Pat Bravo Minis Blog Tour

Monday, April 25, 2016

Hello! Welcome to the Pat Bravo Minis Blog Tour!
 

Pat Bravo mini quilt

I'm so excited to be one of thirty makers chosen to create a mini quilt for this blog hop! The fabrics are a combination of Dare Fabrics and Essentials II Fabrics designed by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics. Pat's Dare fabrics come in two colorways: Dare to Be Bold and Dare to Be Funky (I'm using the latter). From the Essentials II line, I'm using several of the fabrics from the Azur colorway. You can read more about the blog tour on Pat's blog here.



Pat Bravo fabrics

If you're new to my blog, I always share the story behind each quilt that I make and give you a look behind the seams. I hope you'll snoop around and check out the other quilts that I've made too! I have several patterns that will be released this summer, so be sure to subscribe to my blog or find me on Instagram or Facebook so you'll be the first to know when they're ready!



As soon as I found out I'd be participating in this blog hop, I knew exactly what I wanted to make!



I started with a clipart image of a butterfly. I enlarged the image to be roughly 18 inches wide. Once printed, I taped the pages together and cut out the spaces where I wanted to put fabric to create a template.



I chose a light turquoise color for the background of my mini. I ironed Heat-N-Bond to the back of a piece larger than the butterfly template. Then using the paper template, I traced the butterfly image onto the Heat-N-Bond paper now on the back of the fabric and cut out the spaces. Once each section was cut out, I removed the paper backing.



The hardest part of making the mini was choosing which fabrics to go in each spot!



I fussy cut the fabrics to make the butterfly wings as symmetrical as possible, but decided on a random layout within each wing. Once trimmed to the size needed, I lightly touched the iron to the section to hold it in place before moving to the next fabric.



Once all fabrics were in place, I created the quilt sandwich. I used an 80% cotton 20% poly batting and ironed the butterfly top to it (it held due to the unused portions of Heat-N-Bond on the back still). I chose a coordinating fat quarter from my stash for the backing and used basting spray to hold it in place. (Shocking, I know! I once had a terrible overspray incident with one of my very first quilts and haven't touched it since!)



I started with a pink thread and outlined each section in the wings. Then I quilted around the entire butterfly to really define the shape.


I switched to a light aqua thread to quilt the background. I quilted swirls and pebbles in the rest of the space around the butterfly.


For binding, I used a dark blue RJR solid from my stash. The finished quilt measures 16" x 20".

butterfly mini quilt

I really love the overall result! AND, this is my 16th quilt finish for the year! I've hit my 16 quits in 2016 goal - in April!

butterfly mini quilt
butterfly mini quilt
butterfly mini quilt

butterfly mini quilt

butterfly mini quilt

But let's be real. I always try new things with every quilt I make and that leads to always learning new things.



First, I used a heavy duty Heat-N-Bond because that's what I already had on hand. But that caused major issues when quilting on my Bernina Record 930. The sticky residue gummed up my needle and bobbin hook, which then caused tension issues and thread breakage. Often. It's not noticeable from the front, but the back is pretty bad. I chose to leave these imperfections. It's not for a museum. It's for real life.



Second, many of the fabric pieces in the butterfly are significantly darker than the light aqua fabric I used for the top. Consequently, there is a fabric "shadow" behind several parts of the quilt that can still be seen after quilting.



Do these imperfections ruin the quilt? Absolutely not! They are proof that it is handmade. Twenty quilts from now, I'll look back and know exactly where in my quilting journey I learned these lessons. I won't beat myself up over it. No time for that - I have more quilts to make!



I love to use up even the tiniest of scraps, and I didn't want any of these fabrics to go unused! So here's how I used my fabrics to the fullest!


I started with 15 Fat Sixteenths of fabric. These each measured 9" x 10". From this, I cut all the pieces for my Dare to Fly mini quilt.


Butterfly mini quilt

Then I used my favorite prints to make a covered button bracelet!

fabric covered button bracelet

I chose a few coordinating prints to make key chains too.


quilted key chains

All of these projects led to some pretty odd shaped scraps! So I used those to make some bunting notecards. I love sending a matching card when I gift a quilt!

fabric scrap bunting note cards

Even after all those projects, I still have a big pile of scraps left! All from just fifteen 9" x 10" pieces!


Pat Bravo fabrics

I do hope you'll follow along each day to see the other 29 mini quilts! There are two makers each day until May 16th.

Here's the lineup for the entire Blog Hop! I can't wait to see the minis these amazing makers come up with!

