Wednesday, March 14, 2012
I think I might have mentioned this before on the blog...but, after all I am getting older and that allows me the opportunity to occasionally be a bore and repeat myself. LOL Back in the day...as in the mid to late 90's I refused to throw any scrap of fabric away. The leavings off of flying geese...snowball blocks...you know what I am talking about. Perfectly cut fabrics in coordinating colors. The result was piles of little pieces. Thus, I became a Miniature Quilt piecer. For a period of time I made mini creations, subscribed to Miniature Quilt Magazine (no longer in print) and was featured in two of their issues.
The design and quilt below I called Salt Water Taffy. The finished blocks measure 1 1/4 inch!!! I must have been nuts!
In a later issue I was featured with this little gem. Sunbonnet Sue blocks finish at 2 inches...and NO I did not needle turn those little girls. They are fused and button hole stitched. I created little Yo yo's with antique pearl buttons.
I moved on from mini quilts, living large in the world of the big quilt until this last year when I started yearning for the little things in life. But, I had given away all my little scraps. Then Sunday I discovered the Sawtooth Quilt and blogged about it on Monday. I just couldn't stop thinking about that little quilt. I got up early yesterday morning booted up the sewing room lap top (hadn't been in there for a while) and took a look at the directions. I decided to see if I could effectively make this quilt out of a 5 inch pack.
First with a cup of coffee on board I separated the pack into solid darker values and background pieces.
Out of 2 - 5 inch squares I could get all the pieces needed to make one star. I changed the background directions from the pattern choosing to only use 2 fabrics for each star. The fabrics on the right side of the photo are what was left over from the 2 - 5 inch squares with careful cutting.
The result, a cute 3 inch block! How in the world I made a quilt block that finished at 1 1/4 inch is incredible. I can only chalk it up to I was younger, better eye sight and not as cute as I am now ( not sure what cuteness has to do with it but hey, if you can't toot your own horn...right! ROFLOL