Fun-Size Quilts!

Fun-Size Quilts

I love making big quilts – quilts for the beds in our home and quilts to snuggle under on the couch when it is cold out.  I’m totally on board with the fact that quilting is a long term accomplishment.  BUT, sometimes, you just want a quick finish – a fun size quilt to play with; a little project that gets done.  Almost instant gratification!

To-Do List

Well, 17 designers have given you plenty of little quilts to choose from.  Fun-Size Quilts from Martingale includes 19 projects that all finish about the size of a fat quarter (18″ x 22″).  There really is something for everyone in this book from cute little four-patches and pinwheels to adorable animals and flowers to abstract designs.

The quilt I designed is called To-Do List and includes both appliquΓ© and piecing.  It was so much fun to design this sweet little quilt.  I’m glad it is home now so I can hang it up in my sewing room to remind me that sometimes you just have to do what you have to do!

Two of my favorite quilts in the book are on the cover – Kimberly Jolly’s Sunshine pinwheel quilt and Jeni Baker’s adorable little foxes called Fox in a Box!  Kimberly’s choice to limit the color scheme and change the color of one block is so effective.  Jeni’s little foxes have me running for my scraps to choose the perfect fabrics for those adorable faces!


Another of the quilts that has me itching to sew is Thomas Knauer’s Perhaps – it is in Morse Code – I love quilts that have a bit of a puzzle to them πŸ™‚  I guess some of us never get over that childhood feeling of excitement when solving a puzzle feels like unlocking a secret that only we know.


Emily Herrick’s Skyline looks like another great project for using small pieces of my favorite fabrics and Jackie White’s whimsical My Little Garden is so sweet I wish I had a little girl’s room to decorate.  I could go on and on….

My Little Garden

If you’ve read this far, I hope you are as excited about this book as I am!  If so – good news!  Martingale is giving away a free eBook version of Fun-Size Quilts!  To enter the giveaway, tell me if there is something, besides sewing, that never goes on your To Do List because you know you will always do it!  Giveaway closes at the end of the day Wed, July 30.  Good luck!

Check out Martingale’s blog for more info and giveaway links!

  • Susan Griffith
    Posted at 13:52h, 31 July Reply

    I guess I would have to say reading. I love to read and I read whenever I have a spare minute.

  • Kathy
    Posted at 18:06h, 30 July Reply

    Stitching, in one form or another…it's part of my DNA so I never have to put it on a list!

  • Debby
    Posted at 16:58h, 30 July Reply

    Reading. I read every night before bed. A REAL book, not on the computer. I still like the feel and smell of a real book.

  • Mary Terry
    Posted at 21:35h, 29 July Reply

    Watching baseball on TV (and hand-stitching, knitting, or crocheting at the same time)!

  • Jen Beatty
    Posted at 17:31h, 29 July Reply

    Taking a walk @ lunch.

  • Weatherbee ;)
    Posted at 17:08h, 29 July Reply

    Dishes..wa wa wa. I think I'm spending too much time at home. πŸ˜‰

  • jrt14
    Posted at 03:07h, 29 July Reply

    Playing with the kids is not on my to do list. I am enjoying the summer months with my children and playing board games and enjoying the nice weather.

  • Karen
    Posted at 02:02h, 29 July Reply

    Does work count for that? I am also pretty good at spending quality time with my man. I like your to-do list quilt.

  • Mary
    Posted at 21:44h, 28 July Reply


  • Jackie M
    Posted at 15:19h, 28 July Reply

    Reading, cooking, hanging with friends…never need to add those

  • Beth M
    Posted at 06:28h, 28 July Reply

    Reading…I'm always reading something

  • Emily Reznechek
    Posted at 03:09h, 28 July Reply

    Cooking for my wonderful husband!

  • Jeannine
    Posted at 02:45h, 28 July Reply

    Quilting… reading… crocheting… I never have to write on a list. I do them to avoid the things on my list!

  • Alli
    Posted at 01:54h, 28 July Reply

    Making dinner — take-out is no longer a regular option anymore. Wah!

  • Deb
    Posted at 20:25h, 27 July Reply

    Making time to read is always on the list. Love your quilt!

  • CapitolaQuilter
    Posted at 16:35h, 27 July Reply

    making and drinking my morning coffee is on auto pilot for me

  • jellybean
    Posted at 02:18h, 27 July Reply

    reading …..murder mystery and word puzzles

  • Kimberly
    Posted at 01:04h, 27 July Reply

    Reading….I love to read!

