Thursday, December 30, 2021

last mini of 2021 - little dog in a big world


I finished this before we flew to the U.S. for Christmas.  Check out Wendy's blog for more minis of all kinds!  

Here is how I think, when I'm working on a little collage quilt.  I really wanted to use that vintage piece of indigo for the flower pot: 

But in the end I didn't like it, or the background.  I switched backgrounds, and couldn't resist using the little doggie (from a tenugui).  I love playing with scale like this. 


Tried a different flower pot:  



Decided the whole thing needed a more substantive background, so I migrated all the pieces over to orange: 


Lightly glued pieces down: 


Quilted, bound, done! 


Meanwhile here in Texas, we are visiting daughter Kaela and family, and our new college graduate Tommy is here too from Utah.  It is so wonderful to be here!  I haven't been online at all.  I'm in the moment here.   Kaela has decided (with me) that we will give "Marmee" a try as my grandma name.  I kinda love it! 

I hope everyone reading my blog will have a lot of hope and peace in your hearts going into 2022.  We all need it!  

xo

Cynthia 


22 comments:

  1. My all time favorite of your always adorable minis!

    How brave you are to travel after last time's experiences. Worth every moment I'm sure, Happy holidays, happy New Year!

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  2. I always love seeing your little collages quilts, and this month's may be my favorite! Thanks for sharing your process. Miss Charlotte is growing so quickly, a toddler now. Enjoy every minute with your family, family is everything!

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  3. Thanks for sharing your process. I liked each iteration, but love the last one--it reminds me of a sunset. :)
    So glad you are getting to visit family and spend time with that little cutie! Marmee is a wonderful grandma name!

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  4. Your mini collages make me smile. We may all feel like a little dog in a big world, but look how we can brighten up the things around us with an orange background. Super sweet. Glad you're having a fabulous family time.a

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  5. I love your collage. You are so talented. Hugs

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  6. A delightful collage. And so glad you are able to be with family over this time, so special.

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  7. Lovely mini and great visit for you...I heard that Japan was full of snow..Guess it is better in Texas!!!!!

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  8. Wow! Your mini looks great with that orange background and your final choice for the pot is just right. The dog is perfect too. Thanks for sharing your process. Have a great time with your family and a wonderful 2022!

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  9. Your little mini is adorable! Love that you kept trying different things until it rang true for you.:)

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  10. That is an adorable mini! I just love it! Thanks for always inspiring us!!

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  11. Oh my, I think this is my favorite so far! I think I said that last month too but I just adore these and they are all so different one from another. And, I loved watching your thought process as the emerged. Thanks for making this a fun mini year! I am so happy that you are having a visit with that precious Charlotte and family. I wish you all a very Happy New Year.

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  12. I love seeing your process. I'm glad you are getting quality family time, and admire you for being able to jump through all the hoops needed to go and return.

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  13. I love the orange background and the sweet little puppy. Congrats on your grand baby and your college graduate!

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  14. Delightful mini. The little dog is such a charming touch. Glad you are in the states with family. That's a bonus Christmas present.

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  15. Thanks for sharing your process and decision making. There are so many decisions in our work, and it takes determination to make those changes. The orange background was an inspired one!
    I enjoy your blog--Happy New Year!

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  16. Oh, so sweet! Love, love, love your collage mini but I love all the ones you've made :) It's a wonderful way to play with fabrics until they all come together for that perfect look. Glad you are with family in Texas! Happy New Year!

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  17. It is always such a pleasure to catch up with your news and stitching here. Thanks for sharing such interesting tidbits of travel and life along with your quilting. I feel like I'm traveling along with you on some of your adventures. Stay safe and healthy in 2022!

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  18. What a wonderful little quilt. The orange background was a great choice and the doggie is such an eye catcher. I envy your time with your loved ones!

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  19. What a very sweet quilt. I love how your minis so often have an Oriental aura about them.
    Gosh, your granddaughter has certainly grown big! Baby no longer.
    If you're in quarantine now, I hope it's going okay.

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  20. I love your mini, you always do such interesting things in those little spaces!!!

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  21. adorable! I love this series so much.
    what a sweet photo of your and Charlotte.
    (this just showed up in my feed??) weird!

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  22. Oh Marmee! I love that!
    Your little basket quilt is so cute!!

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