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23 April 2012

its my day !

Hi there – welcome to my day on the Spring is in the Air table topper blog hop.  I hope you’ve been following along and visiting the blogs on the hop that started last Monday.

when Madame Samm put out the call to join in this blog hop I quickly jumped on board as I had fun with the ghastlies blog hop at the end of last year - so thanks Madame Samm for organising another fabulous hop :)

now as you may know this spring is in the air hop was originally planned for February with a theme of love and as its autumn (fall) here in Australia anyway, I’ve stayed with the original love theme but I have ventured into the garden to take the photos of my table topper minis !

normally at this time of year the backdrop at my place would be autumn leaves but as I’m currently in tropical Queensland I’m in my dad’s wonderful garden full of amazing plants.

this is a flower that appeared yesterday morning – it certainly wasn’t there on Saturday and I have no idea what it is but it is so gorgeous I just had to show it !


ok – onto my little table topper quilts – you’ll notice I don’t actually have the table topper frame but I’m planning to get one once I get back home so my mum’s little hangers are useful in the meantime !


this is love flutter …

love flutter

I've called it love flutter as this quilt design always reminds me of butterflies :)

red and white 2 inch half square triangles – I decided to keep the quilting simple and machine quilted a diagonal line - it has a polka dot binding.

this one I’m calling love lines…

love lines
why love lines ? because love never runs smoothly !

now you can probably tell that it isn't finished ! well yesterday morning it still looked like this...

I wasn't sure I'd get it finished but thought I'd try so I sewed it together and it took me a while to decide what to do with the quilting - anyway, after putting quilting marks all over it in my decision making, I decided to rinse it to get rid of the marks - and can you guess what happened ?



eeekkk !  yes, you guessed it - one of the colours ran - only one but its in two of the lines.

so maybe I should rename it life lines now - cause life definitely doesn't run smoothly :)

I'm glad I discovered it now rather than after I'd finished it and put it in the wash later !  so I'm going to unpick the offending blocks and their neighbours and I won't be using that particular fabric again !

again, I used red and white half square triangles but these are one inch and I decided to use a sashing between them - as its only a small quilt I wanted to break up the rows of zig zags - and after all my pondering I've decided to hand quilt straight lines in the sashing with white perle thread.

so onto my last quilt and this one is love struck…

love struck

well, being a lightning zig zag block how could I call it anything else !

ooops...it might look better the right way up ! oh well, either way I suppose :)

love struck - right way up ?
this one is done with 2 inch white squares and I hand quilted it in red variegated perle thread  - I love how the quilting really outlines the strikes.

this quilt is from a tutorial by Jenn who blogs at Jenn of all trades but mine are smaller blocks.

so there you have my table topper mini quilts - they all measure 12 x 14 and I can’t wait to get a table topper frame to display them on.

thanks for visiting me on this blog hop, I hope you enjoyed my little quilts and make sure you check out the other bloggers showing their minis today.

Christine
Carol
Patti
Wendy
leanne - you're here !
Elaine
Judy 


the hop runs until this Wednesday and you can find the full schedule here.

be sure to visit Madame Samm to check out the fabulous prizes to be won for hopping along with us - leave a comment on Madame Samm's blog on the last day to be in the running !

71 comments:

  1. love them all but the last one would have to be my favourite! can you use runaway or something similar to get rid of the red dye?

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  2. I love your quilts. Maybe if I made wee table top quilts, I would finish more of them...alas, I have quite a stock of UFOs. Thanks for the post!

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  3. How frustrating for you that the red ran! I love your table toppers. :)

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  4. What darling quilts, you are sew creative!

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  5. Fabulous minis, Leanne! Your "love" series of toppers are just gorgeous and you made them with my favourite colour. :o) Thanks so much for sharing them with us!

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  6. Such great showing of variation of red and white minis. There are products to remove bleeding so you may want to try before removing all that work. Color catchers are really good - in any grocery in the laundry aisle. Thank you for sharing your lovlies with us today.

