Quilt Book Review: 101 Itty Bitty Celebrations

Instagram can be dangerous.  Don’t get me wrong, I love Instagram.  I often love it more than Facebook.  I feel like there are fewer ads and less controversy.  So I do find myself on Instagram at bedtime for a few minutes.  I know people recommend no phone at bedtime but it’s not a problem for me.  I have no trouble sleeping at this point in my life.

Over the last month or so, Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings has been sharing her Itty Bitty Celebration pieces.  She would post one and I’d be so tempted…but I didn’t go and buy it.  She’d show one the next day.  Oh, tempted again.  I continued and continued to be tempted.  Then finally one day I went on Amazon to see all of the designs from the book…Well, that did me in.  I ended up ordering the book.   Here it is, Itty Bitty Celebrations by Lisa Bongeoan.

Happily, the pictures show all of the cute, cute, designs.  I’m sharing pictures of them all! Check them out…

Be still my heart.  Did you see that snowman in the center with the hearts?  SO CUTE!!

As you can see the designs take you right through the seasons…

So far the only problem with the book is figuring which to make first.

If you haven’t done wool applique, no problem.  There are great instructions at the beginning of the book.  A newbie to wool applique could easily do these.  In fact, if you are new to wool applique, this is the perfect book to try it out.  The projects are small.  They are quick and easy to finish.

Not only seasons are represented but so are favorites, coffee, wine, dogs, cats…even fishing.  There is something for everyone.

I really want to remember this book for when my grandkids get a little older.  I think it would be fun to make these with the kids.

The designs are really small at only 2″.  I’m tempted to blow a few of them up and make them into little pillows for my dough bowl.  The one on the left, second row down with the little wool pennies is one I want to do for sure.

So many of these would make great Christmas ornaments. They could be cute little gift tags or something to easily be sent in the mail as a “thinking of you” surprise.

They could easily be added to the top of a pincushion.  I think the list of possible gifting ideas is LONG.

I think I’m going to buy a bag of these clips.  Find them HERE on Amazon.  I’m thinking they could clip on and then they could hang like ornaments.  If I do that I might make the background a little taller so there is plenty of room for the clip.

My brain is swirling with ideas….but as I said, right now the hardest decision is which one I want to make first.

I think I’m going to stitch up a couple and then after that, I’m going to Merry’s Stitchin’.  It’s in Jessup, Iowa about 40 minutes south of me.  She always has wonderful wool in cute little packs.  I’m going to treat myself for getting a few done with a new little pack of wool.  Now that sounds fun.  I haven’t been to a quilt shop in a LONG time.

If you are looking for the book, you can find it HERE on Amazon.

13 thoughts on “Quilt Book Review: 101 Itty Bitty Celebrations”

  1. Oh my!! Like I need another book of projects?? This looks like some real cute things to keep for hand stitching when relaxing! Might have to give in. . .

  2. Those are so cute, but too itty bitty for me I’m sure. Maybe like you said, blow up the pattern just a little, then there are several that I would like to make. I have never made anything quilt-wise with wool, just many wool skirts, etc. back in the old days when girls wore skirts to school. I hope we get to see what you make of these.

  3. Jane Shackleton

    Hi Jo, if you cut a felt backing almost 2” x 2” and add it to the back when doing the edge stitching with the top left open like a pocket, you could slide the clip into the pocket and snap it onto the backing.
    You could sew the edging across the top of the front single layer first, add the backing, then finish stitching the edges together all the way round, so it would be easy. ( I would actually leave just enough space open for the clip, not the whole top edge as it may gape a bit ).
    Then the clip would not show on the front of the felt square and you wouldn’t have to change the size. Love the book! Jane.

  4. I hope your right in saying these are beginner friendly cuz I’ve been wanting to try working with wool….I’m going to get this book!

  5. I have been watching her releases also and aren’t they just adorable? I’m so glad that I haven’t gone down the rabbit hole with wool, it would be dangerous. Enlarging the patterns to fit on a pin cushion would be a cool idea. A long time ago I did a class where we made different cards with wool but I took mine and framed them. It was fun.

  6. Really cute and great handwork for the evenings! If you can wait until evening. A nice basket of wool bits next to your chair, scissors, pin cushion and backings. All you need!

  7. You sold me! I purchased the book and the clips…lol I love Amazon Prime….looks like I’ll be looking at the book tomorrow evening!!

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