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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Tiny Treasures

This one day class will be held on Friday April 30th. A sewing machine is necessary for this class; machines are being provided for all conference classes by sponsors, if you do not wish to transport your own.

This will be a fun-filled day of "working small" and learning techniques to improve accuracy while producing a Miniature Quilt - and I'm warning you right off the top - miniatures are addictive! Because everyone's definition of what IS a miniature is different, YOU will choose how small you wish to go. I am not going to tell you that you have to do a 2" block or a 1 1/2" block or whatever. You will make that choice... You may even be happy making 3" blocks. Also you will choose the design you wish to make. There will be lots of choices although I will suggest that you start with a block which is not too complicated. Depending on your skill level, you might choose something fairly simple like a Rail Fence, Shoo Fly or Churn Dash. Or perhaps a Four Patch or Nine Patch or one of their many variations and combinations. If you are a little more skilled you might want to try a block like Bear Paw or Anvil. If you know how to paper-piece and would like to try something really tiny, I will have some patterns and paper foundations ready for blocks like Tiny Log Cabin, Woven Hearts and a few others. You will also decide how many blocks to make- you might want to do just 4 for a really small quilt. Or 9. Or 16 - whatever you like!! It will be a stress free day as you will please yourself in regards to your project. And while you're having all that fun, you will be learning valuable techniques for the precision work needed to produce a successful Miniature Quilt.

You will pick up many tips for accuracy in your quilt-making, which are applicable to "regular sized" quilts too, of course. You will learn to make perfectly accurate half-square triangles with the use of Thangles. These will be provided in class, in 1/2", 3/4" and 1" sizes. There is a Kit Fee of $5.00, payable in class, to cover the cost of Thangles, and patterns which will be provided.

For your borders, you will learn to make precise narrow flat pipings of 1/8" or less, and how to stitch a straight accurate 1/8" wide border.

The quilts you see pictured here are just a few of the samples you will see in class to give you inspiration and ideas. From the top: Bear Paw (15 1/2" square), Log Cabin ( 11" square) One Fish, Two Fish, Green Fish, Blue Fish (fish size: 1 1/2") and Blue Spools and Bobbins (block size: 2" sq.). See others in my Gallery of Miniatures on my Blog and watch for new additions over the winter... I hope you'll join me for one of the most fun-filled classes you'll ever take!

Feel free to contact me at if you have any questions regarding this class. Please put "Quilt Canada" in the subject line.

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