Miniatures in Minutes Revisited
There was a convergence of event here. One, I’m doing a lecture and workshop in Santa Barbara in October – and whenever I’ve got a workshop ahead, I like to come up with a few new ideas using that foundation. Two, the challenge for S.T.U.D. (Swap Till You Drop) this last time was using a single shape in rainbow colors.
When I’m making up a mini, there are times I cut out exactly the number of patches that I need. Other times I just cut out a bunch and see what I come up with. That’s what I did this time and the AccuQuilt Go! is perfect for that. I use the 1 inch strip die. First I cut fabric squares at about 5 1/4" to 5 1/2" and lay them on the die.
They cut up into such nice clean strips!
I just peel away the little side strips that are no good and then lay the 1" strips crosswise across the die.
After that is run through the die, I’ll have a whole bunch of little one inch squares. I’ve only shown one set in the photo but I can actually fit four sets of squares on the die. Given that each 5" square yields 25 patches and I can layer those squares four to six deep – that means I can cut 400 to 600 little squares in just two passes through the die cutter. Yeow!
I played with the patches and didn’t use a couple of the yellows shown above. Before I head out to Santa Barbara I’ll make up a Quilt Layout Diagram for this pattern, but I just laid them out and sewed them as is.
I’ve got a bunch more of those patches cut out, so there is time to play. Plus, I mailed this one out for the swap. I’ll be making another one for myself as well.
I’ll have pictures soon of the pretty little quilt I received today, too. I just have to wait till tomorrow when I’ve got better light.
Meanwhile, wishing everyone lots of rainbows (and no more rain than you want).