Monday, July 23, 2012

Simply Charming MINIS!

Hey there friends! Today I have the pleasure of telling you a bit about Simply Charming Mini's- the latest book from Moose on the Porch Quilts!


I've had the pleasure of knowing Konda Luckau for several years and I am 'simply' amazed at her talent and this book is FULL of it. It includes a wonderful variety of mini quilts- 16 to be exact and each one can be made with charms.

The instructions are clear and precise and the diagrams show everything perfectly. I've been wanting to make a couple of these since I saw her booth at market and I scrambled to find the time before this post. But alas, summer has stepped in the way.

I did manage to try my hand at a little photoshop to show you EXACTLY how I want to use my mini's. (Please don't judge- photoshop and I have a love/hate relationship)

I LOVE the idea of hanging a mini quilt amidst a collage of pictures and other decor in a bedroom. I pasted Konda's 'Fire and Rain' quilt into this pic. Isn't it cute!?

Photo courtesy of Pottery Barn- edited by ME!
 And it's not just for girls.

Photo courtesy of Pottery Barn- edited by ME!
This pattern is so fun and looks good in any fabric choice.

The next one is called Bitty Bits it has a more traditional style and looks fabulous in this boys' room.
Photo courtesy of Pottery Barn- edited by ME!

 Lastly is my FAVORITE pattern- Lilies and Lace. It stands alone as a piece of art in this nursery. 
Photo courtesy of Pottery Barn- edited by ME!

The fun thing about these patterns is the versatility. She has minis that are modern and minis that are traditional. There's a mini in this book for EVERYONE. Wanna see? Leave me a comment and you will be entered for a chance to win your very own copy.
I'm heading to the Long Beach Quilt Festival this weekend so I'll pick a winner next week.

For more chances to win make sure you check out the other bloggers in the tour.

Tues, July 24 Lissa Alexander http://modalissa.blogspot.com
                        Emily Herrick http://crazyoldladiesquilts.blogspot.com
Wed, July 25 Nannette Merrill http://fredashive.blogspot.com
Thurs, July 26 Pam Lincoln http://www.mamaspark.blogspot.com
Fri, July 27 Brooke Johnsen http://pitterputterstitch.blogspot.com
Sat, July 28 Sherri McConnell http://www.aquiltinglife.com
Sun, July 29 April Mazzoleni http://april-makingendsmeet.blogspot.com
Mon, July 30 Vickie Eapen http://www.spunsugarquilt.com
Tues, July 31 Konda Luckau http://moosequilts.blogspot.com
                        Michele Foster http://quiltinggallery.com

Also- Don't forget to mark your calendar for the


 The quilt along will be Sep 11 - Apr 2.  You will make 4 mini quilts- one every two weeks and then the next two weeks will be for quilting them or getting caught up.  Then four more quilts, and a break and four more quilts then a break.  So we will make 12 of the mini quilts out of the book.
Her quilt alongs are fabulous- you don't want to miss out!!!

200 comments:

Mama Masek said...

I love minis and charms.... a perfect combo! !!

Carol said...

I love mini quilt's. This looks like a awesome book, I would so love to win it, thanks for the chance. You did a great job editing the pictures with the quilts.

~Laurie~ said...

I've seen this book among blog land and would LOVE to win it!! Keeping all digits crossed :)

therese said...

Oh what a delightful book. I would just love to win a copy! thanks for the chance.
therese.aiken@gmail.com

Newbie Jen said...

Ooo, I love minis!

legato1958 said...

I love mini quilts and would love to win the book! Thanks for the giveaway chance!

sue
legato1958@aol.com

Vroomans' Quilts said...

What a fun book and look forward to the Mini Quilt Along. Thank you for hosting.

Four dogs and one quilter said...

I love making mini quilts: this book would be a must have for my library.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow these mini's look fabulous! What great ideas on how to display them. Thanks!

B Greene said...

Love your photo-doctoring!! For a quilter, my "visioning" skills are not that great, so your pictures were very inspirational! Thanks so much for the chance to win this wonderful book!

CJ said...

Wish I was joining you at the Long Beach Quilt Show but CA in July - no thanks. Now if they would have that show in January...

Anne D said...

