When Quiltmaker decided to do a Small Quilts issue, I raised my hand. “Sure, I have some small designs.”
Now, I don’t make many small quilts, but a couple of years ago I toyed with the idea of entering a small quilt in a local guild show. I wanted to make my own Amish-style quilt after “oohing” and “ahhing” over a display of Amish quilts from the collection of Faith and Stephen Brown at The Denver Art Museum. And I had some luscious solid-color cotton sateens that would work very nicely. So, I sat down with Electric Quilt to play. I thought my fat quarters were just the right colors for a Carolina Lily block—but did I have enough fabric? I re-colored and resized blocks until it worked out just right. It was only after I printed out the diagrams for a 5” block that I realized the flower would require sewing teeny, tiny set-in seams. I can do set-in seams. But these are really tiny!
What was I thinking? I filed the design away in my design notebook and moved on.
Pulling out the design again two years later did not immediately jog my memory about the set-in seams. I still liked the design. But could I find a way to make it easier and still keep it small? How about a version with flying geese and triangle squares. Better, but the patches and seams are still very tiny and intimidating.
After pondering the possibilities for a few days, another QM staffer asked if it could be foundation-pieced. Why didn’t I think of that? I love foundation piecing!
The final block uses 3 foundations for the flowers and another for the stems along with some easy non-foundation piecing.
The blocks came together quickly and easily. I wish you could see the beautiful quilting by ZJ Humbach in the finished quilt.
Now that I have mastered this small block, I’m thinking I should do another. Maybe a companion piece. I have more fat quarters…(Somebody stop me!)