Monday, December 8, 2014

Mini Quilt Monday Amy Butler Edition and Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!


Another Monday, another mini! So this week I decided to try Maureen Cracknell's awesome Herringbone Quilt but I micro-sized it. I feel like I make so many things either bigger or smaller, not sure what that says about me but I like to think it keeps things interesting around here ;-)

Maureen wrote a wonderful tutorial on her blog right here. I used her method and just changed the sizes, which I'm happy to share with you. I included a few process photos here so you get the idea but Maureen's are way prettier!


This mini took 15"x18" of batting, sub-cut into strips 2.5"x18". I used a pile of Amy Butler scraps, one fat quarter for the backing and two 2.5"xWOF strips for the binding.


Mark the angles on each strip of batting. I used the 45 degree angle but you do whatever you like. I think NOT marking them and making a wonky one would be fantastic too. Oh and one made of just solids and and and...sorry, distracted!


The way you start is with one strip right side UP along the pencil line you marked and another strip right side DOWN along the same line. Sew along with 1/4" seam allowance. Press open. Keep adding strips the same way, all right sides DOWN - the first strip is the only one that you lay on there right side up.


When you have all the batting covered flip it over and trim off the edges. That's it! Seriously easy-peasy.

 You then join your strips and press the seam allowances open. I felt that I had enough going on that I wanted to keep the quilting simple so I just quilted along the side of each strip, which also joined it to the backing. Done! 

This finished at 12"x18" and I couldn't be happier with it. 


So today is the day all the sewing world rejoices and the heavens part and the angels sing because it's Sew Mama Sew GIVEAWAY DAY!! Whoohoo! I love it and I'm giving away this mini as part of the fun. 

All you have to do is leave me a comment (if you're a no reply blogger please make sure you leave an email too) I'd love to know what fun holiday projects you're sewing as gifts this year! And gifts for yourself totally count ;-)

If you'd like to follow me here or on Bloglovin or IG I'd be thrilled but it's not required. Giveaway is open until Friday at midnight EST, winner announced Saturday.

As always, a HUGE thank you for taking the time to stop by and Happy Giveaway Day!

UPDATE: Thanks so much for playing along and all the comments! Mr. RNG picked #41,

This is beautiful, Darcy! So far I've made a couple of pillows and a kindle cover. There's another kindle cover on the list, lots of two-zipped pouched and gift bags....thanks for the chance to win. I'd love to add this to my mini wall!
I'll be emailing you for your address and getting your mini right in the mail to you!! :-)




85 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing the adjusted measurements. This is a really lovely design for a mini and with Amy Butler fabrics it is perfect! This year I have made an advent calendar and am hoping to get a few little gifts like pouches and mug rugs made too.

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  2. This is such a cute mini and in the herringbone it's gorgeous! Thank you for the tutorial to downsize. I've been stitching up some coasters for friends and a little hand stitching











































































































































    for our house too!

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  3. I made some wall pouches for college students and a tardus mini quilt for my sister

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  4. I'm working on a quilt and some pillows.

    Beautiful work on your quilt!

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  5. Everyone is getting a pillow!

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  6. I have two zipper pouches to make. I am loving mini's these days, thanks for sharing the tutorial.

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  7. I am making a bag for friend and finishing two quilts for my children.

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  8. How beautiful! I just joined a quilting guild and this looks like something I could try....

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  9. Im making table runner and dinner napkins

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  10. My first thought was "What would I do with this". Then I figured out the answer...put it on my table of course. This is such a pretty mini, if I won I would have to show it off.

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  11. I'm making some table runners and tea wallets for gift cards.

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  12. I've made mug rugs, pillowcases, and a table runner for Chrstimas gifts this year.

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  13. I'm working on some quilted pillow covers for Christmas!

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  14. This is Gorgeous! This year I'm working on some stockings and clothing

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  15. beautiful! im gonna make a box bag for my hubby and pillow cases for friends

    shannerpantsATgmail

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  16. I have a Herringbone Quilt on the sofa and it features those prints so if I win it would be awesome! Im working on a Super Tote for SSM6 on Flickr!

