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Thread: Miniature Scrappy Quilt

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    Miniature Scrappy Quilt

    Hi Everyone,

    I have spent a great amount of time admiring all the talent that is shown on the Quilting Board. I am happy to be able to see everyone's great quilts. I thought I would share a quilt I have made that I lovingly refer to as my "trash quilt". Please understand the reason I call it this. The quilt was made with 1" squares, finishing at 1/2" square. I only used fabric that would have been destined for the trash and have been known to go "dumpster diving" at various quilting events/classes. All my friends know me by now....and they still will shake their heads, but this is what I ended up with. Believe me, it's not that I don't have yardage of fabric to use, it is just that I have made something out of nothing and that thrills me (plus I LOVE scrappy quilts). This is my first attempt at a miniature like this and my seams are far from perfect, which does bug me a little. You can also see in the picture that it had skewed a little. I started out making the quilt in sections, and then went to making it in rows. My thought was to possible frame it as it measures approximately 17" square. The entire back is seams so I think it would be difficult to quilt. Any suggestions would be welcome. Thanks for looking and being such a great community of quilting buddies.
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    You must have the patience of Job.

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    I LOVE this! What a neat take on a postage stamp quilt - I love how you varied the colors to make it something completely different!!

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    Really cute! too small for me, I'd go insane!
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    Kudos to you for saving those little scraps and creating such a eye catching mini quilt, you deserve a medal for working with so many 1" squares. Gives me some ideas for another scrappy quilt from my scrap stash but I have to make the individual squares at least 2" as I can't work as small as you did.

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    I'm fond of scrappy quilts and I love yours! Nice work.

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    All I can say is WOW, great job with those tiny pieces.

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    ​I think it's adorable! I would be looking for a show that has a miniature section or put it into your local fair. It is sure to be well received.

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    Well done! I love it, the colors, the pattern ... most of all the size. I ADORE small blocks - the smallest I've done was 1/4" finished squares - and I will freely admit my seams don't match anywhere near as close as yours. I did quilt it - it wasn't "easy" but it did indeed quilt (FMQ on a domestic machine).

    Suggestion for the border would be a 1/2" colorful border (a print with many "dark" colors), then a wide print with soft colors, then bind with the same print as your narrow border.

    Another possible suggestion is ... find a repeating border print with lots of bright/dark colors that can be mitered easily. Use a WIDE (4" perhaps) border - mitred so the repeats match at each corner. Then just bind. I adore mitered/matched borders as much as I do small pieces.
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    Soo pretty, you havesome nice colorsther and wat a wonderful stash youhave

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    Wow! I thought working with 2" squares was a challenge.
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    Holey Moley woman. How are your eyes doing? This is great. I have a lot of patience but I think that this project would break it. As Dayken said, " The patience of Job". You are very creative. Keep up the good work if you can still see. BrendaK
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    That is so pretty, you did such an amazing job. I keep all my little scraps but I don't think I could ever do that.

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    what a fantastic job!!!! they should not be shaking their head at you
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    1 inch blocks are one thing, but half-square triangles? Wow! This is really beautiful. I'll bet all those smirking, giggling people who thought you were crazy to take their scraps are singing a different tune NOW! We are such a "throw-away" society, it's wonderful to see what can be made from our "trash". Good Job! I certainly love the pattern you chose. I'm marking this page so I can return and look at it again and again. JUST BEAUTIFUL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Girls Mom View Post
    1 inch blocks are one thing, but half-square triangles? Wow! This is really beautiful. I'll bet all those smirking, giggling people who thought you were crazy to take their scraps are singing a different tune NOW! We are such a "throw-away" society, it's wonderful to see what can be made from our "trash". Good Job! I certainly love the pattern you chose. I'm marking this page so I can return and look at it again and again. JUST BEAUTIFUL!
    No, they still think I'm crazy. They love the quilt, but they tell me they would never do it. I know a couple of people are going to try one though. It is really not much different than a big quilt, you just get to the end of your seam much faster. I gave a close up shot to show that I used anything and everything as far as fabric in the quilt. To me that's the whole idea of scrappy. Another thing I did as a suggestion, is if a fabric was a little too bright for where I wanted to use it, I used the back side of the fabric.

    Thanks everyone for all you nice comments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom View Post
    Well done! I love it, the colors, the pattern ... most of all the size. I ADORE small blocks - the smallest I've done was 1/4" finished squares - and I will freely admit my seams don't match anywhere near as close as yours. I did quilt it - it wasn't "easy" but it did indeed quilt (FMQ on a domestic machine).

    Suggestion for the border would be a 1/2" colorful border (a print with many "dark" colors), then a wide print with soft colors, then bind with the same print as your narrow border.

    Another possible suggestion is ... find a repeating border print with lots of bright/dark colors that can be mitered easily. Use a WIDE (4" perhaps) border - mitred so the repeats match at each corner. Then just bind. I adore mitered/matched borders as much as I do small pieces.

    I would love to see your miniature! Wow, 1/4" finished squares...can't even imagine.

    I thought I was going to make it a borderless quilt, just was trying to decide whether to quilt it or not and how to frame it. I will give your idea some thought though. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    what a fantastic job!!!! they should not be shaking their head at you
    Believe me, they may think I'm crazy, but in a loving way. I have a great bunch of quilting buddies. Some of them even save there scraps for me....how cool is that! Another thing, I often said I would be able to part with my yardage before my scraps - that's how addicted I am to scrap quilts right now. I think I love them because it's like having a quilt shop in a quilt!!!!

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    One more thing about 1/2 square triangles. I find regardless of what size I'm making, I always make them a little bigger and them cut them to size, that way you end up with the perfect 1/2 square triangle.

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    Nice work!! Its so colorful!
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    that's extremely impressive for all sorts of reasons!

    i think the smallest patch i've worked with is about 1-1/2" and i found it difficult to keep the rows and columns straight.
    yours are fantastic.
    i also admire the great job you did identifying fabrics that would work well as lights.

    hats off ... kudos galore ... we bow in awe for sure!
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    wow,very impressive.tiny pieces scare the you know what out of me.you did awesome
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    Wow! This is so fun! Excellent job on this! Looking forward to seeing it finished!
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    What an inspiration! Thanks for sharing.
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    love the contrast

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