Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Miniature Quilt

Our guild had it's President's Challenge last week.   The challenge was to take  a piece of fabric that you now say, 'Why did I ever buy this?' and use it in a quilted item.  Here is the fabric I used.

I found a piece that fit the bill perfectly and then tried to decide what I could turn it into.   I have never done a miniature quilt before, so thought this would be the perfect time to give it a try.   A miniature quilt is basically a real quilt pattern scaled down to a very small size, usually less than 24" in diameter.   After combing the internet for a while for tips, and not finding much, I forged ahead.

I also have never done the Dresden plate before.   The only problem is there is no pattern for the Dresden plate in a miniature.  So after several attempts with paper, I had a pattern I believe would work.

I did figure out quite quickly that I must sew with a 1/8" seam instead of the usual 1/4".  It is amazing what the iron can do to make your blocks look good.

I made four blocks and put them on a white background.  You end up with a hole in the centre, so I put a white circle in the middle, with a cute button in the centre of each.

Now just to be really crazy, I wondered how small I could make my prairie points.   I used 1 1/2" squares for them.   Let me just say this was fiddly work to stitch down.  

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Stray Stitches said...

Your quilt is wonderful. I can't imagine working with all of those 1/2" squares to make the prairie points. And sewing with 1/8" seams - wow!

Brooke said...

Oh my goodness!!! Love, just love all those little points! You did an amazing job!

Myra said...

Great quilt. #2 for sure. hahahaha!

Mama Pea said...

Love your quilt! It looks like a lot of work. You are amazing! Way to go!

Anonymous said...

Wow! All those teeny tiny little prairie points...would have driven me right off my rocker. Well, hubby says I'm already off; maybe I'd go further off. LOL
Tell us as soon as you can....didya win???

Judy Martin said...

I think this may just be your entry to Quilt National - it's great.