Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Aboriginal Prints Quilt

Marti stopped by to show us this quilt using the Australian Aboriginal prints that she made for her son, Phil, who lives in Australia. She used more of the fabrics to piece the back – makes the back as spectacular as the front!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Show and Tell: Kim Diehl quilt design

We loved this quilt that Dena just finished using the pattern “Tea With Grandma” from Kim Diehl’s book “Simple Seasons”. Wouldn’t Grandma be surprised (but pleased!) with these bright colors!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas One and All

Made by Fran, for the Little Quilts Christmas Party Gift Exchange.  Pattern is Homecoming Wreath from LQ All Through The House.  She used wool for the applique.

Year end sale starts Monday Dec 27 - 31.  25% off everything (with a few exceptions).  50% off Christmas gift items, 40% off Christmas fabric and patterns.

We will be closed on New Years Day!  2011 looks merry and bright already!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Little Quilts - exchange part 6

I think a little Christmas elf crawled under the tree and swapped the names of the LQ CHristmas Exchange recipients to just the right person.  It was uncanny how each project matched the giver to the perfect "getter".
Isn't one of the best parts of Christmas is finding the perfect gift for someone?  We all left happy.

Made by Dena from Flags pattern

Made by Wanda H.  Country Garden Hearts from LQ All Through the House book (please forgive the blurry photo)

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Little Quilts Gift Exchange - part 5

Made by Kathie from Patriotic Little Quilts book

Made by Wanda C. Pattern is Hopscotch from LQ All Through the House.  Picture it as a tree skirt. Great!
Made by Mary Ellen from pattern in Patriotic LQ book. Wool appliqué. It came in a fancy cigar book. 

Monday, December 20, 2010

Little Quilts Gift Exchange - part 4

Made by Amanda from Treasures pattern

Made by Janice from the pattern Memories

 Made by Ann  from the pattern Feedsacks using Japanese silks

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Brown Bear, Brown Bear...What do YOU see?

Suzanne was here to get some tips on finishing her quilt. She is a Para Pro at Brumby Elementary School and took time out to make this quilt for her first grandchild. How cute Suzanne! I'm sure he or she will love it.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Little Quilts Gift Exchange - part 3

Hope you are enjoying....
Libby made this top.  It isnot a Little Quilts pattern.  It is inspired by a doll quilt that Mary Ellen owns (see next picture) and the photograph is in Celebrate With Little Quilts (out of print)
Here is a 30's inspiration of the  ' Neighbors' pattern from Little Memories.  Made by Barbara Barnes using antique feed sacks.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Some selections from the Little Quilts' Christmas Gift Swap

Reminder:  We were to make a quilt top from a  Little Quilts pattern.  Maybe they will inspire you.

Made by Linda.  From Honeybears Pattern
Made by Elizabeth.  Ninepatch Doll Quilt from Celebrate with LQ (book no longer available)

Made by Dottie.  House block from Little Memories.  The Santa is part of the print on fabric but the wreath and tree in the window, she photo transferred to fabric.  She's a clever one.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Henry Glass Designer's Holiday Project Parade Grand Prize Winner

We are happy to announce the grand prize winner of the Henry Glass Designer's Holiday Project Parade's Big Give-a-way! 
Congratulations Erica from Sweet Grass, MT. Upon finding out she was the quote her she said "Oh my gosh!!! I am bouncing in my chair!!!
We hope you enjoyed this fun little holiday distraction.

Can You Do The Chunky Chicken?