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  7. I could hardly take my eyes off of your "Love Flutter" it is so striking. I really like the way you quilted it, I'm going to try that on the quilt I'm making now. Thank you!

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  8. Your little quilts are gorgeous Leanne - poor you with the colour run! Did you know the French for lightening bolt - un coup de foudre also means love at first sight! So your last one which I adore is very apt!

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  9. Love your red and whites! Especially ' love struck' with the wonderful quilting!

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  10. They're all great, specially Love Struck.

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  11. Love all the reds and white. The Love Struck is my favorite. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  12. Wow!! Look at you go!! You've made so many wonderful little quilts!! I love the Love them, your titles are so much fun. I can see you like HSTs too!! :)

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  13. What a great range of quilts. Thanks for sharing. Love the flower too.

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  14. What a super post about love and life. The innocent and beautiful white flower to start out and then the vignettes with your red and white quilts. I really enjoyed it. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  15. I love, love, love your "Love Series" of red and white mini quilts. Really wonderful and thank you for sharing them with us. Can you get SHOUT Color Catcher Sheets where you are? They usually work really well when colors run. Judy C

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  16. Very pretty. I love the red and white colors.

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  17. I love your red & white toppers, but especially "Love Struck!" It is awesome!

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  18. I love red and white quilts. Coincidentally, I was in a quilt shop in Shawnee Mission, Kansas recently and they had red and white quilts every where. I immediately went home and have been working on one ever since. My point...I especially love your minis. Thanks.

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  19. Leanne, I Love them ALL, but Love Struck is screaming at me to make! Will be on my to do list. Thanks for all the inspiration..LOVE red & white!!

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  20. Good Evening , morning when you will see this..sew good morning too...
    OH My....first love the flower...wow, very pretty for fall...and yes although late in getting this hop together..( blame it on school) I am sew pleased you continued with the theme..your metaphors for all 3 spectacular designs...are heartfelt...the story of my life actually lol. At least lately... I have had red dye happen to me like that once..yours doesn't look too bad...I would have photoshopped it out...next time..send it to me..lol LOVE STRUCK...my fav, cause I am now after seeing this beauty...

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  21. What adorable quilts! They're so pretty! Oh, I've had red bleed before too, and that was even after pre-washing! Are you a pre-washer? I still swear by it. All my fabric goes into the washer before it enters my sewing area. I use a color-catcher in the washing machine with the fabric. You too?

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  22. Love all of your minis....wonderful! Great comment to change the name to Life Lines -- so true! Thanks for sharing with all of us!

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  23. These are all gorgeous, I especially love the Lovestruck one! Thanks for sharing with us!

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  24. Your little table toppers are fabulous. I just can't choose a favorite! All beautifully done and very inspiring!

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  25. Beautiful little table toppers! Thanks for sharing.

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  26. These are all gorgeous.My favorite is Love lines.Well done!!

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  27. Nice red and white toppers. You could always add an applique where that one fabric bled.

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  28. LOVE the minis! I hate it when the red bleads! I don't wash my fabrics and red is NOTORIOUS for this! Well, it adds charachter! LOL!! (and can I tell you mine end up with a LOT of charachter!! hehe)

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  29. Love your red and white table toppers! Great job! Color catchers work wonders for bleeding fabric! Thanks for sharing.

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  30. what fun little quilts .... you have done a great job with them and luck for you to find the offending fabric befor the stitching is all done ...I wonder if shout color catchers would work for running dyes ( I have seen it only in ads ) I have to look for this to find out
    in stitches

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  31. Melanie, Beautiful toppers! Thanks for sharing.....Judith, Texas

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  32. What a great job on the minis and such small blocks. Thanks for sharing with us. I never saw a flower like that white one but it is certainly gorgeous.

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  33. LOVE love struck! I see how you did that and I want to copy it. Hm... what do I have to do today and what can I just not do so I have time for this?

