If you’re following me on IG and FB, you know I’ve been completely sidetracked by tiny quilts lately. It all started when I jokingly asked if anyone knew what I should do with my tiny triangle scraps leftover from cutting blocks for the Lecien quilts, and someone suggested making crumb blocks. And now I look at every tiny scrap to see what I can do with it. So yesterday, when I got a review copy of Jo’s Little Favorites III, I was immediately intrigued, and read through the book from cover to cover.
Darling tiny quilts from the book
While these aren’t my favorite colors for quilts, I can totally imagine them made up in brights. Here are some of my favorites from the book. I think I can make all three of these simply from the scraps sitting on my cutting table at the moment! I love what she says about quilting, “If you want to make them all, make them small!” This one’s called Tic-Tac-Toe:
This one is Bloom:
And finally, my absolute favorite, Star Shine:
Pictures above by Brent Kane and used with permission from Martingale.
If you love antiques and pretty settings, you will love all the photographs in this book. It’s like walking through your favorite curated antique shop. I love the little wooden cookie molds!
And the tips at the back of the book for working with small quilts are wonderful. I already tested out her tip for helping seam intersections lay flat, and my tiny pinwheels look fabuolous!
some of my little quilt projects
Here are the blocks (lower portion of picture), being used in one of my new designs. I’m sewing the white to the color using a stitch-and-flip technique, which means lots of little colored and white triangles leftover. They make precious little pinwheels. Each set of blocks for my quilt yields 4 bonus pinwheel blocks!
Now I’m all ready to sew the bitty pinwheels together. Y’all. These are going to finish at 3/4” on a side! They are so stinkin’ cute!
Here they are from the back, with Jo’s genius pressing tip applied.
This book includes Jeanna Kimball’s back-basting technique for applique. I follow Jeanna on IG, and her flawless applique fascinates me. I cannot wait to try out the technique as Jo describes it. Once I finish up some of these other projects!
Here’s a little peek at the scrap hexagon panel, mentioned in my previous blog post.
Cutting these hexies from bigger scraps yielded the tiny triangles mentioned above. I think I’ve sewn 130 of the little triangles together, and that whole piece fits on my hand. Not sure what it’s going to be just yet, but I love the intensity of the colors.
So, I’m curious- do you throw away scraps, or make use of every little tiny bit?