Miniatures, doll quilts, small quilts


Miniatures, doll quilts, small quilts

I love making small quilts, doll quilts and mini's!  My standard is anything that is no bigger than 24" by 24" qualifies.  Any technique at all!  I'd love to see your small quilts and get your ideas!

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What do you do with your small quilts?

Started by QuilterBridget. Last reply by Carol Ann Wojtowicz Nov 8, 2012. 15 Replies

I have only made small quilts for two reasons.  One size is 16"x16" and I make those for the Alliance for American Quilts annual contest.  I also make quilts that are 9"x12" or less for the…Continue

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Started by QuilterBridget. Last reply by QuilterBridget Oct 2, 2011. 2 Replies

My mini quilts have mainly been "artsy" types of quilts simply because I don't know how to go about piecing small quilts.  I usually design my own patterns for lap sized and larger quilts, but it…Continue

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Comment by Jennifer Schifano Thomas on July 31, 2016 at 8:27pm

I'm currently working on this "small-ish" quilt.  Blocks are 6".  I've sewn four star blocks and three ship blocks so far.  Today I had time to work on some tree blocks.  To read more, visit my blog here:  Curlicue Creations.

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on August 24, 2013 at 7:20pm
i think the singer my mother had used a knee lever. not sure. i prefer the foot pedal i think. i put a piece of that waffle stuff for under rugs to keeep them from sliding, under my machines and under my foot pedals. they stay put and one roll of that stuff is so much cheaper than those things in catalogs! :))

i will ck the link later. thank you for posting it. but now i need to go start BBQ and move water one last time for today. have been sitting here playing on ipad while i wait for security upgrades. still have another 5 MB to download/install. guess i shouldn't let it go for months at a time lollol...need to turn on pc and upgrade more often. i wanted to upload some pics here this afternoon in my "free" time..hahahahaha!! yeah right..oh to burn some stks :))

thanks again for the link rhonda... i will share it w friends. and any one else reading these comments ...this is a fabulous way to do blocks and your points will always be sharp & pointy :))
Comment by Rhonda Woodsmall on August 24, 2013 at 7:03pm

Rogue  I haven't used a foot pedal in years so it is like rediscoverying a skill. LOL

I'm too used to my knee pedal on my Singer but it has it's ups and downs too. It bends so it keeps goingt up and back away from me and that gets annoying. so having control of this foot feed is fun for me! I really love the way I can control the speed so well.

Here is the link for my Star Point Block. I also have a paper pattern I developed. it is a pdf so if you or anyone wants it just send me an email to and I can send it to you then

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on August 24, 2013 at 5:51pm
rhonda - that is how i have always used the foot pedel. with my foot higer up w instep like you do. it gives me better speed control. was interesting to see on leah day website that she recommends the same thing, for same reason.

jennifer - i only used to have my old necchi & grmothers fw. now i am machine rich with the janome...i still have it set up for fmq from xmas projects, the cl wards that runs ok other than the tension issue it's developed, and the old necchi, whose motor is dying, a newer necchi fr cl that is noisy but works very well, and the fw. i use the fw to go to my q group meets, want to leave the janome as is for fmq, and am using the wards for piecing. nice machine, quiet, speed control & i have all the cams plus a couple extra for stitch diversity, moveable needle etc etc...but the tension...sigh. so will begin renewed search for an older used phaff, model numbers of which my guru gave me. the only two models in the time era he suggested that aren't computerized.

oh...rhonda can you post a link to your block tute? i looked a bit, i saved all your EQ tutes but i guess i didn't save the block one. it is rather cool, haven't used it yet. but plan to.
Comment by Jennifer Schifano Thomas on August 24, 2013 at 5:14pm

Interesting.  I mostly use my Elna Quilter's Dream for piecing, zig zagging, and general sewing.  I use my Juki for quilting.  I use my Featherweight for classes.  The other machines in my collection end up being mostly for decoration.  :)

Comment by Rhonda Woodsmall on August 23, 2013 at 4:12pm

rogue I've never bought a sewing machine online but my experience otherwise with ebay is the seller is always willing to make it right if something does go wrong. I don't buy a lot tho. I was buying some elves for my mom (I got her hooked on ebay when she refuses to learn to use the internet LOL) and one did come damaged. The seller made it right by refunding our money.

IF you find something you really like discuss  the options with the seller before you buy. what will she do if it comes damaged etc.

My experience up to now has only been with my Singer so I don't know much about the other brands.  I do like my Brother but it still is a bottom of the line version. CE5000. So not too complicated.

Yes that is my Star Point Block shortcut. You sew the left and center fabs together/ cut the angle on the center fab/ and sew on the third side. then cut out the block.

My friend Dorothy does all my prep work for me and I have these ready in bins to use. Now that the store I used to sell to is closed I need to get into gear and make some merchandise. Just gotta keep motivated and I am the queen of procrastination!! LOL

I've been working more on patterns in the last few months. My friend Kathy has a small quilt shop out in the country about 5 miles from me. She and I have been collaborating on patterns and kits for her to sell in her store and me to use online.

As to the pedal I just feel more in  control if I have my instep on the higher part of the pedal. Never had done that before but it helps a lot in not having the pedal walk away from me. It's sort of like pushing with the heel of your hand and not with your fingers. It feels better and I can get a better sense of speed. I love being able to creep it as my Singer is too fast or too slow and no inbetween. But the bar that connects with the motor is not as smooth moving as it probably was long ago

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on August 23, 2013 at 3:50pm
oh, and i have to set my wards foot control backwards too...thought it was just me that had prob w older pedals lol. i also am starting to have prob w the tension. goes along ok, then seems to drift out of wack. i really do need to get serious about looking on-line for another multistitch machine. my machine guru sells babylock, & he's thinking about getting a janome sales too as there are so many brought in to him & says they are great machines & there are no dealers in this area. but he says phaff was had one of the best machines made in the years between '70 & 80 ? ..he wrote it all down for me as i have frequent episodes pf CRS ..lollol ...but..i have never bought anything fr amazon or ebay and have heard/read so many horror stories about dmaged in shipping because of poor packing, getting something that was not as advertized.. a heavy sewing machine, well is never something i have enough of to throw away like that.
Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on August 23, 2013 at 3:41pm
sorry to jear you've beenndown, rhonda. and how'd i miss that you too, have an etsy store?! tho it jas been quite a while since i visited you web site. shame on me!

this is fabulous little mini. did you use your cut down (? is that correct term?) for the making of this?
Comment by Rhonda Woodsmall on August 23, 2013 at 3:28pm

Here is my Star Point Mugrug I finished last night. I'm getting back in the groove and trying to build up some merchandise for my website and my etsy store. I have been so in a funk for awhile and just now getting out of it. It's hard to create when you aren't in the mood.


Star Point Blocks (my shortcut method) - it measures 5" x 7"


Comment by Rhonda Woodsmall on August 23, 2013 at 3:20pm

I've used my 1950s singer for 30 yrs. My DH bought me a Brother but I was not sure I wanted to make the leap,. So she sat for almost 2 yrs other than the grands using it fr om time to time. I got disgusted with the Singer one day as it is getting to a place where the knee pedal is hard to control the speed. I got the Brother out and played around with it. I love love the speed control I get with it!  Not real crazy about the foot pedal as I am used to my Singer's knee pedal but I manage. I actually put it backwards on the floor and feel I have better control that way.


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