Hello Quilting Friends,

I hope that you are having a wonderful Summer. Mine has been filled with “getting things done” around my home and for my businesses, mixed in with some stitching time as I can. I just love this time of year, and try to spend as much time as I can outside, working in my garden, hand stitching outside and taking Milo for long walks.

I’m really excited to have been asked to participate in the Winter Wonderland Sew-Along, hosted by our friends at the Fat Quarter Shop.


Below are the details and links for this event:

  • Winter Wonderland designer is Sherri Falls of This & That Pattern Company.
  • The sew-along runs from now until early September, on the Jolly Jabber Blog.
  • Purchase the Winter Wonderland book.
  • Use the hashtag #verysherrichristmas to share your progress.
  • Connect with Sherri on Facebook.
  • Follow the Fat Quarter Shop on Facebook.
  • Follow my page, Quilting Gallery, on Facebook.
  • The Winter Wonderland book contains 12 blocks and 12 different projects, using the blocks. For the sew-along, we are making the Sleigh Bell Sampler Quilt, which includes one of each of the 12 blocks, set in a unique layout, as shown below.


    I was lucky enough to be on the computer when the email came out for us sew-along participants’ to choose our block. Of course, I chose the Scottie dog block to make. While my Milo is definitely not a Scottie dog, he is small, fluffy and short!

    I decided to give Milo a bath and a hair-cut for his appearance on the blog today. Here he is in his wet and scruffy self:

    Milo wet and scruffy puppy

    Scruffy Milo

    Here’s Milo after his hair-cut. He was mad at me, so he didn’t want to face me for a good photo. Notice his adorable bow tie, similar to the Scottie dog quilt block.



    In case you’re new to the blog, Milo is a Yorkie Terrier and Shiu Tzu mix. He’ll be FOUR next month. I’ve had him since he was eight weeks old, and he often makes regular appearances here on my blog. Here’s his “Want to be my friend” blog post.

    Enough about my Milo, let me show you what I’ve done for this sew-along. I really like the way Sherri set the blocks in the Sleigh Bell Sampler Quilt, so I chose to make a Milo mini quilt, using the same setting.

    Here are my fabrics cut-out. The numbered fabrics represent my mini quilt borders. Refer to the book for the dimensions. The fabric without a letter/number is for the binding of my mini quilt.


    Here is my Scottie/Milo block complete. I chose to use a teal blue for the bow tie to match Milo’s collar:


    This photo shows the borders stitched and ready to apply to my Milo mini quilt. I wasn’t sure on the orientation of the hour-glass units in the corners.


    Here’s my final mini quilt, as you can see, I opted to rotate the hour-glass blocks. I just love how this turned out.


    I plan to quilt this mini by hand, then add the red binding shown in my fabrics above. I’ll be sure to share the finished mini quilt on my blog when it’s done. I’m a really SLOW hand quilter, so it might take me a while to get to it.


    I hope you’ve been inspired by my post to join the Winter Wonderland Sew-Along and/or purchase Sherri’s wonderful Winter Wonderland book.

    Will you be making a mini quilt, like mine, to feature your beloved dog? Let me know in the comments.

    As always, happy quilting!


    Winter Wonderland: My Milo Mini Quilt
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4 thoughts on “Winter Wonderland: My Milo Mini Quilt

  • August 3, 2015 at 7:44 am

    Milo looks like a good sport! :) And quite capable for many creative adventures! And your block…oh my goodness so adorable!!!

  • August 3, 2015 at 9:39 am

    I love it. I have Bouviers so this block could apply to them too. :-D I’d live to make a mini version.

  • August 3, 2015 at 9:56 am

    I have the book but is there some place that has the “mini” instructions?

  • August 3, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Love the mini-quilt. Small quilts (mini’s or just little quilts)are favorites of mine. As you may have noted from some of my Sunday Shares I have been known to get carried away and grow a little quilt into something larger. But now and then I can behave and stick within small quilt requirements. What I love about mini’s though is the math reduction that makes everything proportionate.

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