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  17. I'm making a table topper and some microwave bowl holders.

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  18. It's gorgeous, I love the brilliant colors and the nice binding. I'm making zipper pouches for my friends - my first time! So far, so good.

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  19. I love this ! This year I'm making a lot of potholders.

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  20. Nothing specific. Just trying to finish some quilts but not as Christmas gifts.

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  21. this is so pretty. thank you for showing how simple this is. This year because of all the sewing for our sons wedding I am not making many things. I will be making a pin cushion for our sons fiancé. It will have the materials from her wedding dress and his wedding shirt. They are both sewers for civil war re-enactors and them selves.

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  22. i love everything Amy Butler, great mini, i love love love the colors. I'm currently working on a chevron quilt, my first chevron (zig zag), i'm just praying i don't mess it up.

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  23. I'm sewing up non-slip headbands for a bunch of friends and sandwich bags for their kiddos. I'm also crocheting an infinity scarf for my 5 year old daughter.

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  24. What a gorgeous mini!!! Unfortunately I am not able to make any gifts this year but hope to next year. Many thanks for sharing with us!

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  25. I am working on a wardrobe for my daughters american girl doll Christmas gift.

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  26. This is so pretty! I'm making some simple bags.

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  27. This mini is so cute, I love Lark. This year, I have been making pouches as gifts and a few fabric baskets for myself.

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  28. I've never been to your blog, but I'm glad I did. This little quilt is so sweet. I love it. This year I am only making ornaments for my adult kids, and even that is questionable if I don't get a move on!

    Leslie S. in MN

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  29. I'm following you on Bloglovin'.

    Leslie S. in MN

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  30. Great tutoriAl! Thank you:)

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  31. I am making potholders and wrapping little spatulas in them to give to friends. I love the Amy Butler mini quilt.

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  32. This is great! I'm making myself a Christmas quilt!

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  33. Unfortunately, no sewing going on this year...maybe next year there'll be time for a red and white Christmas quilt for ME!

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  34. This is a beautiful mini quilt! I'm not making much this year (sad face!) because my sewing supplies are storage while we are in the middle of a big move. I am hoping to still sneak in an embroidery project I had planned though!

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  35. Oh, thank you for your giveaway! sistercraft(at)mail(dot)ru
    I am sewing cute aprons right now)
    Nataliya

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  36. I'm sewing a couple of the reindeer table runners from Fat Quarterly!

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  37. This is beautiful, Darcy! So far I've made a couple of pillows and a kindle cover. There's another kindle cover on the list, lots of two-zipped pouched and gift bags....thanks for the chance to win. I'd love to add this to my mini wall!

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  38. Zippered pouches and pot holders and a made myself a new stocking with 100+ mini hand cut sewn hexies in pinks love it

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  39. I am giving some quilts and pillows this year as xmas gifts

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  40. I'm making a quilt, an ipad sleeve, no-slip headbands and maybe a stuffed cat! Your little quilt is so pretty!

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  41. I will have to try that...looks like a good way to use up scraps - mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  42. This year I am giving everyone a clear glass mug fill with cocoa fixins, and making coasters to go along with them. So far I have made 7 coasters by embroidering a design and then just adding a border and backing from my stash. I am out of unique embroidery designs I want to use though, so I might piece the rest. Still deciding! And if I have time, I think I will make some drawstring gift bags to put them all in.

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  43. I am making a hideously ugly shirt for myself. It is going to be so rad!

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  44. I am making table runners, and they are coming along nicely

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  45. I'm making some sleepsacks for some precious new twin boys! :)

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  46. Been sewing and crocheting like a mad woman. I love this mini quilt. So quaint. Fingers Crossed. I follow you on Bloglovin. Happy Holidays! TYCC!

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  47. I am in the midst of making 4 quilts as Christmas gifts--after I'm done with this flu, I'm hoping to get back to them! Merry Christmas!

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  48. I'm sewing quilts and knitting hats!

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  49. I am making a quilt for my youngest daughter and a mini quilt for my older daughters favorite stuffed bear, a special request from her!

