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Small Project Inspiration

Thanks everyone for your kind words about the month I have been having. I am plugging along getting things done, preparing for the holiday (less than 2 weeks till Christmas!!), and trying to fit in some family time.

Today I have a blog post over at Stash Manicure. You may have noticed that occasionally here I like to share what I call ‘Quilty Inspiration’. These are quilt ideas that I have collected over the years from other great blogs. I collect all kinds of ideas, from all different genres, using a website called This website allows you to collect pictures from all over the web and link to the site where the picture came from. I prefer this way of bookmarking, as I find so much more inspiration flicking through the pictures than I do from the bookmark list that is built into my browser. To get an idea of how this works, you can see my category for quilt tops here.

A few days ago, I was working on a scarf project (which I post about very soon), and it made me think of all the quick, non-quilt related project ideas I have stored. With the holiday season around us, these projects are wonderful for using up our stash and perhaps crossing a few names off our present list. I love to give my stash a quick manicure with smaller, one-day projects.

Here are a few great projects with links directly to the website/blog they originated from.

Bird Mobile from Spool Sewing
I have made these little birdies myself. They are quick and easy and look really cute around the house. I never actually put mine on a mobile. I just tucked a few in my collection of old cameras.

Burp Cloths from A New Chelsea Morning
I have not made these yet myself, but my sister is due to have a baby anytime, looks like I should get to sewing!

Singlet Style Shopping Bag from QueenofDIY, a member at

I made one of these and I love it. It has the same shape as a plastic grocery bag from the stores, which makes it easy to fold up and take with you.

Chalkboard Placemat from Little Birdie Secrets
This is another one I have not made yet, but I think it is such a fun idea! It would give my son something to do while waiting for dinner to make it to the table at least.

Rag Quilt Letters from Happy Together
These look like so much fun! I would have loved to have thought of making something like this when my son was young.

Buttercup Purse from Made by Rae

I have made two of these little purses. They were super quick to make, using just 2 fat quarters. I actually added a magnetic snap to mine. I keep one in my large purse and when I just need to run somewhere real quick, I grab it and just put my wallet in there.

These projects are just a few of the ones I have saved. If you have never seen before, be sure to check it out, it is a great way to keep track of all those projects you come across on the web.

Happy quilting!

3 thoughts on “Small Project Inspiration

  1. Hi Rachel, I enjoyed your post over at Stash Manicure….I want to try that one. 🙂 Also, thanks for the Visualize link (it’s not working properly but I found it). I’m always saving pictures but not remembering where I got them! blessings, marlene

  2. I just came over from Stash Manicure to “follow” your blog. Thanks for the cute tutorial. After reading your blog, I’ve found lots of interesting projects. Especially the bird mobile. I’ll be back for more.

  3. Enjoyed your post at Stash Manicure! Thanks for the opportunity to win one of Carrie’s great patterns!

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