Those pincushions got me thinking. If I can make four separate little (little) quilts, I could make little (little) blocks. Like these:
These blocks will finish at 1 1/2" square. Now, normally, the whole point of the quilts in Miniatures in Minutes is that you can make the entire foundation pieced section of the quilt (sans borders) on a single foundation. I fell in love with that technique because it meant I could make miniature quilts without having to do the really fussy sewing and matching that comes with miniatures. When I make my miniature quilts, I never use a pin.
But, hey, why not experiment? So, I decided to try using the foundation to make nine patch blocks that would then need to be pieced more traditionally. Here’s how it worked:
First, I made up a Quilt Layout Diagram for the 13 Square foundation.
It looked like there was a fair amount a room for me to get challenged during the sewing process (always a consideration) so I made sure to mark up the foundation. I drew little blue arrows to indicate which lines to sew (this actually helped a great deal) and green squiggly lines across the foundation to remind me not to join these rows. (Am I the only one who goes space cadet at the sewing machine? I tend to get in a rhythm and just keep sewing without much thinking about it – hence the occasional disaster. Marking the foundation before I get to the machine makes my life much easier!)
Here’s what the foundation looked like with two columns of nine-patches added and the first patch set of the last column in place.
Here’s with all the patches added:
Here it is with the rows joined:
I just love how fast and easy Fold and Sew is! I suspect I don’t really have the patience to make such little blocks using traditional methods. These were definitely fun though. So far, so good. But then, Terrie made an oopsie:
Oh, that made me very sad. I’m not even sure how I did it. Though, I have to say, given all of the little quilts I’ve made using this method (and that would be a lot), this is the first time I have ever sliced through fabric while it was on the foundation. Would you believe? I never have. This goes to the “A First Time For Everything, Gol Darn It” category. I can’t whine too much though, at least it wasn’t an entire quilt!
I had made up two of these foundations so I had enough of the green nine patch blocks to reach my goal.
I’m mostly wishing I hadn’t added that first inner border with the single patch. (Oh, well). Once I added the first two borders, I decided I needed just one more to have a little breather before the binding would go on. The outer border is now a little bigger than it will finish at. I’ll trim after I quilt.
This one is meant as a tribute to my Irish roots, but I’ll write more about that when I get this quilted. Meanwhile, happy piecing all and may the luck of the Irish be with you!
(Okay, now where did that saying come from? I mean, how lucky were the Irish, anyway? The troubles? The famine? A whole pile of grievances to level at the English? Perhaps it’s because despite it all, Ireland is just so breathtakingly beautiful . . . the land and the people).