos/boltandfrolic/4660867187/ It’ll have sewn-in loops on top for hanging on a rod.

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    Sarah says:

    Another great review!
    I think mini quilts are cute and a great way to try a new technique. I’ve made two I think, one doll quilt for my cousin’s daughter (and I tied it with satin stitch hearts on my sewing machine) and one bright flowery quilt that hangs on my sewing room wall (the first quilt I was brave enough to try stippling)

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    Jacob Jensen says:

    My girlfriend is so excited about this book and I would love to win it for her. Thank you so much for doing this!

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    eadaoine says:

    I’ve made a few mini quilts.. very good for learning something new. I pin them up in my sewing room.

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    Hronnsa says:

    I´ve made a few mini quilts and one is on my my wall and I´ve watched it often. The book looks amazing!

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    Kristy says:

    The only mini quilt I set out to make turned into a baby quilt! I admit, I failed hopelessly. I think I will have to invest in a book with good instructions to follow to achieve my initial goal :0)

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    Nani says:

    I haven’t made any mini quilts or big ones either! I make quilted handbags, wallets, headbands and other stuff…one day I’ll graduate to a full size quilt! =)

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    Nick Eisenhauer says:

    Oh they’re the cutest

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    Millie says:

    I made a mini quilt when I took a class a few years ago. It was a Christmas-y one. I put it on the wall at the time and have never taken it down! It reminds me of the great learing experience making it was.

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    *mindi* says:

    I love the idea of mini-quilts! I’ve always wanted to make a quilt, but am intimidated by such a large project. This seems perfect. :)

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    Elizabeth says:

    I’ve only made one mini quilt. It was during a class on hand quilting and I needed a small project to work on. It’s been in my sewing closet ever since I finished it but I’m thinking that I should get it out and hang it on the wall. Why didn’t I think of that before? This book looks so inspiring – thanks for the chance to win it!

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    Susan says:

    I am comment number 400 – yes I live in hope of one day winning a giveaway! I have made 3 mini quilts which hang from an old wooden hanger! I haven’t had the need to wash them – give them a shake every cleaning day!

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    SueMargaret says:

    I wasn’t interested in mini quilts until now. Another book to put on my amazon wish list…

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    Liz says:

    I haven’t made mini quilts, but would love to try. I did some appliques on a table runner by hand, but no hand quilting yet.

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    I haven’t made any mini quilts, but they look like a lot of fun. I love how you took the idea in the book and adapted it. Your quilt is terrific and the handstitching looks great!

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    Monica says:

    My husband doesn’t like quilts on the wall either!!

    I do. And like you I’ve never made a mini one… Maybe I should put my patchwork/quilted placemats on the wall!!!

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    Rebecca says:

    I just tried hand quilting for the first time last week(so exciting, I think I’m in love) and this book would be perfect for me right now. Thanks.

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    Charlene says:

    no mini quilts…yet

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    WHATUPDUCK says:

    I made one a few months ago for a new baby. Could get addicted to them very easily!!

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    Jessica says:

    I already hand quilt but only large things (lap, twin, etc…) A mini quilt would be an amazing way to learn some new techniques since I have only been doing this for about a year now.

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