Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Anything Goes Mini {Blog Hop + Giveaway}

(Update: the giveaway is now closed, thanks to all who entered! Winner noted below.)

I am happy to be back over at Benartex's blog Sew In Love With Fabric to share a tutorial for a quick and fun mini quilt made from the new line Anything Goes by Ann Lauer!


Here's a sampling of some of the fabrics in this line:


I used mainly the green and blue prints in this mini, which finishes at 20 inches square. I used one of my favorite blocks -- the Ohio Star -- and used partial blocks to give the design a little more pizzazz.

Cutting:

3 - 5.5 inch squares background fabric (for QSTs)
8 - 4.5 inch squares background fabric
1 - 5.5 inch square blue #1 fabric (for center QSTs)
2 - 5.5 inch squares green #1 fabric (for center QSTs)
2 - 5.5 inch squares blue #2 fabric (for outer QSTs)
4 - 5.5 inch squares green #2 fabric (for outer QSTs)
5 - 4.5 inch squares white print fabric


Draw diagonal lines on all of your green squares. Pair up each 5.5 inch square as listed below to create HSTs by sewing 1/4 inch on each side of the line, cutting apart on the drawn line, and pressing toward the green. Do not trim your units yet.

For center QSTs:
1 - 5.5 inch green #1 square + 1 - 5.5 inch background square (yielding 2 green/background HSTs)
1 - 5.5 inch green #1 square + 1 - 5.5 inch blue #1 square (yielding 2 green/blue HSTs)

For outer QSTs:
2 - 5.5 inch green #2 squares + 2 - 5.5 inch background squares (yielding 4 green/background HSTs)
2 - 5.5 inch green #2 squares + 2 - 5.5 inch blue #2 squares (yielding 4 green/blue HSTs)


In this picture, the units that will be used for the center QSTs are in the top row, and the units that will be used for the outer QSTs are in the bottom two rows.

Cut each HST in half, perpendicular to the sewn seam. Note: it is important to cut perpendicular to the seam, rather than just from corner-to-corner as this ensures nice "square" seams at the center of  your QSTs. If you find that your two corners are not perfectly aligned when you line your ruler perpendicular to the seam, do your best to position the cut such that the cut splits the difference between the offset corners, as in the diagram below.


After cutting your HSTs in half, pair each half with the corresponding complementary half to make your QST units. Sew together, making sure to align the center seam. Press seam open to reduce bulk and trim your QST units to 4.5 units, making sure that the center intersection remains the center of the trimmed block.


Lay out your QST units and 4.5 inch white print and background squares as shown below.


Sew together for your mini top.




Quilt as desired and bind. I quilted my mini with a swirly flower motif. I made bias binding with one of the black prints in the collection and also used the same print for my hanging pockets. I pieced together the leftovers from the green floral print and blue dot print for my backing fabric.


If you have a Quilter's Planner, you might recognize the quilting motif as the design of the week from last week! I decided to go with a swirly and round design to contrast with the graphic prints in this line.



I used the blue dot print and white dot print to piece together a backing for this mini. I realized that after I designed this mini to be 20 inches square that it was a little to large to use a single fat quarter for the backing, which was my original plan. Piecing the leftovers from those two fabrics into a four patch worked perfectly.


I used the black squares print for both the hanging pockets and the bias binding. This tutorial is essentially the same as what I do when making non-continuous bias binding. Since I was working with a fat quarter, I needed four bias strips total for binding. I use this method to add hanging pockets to the mini quilts that I make. For this mini, I believe that my pocket squares were cut to 6.5 inches.


Now for the giveaway! Two entries:

1. Leave one comment and tell me your favorite summer picnic food.
2. Followers (Facebook, Instagram, Bloglovin, or any other method) can leave a second comment for a second chance to win.

Congrats to our winner, Monica! I will contact you shortly!




Happy Wednesday! Sharing at Let's Bee Social and Needle and Thread Thursday!

146 comments:

  1. Oh course, you can't have a picnic without potato salad. sjvonfumetti at yahoo dot com

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  2. I follow you on BlogLovin. ajvonfumetti at yahoo dot com

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  3. I love deviled eggs at a picnic. Give me finger food!!!

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  4. My favorite picnic food is potato salad!! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

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  5. I follow by email. angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

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  6. I love homemade potato salad - especially good with bacon (of course - everything is better with bacon!) mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. i follow you on instagram as mumbird3!Cute little quilt!!!
    mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. Looove your Mini!! This Bundle is sooooo cool!! Thank you for chance to win your give-a-way too! :)

    My fave picnic food HAS to be our Potato Salad! (& a yummy Watermelon! lol)
    bearpaws9(AT)copper(DOT)net

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  9. Am already a follower too..thru Email, Bloglovin & Pinterest :)
    bearpaws9(AT)copper(DOT)net

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  10. My favorite is potato salad! Although watermelon is a close second.