  • jinsnapp
    Posted at 00:56h, 27 July Reply

    snuggling with the fur babies!

  • Regina Harris
    Posted at 23:26h, 26 July Reply

    Meditation — it provides amazing benefits

  • Karen
    Posted at 16:45h, 26 July Reply

    I never forget my daily dose of dark chocolate–good for my heart, ya know!

  • Jess Burns
    Posted at 15:55h, 26 July Reply

    I put everything on my to-do list. I don't put going to work on the list, so I'll put down that!

    I think I'm not a no-reply, but just in case: jhunsberger (at) gmail (d0t) c0m

  • Helen
    Posted at 14:54h, 26 July Reply

    Hmmm…I rarely make a to do list. I do things as they need to be done at home….unless I'm more in the mood for quilting!

  • Cindy Dahlgren
    Posted at 06:06h, 26 July Reply

    For some reason, I never forget to buy Pepsi and eat. Maybe I should quilt more and eat less? Love this book, and your mini is so cool.

  • KittyAnnArt
    Posted at 04:07h, 26 July Reply

    Vacuuming! I run the vacuum every morning to pick up the animal fur (I have 3 cats and 2 dogs), the sand (we live near the ocean and sand is a constant thing around here) and of course the threads and bits of fabric that get carried about by my shoes and my kitties! I LOVE your mini quilt, you are so creative!!

  • April's Creations NC
    Posted at 01:05h, 26 July Reply

    Laundry (ugh!) if you don't do it, u don't got clothes to wear…no brainier LOL!

  • Kelly Wilson
    Posted at 22:32h, 25 July Reply

    Reading for pleasure and learning new things. Daily! notwendy gmail

  • Lisa
    Posted at 19:44h, 25 July Reply

    Checking email and IG! Laundry, meals for my grandson! Playing with grandson everyday!

  • Donna W
    Posted at 16:31h, 25 July Reply


  • Bridget Jane
    Posted at 16:06h, 25 July Reply

    I never have to remind myself to read a good book.

  • GrannyTo8Boys
    Posted at 15:38h, 25 July Reply

    Enjoy each day as if it were your last.

  • Susan
    Posted at 15:12h, 25 July Reply

    Breathing, sleeping, eating, checking email, feeding the cat, to name a few that do not ever get put on a to do list.

  • Havplenty
    Posted at 14:50h, 25 July Reply

    Love your mini. My never to do List items would be checking my email, feeding my feline buddies, texting someone that day.


  • Pat S.
    Posted at 14:37h, 25 July Reply

    Housecleaning is never on my to-do list. The visual reminder is enough for me…lol Thanks sew much for this chance to win, πŸ˜€

  • Monica
    Posted at 14:10h, 25 July Reply

    Eating is never on my list πŸ˜‰

  • terrieannie
    Posted at 13:37h, 25 July Reply

    Hmmm, make my bed I guess. I always make it because my dog likes to sleep on it when I'm gone, so there's a special blanket for her on top of the bedding.

  • Darla in PA
    Posted at 13:32h, 25 July Reply

    Things that never go on the to-do list would be laundry and cooking. Anything else would be completely forgotten. Thanks for the give away!

  • Quilting Momma
    Posted at 13:26h, 25 July Reply

    wow…now that's a loaded question! I would think picking up after everyone!

  • Dana Gaffney
    Posted at 13:18h, 25 July Reply

    Does drinking coffee and reading count? Otherwise I'm quilting.

  • Debi6453
    Posted at 13:04h, 25 July Reply

    Feeding the dogs… They are always ready to remind me!

  • Wendy
    Posted at 12:57h, 25 July Reply

    housework – it's too depressing to write it down!

  • Jayne
    Posted at 12:36h, 25 July Reply

    I love Mini's! This looks like a fantastic and fun book! Besides the usual groceries, laundry, cleaning, shower, eating….I guess it would be…taking a walk with the dog and my husband in tow!

  • suzanprincess
    Posted at 12:34h, 25 July Reply

    The first thing that comes to mind that never goes on a to do list (and most things do, or I forget to do them) is: eat some chocolate. Can NEVER forget that!