I love mini quilts and charm packs so this is the perfect book for me. Tanks for the chance to win.

Kirsten said...

The mini quilts look so wonderful in the pictures you have put them in - like they were just mean't to be there!

Gill said...

I like charms and mini quilts!
Perfect together!

Amys Crafty Shenanigans said...

I've started to make more minis as they are a great way to test out quilting ideas (and for practice) and orphan blocks look great as mini samplers! Would love to win this book :) Thanks for the chance!

Lesley said...

Love the quilts and love how you edited the pictures to give us ideas!

KaHolly said...

What a delightful book! You did a great job highlighting the best of the best!!

Laurie in Maine said...

I keep telling myself smaller projects have a better chance of a FINISH! The Mini-quilt-a-long looks fun :)

wanda said...

This book looks great and looks like it would be a lot of fun. Thanks for the chance to win.

RoteSchnegge said...
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RoteSchnegge said...

I made some minis for preemies - this book would be perfect for more ideas ... ;-)

Lisa Marie said...

This book looks like fun! I have lots of charms and scraps that I would love to put to use with some of the book's ideas.

Patchwork and Play said...

What a fun book! Thanks for the giveaway! And the Quilt Along looks like fun too!

JoyceLM said...

I love Konda Luckau's books. Thanks for the chance to win.

Mary W Quilts said...

The quilts are adorable. Your Photoshop skills ROCK! Hope I win... Mary

Teri said...

Love this idea. I'm thinking - beach house :)

Joyce said...

I would LOVE to win. Adore mini quilts as it is instant gratification. Thanks for the chance.

Pinkadot Quilts said...

The quilts look so nice I would love to win!

Joan and Kevin said...

Thanks for the giveaway!
The mini's are adorable!

Binks said...

drool... these look amazing!

Donna said...

I love minis. The little quilts look so great on the wall and I get to try all kinds of new quilting ideas.

linda f said...

Emily,

Wow, what great mini quilts. I have done one and it was fun.
Enjoy you blog!

Linda F

Johanna said...

I love minis!

isa13 said...

Love the idea to try minis. Is it possible to enter your giveaway ?
hugs from France

Ellyn said...

haha your photo shopping is terrific! great ideas for minis. count me in on the giveaway

Beth said...

I love sewing with charms - this book looks fun!

Patty K said...

I have a ton of charms I've been stashing. These minis are the perfect reason to pull them out and use some of them.

Susan said...

Love minis---I can actually get them finished!!

Kwilty Pleasures said...

I have sooooooo many charm packs to use. This book would certainly be an inspiration to get sewing. Thnx.

becster308 said...

I would love to have some fun patterns for a cute mini wall quilt for above my fireplace.

Mary Jo said...

Thanks for the ideas to show off the minis. Looks like a fun book.

Margaret said...

I would love to own this book. It has some pretty awesome projects that I would be very happy to make.

Melissa said...

Love the mini's!!! Thanks for the chance to win this book!

Carol said...

Love this book. I have so many charms that need to be used up and these minis look perfect for this.

Carrie P. said...

Love all those ideas in the photos. thanks for a chance to win a book.

Sandy said...

I have been looking for this new book since I first saw it. Since I can't buy it (yet), maybe I can win it! Thanks!

Dru said...

Thanks for the chance to win this book.

Laura said...

I love minis, thanks for the chance to win :)

Sandra said...

Mini quilts using charms. This is quite the book. I am sure there are mini quilts for everyone and each one will make you drool and want to make them all. Thanks for your pictures. Great job well done and giving us all a chance to win such a fabulous book to cherish forever.

Sandi T.
sandit1@sbcglobal.net

Solange said...

I have always loved minis. They are so quick to make but have so much charm! I hope to win a copy!

Lori said...

This looks like a fabulous book.
Thanks for the chance to win.
Hope your time away was good.
quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

Jennie said...

Love your mad photoshop skills. I'm actually planning a wall collage with family pictures and a mini quilt in there. This book looks pretty fabulous to me!

Andra Gayle said...

Looks like a great book! Excellent job on the photo editing! Thanks for the chance to win!

Jill said...

Those mini quilts are so cute - can't wait until this book comes out!

