Sunday, December 8, 2013

MINI STRIP #5 of MAKE-DO'S

WELCOME TO MY MINI BLOG
and to this mini strip #5 quilt.
 
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say when I post. Anyway I must
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I don't know about you, but
there is always so much on my
plate of things to do. Projects that
need finishing and more 'wanna do's'.
 
Let me tell you,  my house is in an uproar.
My living room is moving as well as many of
my other rooms.
Trying to stretch my little house! Hehehe
I get rid of things and
accumulate more. It is never ending. On
my remake blog, I hope to start back on
some of my quilting. My 2 sisters have
asked for quilts again. So I must go into
my stash of quilt tops and find them one,
or let them pick one out. Too late to hand quilt
them so I must tie them together. When
I hand quilt, it takes me months to finish
the hand quilting. My white quilt took
me an entire year to complete.
 
In the mini apartment building there will be an
old lady in one of them that just sits and
makes quilts all day. She has nothing to
do and enjoys making them. Soon I hope
to be able to show you the progress that
I have made there.
 
This is the last of the mini strip quilts until I
can get more little scraps together. Which is
not hard to do - just got to find them.
 
So now - break out with the cutting mat
and the rotary cutter and lets make this tiny
strip quilt. It is basically a
LOG CABIN BLOCK.
 
As you can see there are about 10 colors here.
Only about an inch wide to 6 inches long. You
can make each strip wider if you want. The red
square is 2X2 inches. A big square for the
mini people! Hehehe
 
First, decide what size you want. My little bed
is smaller than many of my other beds. This little
mini strip quilt is only a mere 6X6 inch square.
 
Second, Take one of your strips and place them
into piles of light and dark. I started with the
light fabric. My first strip was at the top of the
red square. Then I took the same light strip and placed
that strip to the left side and sewed it down.
Next, I sewed on the soft green strip at the
bottom of the red square. Then to the right of
that strip I sewed on another soft green strip.
These last 2 strips of soft green should have
been dark to even out the color of the light
and dark theme that a Log Cabin quilt has.
But in these mini quilts - it does not matter.
They still are darling!!
This started my first round of strips.
Sew the strip and do not worry about how it looks.
 
Third, Just keep sewing your light and dark
strips around the main red square. Remember
odd angles gives it charm. Do not plan them, merely
just let it happen. If you need a guide
just look at my photo's to see how
to go. Make the block as big as
you want. You can stop where I have stopped or
add wider strips to complete the borders.
The choice is yours.
 
Your quilt top is going to look lovely!
 
Fourth, cut your backing piece about 2 inches
larger than the quilt top. At this point, you must
decide how to finish the little gem that you
have created. There are 3 ways to do this.
 
You can Tie the quilt. To do this, then take some
cross-stitch floss in any color you want and thread
2 long strand into a needle. Start in the middle of
the little red square. With your needle go into the
quilt top and back up to the front side just a little
ways from your thread. Pull the thread thru until
you have enough thread to be able to make a knot
YOU CAN LEAVE ENOUGH THREAD HANGING
TO MAKE A BOW IF YOU WANT. THIS WOULD
BE DARLING ON YOUR QUILT!!
On a large quilt you must make ties at each seam corner
with plenty more everywhere else.
This helps the batting to stay still. Just put enough
ties in so the quilt looks cute!
 
I do not put any batting or DOWNY SHEETS in
these little quilts. I want my tiny quilts to be
able to stay put. If you eliminate the batting you
can finger press each little quilt to fit your bed.
Or you can go iron it and press in your side
folds to make it fit the bed. At some point I
will get around to ironing them. But for now
I only finger press them and then run that edge
across the side of my desk a few times to give
the fold.
 
To machine sew, just take the entire quilt to the
sewing machine and sew any design you want
on it. Sew simple or get elaborate the choice is
yours.
 
To hand sew, just thread a needle in any color
you want (I prefer white) and just stitch like you
would anything else. Again make the stitching
simple or fancy. It is up to you.  
 
These little quilts do not take long to do. They are
fast and easy.
 
The last thing to do after quilting is to bind the tiny quilt.
There are 2 ways to do tackle this job.
The easiest way is the bring the leftover backing to
the front, cut off excess and then sew it down
on the front side as I have done here. I know you cannot
see it but on this quilt I mitered the edges. And I did
not sew that in the conventional way.
The other way is to cut off the excess backing making
it flush with the front side. Cut fabric strips about
an inch and a half wide and about 27 inches long
(for my size). You make the strip longer if need be.
Then sew the one edge of the strip on the backside
and turn over towards the front and stitch it down.
You can also reverse this, sew the edge on the front
and sew it down on the backside. Again the choice
is yours.
There are not any mistakes in quilting and if you
are trying to teach a child how to quilt. The
best way to start is with a mini quilt.
 
I hope you can see where I hand stitched the sides.
 
Here are the mini strips for this quilt top.
 
The backing is a piece of THIN cotton. I get this
cotton from the inside of skirts and dresses.
In quilting, I use everything. However I try not to
mix satins in with my cottons. Most of the time I stay
away from reds as they will run their dye. Only
if I know for sure that they have been washed and will
not run - that is the only way that I use red.
 
I hope you are making your mini people some
quilts. It is going to be a cold winter this year and
we do not want them to get cold. Hehehe
 
Mini many blessings to each and every one of you.
May God keep you safe and out of harms way!
Conny
 


6 comments:

  1. Your quilt is beautiful. Making one of these quilts is going on my list of things to do for sure :).
    Hugs Maria

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  2. To hand sew, requires special skills. I can not hand sew, my stitches are crooked and dissimilar in size. I have tried, plenty of times, but it never gets nicely.

    I know too well to have a long list of things I should try. I will also try to make a quilt, one day, but I also have to do ...and ... etc.
    Your quilt is so wonderful. I look forward to seeing some of your rooms.
    Hugs
    Wyrna

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  3. Hi Conny!

    Many, many apologies for not writing but still up to my armpits (LOL) in tiny pillows. Who would have thought it would take so long??? My first clubs Christmas Party is tomorrow night and the next one Saturday morning so after that I will be more communicative :-) I just had to pop in and say hi though to tell you how cute your quilt is and how lovely your encouraging comments are! I still need to email you a pic of my pillows. I haven't forgotten.

    Susan

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  4. Your quilt is amazing. Great work.
    Greetings, Faby

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  5. Super adorable I love it.
    Merry Christmas

    Catherine

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  6. Es una colcha estupenda. Me encanta el diseño.
    Besujis!!!

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