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Friday, January 10, 2014

Joyce’s Celtic Solstice Mini!

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Hello from Quilt Villa!

The Hubster has a bunch of things he wants to work on at the cabin this weekend, so guess where we headed as soon as 50+ book orders were filled and hand delivered to the post office on their way to their new homes?

I almost said “NO – I want to stay HOME.”  The weather is nasty – rainy, foggy, drizzly ---but then I thought better.  If I go THERE I don’t have to clean HERE –and before I knew it I was throwing my as-yet-unpacked suitcase in the back of the pickup raring to go.

This was our view on our drive up – fog and clouds so low you can’t even TELL that there are mountains in the distance.

While thumbing through my phone  on the drive up, I came across Joyce’s emaiil, and I quickly replied to her to see if I could share it with you.

You will be blown away!

She writes:

Hi Bonnie – I have made several of your mysteries, and didn’t want to miss out on this one either.   While you have mentioned that several of your readers complained about the size of your quilts, I have taken it to a different level. 

Your instructions are so detailed that I was able to 1/4 size all the components and made the small version in my size – 19 1/2” square.  And yes, I twirled all my 4-patches and did indeed use the Tri-Recs ruler even though I had to add in a new cutting line.  

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Joyce’s 19-1/2” Celtic Solstice Mini!

It was a challenge and I enjoyed every minute of it.  There were moments when I thought “What if I don’t like the finished quilt?”, but I persevered and I love it!   Thank you for all the work you put into creating these mysteries for us.  

Joyce Heard from Vernon, B.C., Canada in the beautiful Okanagan Valley
MINI!! 

She made it in miniature!  Isn’t this so cool?!

Thanks for sharing, Joyce ---I am blown away!

There is a fire starting in the wood stove downstairs.  I’m thinking it will be a great evening for unwinding in jammies with some handwork and a movie.

Tomorrow I’ve got a treat for you – a special give-away, so you won’t want to miss that in the morning.

And of course, Cabin Shenanigans are always fun!

Have a great evening, Everyone!


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52 comments:

  1. Oh my! I am dumb-struck! Mini!! I love this quilt, I'm making the 75" square one, still putting rows together, and had my own set of struggles with making things fit together - but I LOVE this quilt and my friends who've seen what I've done so far love, but mini? Oh my, oh my...I don't think mini's for me except to look at and enjoy, lol.

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  2. That mini is adorable! Such wonderful work!

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  3. Joyce's Mini Celtic Solstice is awesome.

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  4. Wow! I sewed two rows of my top together after work while my my husband made dinner tonight. I hope I have the top finished this weekend. Be safe traveling on those wet roads.

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  5. AWESOME! I would love a mini of this! I'd definitely be able to finish quicker! LOL

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  6. OMG! Joyce is a crazy girl. 19-1/2"! That is awesome! Mary in Boston....

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  7. Love love love the mini! Feeling inspired!

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  8. Omigosh! This just boggles the mind!

    --C.B.

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  9. Amazing! And awesome job! I just downloaded all the instructions for Celtic....wasn't able to participate but loved everyone's quilts so much I had to out it on my list! Enjoy your weekend!

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  10. That is absolutely incredibly beautiful. The more I see, the more I say, I have to do one of those quilts.

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  11. Joyce is one cra cra lady. Her quilt be lovely as an art piece under glass. Bravo Joyce and Hats off to you Bonnie for inspiring us all to do it our way.

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  12. I'm so impressed! Mini! What a lot of math! :-)
    I never considered making a wall hanging.
    It is just so pretty.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Love love love the mini. Its incredible.

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  14. Gobsmacked! It's amazing Joyce! Thank you for sharing with us all.

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  15. THAT is amazing no other word for it just AMAZING . <3 <3 <3

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  16. Miniatures are my first love so I was thrilled to see Joyce's version of your Mystery quilt. Somehow I doubt I would be able to make it small enough to fit into one of my dollhouses which are 1/4 inch to the foot. One day I may just get up the courage to make one of your masterpieces and label it.
    Thanks for everything you do and teach this novice want to be quilter. Linda

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  17. 19 1/2 inches!!!! more power to you---I am glad to get a mystery done in normal size! and Bonnie----I cant believe you would even think about passing up a trip to the villa!!!!! I love to get away!