Mary can!  What a whimsical quilt.  The wings are folded and rather 3-D.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Little Quilts' Christmas Party

Wednesday night was the annual Little Quilts Christmas party for the staff and teachers at Mary Ellen's house.  Here is a little inside peek.  The partridge in a pear tree, she bought this fall at the Country Living Fair in Stone Mountain.
We have a potluck.  You know quilters have THE BEST potlucks.  Members of our Little Quilts Sorority have received the ultimate recipes from previous potlucks.  They would tell you, YUMM-O.
We gave quilt tops made from Little Quilts patterns, for our gift exchange, this year.  Keep coming back.  I'll post them all eventually.  Many used the pattern but gave them their own twist.  You could be inspired to get out one of your favorite Little Quilts "oldie but goodie" and reinvent it.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Boo Hoo, today ends the Henry Glass Designers Holiday Project Parade

Here are today's featured designers.  Two of LQ favs.  We even have a trunk show from Kim Diehl's newest book, Simple Graces, as I wrtie this.  Scroll down our blog for pictures.
If you have been collecting the special words of the day to enter for the grand prize, you comment on the Henry Glass blog and list them (that is where Kim's post will be).  The comments will be hidden, so that there will be no coppying. : )
Good luck and happy holidays to one and all from Little Quilts.

Buggy Barn

Kim Diehl  (will post on the Henry Glass blog )

Monday, December 06, 2010

Cuttin' A Rug Show and Tell

Mary Jane from Claire Thibault of La Maibaie, Quebec was in our area and stopped by with her rug hooked piece that she hooked using yarn. It was based on a painting by Harding F. Bancroft. Very nice, Mary Jane.

Henry Glass Designers Holiday Project Parade

Follow the links to see what great free projects these designers have for you today

Leanne Anderson

Dana Brooks

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Not White, Not Blue but Green Green Christmas Starts Tomorrow. Find out More...

Are you new to our blog or Little Quilts, in general?  If you just found us and want to stay in touch, go to our website, and scroll down to the bottom of the homepage and subscribe to our email newsletter.  Usually we send one out about once every two weeks but...starting tonight, we will send a brief one each day for our Green Green 12 Days of Christmas.  Each day we have a special price (15-40% off) on a featured product for email newsletter subscribers.  The special price will be for that day only.  Choose one or choose them all.  We save them all up in a reuseable holiday shopping bag (hence the "green green!" part and have them for you or mail them to you at the end of the fun 12 days.

Designers with free projects today in the Henry Glass Designers Holiday Project Parade are:

Chelsea Anderson

Saturday, December 04, 2010

The gift of a quilt is a gift of love

Gloria and Dottie are shown here with a quilt made for Reverend Lane Alderman of the Roswell Presbyterian Church.

Day 4 of the Henry Glass Designers Holiday Project Parade brings you...

Barbara Jones

Lizzie B Girls

See what free projects they have for you today

Friday, December 03, 2010

Looks hard...made easy with a special technique

Marshall finished this tessellated quilt top at a week-end workshop he attended in Trussville, AL. There was some precutting and sewing that had to be done before the workshop started, but by the end of the week-end, the center of the quilt and the ribbon border were completely finished. That’s a productive week-end!

The day three designers in the Henry Glass Designers Holiday Project Parade are:
Jacquelynne Steves
Enjoy the free projects they have waiting for you.  If you not seen ours yet, scroll down to Dec. 1 post - Little Quilts Twinkle Lights Garland.

Thursday, December 02, 2010


Congratulations Debra....check your email (incase our email note went to your junk folder).  Winner of the Little Quilts book, Patriotic Little Quilts.  She sent wishes for snow.  You don't live in Georgia, for sure!  Genereally, it is icy snow.  I hope you have a white Christmas/

Don't forget, one and all, collect the special word from each of the Henry Glass Designers Project Parade and then include them all on a post on the Henry Glass blog on the last day (Dec. 7th) for a chace to win the GRAND PRIZE.  Something from each designer AND a fabric collection from Henry Glass.

Henry Glass Designers Holiday Project Parade - Day 2 and more

Late breaking Little Quilts news.  I got an email from Better Homes and Gardens that I subscribe to and lo and behold.!..there is a picture of Alice Berg's Christmas tree from a few years ago.  I know it is awhile back as she does not live there anymore.
It SCREAMS! "Little Quilts", don't you think?


