Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Living Large...NOT!

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 in the mid to late 90's I refused to throw any scrap of fabric away.  The leavings off of flying geese...snowball 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


  1. Very cute,(slightly nuts), just cause its so small..LOL. the sun bonnet sue is adorable

  2. I love making small quilts, fun and fast and great practice.
    Love how you did that block, the print showed up really nicely.


  3. I used to save every scrap and make mini's too! Love the star. Have a happy day!

  4. I love your little quilts. I have paper pieced one and now I am hand stitching another. With my fibromyalgia, quilting big quilts is becoming such a challengne

  5. I Love your little quilt! it is precious and...the girls with the sunbonnets are darling. I have said it before and I'll say it are amazing! Love, Colleen

  6. Aww, I remember your cute little mini quilts! I absolutely love the Sunbonnet Sue one! I still have the magazine that your little quilt was featured in! Soooo Sweet!

  7. Amazing....did you use EQ to figure that out? blessings, marlene

  8. Wow, Anna - I am so impressed by your miniature quilts - just amazing that you did such tiny work! I love the adorable Sunbonnet Sue - a real treasure. Yep, we sure can't do what we used to do! LOL Enjoy your day!

  9. You DO have fun with those bitty things, don't you?? I haven't done a mini quilt, or even thought of them, since the 90's for the most part. I do, however, have a tiny box somewhere in my sewing room (it's being decluttered and is a mess in here right now) that are HST's made from small scraps. No plan, but I figured that I could do something with them eventually. lol