Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Mini Sampler



I'm in the process of teaching a sampler class and after many times teaching it, I get bored making the same block over and over. Last year, while teaching and doing demos, I made a Half Pint Sampler. Meaning, instead of making 12" blocks, I made them 1/2 size, or 6". I decided to take it one step farther and really challenge myself and make them 1/4 size or 3" finished! And I'm making them the same way they are, so no paper piecing. This one shows MY block and a student's block to show the scale of mine. Hmm, don't think I'll go any smaller! LOL

This is a 9-patch/snowball block and the finished size on those 9-patches are 1/2". I don't know how people make them any smaller. I could barely hang on the the things to sew them! And I have fingernails.

7 comments:

Linda_J said...

you are a brave soul to do them that small, Karen! 1/2 inch finished sections, you said?

Laurie Ann said...

Those little mini blocks are so cute!!!!

ForestJane said...

Have you seen the Fons and Porter contest they're running? It's for 3 inch finished sampler blocks... sounds like it's right up your alley!

Passionate Quilter said...

Thanks--and yes the finished size of each block in the 9-patch portion is 1/2". And forestjane---I skimmed over that not really paying attention to what that was about--I guess I'll have to go dig out my magazine again! thanks for the heads up on that.

Hanne said...

Cute miniature blocks - really gives perspective to see a small block next to a 12" :-)

cher said...

adorable small blocks- what a good idea to do for yourself.

Samantha said...

what a challenge to yourself! wow! great work!