April 29, 2022: April’s Monthly Mini: ”Janet’s Gift”; Earthly Delights

Greetings dear readers! If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you may remember that I received this lovely gift from Janet O. at ”Rogue Quilter” for participating in her scrap bag challenge:

I decided it was time to use these fabrics in a mini so I made this little doll quilt:

I went with rectangles because it’s a shape I don’t use that often and I supplemented with some red from my own stash. I hand appliqued the white strips in the border, but the piecing and quilting is by machine.

Size is 14X16.5 inches. It’s imperfect – like me! – but I like it! I used a piece of French General for the back:

Thank you Janet for your gift which inspired me to make this doll quilt and I’m calling it ”Janet’s Gift.”

I also made something else this month that I consider part of my ”mini” work – 3 reversible hot pads:

The other sides:

These are each 8.5 inches square and have a layer of Insulbrite (heat resistant) as well as regular batting inside. My old hotpads were disreputable looking 😝. These are so much nicer and were easy to make!

Spring in New England tends to creep up slowly and I’m relishing the changes. Just this week the pond has become filled with fat little tadpoles which are hard to photograph because they swim away at the slightest sound. They look like elongated smudges in the photos (I count 5 in the first photo):

Soon they’ll be frogs!

From the pond, I walk down to the river:

Along the way I admire the greening up of the bushes:

And I visit my favorite Forest Monument:

The Wild and Scenic Lamprey River is high and flowing strong at this time of year:

The sound of the rapids is soothing:

On my way back, I study some of the many buds and baby leaves I see:

When I get back, more cleaning out of the garage awaits!!😊

We have gotten rid of a ton of stuff – the dumpster is almost full! – and it feels great! These boxes are all empty now, flattened, and removed. But I can’t end this post with that picture so here’s one of a lovely sky recently:

Be sure to visit Wendy’s blog, The Constant Quilter (link on the right side)to see all the monthly minis for April. Have a great weekend!

Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi

20 thoughts on “April 29, 2022: April’s Monthly Mini: ”Janet’s Gift”; Earthly Delights

  1. 107sophie April 29, 2022 / 1:18 pm

    I am always struck by the beauty of your nature photos! The 3 photos of the small leaves make me think of “Maple Leaf Rag”!!

    • gladiporsche April 29, 2022 / 8:49 pm

      Thank you! You’re right about the leaves 😊.

  2. Cynthia April 29, 2022 / 2:34 pm

    You made a lovely quilt with Janet’s fabrics. That’s great about your decluttering… and signs of spring!

    • gladiporsche April 29, 2022 / 8:50 pm

      Thanks Cynthia!

  3. Janet O. April 29, 2022 / 7:36 pm

    What a beautiful little quilt you created with your “winnings”. The rectangles are a nice twist, and the appliqué in the border is quite striking. Very nice!
    The potholders are made of lovely fabrics. They will add a splash of color to your work in the kitchen.
    Always happy to accompany you on your walks through natures. Such inspiring photos.

    • gladiporsche April 29, 2022 / 8:51 pm

      Thank you again, Janet, for the lovely gift and for your kind comments!

  4. Angie April 29, 2022 / 7:52 pm

    Cute mini – great idea for using pre-cuts! Thanks for the pot holder inspiration. My Dear Husband tends to abuse them, but if I made my own I could just toss them and make more when they get too yucky! As always, I appreciate seeing what’s going on outdoors in your neck of the woods!

    • gladiporsche April 29, 2022 / 8:54 pm

      Thanks Angie! I’ll probably prolong the life span of the hot pads by using them just to set dishes on at the table. So easy to make and much nicer than one can find in the stores!

  5. acityquilter April 29, 2022 / 11:39 pm

    i love it….favorite colors of mine…very colorful hot pads too…oooh i love color!

    • gladiporsche May 3, 2022 / 9:41 pm

      Thank you Grace!

  6. Kyle April 29, 2022 / 11:59 pm

    Your mini is a “winner “! A perfect design using a charm pack. Your nature photos are always lovely no matter the season.

    • gladiporsche May 3, 2022 / 9:41 pm

      Thanks so much Kyle!

  7. Wendy C Reed May 2, 2022 / 6:27 pm

    What a great idea to put that little charm pack to work. I love your solution. Funny, I used rectangle shapes this month too. Great minds think alike. I love that you appliqued the stripe in the border. I need to try that next time. Love the colorful hot pads too. Those will brighten up any kitchen!

    • gladiporsche May 3, 2022 / 9:43 pm

      Thanks Wendy! The little strips in the border are easy to do and add at least a little bit of detail. Like you, I was busy this month and really needed to do something simple!

  8. barbvedder May 3, 2022 / 11:44 am

    What a lovely package from Janet. Her soap is absolutely the best.
    sweet mini and hot pads. Useful and colorful.
    wonderful nature photos – it is so good that world is green again!

    • gladiporsche May 3, 2022 / 9:44 pm

      Thank you Barb! I’m loving the green so much!

  9. Tazzie May 3, 2022 / 12:21 pm

    Such lovely photos, thank you for sharing. Your mini quilt is just darling, I love the rectangle shape, the darling fabrics, but most especially, I love the little detail in the border. Inspired!

    • gladiporsche May 3, 2022 / 9:45 pm

      Thank you Tazzie for your kind comments!

  10. pomegranateandchintz May 4, 2022 / 8:12 am

    What a gorgeous walk! Thank you for taking us along, Gladi. Love your mini – can I steal that idea for mine next month? 😉

  11. marissthequilter May 5, 2022 / 1:38 pm

    The doll’s quilt and your new hotpads are sumptuous. Enjoy the unfolding of spring.
    PS After reading your previous post I went and bought myself a box of quality steel pins and what a different it has made! No more blunt and bent pins in this sewing room. Thank you.

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