April 25th - Me! (Slice of Pi Quilts) and The Wholesome Mama
May 2nd - Christine Blessing and TinCat13
May 3rd - My Crowded Nest and Sewn Modern
May 4th - Sarana Ave and Storts Market
May 6th - Kate Basti and ModernMakerie
May 11th - FortheLoveofFabric and t_jaye
May 16th - A Recap by Pat Bravo


Want to know more about the fabrics used? Check out the lookbooks for Dare Fabrics and Essential II Fabrics. Visit Pat Bravo's website for info on them too: here and here. You can also connect with Pat on her blog, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter pages.


Pat Bravo Dare fabricsPat Bravo Essential II Fabrics

If you've stuck with me all the way to the end of this post, it must mean you're just like me! You're here for the giveaway! {Giveaways now closed.}

There are actually THREE giveaways, so there will be THREE winners!

One person who comments on this post will win 15 Fat Sixteenths of the fabrics I used in my mini! A beautiful combination of Essential Elements II and Dare Fabrics by Pat Bravo! Just comment below with your favorite way to use up the tiniest bits of scraps.


Pat Bravo Dare Essential II Fabrics

There's a second giveaway for the covered button bracelet over on my Instagram account!


fabric covered button bracelet

AND a third giveaway on my Facebook page for the key chains!


quilted fabric key chains

All three giveaways will run until the end of the blog tour! You have until midnight on May 16th, so be sure to enter all three! {Giveaways now closed.}

Thank you for stopping by!



Disclaimer: Giveaway is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Blogger. By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age, release Blogger of responsibility, and agree to Blogger's terms of use. No purchase necessary to win. Open to legal residents in the contiguous US only that are 18+ years of age. Giveaway starts at 12:00am CDT April 25, 2016 and ends at 11:59pm CDT on May 16, 2016. Winner will receive 15 pieces of fabric with approximate size of 9" x 10" with a retail value of approximately $12. Odds of winning determined by number of eligible entries received. How to enter: leave a comment on this post. One comment per person. Duplicate comments will be deleted. Winner will be chosen by random.org on May 17, 2016 from all eligible entries and notified by email. If prize is unclaimed after three days, a new winner will be chosen by random.org. Winner is responsible for paying any taxes related to the prize. By entering this giveaway, you release Slice of Pi Quilts from any liability whatsoever. Void where prohibited by law.

Second disclaimer: I received all fabrics for free in exchange for making a mini quilt and blogging about it as part of a blog hop. All opinions are my own.

127 comments:

  1. Laura, your mini is beautiful!!! You have so much talent! Thank you for sharing :)

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    1. Laura, don't include me in the giveaway, I only wanted to comment on what a wonderful creation you made :)

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  2. I love the mini and your creative ideas for using up all the scraps. Thanks for sharing the lessons you learned too! I give my tiny strips to my mom and she uses them on small note cards that I enclose with each order I send out!

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    1. Thanks, Heather! Maybe your mom wants some of my scraps? :)

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  3. Laura! Great lesson and lovely quilt! Thanks for sharing behind the seams :)

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    1. Thank you! Looking forward to seeing your mini too!

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  4. Fantastic way to kick off the blog tour! πŸ‘πŸ‘ (ps don't include my comment in the giveaway, I have some of my own πŸ˜‰)

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    1. Thank you! Can't wait to see what you make too!

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  5. I love reading your process. Beautiful mini!

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    1. Don't include me in the giveaway either. I'm part of the tour. I just had to comment bc it's so pretty😊

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    2. Thank you! Looking forward to seeing your mini quilt too!

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  6. Love, love, love your mini quilt! Your approach to this mini was totally different than mine. Can't wait to share mine on Friday! Please don't include me in your drawing😊

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    1. Thank you! I'm really looking forward to seeing what you came up with!

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  7. I save the scraps for future mini quilt projects! Your butterfly is very pretty!

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    1. Thank you! I think I could make a couple more mini quilts with what I have left!

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  8. Your butterfly is beautiful, and the method you used to make it is so interesting. Thanks for the tutorial!

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    1. Thank you! And thank you for stopping by today!

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  9. Thanks for sharing your technique! I love to Applique so I save all my small scraps for that! :)

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  10. I love the Butterfly, it is stunning, the bracelet is so cute, thanks for the give-a-way, Lorraine

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  11. I use my super tiny scraps for stuffing small children toys. For the really young ones, you don't want to use polyester.

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  12. That butterfly is just gorgeous!

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  13. I enjoyed reading how your created your butterfly quilt, it's beautiful. I save all my scraps and use them in applique projects. For my birthday I received a copy of Terrie Sandelin's book Miniatures in Minutes, can't wait to get started on one of her projects.

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    1. Thank you! I'll look up that book! I love quick projects!

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  14. I love the mini- and thank you for such a detailed photos so maybe I can recreate something similar in my little girl's room! I also really appreciate your attitude towards the imperfections- I think we all need the reminder that we don't need to be too hard on ourselves! I'm still figuring out how to use the tiny scraps I save, but I did use some in a few Valentine's minis this year.