Susan C said...

Looks like there's something for everyone in this book! Don't you wish decorating was as easy as pasting pictures?! Great ideas for using quilts as art.

Meredith said...

This looks like a great pic! Love the pics you edited too!

Diann said...

Hmm... This book sounds intriguing.

Darlene said...

I'm quite smitten with mini quilts this year so I'd really enjoy winning. :-)

Have fun in Long Beach!

grendelskin said...

I've been looking forward to a good glimpse of Konda's new book - thank you for doing such a great job of it! Love your settings.

Ella said...

Minis are my favorite as they don't take too much time to do.
These in your pictures are just too lovely.

Ella

Winona Thompson said...

Sounds like a great book. I am always looking for ways to use my charm packs. Thanks.

Leslie said...

I love minis. Thanks for the chance to win.

Heartsdesire said...

Minis are great. I especially like using charm squares for them and there is such a sense of satisfaction when you finish one. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

Sherryl said...

I'm addicted to minis! Seriously, I'm going to need a 12 step program pretty soon. LOL I'd sure love a copy of this book. Thanks for the giveaway.
- sunshdws at yahoo dot com

Linda said...

Love the adorable little minis!

Hope to win a copy...8-)

Scrapatches said...

Love the idea of placing a mini wall quilt in a collage with photos and such. The Fire and Rain pattern does look great in both the boy and the girl colors and rooms. Thanks for the idea and the chance to win ... :) Pat

Marcia W. said...

Now I know what to make with a single charm pack.... thanks for the chance to win a copy of Konda's new book.

Rosemary said...

What great ideas for charm packs! Love the chance to perk up my home with mini quilts. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

Mimi said...

I love mini's thanks for the tour and the chance to win this amazing and sweet book!!

Kwilty Pleasures said...

Mini meeeeeeeee

Karen M said...

You were so clever to show the minis in different pictures. Thanks for the chance to win.

Sue at The Boar's Breath Ranch said...

sounds like a good time to me.

Izzy said...

I have a bunch of charm packs that would be perfect for mini projects! I so want this book! :-)

A.J. Dub. (Amy) said...

I love Konda's stuff. I would REALLY love a copy of this book. Have fun at the quilt Festival! I was going to try and go but unfortunately we have commitments this weekend. :(

Mommarock said...

Atlast!! Quilts in a size I might actually be able to finish!!

Jenny said...

minis are so rewarding!

Sallie said...

Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway!

BeachQuilter said...

I'm new to minis, I can't wait to see this book and the blog ideas!

fiberdoodles said...

Oh these mini's are adorable and I love how you chose to share them ;0) I have oodles and oodles of charms so the quilt-along will be a perfect time to use them up! I would love a chance to win the book :0)

sharon@fiberdoodles.com

Sherry said...

I'm impressed with the photoshop work you did. . . I wouldn't even have the time to try it!

I love making smaller sized quilts -- much faster results than bed sized ones.

Sinta Renee said...

I love the idea of this book and the projects are adorable... yes, even the guy ones! The quilt along sounds like fun!!!

Annabanana said...

This book looks adorable...and mini quilts are great because they are not so intimidating as larger ones. Thanks for the giveaway!

Flaun of I Plead Quilty! said...

Great editing job on Fire and Rain. I love that little room - and I'm not even a pink kind of girl.

Linda said...

HELLO! LOVE THIS BOOK!
THANKS FOR SHARING!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

Karen said...

These minis are so great. I can't wait for the mini Quilt Along. Thanks for the giveaway.

quiltma said...

I would so love to win this book. Minis are wonderful.

Judy1522 said...

The quilts look great. I like Konda's patterns and would love to win her book. I participated in her last quilt along and look forward to the mini quilt along sounds like fun and a great way to get some new wall decor.

hueisei said...

I love minis. Thanks for the chance to win this great book.

Terry@ iluvmybugs said...

Love minis and this book looks like a definite 'must have'!!! Thanks for the chance.

Cecilia said...

I love the way the minis looked in your pictures. A mini would be great to make in the same fabrics as a baby quilt for a friend. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

Margaret said...

how fun it would be to make a mini quilts. Would love to win a copy of the book
Margaret

Pat said...