  • Susan L.
    Posted at 12:18h, 25 July Reply

    That would have to be checking my e-mail & reading my quilting website newsletters. :o)

  • Betsy Smith
    Posted at 10:50h, 25 July Reply

    Making lunches. Always.

  • Katie
    Posted at 10:49h, 25 July Reply

    Ugh! Laundry!!

  • Coser Tejer Crear
    Posted at 08:58h, 25 July Reply

    Oh well reading my favorite blogs.

  • Aunt TC
    Posted at 08:44h, 25 July Reply

    Eating. Sleeping. Reading. These I do without being told by anyone or by me "to do" list.

  • jillnjosh
    Posted at 06:51h, 25 July Reply

    Buying chocolate never goes on my to-do list. I'm always buying it in one version or another.

  • Kerrie Kean
    Posted at 06:38h, 25 July Reply

    Cooking dinner never makes it onto my 'To Do' list because my family would starve if there wasn't something on the table besides my patchwork dinner mats.

  • Kate in Iowa
    Posted at 05:48h, 25 July Reply

    Laundry never makes my to-do list because my sewing "room" is in our unfinished basement next to the washer and dryer. While the washer and dryer are doing their thing, I'm doing mine – sewing and dreaming up new projects!

  • Brooke @ little b quilts
    Posted at 04:03h, 25 July Reply

    Making coffee…every day, without fail. Sometimes the sewing and quilting doesn't happen πŸ™ but the coffee always does πŸ˜‰

  • PT in SC
    Posted at 02:50h, 25 July Reply

    Shopping…never have to put that on the list! Would love the ebook. Thanks,

  • haddie
    Posted at 02:47h, 25 July Reply

    Never on the list… dishes… lol

  • Anne D
    Posted at 02:46h, 25 July Reply

    Shopping as that is something I will always find time for too.

  • Anita
    Posted at 02:30h, 25 July Reply

    Reading never goes on my to do list, because I always have a book around

  • MoeWest
    Posted at 02:22h, 25 July Reply

    I love gardening and summer is so short that I just make the best of it and other things on my to-do list can wait for a rainy day.

  • quilt for fun
    Posted at 02:06h, 25 July Reply

    Walking the dog and working on my latest quilting projects – no need to put those on the to-do list.

  • Marianne
    Posted at 01:06h, 25 July Reply

    Going for my a morning walk. I find it a nice way to start the day.

  • Msfrnd
    Posted at 00:41h, 25 July Reply

    Eating—what a problem! I need it on a do not do list

  • Kathy E.
    Posted at 00:03h, 25 July Reply

    One thing that'll never make my to-do list is LAUNDRY! It's just a given. Blah. But to list a fun thing, it's to watch ET at 6:30 each night. It's almost the only tv show I watch.

  • G&G
    Posted at 23:52h, 24 July Reply

    Making dinner !

  • linynp
    Posted at 23:35h, 24 July Reply

    I have a few:
    Clean, laundry, bills. (You know cause we avoid those we are sewing!)

  • Vicki in MN
    Posted at 21:30h, 24 July Reply

    Checking email

  • Carol
    Posted at 21:07h, 24 July Reply

    Cooking and baking never make it to the to-do list, but cleaning does.

  • Janet M
    Posted at 20:48h, 24 July Reply

    Going for a walk in the morning before I start any project in my sewing studio is automatic these days. I have more energy for everything throughout the day!

  • Sally M
    Posted at 20:42h, 24 July Reply

    I never have to have going to the grocery store on a list, I just need a list of what to buy. And I go way to often!!

  • Kearstie Grenier
    Posted at 20:39h, 24 July Reply

    Getting online to check email, FB, blogs. It never makes the list, but it takes up a lot of time!

  • Beth
    Posted at 20:30h, 24 July Reply


  • RosieGma
    Posted at 20:20h, 24 July Reply

    Reading to my granddaughter before bed, always done, never on a list…..

  • Shauna
    Posted at 19:56h, 24 July Reply

    depending on the day everything including sewing can go on my to do list because I need to remember what I need to do next…I have old age brain. I will say about the only thing I don't put down is eating…I can remember that much.

  • 5d6163c8-136c-11e4-ba37-1b67ca01ff10
    Posted at 19:56h, 24 July Reply

    My weekly trip to the library. Now that I've retired, I love being able to indulge myself with a cup of tea and a chapter from the latest novel whenever I wish.

