Monday, July 20, 2015

July's Miniature and Small Quilt with a Free Pattern

First let's start with July's quilts and patterns. They are a little more difficult than last months which was very easy, but still pretty easy and a lot of fun to make. First is the mini.
The block size on this one is 2 3/4" and the whole quilt finishes at 8 1/2".
Next is the small quilt.
 The block size on this one is 5 1/2" inches and the finished quilt measures 17".
You can download a pattern for these two quilts here.
I had considered a linky for this post but decided against it. I would, however love to share your versions of these quilts just email a picture or a link to your blog post and I will include it in my next post(which will be sooner than a month from now). My email is in my profile.
I thought I'd share with you a few tools that I use when I'm foundation piecing.
Number one is a ruler called "Add a Quarter". It is twelve inches long and the side without the numbers is thicker and 1/4" wide. When you fold your paper back to trim the seam the thicker area is placed next to the paper allowing a quick accurate cut with a rotary cutter. 
Number two is a similar ruler called "Add an Eighth". It is six inches long and cuts an 1/8" inch seam. This is perfect for the miniature version.
Number three is a very small cutting mat that I keep next to my sewing machine so that I can trim the seams without going to my cutting table.
All of these tools are wonderfully handy but not essential so if you don't own them you can still make these quilts!