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Project Simplify - THE MINI SERIES!

Howdy y'all!

I'm very excited because today is the first of nine "Mini-Series Mondays" here at Pretty by Hand!

That's right, you heard me.  But not the same kind of mini-series I watched on tv during my babysitting days in the 80s like "Shogun" & "Thorn Birds".  This mini-series doesn't include forbidden love with a priest or anything like that.

My love of little things inspired me to come up with this Project Simplify encore ... a series of mini quilts!  (Get it?  Mini Quilts = Mini Series?  I know, I'm witty beyond belief.)

This lil' cutie is 2-3/4".

Back in April when I was making the first quilt, I had some scraps that were just BEGGING to be made into something.  And when I wasn't allowed to do any work on the quilt while my helper was in school, I HAD to find SOMETHING to do with my time ... because, you know, housework is over-rated.

And plus I started thinking that since I didn't know which quilts I'd be donating, it would be nice to have a little souvenier of each project. 

Ok, that sounds TOTALLY lame right now as I'm typing this - souvenier quilt of a quilt?  For real??  That's just taking fabric hoarding to a whole other level.  But it seemed like a good idea at the time ...

I wasn't confident enough with my FMQing back then so I chickened out and did simple straight lines.

This miniature version of Square One measures 13 1/2" x 16 1/2".   (Don't even THINK about calling it a placemat!  You can ask my husband what will happen if you do ... )

So for the next 8 weeks, I'll be bringing you Mini-Series Mondays - all the quilts from Camille's book  Simplify miniaturzed.  Nothing like milking a good idea 'til it's dead, right?

FWQAL is temporarily rescheduled for Tuesdays because let's face it ... we all love a good alliteration, don't we?  Mini-Series Mondays just sounds way better than Mini-Series Tuesdays.  :)

And what would a Mini-Series be without a teaser for the next episode?

Sorry ladies, no Richard Chamberlain ... I asked ... he doesn't do quilt blogs ;)

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Reader Comments (34)

What a cute MINI QUILT, I'm being careful (I do hope your husband is ok) !
I have to say though Kristyne, I am a bit disappointed about this mini-series not having any forbidden love with a priest !!! ;)
Vivienne x

September 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergreenrabbitdesigns

You're crazy but in a good way;-) Love your minis and this is a fantastic idea;-)

September 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHildy

You realize that now you have made "Monday" a day to look forward to??? LOL! I love this idea and your mini quilt today is adorable. You must have an abundance of patience to re-size all those blocks :) or, you really hate housework!!

September 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDana

What a GREAT idea...to make minis. I actually call small quilts quiltlets. I love the idea of making "souvenir" quiltlets of each quilt. Now to find all the fabric from all my UFOs to make them. Oy...

September 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristine Thomas

You had me at "souvenir". :) This is so fun!

September 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterA Little Blue Dragonfly

"Quiltlets"...LOVE IT! Loving this Mini Series Monday thing - I think all of those mini blocks are just so darn cute! Thanks for doing this...I look forward to new posts from you all the time!

September 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDeb

OMG. Mini series so hilarious, didn't you just love the Thorn Birds. REad it a million times and watches the tv. Loved Richard Chamberlain. Well love tv, what can I say.

September 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPam

Okay, my dear, souvenir quiltlets it's going to be! What a cute idea! I don't like working with such tiny things, but guess i could learn a little patience. Soon as I perfect FMQ!

Well, thanks, now I need to purchase The Thorn Birds for my Nook. Remember the color of the dress described as Ashes of Roses? I made an Ashes of Roses colored dress after I read the book!

And now I need to go and swoon over Richard Chamberlain for a bit.............

Blessings and hugs.....................

September 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarge

Well, did you offer Mr. Chamberlain a QUILT to wrap up in after he poses for us on this blog??? 'Cause I think it totally would work. Do it. Fab idea Ms. Pretty -- can't wait to see those minis!

September 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThimbleanna

You guys are making me laugh!

September 19, 2011 | Registered CommenterKristyne

Awww, so adorable! The Farmer's Wife blocks must have really inspired you to go mini.

