Any one who is active on Instragram will be aware of the flurry of miniature quilt swaps going on at the moment and last week I finally succumbed signed up for one … now if I am honest I would say that I did not always get what was so cool about miniatures but I finally worked it out…
(a) It is a quilt you can complete quickly and easy and have the satisfaction of a finish
(b) You can try new techniques quickly and easily (I keep thinking they are going to be a great way to practice my free motion quilting).
(c) They look really cool pinned up together on the wall of your sewing space.
So with this in mind I had some fun this weekend making 3 inch Economy blocks…
What I love about the Economy block is that it allows for really great fussy cutting and what I love about paper piecing is that it allows for accuracy when working on such a small scale.
I must admit I got a little carried away and finished a whole mini quilt this weekend…
You can find a pattern sheet for these blocks here….Miniature Economy Block and these mini blocks will join my mini log cabin and my mini flying geese patterns in the “Free paper piecing pattern” tab.
I must tell you I am not done yet with miniature patterns…but it is back to green stars next week…promise.
23 thoughts on “A little miniature fun”
This is adorable! Not just the teal-and-black, which I love in general, but the kitties and the overall pattern.
Thanks you!!! love your quilts!
Your mini quilt is awesome! What great color matching and fussy cutting.
ugh, lucccccckkkkkkyyyyyyy partner! this is so adorable!
Ashley do you have a mini quilt collection? I would be more than happy to contribute to it!
I’m loving your paper piecing! You are inspiring me to go to the paper piecing side!
Do it. Come over to the paper side. It is really fun.
This turned out really cute! I too signed up for the C&S mini and now I have to figure out what to make!
Beth i am with you. This is the first of a couple of ideas I want to try out.
Oh, you did get a bit carried away, didn’t you? A whole quilt’s worth! But very, very gorgeous. It’d be a shame to practice FMQ on something so fabulous….
That is the problem with practicing free motion…you need a quilt that you are not too attached to or not to worried about messing up to practice on. I think I will be whipping up some small charity quilts for practice until I get better.
Very pretty. And made so quickly! Chapeau.
I love these blocks! The colors and fabrics you chose are fantastic!
So darling! love those kitties ~
I am getting in the PMQG spirit and playing with mini quilts. The Guild is partly to blame for my current addiction.
You post such great stufff that I always want to add to my list…this one is super cute….and now is also on my list! 🙂
Andee at least this one is quick and easy to make… not to much of a time commitment.
Cute fussy cuts!
I don’t really ‘get’ mini quilts either, but I am thinking of making one to hang on the wall in my sewing area. I understood a and b before, but what to do with them had me puzzled until c dawned on me. I have an idea, but I don’t want a whole quilt of it … In the meantime I signed up to my first Instagram swap – a pincushion swap.
Carla you should sign up for a mini swap next. They are so fun and a great way to meet new people on Instagram. I was not a big fan of the mini until recently but now am a little addicted. I have another one up on the design wall, though I do not know what I will do with it when it is done.
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A friend wants me to teach her paper piecing and I have always wanted to make mini quilts so your patterns are perfect! Thank you for sharing.
Lyn paper piecing really is perfect for mini quilts and I am glad you are going to make good use of the patterns.