  • Pauline Perry
    Posted at 19:05h, 24 July Reply

    Reading email – always a given that I will be doing that every day. SOmetimes for too long!

    perry94022 at hotmail dot com

  • Amanda J
    Posted at 18:55h, 24 July Reply

    Well done on getting your quilt into the book – it's fab! Something I never have to put on a to-do list is getting ice-cream on a warm day – it just goes without saying!

  • KatheG
    Posted at 18:29h, 24 July Reply

    Clean house.

  • Carrie P.
    Posted at 18:24h, 24 July Reply


  • Jane Cisneros
    Posted at 18:06h, 24 July Reply

    Reading … hopefully, a little every day … it's my escape, staycation, relaxation!

  • susan
    Posted at 17:58h, 24 July Reply


  • Anita
    Posted at 17:56h, 24 July Reply

    Organizing my stash.

  • Julie C.
    Posted at 17:54h, 24 July Reply

    I will always cook dinner for my family. Cleaning up the kitchen? Not so much. Sewing is more fun that housework!

  • RoteSchnegge
    Posted at 17:48h, 24 July Reply

    at least 2 big cups of coffee in the morning … πŸ˜‰

  • Pamela Neal
    Posted at 17:46h, 24 July Reply

    Making cards for upcoming occasions…I love to see the recipients face when they receive one!

  • Kathy H
    Posted at 17:42h, 24 July Reply

    Laundry, as soon as it is done, it starts filling up again.

  • delaineelliott
    Posted at 17:27h, 24 July Reply

    Gardening – it is my second favorite thing to do after quilting.

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

  • Marilyn Snow
    Posted at 17:18h, 24 July Reply

    washing the dishes

  • SewCraftyJenn
    Posted at 17:16h, 24 July Reply

    Reading, in some form or another. Books, blogs, anything!

  • sandra
    Posted at 17:15h, 24 July Reply

    Organizing a drawer or closet!

  • Karen Thurn
    Posted at 16:53h, 24 July Reply

    Dishes. I can't stand having a dirty dish in my kitchen.

  • Kim @ TiesThatBindQuilting
    Posted at 16:48h, 24 July Reply

    Reading and playing tennis – I spend way to many hours doing both!

  • Farm Quilter
    Posted at 16:47h, 24 July Reply

    Washing dishes – I can't stand dirty dishes in the sink or on the counter!! Thank you for the opportunity to win this awesome book!

  • Kathryn Knox
    Posted at 16:43h, 24 July Reply

    E-mail always is early in the morning then late at night. Always rest in the mid-day. Thanks for this chance.

  • Debbie
    Posted at 16:30h, 24 July Reply


  • Maree in NC ☺
    Posted at 16:30h, 24 July Reply

    Loving on my family and our pets! β™₯ Thanks a bunch for the chance to win!

    my nana maree @ yahoo . com

  • Robin McGuire
    Posted at 16:17h, 24 July Reply

    Shopping for fabric comes a close second to quilting, so I never have to put it on a to-do list!

  • Cindy
    Posted at 16:00h, 24 July Reply

    I would have to say that going online every morning to check out the quilting sites/blogs that I follow never has to go on my to-do list.

  • Terry
    Posted at 15:59h, 24 July Reply

    Telling my husband that I love him which is easy because he has been wonderful every day of the 34 years we've been married! Honestly–I'm the difficult one to live with!

  • Judy Beebe
    Posted at 15:27h, 24 July Reply

    Cooking, reading and dollhouse miniatures. But quilting comes first!

  • Walter
    Posted at 15:27h, 24 July Reply

    Always kissing my loving spouse when one of us goes out!

  • Louise
    Posted at 15:27h, 24 July Reply

    Let's see: making the coffee in the morning, and pouring the wine at night! Never need any reminders for those πŸ™‚

  • Joyce in Nevada
    Posted at 15:24h, 24 July Reply

    I don't have to put sewing on my to do list as I do it when ever I can. The only time I need to put daily things on my list of to dos is when I am leaving the house for more than a day so I know things will get done. Crafting is on my every day list in my head.

  • Diane H
    Posted at 15:17h, 24 July Reply

    I know I will always enjoy reading blogs and meeting new friends with fabulous ideas to inspire me.