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  11. Love what you did for the backing! Ingenious!

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  12. i follow by email. Thanks for the fabulous photos.

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  13. I love to take fruit k-bobs to a summer picnic.

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  14. I love fresh fruit on a picnic.

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  15. I follow your blog by email. tacdah at gmaildotcom

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  16. fried chicken is my favorite to take on a picnic.

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  17. Love this little mini and the fabric choices. Love strawberries on a picnic. Love them anytime.

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  18. My favorite summer picnic food is a big slice of watermelon. Delicious and refreshing!

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  19. I follow you by email (wordygirl at earthlink dot net), and I'm so glad I do!

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  20. cold fruit all the way. especially berries.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  21. i follow you on face book
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net
    your mini is wonderful

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  22. You just have to have fried chicken. So many wonderful sides that can go with chicken. Just love the colors in this exciting fabric. Thank you for the chance to become a winner. It is so neat to have a package waiting for you in your mail box and you know at that moment that you are indeed a winner of that much needed fabric for your stash.

    Sandi Timmons
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  23. Potato salad, deli meats, cheese and fresh fruits.

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  24. My favorite picnic food is homemade potato salad!

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  25. it's a toss up between watermelon and potato salad! What fun to go to a picnic and get both! LeeAnna at leeannaquilts at gmail dot com
    thanks lots!

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  26. My favorite picnic food is cold fried chicken.
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  27. Following you on instagram: @minibea123
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  28. I follow on Bloglovin'! I also wanted to say that I really enjoyed your tutorial and think that your project is beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing and inspiring, I know I have put this project on my to do list!! Thank you for the opportunity to win these gorgeous fabrics and have a great day!

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  29. Happily following with bloglovin.

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  30. My favorite picnic food is potato salad

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  31. I'm following you via FB and email

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  32. I love the mini quilt and I love potato salad -- any time! =)

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  33. Nice mini! I'd say my favorite summer picnic food is potato salad.

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  34. I follow you via Bloglovin'.

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  35. faithfully following via Bloglovin

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  36. I know it sounds weird, but I only have potato salad in the summertime - but I do love it so.

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  37. My favorite picnic food is fried chicken. We used to make it the day before and keep it refrigerated. YUMMY!

    Sandy A

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  38. I follow you through Bloglovin!

    Sandy A

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  39. My first thought was potato salad, so summer when grilling!

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  40. I like potato salad the way my grandma used to make it. And watermelon, can't have a picnic without watermelon!

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  41. I follow your blog via GFC. Love the fabrics and your project!

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  42. I love hotdogs and really miss my mom's chili. She made the best.

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  43. I follow via Bloglovin and Instagram

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  44. Gotta be Mom's potato salad...following a close second would be watermelon and finally, chocolate chip cookies! Thanks for the opportunity to win your giveaway.
    akronne17@gmail.com

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  45. My favourite picnic food is fresh berries.

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  46. I am following you via email, Bloglovin, IG, and FB!!!!

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  47. My favorite summer picnic food would be mustard potato salad, especially the way my mom made it. dquilterguy48329 (at) prodigy (dot) net

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  48. I love fresh melon; watermelon, canteloupe, honeydew.

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  49. I love your little mini. Stars are one of my favorites.
    My favorite Summer picnic food is fried chicken.

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  50. My favourite picnic food is three bean salad.

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  51. I follow you with bloglovin.

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  52. I love fresh grilled corn on the cob

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  53. I already follow you on bloglovin

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  54. My favorite picnic dish is watermelon!

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  55. I love the fresh fruit of summer at picnics. Darling mini!

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  56. I love,love, love all the fresh fruit and vegetables of summer - so it is really hard to choose just one...so I'll say watermelon!

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  57. I follow in several ways - Bloglovin and blogspot and email!

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  58. My favorite picnic food is potato salad!

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  59. My favorite picnic food is coleslaw. Love your colorful mini!

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  60. I follow on Facebook ... dquilterguy48329 (at) prodigy (dot) net

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  61. My favourite summer picnic food is potato salad the way my mum makes it. :-)

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  62. I follow on Instagram and bloglovin! Your mini is really sweet!

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  63. My favorite summer food is baked beans.