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    1. I'd love to see what you make! Thank you for stopping by!

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  15. I love the butterfly mini. I use my tiniest scraps for an applique quilt. Thank you for the inspiration. You have some lovely projects.

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  16. I LOOOVE your Butterfly Mini!!! GORGEOUS!!! Thank you for sharing..& for chance to win your Give-a-way too! :)

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  17. Your butterfly mini is so adorable. The colors really pop with the light background and beautiful quilting. That was fun to see the process evolve too. Thanks! jarvenpa1ne(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you! The fabrics were wonderful to work with!

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  18. The butterfly is awesome! I use some tine scraps for paper piecing.

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    1. Thank you! I love paper pieced projects too!

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  19. I love your Butterfly Quilt. Usually I Mod Podge something with tiny pieces or they go in my stamp collection.

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    1. Thank you! A mod podge project sounds interesting! I will have to search Pinterest for some ideas!

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  20. Your butterfly mini is so creative. I love it! I also try to use up all my scraps ,even the tiniest. I like to paper piece so I can use some of the smaller pieces. Thank you for sharing!
    Dmac5958ataoldotcom

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    1. Thank you! I love to paper piece too!

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  21. wow i love your butterfly. thanks for sharing how you made it. and you are so right, every time we make something it is a learning curve. glad to hear you are so positive about it all. new follower on FB
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  22. Laura, thank you for sharing your Butterfly mini quilt . Dare to be Funky it is..beautiful too. I love the lizard shot sneaking upon your creation:) THank you so much for your tips on fusing and the choices. I'm new to applique and using Heat Bond, etc. Your work is so intricate and gorgeous.

    bluestarof2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Mini scraps get turned into greeting cards just like yours. I've been stitching my tiniest of scraps like the 1" ones into 3" -4" rows and making coffee cup sleeves. Great way to use up my batting scraps too.

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    2. Thank you! Coffee cup sleeves is a great idea!

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  23. I made a name tag for my MQG meetings with my scraps most recently.
    BTW I love your attitude towards learning through the process!

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    1. Thank you! A name tag is a great use of scraps! Hmmm...maybe I could make Christmas tags for presents...

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  24. Absolutely stunning . The colours are gorgeous and I love butterflies x
    iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thank you! I must like butterflies too - this is my second butterfly quilt!

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  25. I love using up scraps. In fact, one of the things that I find both fun and challenging is to beg the scraps that a quilty friend is planning to throw away and to use them to piece something. Anything. It is great fun, I love working small, and I love the challenge of working with someone else's fabric challenge. I once started a mini (with my own scraps) based on squares in the Fibonaci sequence and making a fibonaci spiral representing spring flowers. I started with snowdrops in the first 1 inch square, squill in the second 1 inch square, and so forth. I quit after making the 2 inch, 3 inch, and 5 inch squares as the squares were growing too large to manage the same scale as the earlier squares. Unfortunately that piece was lost on one of my retreats. Thinking about it now is leading to a determination to remake a mini quilt to replace it. Thank you for explaining your reverse applique process. Personally, I think the light fabric shadowing you mention isn't very obvious, and I think it helps to represent the rest of the butterfly -- the background to the colorful markings. I also like the idea of scraps on cards and have the blanks to make my own Christmas cards this year.

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    1. Wow! A Fibonacci quilt sounds amazing! I love mathy things! If you remake it, please share!

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    2. Will do. Love mathematical things myself. Give me a straight edge and graph paper . . . . I'll stay busy for hours.

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  26. Your mini butterfly came out beautiful. I use small pieces in scrap quilts. Now maybe make some minis. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  27. Loved the look into your process, and I especially appreciate the lessons learned bit. I agree that handmade does not equal perfection, and really, it never should! You get beautiful results - like your butterfly quilt - even with the few snags that you ran into. For small scraps, I like to sew them together to make bigger pieces, in essence making my own fabric!

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    1. Thank you! I love the idea of making "fabric" with my scraps!

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  28. Gorgeous butterfly! I use lots of scraps in my The Splendid Sampler qal histed by pat Sloan and Jane Davidson.

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  29. I love the butterfly and would like to make one.
    gandn74@ymail.com

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    1. If you do make one, I'd love to see!

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  30. I like to sew the little scraps all together and then use a fusible web and do exactly what you did here with the reverse applique and make small pictures, bees, birds, butterflies etc. grecomara at gmail dot com

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  31. That butterfly is gorgeous! I also love that you showed your imperfections. I think so many people are afraid to show stuff like that. I like to use small scraps in mini minis. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    1. Thank you! Mini minis are a great idea!

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  32. I love your butterfly! Thank you for sharing. I don't use the tiny scraps, but I do try to cut my scraps into squares to use in future projects. Thank you for the giveaway.

