Tiny Piecing

Posted by Debbie Rodgers on Jun 19th 2018

I love bright colors. I am generally not a fan of the Americana calicoes, Civil War–era muddy tones, or 1930s reproduction fabrics. Those itty-bitty motifs and somewhat dulled colors just don’t make me do a double take. However, when I saw what Donna Lynn Thomas did with some of these fabrics in her new book, Teeny-Tiny Quilts, I was stunned! When pieced so small, even reproduction fabrics can look amazing!

While working on the technical editing for the book, I saw firsthand how the truly, absolutely accurate seam is paramount. Yes, even a few threads off can dramatically alter these super-small blocks. However, it is not hard to do it right. Donna gives the complete instructions and walks you through every single step to achieve the accuracy for success.

Here is a closeup of the small Philadelphia Cobblestones. The sashing strips framing each block are only 5/8’’ wide!

For comparison, here is a closeup of the smallest Philadelphia Cobblestones. The sashing strips framing each block are a mere 3/8’’ wide!

This one really caught my eye: the smallest Parade, with squares in the chains only 1/4’’!

Take a look at Teeny-Tiny Quilts and see what catches your eye.

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