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  18. Wow, I love the mini. I'm doing the King size. If I figured right tht means at 3" block became 0.75 finished. I can't begin to figure the sizes you would have to cut everything.

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  19. I love the mini. It is amazing. I might try that the next time. Great idea.

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  20. I am always amazed at how talented the "Bonnie Hunter" Fans are. You bring out awesome creativity in everyone.

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  21. The Celtic Solstice quilts are beautiful, no matter what their size! I do admire this darling miniature one; it is beyond my abilities to work with such small pieces. I am still working on my two 75" ones, one in Bonnie's suggested colors and one in Christmas fabrics.
    Bonnie, thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful pattern!

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  22. Anonymous11:01 PM EST

    Unbelievable! I'm not really into wall hangings, so I can't imagine ever attempting a quilt this complex in such a tiny size unless if I made it as a doll quilt for a very, very special little person. I wonder what the appraised value would be for Joyce's mini quilt.

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  23. Oh my goodness gracious ~ Joyce, that is beyond amazing!

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  24. Good God!! It's amazing and beautiful!

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  25. Beautiful! It is absolutely mind blowing! I just adore this Mini!

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  26. HOW? That is all I want to know ... HOW ON EARTH? I love minis, but this is a miracle of patience and clever thinking.

    Never thought of making any of your quilts as minis. There are so many pieces!

    Joyce your quilt is very very special. Thanks to both you and Bonnie for sharing it with us.

    Smiling ear to ear over this super pretty mini
    JulieinTN

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  27. I, too, appreciate you you give the size of the finished components, I like to double check my work! I may do a mini next time. I have plenty of big quilts!

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  28. All I can say to this is WOW! WOW! and WOW!

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  30. Took my breath away. Can't imagine working on such tiny pieces. It's absolutely wonderful. Have a great weekend at the cabin.

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  31. I tried imagining the sizes... Those are small indeed! It is unbelievable. Don't think it was quicker as the big one though... it must have been even more precise piecing!

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  32. Oh my that is insane, but in an amazingly good way! So beautiful, and it just boggles the mind! Great job Joyce!

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  34. Wow very impressive. I love it

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  35. Beautiful mini quilt! Joyce is very talented and creative!

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  36. WOW! I love the mini! Great job!

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  37. Wow - Joyce's mini is wonderful! Hope you have a great weekend at the cabin.

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  38. WOW - Joyce's quilt is beyond awesome!!! Enjoy your cabin weekend :)

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  39. Congratulations on a wonderful finish, Joyce! 1/4 scale!

    I am starting to think that minis are a good solution when you have a closet full of quilts. :D

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  40. Anonymous1:21 PM EST

    Fantastic !

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  41. Joyce your mini version is amazing!!! I love mini's but I'm not sure I could make this in mini, it is incredible!!!! I just love it.
    Lisa

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  42. I am amazed at how far we quilters will go to make a quilt. This is CRAZY, but I love it! Thanks for sharing. Glad you can spend time in your Cabin. I got all my Blocks made yesterday and went to the Movie The Book Thief with my DH last night. It's always good to go along with them once in a while. Cabin Shenanigans???

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  43. Anonymous4:14 PM EST

    Joyce's mini is really amazing.... She is my neice and I am very proud of her.... although I also told her she was crazy! She is a very inspiring quilter in everything she does! Must get these genes from my side of the family??? (not me tho)

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  44. Joyce, what a great idea to enjoy the mystery, while making a small, well, mini, version. I just love it. Pretty colors and great quilt.

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  45. Wow! And wow again! Such great work!

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  46. This is incredible - I make miniature quilts and it is way more than I would have ever attempted. I am very impressed with her work. It is beautiful.

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  47. That mini is nothing short of spectacular!

    Thanks for sharing!

    sao in Midlothian, VA

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  48. OMG! That is absolutely amazing! Wow! I LOVE it!

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  49. That is too cute. I am making the king but might dabble in mini too. As a mini quilt fan it is definitely not faster to piece a mini but binding is a breeze.

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