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    1. Thank you! Cutting the scraps into usable pieces before putting them away sounds brilliant!

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  33. That butterfly is just gorgeous. And I love that you use even the tiniest of scrap pieces. I hate to waste and was looking for some scrappy inspiration! Thank you for the change. debbygrawn at yahoo dot com

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  34. Your butterfly is gorgeous and the tutorial was great - thank you. I use scraps in applique.
    Pauline
    perry94022 at hotmail dot com

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  35. Oh my goodness...how BEAUTIFUL!

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  36. Your butterfly is just so awesome!!! Love it!!! mumbird3atgmaildotcom

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  37. Love your butterfly tutorial!!!!!! I take my tiny scraps and make a "ticker tape" style mini wall hanging with them. Looks like fabric confetti sometimes!

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    1. Thank you! I haven't made a ticker tape quilt yet, but that's a great idea!

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  38. Thank you for the "behind the scenes" look at your gorgeous butterfly quilt! I use my small scraps for paper-piecing and my tiny scraps I throw in big glass jars to display in my sewing room. akronne17@gmail.com

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    1. Using the tiny scraps for eye candy is a great idea!

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  39. Wow, what a creative way to use the fabric. I use my minis and scraps by making small table toppers. I like to change them with the seasons. Great projects!

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  40. I save everything! Waiting on enough for a scrappy quilt, and the little, itty bitty peaces I just keep saving because I know I'll find some use for them on Pintest, Instagram, or a Blog

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    1. I'm guilty of this too! Hoping to come across a fabulous idea one day!

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  41. Hi! I love your butterfly and button bracelet! You are very creative and talented lady with unique ideas! Thank you for inspiration! x Teje
    www.nerospostbox.wordpress.com

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  42. Wow, what a brilliant butterfly quilt, I must try that technique but maybe something smaller to suit my skills lol But I also rally like the way you used the scraps left over and I would never have thought of making the bracelet like that. That's inspired!

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  43. I use my scraps to make minis---love them.

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    1. I love that they are a quick finish too!

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  44. I am amazed at your clever work,this butterfly is gorgeous,thank you for the opportunity to enter the competition

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  45. I love this color combination, as well as your butterfly pattern. I would so love to win these!

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  46. I stuck with you through the end because your writing is interesting! I love hearing about other's creative processes, and yours are wonderful. Especially wonderful in how you choose to deal with imperfections. I wish I could let go of my own penchant for perfection. It sure makes enjoying projects hard and tiresome! Your butterfly is beautiful, and I did not notice any imperfections. Thank you for sharing all your process with us.

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  47. Really beautiful. I use up the teeniest of my scraps by letting my children make collages: some school glue and a small square of posterboard = fun mosaic making activity for the kids

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    1. Thank you! My boys love to play with my fabric too!

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  48. love this:-} i too do not stress about how it comes out, like you say hopefully we learn from our booboo's . scraps are used also, firstly a cushion or pillowslip, if theres enough. then its down to cutting it up into usable pieces or squared up and put back into pile.

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    1. Thank you! Cutting up the scraps before putting them away is a great idea!

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  49. Such a gorgeous mini and I love how you used all your little scraps to make beautiful objects...clever you

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  50. ha, you're talking to another queen of tiny scraps. I guess I love piecing them together to make new fabric full of pattern and line. Next favorite is paper piecing tiny patterns. I next to never throw away a scrap! They are so rich!
    LeeAnna at Not Afraid Of Color leeannaquilts at gmail dot com

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    1. Thank you! Making a "new" fabric is a great idea!

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  51. Your mini is just beautiful. I am glad you showed how you made it as I was trying to figure out how all those little pieces would work. Still, quite a lot of work. But worth it.

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  52. I found myself shaking my head as I read this post and wondered how come I never thought of making something like this! I know...I'm not as creative as you! The butterfly quilt is amazing and thank you for sharing your photos and details so some of us can try to make something similar!

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    1. Ooops, I forgot to tell you how I use up my teeniest bits of fabric! I like to use them to make greeting cards. I sew bits and pieces together and make flowers, birds, houses, etc. and each one is unique!

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    2. Thank you! Your cards sound cute! I'll have to try something other than a bunting some time! :)

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  53. I use tiny scraps to decorate cards and letters! Love sewing on paper.

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    1. I haven't sewn on paper very much - but it seems like a great way to use up the very tiny pieces!

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  54. Wow, I love your mini quilt!!! I like to dabble in quilting but I'm not near as good as you!! I've got a small stash of scraps and a mini quilt seems like a fun idea so I will be trying it out!

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    1. Thank you! I didn't know you made quilts! Quilting keeps me sane when staying at home with my boys!

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  55. Your butterfly is absolutely delightful! What a great way to use scraps!

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  57. Such an interesting technique for your beautiful butterfly mini! Thanks for the chance to win :)

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