Working on the Miniature Quilt

Progress was made on the miniature quilt this past week. The paper piecing is going well. I had a few comments about working with tiny bits, and I do hear you! I usually use larger pieces than are needed, then cut off the excess as I go. It does result in a bit more waste, but it is worth that to save my sanity, LOL!! So, at the last post, I had seven tiny blocks done, the last four were chain pieced.

I had nine to go, and decided to do them in the same manner as it really did save some time.

Being able to press nine blocks at once saved me eight trips to the ironing board.

When the blocks were done, I could do all the trimming at once, too.

In a day, I had the remaining nine blocks done for a total of 16.

I am pretty pleased with the way they turned out, points are not bad.

Now for the decision on the cornerstone blocks. They are even smaller!

Might as well give it a try. I colored the blocks to keep the colors straight as I went along.

Again, chain piecing, pulling the block out and just starting in on the next one. This left thread tails on both sides of all the blocks, but made it easier to cut them off. I just lifted one, and trimmed both ends at once.

On the back side, the fabric pieces are larger than required, just to make it easier to hold in place.

When the little blocks were done piecing, I had a tiny fan just over an inch wide.

The first blocks are 2 inches wide, and the little ones are 1-1/2-inches wide with the black background added in. Next will be the nerve wracking and tedious job of sewing them together, keeping the lines straight and not cutting the points off the fans. So, good progress and maybe I can get it done this month.

Now, for a special announcement. I’ve known that my blogger friend Susan was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma and is undergoing chemo and radiation treatments for a few weeks now. Some of you in the quilting blogosphere as a reader may know her blog Desert Sky Quilting. You may also have seen her Quilt Block of the Month blog where she lets you know what is going on in free BOMs and mystery quilt alongs. Susan has such a giving heart, donating much of her time and talents to charity projects all over, including my Carolina Hurricane Quilts project and the Safelight Project every year. What I just found out is that she needs help with the cost of those treatments. Another blogger friend, Joy, is donating the proceeds of her pattern Christmas Hearts sold this month to Susan to help with those costs. Today, I am going to make the same offer, buy any of my Scrap Dance patterns from now to the end of July, and I’ll donate 100% of those proceeds to her fund. So stop by Joy’s blog and buy her pattern, buy one of mine, or you can donate directly to Susan’s Go Fund Me page set up by her son. Every little bit helps.

What are you working on this week?

17 thoughts on “Working on the Miniature Quilt

  1. Mary Ed Williams

    I am going to order some patterns as soon as I check which ones I already have. Maybe I should include some extra to cover the credit card charges. This blasted Akismet has the the boxes covered so I’m not sure what is published.

  2. Mary Stori

    Background fabric really brings out the jewel tones to the fabrics… Carol Doak!!! Glad you are keeping this technique alive!!

  3. Donna

    Your miniature is going to be so cute! You have so much patience but then again you do quilt repairs!!! Ha! I had not heard of either blogger who you referenced above but we quilters are always generous, especially with other quilters! Bless your heart and the other blogger for offering to donate sales from your patterns! I have sent an order to you for some patterns. I hope you both raise lots of money!!!

  4. Julie

    Your tiny FPP blocks are so precious. Especially the teeny-tiny ones. I think I’d need magnifying glasses to accomplish that! Looking forward to seeing the finished quilt.

  5. Phyllis Smith

    Good afternoon Carole. Have never tried paper piecing but this is so sweet I want to try it. Wish me luck. Phyllis

  6. omg I still love those tiny blocks……..I think I need to make some for myself…….where is the pattern from…….they look great and I can’t wait to see them finished…………

  7. Susan Nixon

    OH, I was looking at a different post! That is so sweet of BOTH of you. I’m overwhelmed by your generosity and Joy’s. Joy is the one who “made” me set up the fund. LOL The quilting world is filled with such wonderful and generous people. Thank you!

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