Mini Puddle Jumping

December 9, 2013

I would safely say that winter has officially arrived!  A good time to be indoors and quilting. :-)

One of my many goals this year was to make sure I made time for my own stitching, whether it be piecing, hand wool work or quilting my own projects.  AND surprisingly I have done pretty well with that, even if they have been small projects.  Instant gratification! :-)  One of my most recent little finishes is Puddle Jumping Mini by Camille Roskelley for Thimble Blossoms available here.  Camille has done the most genius thing EVER by taking her patterns and making adorable mini versions of the originals.  Like I said, "genius."  There is something about a mini quilt that makes them irresistible.
 Did I mention how adorable this is??  Seriously.  Ridiculous.  It finishes at 12" square!
I made my version in gorgeous chocolate and pink reproductions.  I used one of the Primitive Muslins by Moda from Primitive Gatherings for the background.  I know I have mentioned before how much I love those muslins!
Teeny tiny blocks compared to an iPhone.
I enjoyed every second of making this little quilt.
Layout and deciding on binding.  Yes, those are actually two slightly different shades of brown and pink. :-)  Polka dots make everything happier.
Simple quilting.
I am trying to get more used to using our good camera, so I was playing with it a bit.  Seeing how close I could zoom in. :-)  One of the reasons the quilting is so simple is because I quilted it on my Juki sewing machine.  The Juki is new to me this year.  I purchased it last year when Primitive Gatherings offered it on sale after Christmas available here.  Fortunately, I had been saving some gift cards for a while, so it ended up being a fabulous deal!
It arrived in January, but I do not think I took it out of the box until the spring.  I was a bit busy with flannel quilts at the time. :-)  I have a wonderful set-up in another room where I can piece and iron... a sewing studio.
A little messy in this photo, which is old, but you get the idea.  I have a Janome 6600, which I LOVE! BUT I really wanted something in my quilt studio.  That way I could jump on my machine and piece whenever I got a chance, even for 5 min or to take a quick break from custom quilting.
Viola!!  Now, I can piece or quilt so easily from where I am working.  I will admit, the Juki took some adjusting to from my Janome.  Honestly, I love the Juki now!!  It is fast!!!!  Super smooth.  A real workhorse!  I am thrilled to have it every day!  I still go and sew in my other room on days when I am not working. :-)

Oh and one last item of info...we have a new member in the family!
 Meet Louie!  He is the sweetest kitten EVER!!!!!  Doesn't seem to mind the girls dressing him in Build-A-Bear Workshop outfits either. lol.  Louie, short for Lieutenant is the kitten of a stray I found last May outside the post office in our little town when I was dropping off a flannel quilt.  I really wanted to keep her, but it was not a good time to take in a stray.  She didn't seem to care for Sarge at all, so my best friend Patti took her in at her farm.  Last summer she had a litter of kittens.  The girls have been begging for a kitty for what seems like forever, especially since Scooter has gone home to Kristin's.  We decided to surprise the girls and brought Louie home shortly after I returned home from Houston.

Sarge is a saint!  Naturally, Louie thinks Sarge's bed is his bed.  Louie seems to love Sarge and Sarge...well love probably isn't the best word to describe how I think he feels towards Louie. :-)    He puts up with Louie's kitten antics of biting his tail or playfully swatting him.  Sarge lets him know when he has had enough, though.  :-) 



17 comments:

  1. Love your new little addition, Linda! What a cute little fur ball!
    I so love the Juki! I bought another Juki late summer with all the points I've earned by using my credit card! ha! Anyway, it's a Juki industrial! Whoa! Love it too!!

    So where'd you get your cute Juki table for that fabulous machine? I like that quite much!

    Merry Christmas to you and your lovely family!

    Hugs to you,
    Sue

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  2. Love the mini quilt and of course the new kitty.

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  3. Louie is adorable! Love the pic of him and Sarge together on the bed. It's so precious. And I have a feeling that Sarge took up more bed real estate before Louie coming along so he needs a cookie for his good sharing skills! :)

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  4. What a great photo of Sarge and Louie!

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  5. I love your new member to your family. What a little sweetie pie! With a new bet friend! Your mini quilt is so adorable. I got the pattern... and now need to follow your lead!!!

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  6. Your minnie quilt is wonderful. Minnie quilts do pull at the heart strings for use. Louie and Sarge are so cute.
    Have a great day.
    Always, Queenie

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  7. I have a Janome and a Juki also! I bought the Juki to machine quilt on and wanted to keep the Janome for piecing and machine applique. I bought it so I didn't have to constantly change the settings and so far so good! That baby is fast!

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  8. I have that pattern and hope to make it soon along with the mini Swoon and mini Spools. Your quilt is just the cutest thing. I agree, polka dots make quilts cuter. Little Louie is adorable.

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  9. Your mini quilt is so adorable! The polka dots are the perfect binding! I love my Janome 6600 too...do you like the Juki better...or more for different uses?

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  10. It's years since I made a little quilt, yours is so perfect and pretty, it's certainly a project or two for 2014. Love Louie, the perfect companion for your lovely sewing room.

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  11. Lovely mini quilt! And love that binding. Will be binding my daughters new quilt with polka dot binding as well today (in shocking pink... it iwll be her Xmas present) Yes, Camille does it again, am a great fan of hers. The idea to make minis from her wonderful patterns is fab. Isn't it fun how the times change..... will we be measing in Iphones from now on? Instead of inches?'This block will be 1,5 Iphone finished' ;-)
    Louie is adorable,éspecially in his role as 'build-a-kitten', Sarge must be pleased with a new friend even if he has had enough now and then. Love Sarge's laid back aura.
    Enjoy the Juki, nobody I know over here in The Netherlands has one, you don't see them in the shops either, but I read wonderful things about them on other quilters blogs.

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  12. Hi Linda, love the quilt and pictures of your sewing room. Just waiting for Eldest to leave permanently then I will be in there with my sewing machine and fabric stash! I think Louie is adorable and Sarge looks like the model of patience! Merry Christmas Susie x

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  13. Oh, this little quilt is just wonderful (and tiny) and the colors - fabulous. Just like Neapolitan ice cream. I love those colors together. Your quilts are so pretty and it was nice to get a glimpse of your sewing room. The new kitty looks so sweet and I just love the dog too. Do they get along/

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  14. Cute kitten! I used to dress up our cats when I was little - used Cindy doll clothes. The cats wouldn't move when they had clothes on! I just ordered a Juki- same model as yours! It should b here tomorrow. Interesting that you say there was an adjustment period- I hadn't thought about that. What kind of table is that? Was it specific to your machine model?

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  15. I'm so glad you take time for your own projects, Linda! It helps keep things in perspective, doesn't it! Darling quilt and I just love the colors you chose! I've heard wonderful things about the Juki - I have come very close to giving up my Bernina's for one ;>) Louie is ADORABLE!!! He looks like just the perfect substitute for Scooter! I'm so glad Sarge is "sharing" with him, too!
    Cheers!

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  16. I have been wondering about the Juki vs Janome. I am curious about sewing through many intersecting seams. How is the Juki?

    I just cannot get enough of your blog or your quilting eye candy. Such beautiful work. :0)

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