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Thread: How small do you dare go?

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    Super Member Butterfli19's Avatar
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    How small do you dare go?

    I was just on Pinterest and saw a tiny quilt made using the pineapple block, each block was only 2" square! Wow...that would definitely be a challenge. It must be paper pieced. I've tried one inch before but it was crazy madness and am comfortable with the standard 2".

    How small would you dare go?
    Nancy

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    I have done things as small as cut 3/4 finishing 1/4 . I just finished a nine patch that finished 3/4 inch
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    I can't see that small jk but I'd have it all bloody from pinning and sticking myself. That's like a asmall Excedrin bottle print.

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    Strip sewn 3/4" cut to finished 1/4" for a bargello (see avatar)
    Have also done a lone star with the diamonds finishing at 1/4" (across width) (paper pieced)
    And I have a whole quilt of 1" finished 9 patch blocks, plus 4" finished square in a square blocks. 9 patch were strip pieced, SIAS blocks were paper pieced.

    I'll go as small as possible!!
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    I once made a queen size Log Cabin quilt. The log Cabin blocks were 3 inch finished. The center was 1 inch square and then there were 3 complete 1/2 inch rounds. It was beautiful when I got it done. I paper pieced the blocks. When it's that small, it's too easy to mess up.

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    I want to try a tiny one...I have buckets of scraps...

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    Three-inch blocks are my limit!

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    I've done some disappearing 4 patches that started with four 2.5 " squares for the original 4 patches. Not paper pieced.

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    I've made several miniatures, I love them. Some of my favorites: 2 log cabins, one was square and the other diamond, both consisted of logs that were 1/4" wide. I currently am working on a New York Beauty block variation that finishes at 2".

    This basket quilt is 4".

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    But I think my favorite is this Feathered Star, which finished at 5".

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    Goodness Peckish, those are lovely!

    Ive done as small as 3/4" finishing at 1/4 for a bargello row, but generally I don't go smaller than 1 1/4 strips. Any smaller would become stressful to me and I try not to let my stress release become my stressor!

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    Wow....looks like the needle point is larger than some of those pieces...kidding....seriously, are your seams trimmed to about 1/8" after sewing? I cannot see myself doing this.....I bought the book inchies..from a pic here on board.....looked like " maybe fun"........ When I went to cut that 1" square I shivered.....settled for 1 1/2"..........btw, donating book to guild library!

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    Sue, wow, that's beautiful!

    Peggi, they're so tiny, but gorgeous! Are they paper pieced? (That's something I haven't tried yet.)
    Nancy

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    I did one with 3/4" strips, not sure I want to do that small again. Think I will stick to nothing smaller than 1". Really liked the look, but found it hard to work with.

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    one 3" block, PP. Never again! `1/8" seams! Teeny pieces getting lost. So small they could get sucked into the feed dogs! UGH!!!Name:  Mini paper piecing.jpg
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    DH has made many with 5/8" squares, I have done 1/4" strips (miniature quilts) but I still would not try even a regular size Pineapple block!

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    I've made mini log cabin blocks with 1/4 graph paper as the guide. It's perfect for tiny scraps. I admire anyone who does more than a log cabin. Working this tiny doesn't use many scraps.

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    Have you seen "The O My Gosh" Quilt? I love it!!

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    DH says that if I start doing anything that small, he'll be calling the men in the little white coats. LOL Three inches is my lowest I'll go, actually don't plan on doing that small again, so, I think I'll settle for no smaller than 8". Lovely blocks/quilts though.

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    One inch blocks that finish 1/2" is my limit. I'd much rather work with larger blocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackie Spencer View Post
    Have you seen "The O My Gosh" Quilt? I love it!!
    It is on my bucket list have the pattern and fabric. !!!!
    Nancy

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    I adore miniatures but have never tried them. I have done a few tiny PP blocks of cats but I don't have pictures of them. Need to dig them out. I think they finished at around 3".

    Peggi your feathered Star is fabulous. Thank you for posting. Suesew that present block is out of this world. The result was so worth all your efforts.

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    The pics here are wonderful... I'm amazed at that tiny work! The quilt museum in KY has some minis, too, that will take your breath away. I don't dare go that small!!
    "... let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us."

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    Those are great!! I would not go anywhere near that small. It would be all seam allowance and bumpy if I attempted it.
    Life is not a movie. No one is going to yell "CUT" when you make a mistake. - Anne L. Fulton

    I am from the South....39 miles south of Boston.

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    Like a couple others, I will use 3/4 to finish at 1/4 inch. PP allows for very accurate piecing, but I'm dyslexic enough that I get so confused. Lovely little quilts shared. And my avatar is a Log Cabin made with 3/4" strips.
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    the smallest was triangles at about 1.5 inches and it killed me since I'm still trying to get seams to match and have enough patience to follow directions. Maybe one day, maybe.

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