I'm still very delighted by tiny things and making mini quilts is just fun for me. For this challenge I was all set to make a quilt from the Carol Doak Miniature book, but then when I was blog-reading I found the Sew Many Colors pattern and changed my mind.
It was fun to hunt through my Island Batik fabrics looking for colors I liked for the spools - I only needed a small piece for each spool, so scraps were perfect for this project. (Definitely one of my favorite things about mini quilts!)
Before I knew it, I had the whole quilt pieced!
I love it to death! In fact, I plan on rearranging my mini wall to make the perfect place to feature this quilt!
I can't say that paper piecing in necessarily my favorite technique, but I found a couple things that do make it a bit easier. I happened upon a video showing the Seam Allowance Guide from George Siciliano. (It's a long video, but when I saw it, I knew I needed this ruler!)
I ordered it and used it to make this quilt, and it was super great! It is so nice to have this one tool that you can use to fold your paper over, then make your cut with the ruler part. Plus it can be used to cut 1/8 inch seams as well! There is a bit of a learning curve with the cutting because of the thickness. You do have to make sure to hold your rotary cutter straight and not angle the blade, because that will give you wonky cuts. But I do love it, and probably will order the 12 inch quide soon. The 8 inch guide was just barely big enough for some of the pieces in this quilt because of the weird angles.
The second thing I tried for the first time is June Tailor Foundation sheets. They are a little spendy, but I really wanted something lighter than regular computer paper for this project. I really did like using these sheets. They are lightweight, you can see through them, which is very helpful, and they tear off easily. I was skeptical about running them through my printer because they are so thin and kind of slippery, but they printed perfectly. The package of 25 sheets will last me a while since I don't do a lot of paper piecing. I was glad I had a good coupon to use, and it was nice not to have to wait for something to be shipped, so it was definitely convenient for me to be able to go pick them up at JoAnn's and start sewing right away.
- Nan from Purrfect Spots Designs
- Turid from Den Syende Himmel
- Stephanie from Quilt’n Party
- Pamela from Pamela Quilts
- Anna from Ark Angel Creations
- Kathy from Kathy’s Kwilts and More
- Jessica from Desert Bloom Quilting
- Connie from Freemotion by the River
- Kate from Seams Like a Dream
- Sharon from Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
- Tina from Quilting Affection Designs
- Jennifer from The Inquiring Quilter
- Barb from Bejeweled Quilts
- Sally from Sally’s Quilting Corner
- Jeanette from Inch Worm Fabrics
- Connie from Kauffman Designs
- Joan from Moosestash Quilting
- Bernadine from Needle and Foot
- Bea from Beaquilter
- Cheryl from Cheryl Lynch Quilts
- Maryellen from Mary Mack’s Blog
- Joyce from Hearts Creations
- Marlene from Kissed Quilts
- Karen from The Quilt Rambler
- Marian from Seams to be Sew
- Laura from Slice of Pi Quilts
- Linda from Inspired Layers
- Vicki from Vicki’s Craffs and Quiltling
- Nancy from Masterpiece Quilting
- Carol from FunThreads Designs
- Terri from Meanderings Along Lizard Creek
- Alison from Little Bunny Quilts
- Suzy from Adventurous Applique and Quilting
- Jean-Sophie from Sophie Junction
- Janet from Whispers of Yore
I am linked up with Myra of BusyHandsQuilts for Finished or Not Friday as well - lots of fun projects, come join in!