Monday, February 23, 2009

Quilts in Miniature

The finger in the middle of this photo shows the scale of the tiny hexagonal patchwork. It’s one of the amazing miniature quilts created by Carol Henry of Carol’s Creations (click here to visit her site.) Her booth at the Space Coast Quilters show in Titusville, Florida last Friday was so crowded I didn’t get a chance to speak to her, but at least could feast my eyes on her work. Below is one sized for a doll bed.
Though I’ve been working with fabric using quilting techniques for a few years now, piecing regular-sized blocks isn’t something in my repertoire, much less these teensy wonders. Yet, due to an upcoming project, I need to learn how. One option is to use precut paper pieces as sold on Carol’s web site.

A new book called Miniatures in Minutes by Terrie Sandelin uses a single piece of paper as a foundation, which sounds like a good method. I snagged the last pack of Carol Doak’s foundation paper at the show, a lightweight paper that was recommended. So we’ll see how all this goes, it’s on the list of Things to Attempt.

If you’ve created any minis, please feel free to give me advice and/or post a link in the Comments.

Happy creating!


Dawn said...

What beautiful workmanship! And I reviewed the Miniature in Minutes book on my website a week or so ago. I believe there are some errors in the book and a visit to her website will get the corrections.

Mary Kay Mouton did a guest blog on my website: Subversive Stitchers: Women Armed with Needles and discussed her first book with a new foundation piecing technique that won her a best of show at Road to California show. The precision and itty bitty size of her piecing is amazing. I hope you'll visit my blog and see what she says in her own words.

Thanks for showing Carol's work!


Terrie said...

What stunning miniature quilts -- absolutely amazing!

I want to thank Dawn for mentioning my website. There is a correction to the Pyramid Triangle template listed there. ( In addition, I'm posting projects at the beginning of each month, new pattern uses for existing foundations and fun project ideas for displaying miniatures. Please drop in.

That said, I also want to offer a tiny correction. The paper I recommend using is Simple Foundations: Translucent Vellum Paper. It works like a dream!

Thanks again for displaying these beautiful miniature quilts -- the artistry is mind boggling!

Loreen Leedy said...

I should have said the Doak paper was recommended by someone at the quilt show. The translucent vellum paper sounds like an even better idea. Minatures in Minutes is coming in the mail any day now, so I’ll be able to try out the technique. Thanks for stopping by, ladies!