I love minis!
Thanks for the chance to win the book.

Yvonne said...

That looks like a cute book! Have fun at the Long Beach QF!

Lynn said...

Mini quilts and scraps and charms all in one book!! What a fun book!

becky said...

Love the blog tour hops.I get to discover blogs like yours Ihave not come across before I really appreciate all the info. etc. Thank-you for the give away chance.Becky

Kelly O. said...

great post! love your photoshop editing :)

Jennie said...

I really need to get my scraps under control, 16 mini's might do the trick. :-D

Ella said...

OMG!!! I so want to win this !!! I need help in the mini department!!!! I'm so jealous you are going to Long beach!! :( Have fun!!!

sandyb said...

I just love this book. I would love to own a copy.

Thank you.

sandyb720 at gmail dot com

Rita said...

i really like the way you set up each mini quilt -- especially in the baby's room. thank you for this opportunity!

WandaFish said...

You did a great job of showing off the quilts!
Thanks for the chance to win the book, it looks a lot of fun :)

VickiT said...

Ooh I love the mini hanging over that crib myself. Beautiful.
I'm wondering too about possibly making a mini using the new Laminate fabrics so my son and his fiancee could use it as a changing pad for our Granddaughter. Would that be a horrible thing to do with a beautiful quilt? hmmmmm

Ali said...

That sounds like a fun (if intensive!) sew along. Thank you for giving away a copy too!

ritainalaska said...

thank you! would love to win a copy of this charming book!

Cathy H. said...

Oh, I love these minis!! Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful looking boot!!

Ullhärvan said...

That mini hanging over the crib is beautiful!

Sister Quilter said...

I love minis and you can never have too many!! Looks like a bunch of fun patterns!

Linda said...

Beautiful mini's! I may just have to put those on my "list" of must does. Book looks great.

Pat said...

thanks for the chance to win and explore minis

carol l said...

Minis are fun because I can finish them!!!!!
Carol

My Old Quilting Soul said...

I Love the Lilies and lace too! It would look like a lovely go-to for a baby shower since it would look good in many colors! Thank you for the chance to win!

Homemaker Honey said...

Mini Quilts are such fun! And a good way to use up my scraps.

Deborah
homemakerhoney @gmail .com

Linda B said...

Just saw some of Konda's quilts at the Spanish Fork Fiesta Days Quilt show. I would love to win her book.

Helen L said...

Long Beach quilt festival? Lucky you!! Have fun:-P And the book looks great too!!

http://tubakk.blogg.no/ said...

Great book, and I love mini quilts too. Have nice days at the quilt festival! tubakk@online.no

Rosa said...

I love mini quilts.The book looks awesome.Have great days at the quilt festival.

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

I think your photo-shopping is fabulous! I love mini's and would love to win this book. Thanks for the chance!

Jennifer said...

how cute is this! i'd love to participate, thanks for the chance!

Michele said...

Yet another book that I have to add to my "must hae" list.

Julia said...

I love Minis! Almost instant gratification!

Quilt Hollow said...

Minis are instant gratification...GOT TO LOVE EM!

Anita in Florida said...

oooh...I'd love to win this book...been working on doll quilts lately and it would sure come in handy!

Quiltsmiles said...

Oh I love this number 123 for the drawing. I have mnay places in my home to display smaller quilts and wallhanging. Currently I am working on a non quilt item of thread bag with cushion and tool holder near the sewing machine.

Jeanne Gwin said...

I met Konda at the Spring Quilt Market in KC. "Hi Konda", waving like a nut. I am so happy to see her book out, we talked about it at market and I so enjoyed visiting with her. Hope I win, but if not, will buy it for sure.

Debbie said...

I love mini's. You can only use so many bed quilts but you can never have too many mini's. Love your ideas. The book looks great.

Linda said...

I have so many charm packs yearning to be a mini quilt!

xo Linda

Lisa said...

New to mini quilts, I would love to win this book!

Kate said...

Mini quilts would be a new adventure for me. Love your photoshopping, great way to showcase the mini's!

pklaw said...

Love the idea of mini quilts in a nursery. Clever idea to show us the quilts in the images! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Heather said...