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  64. I follow you via bloglovin. Love this bundle!
    kakingsbury at verizon dot net

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  65. I don't really have a favorite picnic food, but what I make most often for such occasions is tuna macaroni salad because everyone else loves when I make it!
    kakingsbury at verizon dot net

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  66. Cute! I love pasta salads, and tossed salads, and burgers and ice cream.

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  67. Thanks for the great tutorial on Sew in Love with Fabric! You mini quilt is delightful. My favorite summer food is watermelon.

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  68. I follow you on Bloglovin. Thanks again!

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  69. Favorite picnic food would be a big Virginia ham sandwich with Lays chips and a bottle of Dew

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  70. Watermelon 🍉! The best memories of summer gatherings always include watermelon.

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  71. My favorite is fried chicken.
    bjkaup(at)(abbnebraska)(dot)(com)

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  72. I follow you by e-mail.
    bjkaup(at)(abbnebraska)(dot)(com)

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  73. I follow you on bloglovin"...and you are on my bookmark bar and I visit you every evening. :)

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  74. I like lots of picnic food, but it doesn't seem quite like the picnics that I remember as a kid unless it has fried chicken. :)

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  75. Hands down a really great sweet watermelon.

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  76. Mom's cabbage salad/coleslaw. Good year around.

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  77. What a gorgeous little mini Alison - the colours are so bright and happy! Favourite summer picnic food has to be mini pork pies and Branston pickle!

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  78. My favorite picnic food is Corn on the Cob......Love IT!!!

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  79. Such a cute mini! I live near the beach, so our summer picnics must have steamed clams!
    allisonpogany at gmail.com

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  80. My favorite picnic food is watermelon!!

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  81. Fried chicken MAKES a picnic at my house! Cotten.gloria@gmail.com

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  82. I am your follower via Bloglovin. Thanks for the giveaway! cotten.gloria@gmail.com

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  83. Cucumber sandwiches-with some mayo if desired-you have to try it! Thank you, Susan

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  84. I follow your blog-Thank you, Susan

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  85. I used to like hot dogs but now that I am a vegetarian I like watermelon
    Tofu dogs are not so good.
    sharongalli@gmail.com

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  86. Give me a good ole' hot dog any day! Love them!

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  87. My favourite food on a picnic is cold fruit drink. Especially on a hot day.

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  88. Watermelon is my favorite. jarvenpa1ne at gmail dot com

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  89. grilled sausages, baked beams, and potato salad; all homemade of course.

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  90. Fresh roasted corn on he cob- delicious with all picnic foods
    I also love vinegar base Cole slaw

    Thanks for the kick start to summer with your lovely give away

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  91. love cheeseburgers on a picnic or hot dogs. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  92. I follow you by email. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  93. A picnic ain't a picnic without brownies! They're even better with a thick layer of chocolate frosting!

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  94. I am a follower of yours on Bloglovin and IG!

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  95. I have several favorite summer foods but my newest one is the one pan shrimp boil. It is andouille sausage, shrimp, golden potatoes cooked, garlic, cooked carrots (for me), cooked ear corn cut bite size, Old Bay mixed with some butter, bake about 20 minutes. Hmm Hmm good.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  96. I follow your blog via Bloglovin.

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  97. That is a cute little summer quiltlet, and I love the back. My favorite summer food has to be a ripe, juicy watermelon! I've loved them since I was tiny, watching them grow large enough in the garden to finally have permission to pick them! dezertsuz at gmail

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  98. local or homegrown strawberries..with or without the shortcake! pjrquilter (at)msn(dot)com

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  99. I follow thru Bloglovin' pjrquilter (at)msn(dot)com

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  100. It's always watermelon. You can get watermelon pretty much all year round, but it tastes better in summer somehow.

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  101. Potato salad is my favorite summer food. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

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  102. I follow your blog by email. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

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  103. Alison, grilled Bratwurst simmered in beer. It only seems right to cook and devour those in summer:)
    Thanks for your tutorial on the Ohio Star/mini quilt.
    schimmel(dot)db(at)gmail(dot)com

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  104. Following LIttle Bunny Quilts via Bloglovin. Thank you!

    schimmel(dot)db(at)gmail(dot)com

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  105. Love your quilt. My favorite picnic food is potato salad.

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  106. Love your blog which I follow on Feedly; that little quilt is so adorable! I love cold fried chicken for a picnic!

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  107. Fruit and Cheese are my favorite. You quilt is wonderful!

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  108. My favourite picnic food is potato salad.

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  109. I follow you via Bloglovin: Pippirose

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  110. Love my potato salad for summer picnics!

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  111. Watermelon is my favorite picnic food.

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  112. I follow you via email (though under a different email address).

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