Friday, February 20, 2015

Mimosa Charm - ALYOF

It all started because I was out of leader/enders blocks next to my machine!

While working on a quilt (that I can't share with you until this fall), a pile of trimmed triangles started forming next to my machine.  Because I didn't have any leader/ender blocks sitting ready at my machine, I started running these tiny triangles between my quilt blocks.

Being far too small for HSTs, I made cute little 2" hourglass blocks.  Well, they were cute until I had to trim them!

(BTW - Bloc Loc rulers also work great on hourglass blocks.)

 Besides gray and white blocks, there were a number of these blocks with some of the Mimosa prints by Windham Fabrics.  I sorted the blocks out by print and pinned them together to keep them organized until I had a plan for them.

Not long after completing these, I was asked by the Fat Quarter Shop to participate in their Layers of Charm blog hop (you can read about the quilt here). I chose to make my quilt with the Mimosa collection and used the scraps from that project to make these fun pinwheel blocks.

Well, I decided to use the scraps from both projects and make a small quilt.

 The hourglass blocks were turned into these little 4.5" star blocks.

I sewed up the pinwheel blocks to make a fun colorful center. The stars fit perfectly around the outside.  I even added some Kona Coal charm squares that were leftover from the Layers of Charm quilt for the cornerstones.

Having a number of the hourglass blocks still left over, I wanted to work them into an outside border some how.

I ended up just piecing them together with some small scraps I had. 
That is why you don't toss those scraps!

 Now the quilt has been quilted up and finished!  I think this small baby quilt has more piecing in it than any lap quilt I have made lately!

It is even cute on the back.  I had just enough of this plaid that works perfectly!

And it all started because I was out of leader/enders blocks next to my machine!

(And this little finish achieves my February A Lovely Year of Finishes goal of turning all these scraps into a quilt.  So far, I am two for two this year!)

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A Lovely Year of Finishes  
Linking up:

Sew BitterSweet Designs  (A Lovely Year of Finishes)
A Quilting Chick (Leader/Ender Challenge)


  1. Wow, that is a cute quilt made from scraps! I don't toss scraps out and save them for pp mostly. Works perfectly!
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  2. This came together so nicely! I really like the last border, it pulled it together nicely.

  3. Very cute! I find it amazing what some people can make from the tiniest of fabrics pieces. Nice work!

  4. Darling! This turned out super cute! I'm not sure I would have kept pieces that small. You are so good at using everything.

  5. I am shaking my head in amazement by the end of reading this post...I bow to your quilty queen goddess-liness. :-) Unbelievable and all from a leaders/enders need!

  6. I absolutely love it!! It is a fantastic leader/ender project. Thanks so much for sharing and linking up.

  7. My brain would never have paired up those sets of scraps but I'm so glad you did. It's perfect how the pops of blue in the center tie in the borders just right. Great use of scraps too.

  8. Magic happens when you take scraps and make a quilt! They are so wonderful! Love the baby quilt.

  9. It's amazing how you can put all those different bits and pieces together and make a beautiful quilt! I love how that turned out! I need to try some hourglass blocks.

  10. I was just "gifted" a bloc-loc ruler and love it. This quilt of yours is awesome, what a great way to use up scraps.

  11. What a darling quilt! I love the story of how it all started!

  12. I love this quilt! So great to inspire us to use our scraps. I have so many triangles from things that are just collecting dust. I need to do this too! I love your colors as well as the star border and the outside border too! Thanks for sharing. K-

  13. Brilliant Cyndy! This little scrappy quilt looks like it was planned out right from the beginning. I love the border you designed!

  14. Oh I love your Mimosa quilt, I have a delicious pile of all of the fat quarters and have a pattern on order to use it, sadly will be a few weeks away yet till it gets here :(

  15. Fabulous us of scraps, leaders and enders for a great finish.


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