Your photoshopping skills are amazing! These bedrooms all look super cute, what a great way to show some cool uses of mini quilts as decor. :)

Lee Ann L. said...

I love your ideas! The one for boys is awesome! Thank you for a chance to win.

Almaelou said...

I love quilt alongs, they keep me accountable!

Teresa in Music City said...

Yes I would definitely love to win a copy of the book - it looks like a lot of fun!

Michele said...

I love what you did with the PB pictures :-) It shows how nice the quits will look :-) oh, I just got more of the bottle cap fabric I ordered. I just love it :-) Thank you! Thanks for tne giveaway too!

Fran said...

Great review - this book looks wonderful. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

Kathy H said...

Such cute minis. It would be so much fun to make them and finish them!

Brenda said...

You came up with some great ideas! Thanks for sharing.

NancyL said...

Fun idea to photo shop quilts into pictures!! I like mini quilts, as I'm likely to have time to finish them, and feel like I got something done! Would love to make 3 for doll quilts for my 3 grand daughters,age 9 years, and 14 and 3 months!

harrispen said...

What a fun book of quilts.

Cindy

Colleen said...

I have a million or so charms that need using up, so this book would be great!

Heidi Staples said...

I'm a huge fan of mini quilts -- they're so much fun to make! Thanks for the giveaway!!

Stitched With Prayer said...

Wow, this is a double whammy of quilty good news!!! First is Konda's book that looks completely wonderful, then add to that the quilt along...perfection I tell ya! Thank you so much for a chance to win this book and Good Luck to Everyone! Hugs all around...

Delores said...

I have some charms waiting for a project - this book would be perfect!
Thanks for the chance to win!

Wendy said...

I just found your blog through the hop ... Love Konda's new book, and of course, would love to win a copy, however, I'm thrilled to have been introduced to your blog!! Thank you so much and I look forward to visiting again :)

paulapatchwork said...

oh! I'm on mini quilts mode right now. Tks fr the chance to win! x

Carol in E TN said...

I love mini quilts and they can be hung, used as table toppers and many other things!

Mhairi said...

I love the nursery quilt and the way that it is such a beautiful piece of art and something that has been made with love too. Thanks for sharing some inspiration. Enjoy your weekend.

Wanda said...

This book looks like fun. Love what you did with the photoshop. Good inspiration.

Jaci said...

I've been wanting to try mini quilts, and have plenty of charm packs. What a fun book!

KMSC said...

I loved your post today; so clever. Thanks for the very cute ideas for using mini quilts. And thanks for the giveaway!

Simone de Klerk said...

I am definitely going to join the QAL, so would LOVE to win a copy.
Thank you for the chance!

Haley said...

I love minis and am very excited about this book. The Quilt Along looks like it'll be a blast.

Judith Blinkenberg said...

Those minis in the rooms look amazing!! I love that idea. I could use one in each room in my house. Thank you.

Linda in Calif. said...

These are just adorable!! I was already thinking of doing mini's and this book would be great.

Wayne, Naomi, Sydney and Elijah said...

oooh, have fun at the quilt festival! jealous! :)
thanks for the giveaway.

creativeinstincts said...

The quilts look awesome in these rooms. Feels like owning one...
Now I really really need to win the book and try a few quilts from it.

Leena

Jennifer B. said...

I love the idea of hanging a mini quilt in a nursery! I'm expecting my 2nd in January and by the time the quilt along starts I'll know whether I'm having a girl or boy so I have a feeling the majority of the mini quilts I make are going to be geared for the new little one! I'll be sure to make at least one though for my little guy right now ;).
Thanks for the giveaway!

Betteem said...

I'd like to make quick minis and shop my stash. Thanks for the book.

Knittingdancer on Ravelry said...

It looks like there are so really cute mini quilt patterns in this book. Thanks for a chance to win this book.

Mary said...

What a great idea to combine the mini quilts with other art. I would love to win this book. Thanks!

Colleen said...

I love Konda and would love her book. Thanks.

Judith said...

I love sewing minis. What a wonderful chance to win Konda's book. Judith, Texas

nhlady said...

Love your work with Photoshop!

Thanks for the giveaway.

Mandy Currie said...

