The mini quilt is finished. It's big brother is half way there, but I'm ready to show you how I did it, and how you can, too!
Now, this is a long post with lots of pictures, so if you want to stop reading now, I totally understand. Otherwise, continue on.
The fabric: Top: Kona Cotton 1999 (joanns?)
Bali Circles - Keepsake Quilting
Brown Leaf Batik - Hobby Lobby
Orange swirls Bali - Keepsake Quilting
Purple Bali - Keepsake Quilting
Cut out lots of 1" squares. The mini version is 13 x 13 = 169 squares.
Now get yourself some Grided Fusible Interfacing! This piece is from a place called Quiltsmart. They sell by the panel, and have multiple sizes. You can get some by Pellon at your regular fabric store - cheaper, but only 1" size. Pellon does however make a version that is 'on point'. I will be using that in a future quilt.
I use a Clover Mini Iron to iron my squares in place. You could use your regular iron, just be super careful of your fingers, and not moving those squares!
Pick a side to start on. Fold along the first grid line - right sides together. I like to pin. Pins give me a feeling of control. If you want to fold and sew along the way, go for it. It would probably be faster! Sew a 1/4" seam. Consistency is the key here. A perfect 1/4" seam isn't crucial, as long as all your seams are the same size. The most important thing here is straight lines.
Continue folding and sewing until you have all the seams done in one direction. I would recommend alternating which side is 'top'. When we sew, there is a tendency to 'pull' in one direction. If you do that over may strips, you will end up with a crooked piece. Alternating directions can help keep things lined up.
That way, when you start sewing the other direction, the seams will nest together.
From here on out, its like finishing any other quilt.
Edited: You can now see the other 1" quilt HERE.
I'm with you.. NO on the hot pad! REALLY? have they no idea how much time it takes to do it? I DO! Lovely and now I'll not feel so intimidated to do the one I have waiting in my stash. - Good job Rach.
Wow, I'm impressed - what a lot of work and patience goes into making this piece...all those small pieces sewn together - and I agree - hot pad? I don't think so!!!
I don't even want to crochet a rug thinking all my hard work and people are going to put their dirty shoes on it? Not in my life time!
WOW! Incredible. =)
How beautiful and how gracious and generous of you to put together this tutorial. Thank you.
You must have oodles of patience Rachel. I read all the way through and took in all your instructions then decided Nuclear Fusion would be an easier subject for me...you are very gifted (as I've said before). This is a lovely quilt and good luck with its big brother.
I've got behind on my blog reading so I'm off to explore some of your more recent posts that I missed. For anyone else reading this comment I want you all to know that Rachel is not only talented but incredibly generous too :)
Oh my goodness! I can't even find words. This is awesome!!! I can't imagine trying to tackle this but it's SOOOOOOOOO beautiful I may have to try!!!
Wow, that attests to a lot of patience and skill. :) Thanks for sharing, your pictures helped me figure out exactly what you did. I don't think I'll be doing something that small in the near future though! Nice work!
what a cute little quilt! And...that's the cutest little iron i ever did see, hehehe! :D (never seen anything like it...not a wonder since i'm not into sewing) :)
Your tutorial is great. I have saved it for future reference if I ever find the time to try a project like this. The quilt is so neat.
Thank you for sharing.
wow. I've never seen anything like that before. Neat!
Thanks for all the pictures and the great tutorial. I've been playing around a little with quilting and want to learn more. this is a good start for me.
Your work is wonderful. I made one the same way for a porcelain doll. I named mine Gale's tiny quilt. If you enjoyed doing it you can do the same thing with a cross stitch pattern, look up Evelyn Burns. Great job again
They do come in other sizes and that would help with not being over welmed.
I love this tutorial. It has to be the best one I have ever read. I would have never considered making anything with blocks this small until reading this tute. I can't wait until tonight so I can go through my scraps and start selecting fabric for some awesome potholders. Thanks a million as you have just given me the means to really impress my friends which happens to be something I am rarely able to do. LOL
I have a pattern that calls for 2 3/8 inch squares. How would you cut that and put it on the fusible grid
I it is ok that the 1/2" finished squares have thick backing? I tried to eliminate some additional bulk but do to the square sizes, I could not. . Guess don't really need batting in these blocks really?
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