  • Lisa Marie
    Posted at 15:09h, 24 July Reply

    Cooking. Working out. Reading blogs. Many things I do each day are not on a list. Maybe I should put them on a list just for the pleasure of crossing them off as accomplished!

  • VickiT
    Posted at 14:56h, 24 July Reply

    Taking a break from reading emails early in the morning while drinking my coffee to give my husband a big hug and a kiss good bye when he leaves for work. I suppose the reading emails and drinking coffee would also be two others never put on a to do list as well actually.

  • Nancy
    Posted at 14:30h, 24 July Reply

    Hugging my husband first thing in morning before we go our separate ways. One of us always remembers!

  • songbird857
    Posted at 14:28h, 24 July Reply

    Perusing the internet for new/great quilting ideas – I never need a reminder for that!

  • Karla Vernon
    Posted at 14:24h, 24 July Reply

    I love to knit, bead, embroider and most of all quilt.

  • Barb N
    Posted at 14:22h, 24 July Reply

    Spending time each day after work with my guy to catch up on the day!

  • Tenderpawz
    Posted at 14:17h, 24 July Reply

    Knitting is never on my to do list (of course neither is laundry, dishes, feeding the cats…!)

  • Rosalind Gutierrez
    Posted at 14:14h, 24 July Reply

    Researching quilt patterns online.

  • Snow
    Posted at 14:13h, 24 July Reply

    Reading a book!

  • Diane in Delaware
    Posted at 14:10h, 24 July Reply

    Drinking coffee and wine time before dinner πŸ™‚

  • Lavonne Hansen
    Posted at 14:08h, 24 July Reply

    kiss my hubby – never d enuf

  • Margaret
    Posted at 14:08h, 24 July Reply

    Making my bed because I do it every day and enjoy seeing the quilts I put on it

  • Shawna
    Posted at 14:08h, 24 July Reply

    Reading is my 2nd favorite thing to do. After quilting of course

  • Karen
    Posted at 14:07h, 24 July Reply

    Making dinner is never on my list because we can't forget to eat!

  • jan goerke
    Posted at 13:58h, 24 July Reply

    I never have to put 'buying fabric' on a list; I just can't help myself when in a quilt shop.

  • Cathy Frankel
    Posted at 13:56h, 24 July Reply

    Watering my veggies on the balcony does not need listing, as I watching them grow! Gonna have yummy crunchy salads soon!

  • Gill
    Posted at 13:45h, 24 July Reply

    Drinking coffee never goes on my list !!

  • Buncobuddy
    Posted at 13:42h, 24 July Reply

    Coffee and my iPad first thing in the morning then off to my sewing room!

  • roberta mill
    Posted at 13:41h, 24 July Reply

    reading is not on my to do list. I love small quilts!

  • Treevillemary
    Posted at 13:32h, 24 July Reply

    Hot tea in the morning, a chapter in a good mystery before turning out the light, and talking with one of my friends… all givens every day.

  • Linda S
    Posted at 13:31h, 24 July Reply

    Calling my friends. I never need a reminder to do that!

  • Sylvia
    Posted at 13:31h, 24 July Reply

    Doing laundry never makes it to the list. Good thing I don't mind doing it!

  • Ellen A
    Posted at 13:31h, 24 July Reply

    Never put fun stuff on the to do list. It always just happens.

  • Linda S
    Posted at 13:29h, 24 July Reply

    Calling my friends. Never have to remind myself to do that!

  • Sandra
    Posted at 13:28h, 24 July Reply

    Feeding the animals and cooking and cleaning will never be on the to-do list. You just gotta do it. I would be honored to win my own copy of the Fun-sized Quilts book. Thank you for the chance to win and can't wait to make a mini for myself. These are all so cute and so many designs to choose from.

    Sandi Timmons

  • txroseinajijic
    Posted at 13:15h, 24 July Reply

    Clean up the kitchen after a meal. This is never on my to-do list because it just comes naturally to me.

  • Lucinda Miller
    Posted at 13:13h, 24 July Reply

    Something besides sewing that I don't have to put on my to-do list??? drink coffee, eat chocolate and get outside on a sunny day!

  • Deidra
    Posted at 13:03h, 24 July Reply

    Dancing!!! Love to dance.

  • Ellyn
    Posted at 12:04h, 24 July Reply

    hmmmm interesting question! Laundry? Nobody wants to see me naked, LOL. Love your little quilt!

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