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  50. I am making too many things to list; soon to start on a makeup bag, and pretty soon doll clothes. sarah@forrussia.org

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  51. Hello from Minnesota. Love your little quilt (and especially your fabric choices!) I'm working on a Christmas quilt with reindeer and everything...though it might not be ready until next Christmas. ;)

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  52. I am making everything from princess dresses to walker bags!

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  53. Gorgeous fabric! Nicely done. I'm finishing up a quilted Frozen pillow cover for my niece for xmas!

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  54. I am sewing pj's for my kids!!

    detroitgirl77 AT gmail DOT com

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  55. I made some applique wool pillows as gifts (had planned to make some for myself, but will run out of time for THIS Christmas anyway). gaborgstadt at att.net

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  56. Merry Christmas from Oklahoma, USA! I have a baby quilt to finish, a tooth fairy pillow to make, and a wedding quilt to start. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  57. I love this - I didn't know this technique before. I'm only making one present this year and that's a quilt for Chief - I've raided my stash of most of it's birdie fabrics to do it! I'm just at the quilting stage.

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  58. What a beautiful quilt! I'm working on some Anna and Elsa dolls for my girls!

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  59. So very pretty. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  60. I love Lark and just gave my queen sized quilt away as a wedding quilt made with it! I have been making a few Sew Together bags, ornaments, and zip pouches for gifts.

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  61. I am trying to finish up Christmas stockings, don't no if I will get them done.

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  62. All done sewing for gifts, I made table runners, lap quilts, and drawstring bags. Now I'm sewing for me!

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  63. Thanks for sharing how you did this. I met Amy Butler at an Ohio sewing shop a few years ago. I love her fabric and bag patterns. I have made some Noodlehead pouches, and I'm working on a Noodlehead fabric basket and two insulated grocery bags...all gifts. Thanks.
    Holly D

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  64. What an awesome mini! So colorful and fun! This would look super in my sewing room, hehe. My fingers are crossed!

    Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Oops... Forgot to answer. I'm making some pillow cases, table runners and zippered pouches.

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  65. Tote bags seem to be my project of the year!

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  66. I'm cross stitching a sampler from Frosted Pumpkin for Christmas!

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  67. Made a few baby bibs and that is it. Thanks for a great giveaway.

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  68. Table runners, pot holders & baby bibs!

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  69. I am not making any gifts currently, but I am making ferret bedding for my ferrets. I don't know if this counts, but it's all I got. Have a great day. dawnm1993 at gmail dot com

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  70. I haven't really started making gifts. I am completely behind on birthday gifts and baby gifts for events that happened months ago. I'd love to be making the last minute Chrismas Sampler though, such cute paper pieced patterns.

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  71. Once we get moved (next week) I want to take classes and learn how to make adorable minis like this one! My husband bought me a vintage Singer and I can't wait to use it!! The most sewing I've tackled in 20 years in cupcake and sugar skull heating packs. Love this!!! -Wendy S. (Wendyscharms@gmail.com)

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  72. I'm working on a few gifts now and hoping I will get done in time! Thanks so much for the beautiful giveaway!

    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

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  73. I made 8 quilts for Christmas this year. And an apron, and doll clothes. What a year of gifts! I have definitely outdone myself. Thanks for the giveaway

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  74. I'm sewing a toddler backpack with wolverine as nd x-men fabric for my best friend's daughter.

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  75. Kinda missed if this is open internationally, but I'm already following you. Didn't check SMS this time. Cute mini quilt and I'd love the chance to win, if I'm elligible to win that is. :)

    I'm still planning on finishing the play house for the kids. Still not done, hoping to finish it for Christmas now.

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  76. This is gorgeous! I'm sewing small things. Working on embellishing some tea towels right now. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  77. This is gorgeous! Thank you for the tip to Maureen's tutorial and your own info on sizing down! I've been sewing bags for gifts. Thank you for the chance to win!!

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  78. Beautiful! I have several small projects in the works.

    Jackiethompson323(at)gmail.com

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