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  34. Agreed. Love the Love Struck! They are all very nice! Thanks for sharing.

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  35. Leanne!!! I love red and white and HST's. Red and white is so crisp and clean. You made some great minis. You know that I just love the last one, kind of wonky "wink".

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  36. Love the red and whites! Great table toppers!

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  37. I LOVE red and white and valentines day- your quilts are treat to see! I especially like Love struck!

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  38. I love these! Your quilting really brings out the designs, and your quilt names are clever!

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  39. Thanks for the lovely display of your minis. The red theme is great, especially the HSTs.

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  40. Lovely red and white toppers and I like how you named each one , and also how you quilted them.

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  41. great looking minis they were all lovely!

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  42. congrats on 3 finishes - love lovestruck!

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  43. I smiled when I read your comments about the "life lines." That is so very true..I will be trying your "love flutter." Thank you for posting the beautiful flower pictures and sharing you mini quilts.

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  44. Leanne, I ♥ your love theme here - so sorry about the bleeding ♥, but that's good to catch it prior to quilting! Been there... I especially love Lovestruck! Cool!

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  45. Colors are wonderful. Thank You for sharing your mini table toppers.

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  46. Your table toppers are so sweet! Try some synthrapol on a Q-tip to see if the color that ran will come. Then wash again with the Shout color catchers. Hope it helps.

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  47. Love Struck is amazing. The hand quilting in red gives it the perfect touch.

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  48. I love all of your toppers and also your choice of fabrics.

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  49. Those are amazing! So sad the red ran, but it is still so cute. Great job on all of them!

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  50. Love your red and white quilts especially the flutter by one

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  51. That flower is gorgeous! Does it smell? I do love your Love quilts. You're quite good at naming your quilts which I am NOT. Great job!
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  52. Thank you for sharing your beautiful mini quilts. Yes, I think that I need to purchase my own table topper frame as I want to make some mini quilts.

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  53. Absolutely love the red/white combo! Wonderful toppers! I had a red RUN on my Dear Jane when I was spritzing off the lines! ALL hand pieced and hand quilted. I'm still sick - haven't tried to fix it.... I feel your pain! Thanks for sharing all your wonderful work! LOVE that white flower!

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  54. cute minis. oh, red fabric can surprise us sometimes.

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  55. Cute, cute, cute! I love your theme. :) And I love that quilting with perle cotton - very striking! blessings, marlene

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  56. Beautiful red and white table toppers----that's a lot of half sq. triangles. Thanks for sharing.

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  57. WOW! Okay, just to say ... love struck is my favorite and thank you for the link, as I might have to give it a try ... As for the running red fabric but what's a little "bleeding" in the line of love anyway, eh? ;) couldn't resist ... Awesome job!!

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  58. Thanks for sharing the "love" and I must say that red and white are striking!! Love all your minis thanks!

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  59. How frustrating that one of the fabrics ran. At least you hadn't completely finished it. Once repaired it will make a very nice little quilt.

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  60. They are all wonderful! I'm going to have to check out the tut on the lightning blocks. I'd like to try that.
    Thanks for sharing

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  61. Leanne, luv your parade of red and white minis. Love Struck is awesome. Great job on getting the red out....Thanks for your inspiration and for sharing in the blog hop.

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  62. wow, lovestruck just takes my breath away--I want one in twin size!!!

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  63. I love your toppers. Red and white always looks good.

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  64. Lost my comment. So if this is a duplicate... sorry.
    Love your red and white! I'm a new follower, too.

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  65. Your minis look great! I love red and white. I'm glad you found a product that fixed where the red colour ran. I must look for that and keep it on hand for emergencies. The leaf in your flower picture looks like my Christmas cactus.

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  66. I just adore your red and white theme and I posted the sweet triangles as my favorite, but the are all delightful. ~Kelly

    unDeniably Domestic

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