So I have a bee in my bonnet to make another tiny quilt. I gave a preview of the book I’ll be using on a previous post, and this past weekend, I got started. I’ll admit it took a few days of stand and stare to decide on a colorway. Originally I was thinking about my usual fall palette, but ultimately decided it would do better with some brighter colors left over from my Pachanga quilt. The fans of the pattern will look a lot like a flower, and I found a black background with leaves for contrast.
If you’d like to quilt along, the pattern is in this book, Easy Paper Pieced Miniatures by Carol Doak. I made copies of the paper foundation using this newsprint paper and my copier. Newsprint holds up to the stitching, yet is much easier to remove than standard copy paper. I also increase my stitches per inch for easier removal.
Once I have my choice and enough pages printed on newsprint to complete the project, I color the foundation patterns. This really helps keep the colors straight and minimize mistakes.
OK, off I go! I have a tutorial on Paper Piecing, if you need a refresher or you are new to the technique. I put a smaller needle in the machine too, a size 8, and use 50 wt thread.
I use a bookmark to fold the paper over, and a small ruler with a raised edge to cut off the excess to a quarter inch seam allowance.
On Friday, I joined an international Zoom sew day hosted by ChookyBlue. She does this for fellow bloggers from time to time. Her day began at 7 am in Australia, while for for me it began at 4 in the afternoon. We got on the subject of mini quilts pretty quickly, as two of us were working on those, so I had to dig out my Miniature Mariner’s Compass to show.
Here’s my first little fan block finished. It is 2-inches square.
I started on the next block, and continued to have fun chatting while we sewed.
By the time I finished the second block, we were up to 20 participants from all over the world! Quilters from Australia, New Zealand, Germany, America and Canada were all chatting and sewing together. Only in the age of Zoom is this possible.
Here are the two blocks together.
By the end of the time I could sew with the group, I had three made. I had to stop around 8:30 in the evening as the light was fading behind the mountain to the west, and I needed to spend some time with My Sweet Babboo. He had generously cooked ribs on the grill while I was sewing so I only missed about 20 minutes while I had dinner around 6 pm.
Then, the next day, it occurred to me that doing just one at a time was more time consuming that doing more than one at once. It also would help keep things straight working with the same colors over four blocks. So, I began work on four at once. So far so good.
So, that is where it stands now. My plan for now is to make 16 of these blocks, for a 4×4 center. I am not sure if I want to do the even smaller ones for the cornerstones as shown on the pattern, but we’ll see.
Have you made a miniature project? Are you quilting along with this one?