Sunday, June 21, 2015

June's Miniature and Small Quilt with Free Pattern

I've had enough interest in making some mini quilts so I will be posting a quilt with a pattern once a month for at least June through December. I had couple of people ask that I start with "Star Shine" but I decided to start with the easiest first. Do not despair "Star Shine" is slated for next month. So without further ado here's this month's quilt Rail Fence.
The Miniature Version
The Small Version
 As you can see, the small version still needs quilting and binding. I will be binding it with white.
The miniature quilt finishes at about 8 1/2" and the small quilt at about 17". 
The pattern can be downloaded or printed here. I hope you enjoy these patterns! If you have any questions, I will do my best to answer them. I'm thinking maybe we'll need a linky to share this months quilts. Perhaps along with next month's quilt so you will have an entire month to work on them. What do you think?

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Three New Mini Quilts and an Idea If You're Interested

Lately I've kind of lost my enjoyment when it came to quilting and this was not making me happy, not one bit! So I decided to take the time to get back to my favorite form of quilting...I just love miniature quilts. I love designing them, making them, and the actual quilting is fun too(no dragging huge pieces of fabric and batting through my sewing machine). I also love that they are so inexpensive to make. I decided to start with something easy, just to get back with the program. Rail Fence seemed just right.
Four 2 3/4 inch blocks to be exact. Okay really fun, but could I still make something a little harder? How about four 2 3/4 inch Geese in the Corner blocks? Worth a try!
Okay, that worked, but could I still design a mini block? Again worth a try. Here's my design.
I called the block Opposing Strips but I think the quilt is going to be called Star Shine. I always name my quilts, do you?
Here's all three together the way they will hang. 
And now for my idea. How would you like to make some minis? I thought I could write some patterns for these and other minis, one per month through December. I would include instructions for the original sizes as well as a larger size. For instance, the original size of the rail fence the blocks would be 2 3/4" and the larger size would be double that. The larger size would still only finish out at about 17". There would be a variety of sizes and themes. Most of the patterns would be foundation pieced. Foundation piecing is just the easiest way to get the accuracy you need for small quilts. 
Let me know in the comments or by email if you are interested. 
Patterns are time consuming to write so I really would like to know if they would be used.