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Sunday, January 29, 2017

A Miniature Finish

A small finish for you today! I finally have completed "Not Quite Civil II." It took me a few days longer than I expected, because last Monday I got a fairly deep cut on the thumb of my right hand (my own carelessness, cut it on the lid of a tin can - OUCH!!) My thumb was so sore I could not hold a needle to hand stitch until last night, so have just finally finished the binding today.
If this looks familiar, it's because it's a repeat of one I made in 2014 but no longer own; thus the "II" in the title. It is made totally from scraps, except for the binding. Even the backing (a neutral tan colour) was a leftover small piece from backing a large quilt. You can read the story on the first Not Quite Civil here and here - where the fabrics came from and how it got its name. The first Not Quite Civil now lives in Stuart Florida.

The block is the traditional Pineapple block and has 49 pieces per block. So this quilt, at just a hair over 8.5" square has 445 pieces in total. Each block is 2.75" and each "log" is less than 1/4" wide. At right, my rotary cutter gives you some idea of the scale. The blocks were foundation pieced and it is machine quilted.  Log Cabin has always been my favourite quilt block, and the Pineapple which is a Log Cabin variation, is a close second. I am teaching several Miniatures classes this spring so am hoping to get a few more new ones done before then.
Have you ever tried making a miniature quilt?

Piece!
Linda

"If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way." ~ Napoleon Hill

11 comments:

Material Girl said...

I am one of the crazies who love mini quilts. I did a bunch of Jaybird mini quilts- lots of teeny pieces- 60*triangles and half hexagons. It sure helps you perfect your piecing!

MissesStitches said...

Linda, this is absolutely stunning! Beautiful. I am in awe of you people who make miniature quilts. Not sure I could handle it!

Vee said...

Just amazing... Such intricate work. (Glad that your thumb is feeling better.)

Jennifer said...

Love your mini......I haven't made one ~quite~ that small yet! Ouch, be careful of those tins, they can be quite vicious. I remember being told in a quilting class many many moons ago to be careful with rotary cutters; the woman giving the warning was using her cutter and forgot it was open when she waved at a fly buzzing near her ear. She said it's amazing how much an ear can bleed.

kath001 said...

Yowza! That is amazingly beautiful, and seeing the rotary cutter for perspective...mind blown! Sorry you cut your thumb...glad it wasn't done with the rotary cutter. :)

Andrea R said...

I signed up for your class and my first thought was maybe doing a pineapple quilt like this, possibly in red and white prints.

While I have made some mini quilts, my aim is both to increase accuracy and go smaller. I think you're rubbing off on me. ;)

Jeanna said...

And the Queen of Miniatures strikes again! I am so amazed at all of those pieces in such a small quilt. It is just a pretty as the one you made for Sandi.

I'm so jealous of all those quilters who get to take a class with you.

averyclaire.org said...

Oh this is magnificent! I love your miniature version of this lovely quilt! The colors are beautiful. Nice work.

Sheila said...

Just stunning Linda. One of these days I plan on making one this small .

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Wow! That is gorgeous...all of those teensy tiny pieces! I've never made a quilt of any description...but maybe one of these days! Hugs!

Karen said...

Love making miniatures. Yours always look so perfect!

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