Carrie Nelson

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Henry Glass Designers Holiday Project Parade - Dec. 1

Today is the first day of the Henry Glass Designer's Christmas Project Parade.  We get to be one of the first hostesses.    We hope to make some new friends today (you can "friend" us on Facebook too!).  Post a comment with a holiday wish and you can win an  autographed copy of our book Patriotic Little Quilts.  We will randomly pick someone tomorrow night.  (You must have an email address associated with your posting ID so that we can contact you)

Warm winter wishes from Little Quilts! How exciting to be a part of the Henry Glass Holiday Designer Project Parade. We are pretty new to the blogging scene, but we are "players" and although some of the computer world races past us faster than we can catch on, we are so lucky to have elves in the workshop that help us with these exciting ways to visit you. Almost twenty years ago (can it be that long?), we put our ideas in the book...."Little Quilts All Through The House", published by Martingale & Company. The book is still being printed and enjoyed around the world. We joke that our high school picture is in the front. Decorating a home with small quilts was our passion. Several books followed along with our own line of patterns, kits and booklets. We are delighted to be a part of the design team of Henry Glass. Our fabrics are vintage designs which are perfect for making little and big quilts with a traditional look.

So here it is...that pedal to the metal time of the year - sewing for gift giving and decorating our home. This is where we come in. Making little quilts as gifts is a great idea and take it from us, it gets the same response as a king size quilt from the person who receives it! Decorating with little quilts is easy. Use them on the table under a centerpiece; hang them on a peg at the door; place one in a basket holding small packages; hang it on the wall; drape it over the back of a chair or hang it on the front door.

These are just a few of the things you can do to cozy up your holiday decorating. Whatever you do, enjoy the process as much as the end results. Quilting can be a way to calm down during these busy days.

The three of us are always trying to make the holidays fun and special for our families. Our children are grown and many live far away, but they still look for the familiar traditions we have established when they come home. Now we have grandchildren to add to our circle and that brings a new level of joy to our gatherings. Like you, we always want more time to create and the days get gobbled up with all the activities of the season. Have you thought of making small quilted flags to hang on the tree? Perhaps you or a friend has someone in the service. This would be a great last minute gift for them and you.

Our project for the Henry Glass Designer Blog Hop is something you can do with your family; your quilting friends; or simply by yourself as you watch "It's A Wonderful Life".  Each time a bell rings, an ANGEL (hint, the secret word) gets it's wings.

We share the day with our Henry Glass designer friends;

Linda Lum DeBono

and Heather Mulder Peterson 

Hop on over to their websites and see what free project they have for you. Ours is in the post below.
Each designer has a secret word included in their blogging for you to find, collect and then enter after the last day, on the Henry Glass blog. List each secret word in your comment for a chance to win a gift from each of the designers AND a collection of current Henry Glass fabrics. You must enter by Dec. 9th at 8PM EST. Yippee!

Twinkle Garland - Little Quilts Holiday Free Project Download


for a printable version of this project, click here.
• 1 strand of 100 miniature lights. (Good idea to test them first!)
• Assorted fabrics in colors you want to use. It’s better to use wovens or fabrics that have color on both sides because fabric that has no color on the back, look faded when tied to the light strand.
• Rotary cutter, mat & ruler
• Optional: Scraps of ribbon, rick rack, lace, etc.
Cut strips 2” x 9” of assorted fabrics.
Arrange in pleasing order balancing colors and patterns

Tie strips around wires of lights using a single knot.  Colors can be tied on randomly or in an order. Add ribbons whenever you want.

When all the ties are on, shake to fluff and light it up! Hang it on the mantle; put it on the tree; lay in on a buffet table.  If you want to make it fuller,  find the middle and fold it.  Twist it a bit so that it is doubled.

Hope you have fun with this. If you work with your quilting friends, have them bring cut strips from their stash for everyone to share. P.S. How about a red, white and blue garland with gold and silver ribbons? This would go along with the little quilted flags. Okay...we'll stop here, you have a lot to do and so do we. Thanks for letting us drop by, and from all of us,
Every Good Wish!
Little Quilts
Alice Berg, Mary Ellen Von Holt, Sylvia Johnson