September 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

I truly just love your blog! You really crack me up and put a smile on my face for the rest of the day.....and I also just love your quilts and FMQing!!! Happy Day To You!!!....I can't wait to read more about your mini-series!

September 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTina

I love it... and you're totally insane. I can't even stand to do a quilt a second time... let alone mini. More power to you though! :)

September 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBabychaser

I've just recently watched Shogun on dvd - I enjoyed at every bit as much as the first time round!
Love the mini-series idea ....... and I would never dream of using the word 'placemat'!!

September 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterfrayedattheedge

Oh Wow! This is so cute! Like I don't stalk your blog already for posts and FW updates... now I have to wait for these, too! :O) Thanks for the fun and inspiration! :O) Bari

September 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBari Jo

I just came to your beautiful blog from Simplify - your work is stunning as always.

September 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatherine Murray

This is positively adorable!! I can't wait to see the rest! :)

September 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShannon F

I have spent the last, well, let's just say "few minutes," reading your wonderful blog. I found you via Camille's blog, as I am a huge fan of hers as well. I love all the quilts you have done! I'm excited to see the Mini Series.

September 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJana K

This is the first time that I have visited your blog and I love your quilts. Everything is so lovely and the fabrics are gorgeous. I also learned that you are Canadian, too. I am so glad that I followed Camille's suggestion and visited. I'll be back to see your minis.
Joan from Ontario

September 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoan

Oh YAY more Simplify!! So excited to see the mini pillows LOL!

BTW.....I got my very own Charm Pack of Ruby today......so happy.

September 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie

Loving your blog, so inspiring!!

September 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMandy Foot

Your blog is darling and I really love your fabric stash. It's so pretty, I'm super jealous, I think I would probably just sit and look at it. Your free hand quilting gives me hope. I took a class and I'm getting better (sorta). I'm still a sweaty mess the whole time I'm sewing though. If you have any pointers I'd love to hear them. Glad I found your cute blog.

September 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNicole Willmore

How cute! I think mini souvenir quilts of quilts is a great idea. Looking forward to following this mini series.

September 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHope

first of all, sanity is over rated and yes, housework is too. secondly, YES, i have the same problem of missing a quilt i've made and given away. i lie to myself and promise that i'll make another one JUST like the first one only i'll keep it. have i ever done this? no. have i bought extra fabric with this in mind? yes.

now i can make mini quilts and keep 'em all to my selfish self. thanks for more inspiration! ;0

remember: you're awesome!

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterina

Yay yay yay...what a great plan! I wasn't really ready to go cold turkey on Project Simplify, so this is making me smile lots :)
I remember watching the Thorn Birds too...wow, it must've been big to have made an impact in Canada! I thought it was just an Aussie thing :)
My Farmers Wife day is Friday...coz we all love alliteration, don't we? LOL

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuzitee

I love your idea for a mini-series of your mini-quilts! I'm glad you're having so much fun with Project Simplify-- I've enjoyed watching you progress through it and I'm so impressed at your FMQ!! And I love that your daughter is such a big helper to you :)

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElisa

Mini Simplify! What a fun idea! I just love reading your blog - enjoy your humour.

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

You always make me smile...thank you for that...Camille's post is super lovely...you compliment each other perfectly! It is a new season of TV, so I will have to add your 'mini-series' to my list! Keep it comin' sister!
Lisa in Texas

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa LeBlanc

Camille sent me. Wow. You are amazing! I'm so inspired. I love pink too.

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAuntie Pami

you are so hilarious! i'm so excited to see all your mini's!

September 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertasha

oh I could make mini quilts all day. what a great idea. Thorn Birds? took me right back to my childhood... you make me laugh, lady xo amy

September 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

i recognize the pretty susan branch fabric as i have the same. your attention to detail is quite precise and amazing. thanks for sharing its loveliness.

September 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commentereileensideways

Ban on women driving should be considered world wide... :-) I would never allow my wife driving my car.. :-) ehtgue ehtgue - Belstaff Jacket.

November 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrphsyg rphsyg
I just found your mini quilt on Pinterest. What a cute idea, especially if you loved the original size and have given it as a present. Plus, you can only hide so many scraps!
October 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

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