Little Gems Blog Hop – Cotton Candy

Little Gems Blog Hop – Cotton Candy


Welcome to the last day of the Little Gems Blog Hop! We hope you’ve enjoyed the hop, and we’re excited to share with you our “little gem” – Cotton Candy!

Take a look at the original, by the author, Connie Kauffman – Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

Cotton Candy Images from Little Gems by Connie Kauffman, Martingale, 2015; used by permission. Photos by Brent Kane. All rights reserved.

Our Cotton Candy remake (see below) is most definitely the teeniest, tiniest quilt I have ever made! I’m usually a fan of larger quilts, so needless to say, I have a lot of nice, large, quilts started . . . and quite a few currently unfinished. πŸ˜‰

But I digress. The reason we’re here today is not large unfinished quilts but small, completely finish-able quilts – little gems, in facts, which can be found in the new book by Connie KauffmanLittle Gems: 15 Paper Pieced Miniature Quilts!

Little Gems Cover Images from Little Gems by Connie Kauffman, Martingale, 2015; used by permission. Photos by Brent Kane. All rights reserved.

We had the pleasure of picking one of the projects in the book to make ourselves. With Spring on the brain, Cotton Candy was the perfect fit for some soft, spring-inspired batik scraps. We pulled from the “archives” and a few pieces from Fourth and Sixth Designs’ Full Bloom collection for our version of Cotton Candy!

Cotton Candy - Island Batik

This paper pieced project (like all of the Little Gems in the book) was fun to plan out and put together. I loved seeing how the different shapes came together as I pieced the top!

I LOVED working from a digital copy of the book, too – this format made it easy to print out the templates I needed (or reprint when I goofed). I also printed out the instructions for Cotton Candy so I could check off the steps as I completed them. It kept me nice an organized! Which was certainly needed – there sure were a lot of pieces for such a tiny project! But, that’s all part of the fun. πŸ™‚

Don’t forget, this is your last day to enter all of the giveaways that are part of this blog hop, including fabric bundles from Island Batik, a wire stand for your minis from Ackfeld Wire, and one of many digital copies of Little Gems provided by Martingale! Enter for the fabric bundle we’re giving away by using the Rafflecopter widget below! All winners will be chosen, notified, and announced on Monday, April 20, 2015.

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Visit any of the stops you missed by clicking the links below!

April 14 – Tamarinis, Forest Fire
April 16 – Beaquilter, Star Burst
April 17 – Linda Pearl, Tranquility

What’s the first project you’ll do when you pick up your copy of Little Gems? Tell us in the comments below!

29 thoughts on “Little Gems Blog Hop – Cotton Candy”

  1. MicheleTimms says:

    The mini quilt I would make first is Harbour Light!!!

  2. Jen B says:

    I’m not sure, but maybe the cover quilt, I like how it’s escaping the border.

  3. Dee says:

    I love your soft color rendition of this quilt, the pinwheels are adorable.

  4. Jody says:

    I intend to make Playing with Plaids first from the book Little Gems. Then Black and White Delight, then Red Hots, then Spinner……… πŸ™‚ I want to make SEVERAL.. It’s a great book! Thank you so much for the nice blog hop and give-aways!!

  5. Janet Frank says:

    I think Tranquility will be the first one I do. Love all of them so I’ll probably do all of them to help reduce my enormous scrap stash!

  6. Kathleen says:

    Honestly, I want to make every single one! I was surprised when I got to the last one that looked like a trivet. I’d like to find all types of woodgrain-look fabric and make that, similar to the way it is in the book. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  7. Denise says:

    I’d make Cotton Candy too, it’s a lovely pattern.

  8. Mona says:

    It’s hard to choose, but Starburst would probably be my first choice. It would look great in any combination of batiks.

  9. LJ says:

    Choosing one out of all those wonderful designs is going to be hard. I have not seen one that I didn’t like though Cotton Candy is sweet. I love the ric rac on that little quilt. I did visit your Facebook page and loved the Quilters’ Commandments – what a hoot! I loved the idea(video) of using a machine stitch to simulate ric rac.

  10. carol n says:

    I have not done mini’s in the 25 years I have been quilting, but you have me interested! Hope I win, but can’t decide if I prefer fabric or book, good thing you decide.

  11. Peg says:

    I think cotton candy would be the first.

  12. Lynda Morrissette says:

    I just love your little quilt, I think that would be the first one that I would make. Thanks so much for sharing and offering the giveaway!

  13. Pam Geisel says:

    They are all so sweet that it would be hard to pick which one to do first!

  14. Maryellen says:

    This hop has been fun, and the book is wonderful. Your mini came out adorable! And it’s finished! Yay for you!

  15. Joan says:

    Adorable. Each and every one I’ve seen throughout the hop, has just been the best. Looks like I have another book that needs to be added to the library! πŸ™‚

  16. Suzanne C says:

    I think the first one I’ll do is the one with the biggest pieces, not sure which one that is is until I win a copy of the book!

  17. Pam S says:

    I like all the quilts I’ve seen in this hop, but Cotton Candy is my favorite so far. I love the complexity and the rick rac!

  18. Deb G. in VA says:

    I love all the quilts in Little Gems! I don’t know the name it, but the first quilt I’d like to make is #8 in the Martingale Little Gems images. I don’t think it was shown in any of the blog posts.

  19. Charlotte Schafer says:

    I really enjoy the bright spring colors. You explain your patterns so everyone can do the project. Thank you for sharing your talents.

  20. Susan Griffith says:

    I love all the quilts in this book. I don’t know which I would do first. Great book and beautiful fabrics!

  21. barb says:

    I love your version of the Cotton Candy…looks fantastic

  22. Sally Murray says:

    Serenity would be my first one (blues and greens batiks, I think! Just happen to have some lovely ones from Island Batik)

  23. Diane says:

    Love the bright colors!

  24. VickiT says:

    I really love the pattern included with the purchase of the book, named Cornered.

  25. Lu says:

    The one that looks the easiest first. Ha

  26. Sylvia Anderson says:

    I am intrigued by all these mini quilts and with 32 gifts to make for Christmas, am considering making several of them. Thanks so much for this giveaway opportunity.

  27. Beautiful work! I have really enjoyed being a part of this blog hop and working with your beautiful fabrics!

  28. Gill says:



    All of those little quilts are so beautiful ,i would want too make them all

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