My quilting thoughts and inspirations sprinkled with a glimpse of life down on the farm

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Challenge of the Small Squares

A little while ago I showed my sewing group how to make the little squares I had fallen in love with after completing Pam Buda's Orphans and Scraps sewalong. I think it possibly was a case of "anything to shut Raewyn up", however they humoured me and some blocks were made; you can see them in the photo below.

I challenged the girls to come back in 2 month's time with something made from the blocks. 
These blocks are 2" finished size...lots of fun!

Aurely used her blocks to make this sweet wall hanging.

 Leeanne got addicted (or manic?!) and made enough to frame this Dresden.
She shows more of her delightful piece on her blog, here.

Barb also got a bit carried away - she had a pile of leftovers to use - I'm sure her pile is a lot smaller now.
I didn't take a photo of the back of her beautiful cushion but it was pieced from 'partial blocks'. Yes, I think she was behaving slightly manic as well :-)

Kerry didn't bring hers to our meet for show and tell but sent me through her photos. A lovely hexagon table topper and a cute cute wee wee pinchushion.

The challenge for me was to complete the topper that I had started - it had sat at the flimsy stage for quite a while, but now it's quilted and ready to go!

I also got a little carried away and decided to experiment with the colours of the blocks.
Still scrappy but in a very co-ordinated way.
Mine also wasn't quite finished for show-n-tell but is now :-)
Dimensions = 6"x 20"
I loved making these because the small sized block is achieved in a clever and painfree way. Click here for instructions on making these blocks.
Thank you ladies for humouring me and having a bit of fun. Thank you to Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts for the inspiration! (Pam is currently doing another sewalong. Click here to find out more.)
Happy stitching!!

28 comments:

margaret said...

these are all wonderful, cannot get my brain around the idea that they are only 2" blocks, I am struggling with the Tula Pink 6" ones, find them very fiddly. Presume the blocks are sewn together by hand being so tiny.I will be back for another look.

Janet O. said...

This is such a fun post. I love seeing what everyone has created from their little "Pam" blocks. So many wonderful, original ideas! And I love both of your projects--that runner is such a clever use of color placement within the block! Nice job!

Grit said...

All works are so wonderful .

Barbara said...

A fun project to be involved in Raewyn, thank you. I love Kerry's pin cushion and table topper. It is also great to see your runner finished, looks wonderful, great colour combination.

ms lottie said...

That was a nice way to get pattern on your table runner. I have to mentally scale down all the items I'm looking at knowing that the blocks are that wee!

Leeanne said...

Oh Raewyn it was fun & YES I am manic! obsessive etc etc!
Gee didn't Kerry make a lovely set!

shez said...

such beautiful work Raewyn.xx

marina said...

wow all the mini block projects are gorgeous.
Looks like they all caught your mini bug! lol
well done to all of you....

Lesley said...

Loved seeing all these wonderful projects. Great job you did of inspiring the gals to be creative with the little blocks. Thanks for sharing!

Susan said...

Lovely tiny projects, such cute little blocks.

Auntie Em said...

Thanks for showing all the creative options your fellow quilters came up with for those "wee" little blocks.

MandaBurms FarmStay for Cats. said...

OOOh that looks just like soo much fun!
Love Leanne

Patti said...

I love making little quilt blocks! All of these projects turned out so nicely. Great challenge you gave them!

canuckquilter said...

Fun and so tiny! Thanks for the link to the clever instructions. I might actually try such tiny patches if I can make them this way!

Charlie and Wendy said...

All the creations are beautiful, amazing how you all started with similar blocks and have created quite different things. Very inspiring!

Linda in Calif. said...

I love all these projects. I love the little squares. Thanks for the link on how to do them.

Fiona said...

I do admire those tiny little blocks... just delightful and everyone has made such fantastic projects using them...
Hugz

Tatkis said...

Oh I love all your creations, great ideas and these blocks seem addictive ;)

Hugs,
Tatyana

Melody said...

Everyone did a fabulous job. What a goodie you are to share your skills.

Me and My Stitches said...

I love how creative everyone got with those cute little 4 patches! Lots of fun ideas!

sigisart said...

Dear Raewyn,
a lot of lovely little works. Very nice!!!
Hugs from Germany
sigisart

Marion B. said...

Lovely tiny, blocks. Beautiful work.

Doniene said...

Catching up on this post!! I saw it and read it earlier - just didn't have time to comment!! Saw your comment today, and did a "duh" moment- I've got to go to Raewyn's post and comment!! I love, love, love these little blocks!! And the girls rose to the occasion! Tell them they did a right dandy job, as did you!!

Hugs my great friend!

The Knotty Lass said...

I love all of those projects! I so want to try your tiny blocks but I can't seem to get 10 minutes to sit and sew anything right now. I have to go through all my fabrics before we head to NY and get them ready for the quilt along I'm doing with you. Of course, I'm going to have tons of tiny pieces left after that, lol!

Shirley said...

Maniacs. But very clever ones. You have all risen to the challenge admirably.

KaHolly said...

I like to work small, but that's really small!! Love all of the creations.

Nicky said...

What a beautiful collection! Love the variety in designs that everyone came up with, you've inspired them all!

Carrie P. said...

your friends did not disappoint.