Hello Emily, I've only just found your blog and thoroughly enjoyed my read. Thank you for the opportunity to win this lovely book of Minis. I particularly liked the room with the records on the wall. So decorative, what a good way of using little quilts and little quilts are a great way of trying new techniques and patterns. I'm relatively new to quilting so very keen to learn all I can. Kind Regards Mandy Currie (mandycurrie@googlemail.com)

Linda said...

Though I don't have a Pottery Barn type home, these are charming designs. They look SO good! Thanks for sharing your ideas about how to decorate with them, and thanks for the chance to win your giveaway.

Quilt n Queen said...

Would love to win the book...Bitty Bits is my favorite so far...looking forward to the Quilt Along...just hope I can keep up. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!!

Sewgirl said...

I have several mini's that hang throughout the house in various nooks and crannies. They brighten up small spaces in my home. Have fun in LB...

Anita said...

I love minis and am glad to see them making a comeback! Would love to win this book, thanks for the chance!

Sue Bone said...

Love your photoshopping. :)

Dolores said...

I do love making minis and really should make another one soon. Actually I should finish up the one I started and get it up on the wall. Thanks for the chance to win this great looking book.

Gwen said...

What great ideas to consider, I have
been looking to using a special charm
pack, and this might have the inspiration that I need. Thanks for
a chance to win.

Tiffany said...

I'd love to do the quilt along! Here's hoping I win a book.

Infodetective said...

Great photos. The quilts look like adt pieces.

Anne said...

Thanks for the blog hop! I am a new visitor to your blog and I will be back again!

Lee said...

This has been a great blog hop! I love the mini quilts. thanks!

Silverthimble said...

I love your ideas for hanging mini quilts!

Anna said...

Would love to add this book to my quilting library. It would go well with my Big Blocks Quilts also by Konda Luckau. Love it.

Tricia said...

Love mini quilts!

webmailaddress2 said...

They're all so pretty!

Kayde Dexter said...

Love mini's Totally in the process right now of redecorating to incorporate some

ljeanne said...

I have so many small pieces of cute fabric and this would be the book for patterns. Hope I win!

Kathryn said...

I loves how you fit these minis into you decor. thanks for the review.

I am Just One Mom said...

this will be more of a Self-Help book to help me see beyond the photos of quilts in books. I tend to re-create the pics rather than create a quilt. Sooooo, 2 pics will allow my imagination to play!

Eileen said...

Looks like a great book. Thanks for the opportunity to win it!

Cindy said...

I love making mini quilts and I'm addicted to charm packs so this would be perfect! Thanks!

Sandra said...

The new little black dress range from BasicGrey/moda would be cute I think for a mini.

Andy said...

I love your idea - and I'm going to steal it :)

Thank you for the giveaway!

Deb said...

The pictures you posted would make anyone so eager to do this quilt along. I'd love to have the book!

Shannon said...

Cool quilts!! The quilt along sounds so fun!! I hope I am not to late to join in on the give away!!

Cindy said...

Minis are awesome! My home is a virtual mini gallery! Always love to add some more.

If you have enough of them they make a great addition to your homes insullation too!

LeAnne said...

Love squeezing mini quilts in those places that just aren't big enough for much of anything.

Paule-Marie said...

Minis are great. you can learn so much with them. Have fun (or hope you had fun) at the quilt festival.

Sally said...

love minis! thanks for opportunity!

Kristen said...

Looks like a great book...and I'm really interested in the quilt along! :)

Kimberly Cassie said...

The book looks like a must-have. Thanks for the giveaway!

Susan said...

I'm loving the looks of this book! Thanks for the chance to win!

rachelle pare said...

i am a new sewer and quilter of 9 months and this book of minis is a perfect way for me to learn new techniques and patterns without having to make large projects. i will own this book weather i win it or buy it. it is a must

Gwen said...

Oh!! Minis!! Charms!!! Two of my favorites! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book! It looks great! :-)

Valarie said...

Oh! So excited! I love the minis! Thanks for taking the opportunity to show off this lovely book!

robin said...

was happy to receive downloadable magazine but was unable to turn pages! The email I sent to the publisher bounced back to me- any ideas as to how I can access the quilting mag from Universal?