Monday, March 12, 2012

Think Spring!

Well hockey season is over (sigh), the stomach flu that plagued our family last week has passed (thank God), the 5 inches of snow that surprised us on Saturday morning has melted, and with 60 degree temperatures forecasted this week, spring is definitely in the air.

So I decided to celebrate by making another miniature quilt for my mother's quilt frame (see my posts 'Tis Better to Give:  Part 2 and Sew Sweet).

This is the palette I chose:

I was inspired by the St. Patrick's Day decorations I'm seeing everywhere and, of course, spring.

I wanted to make a tree of life block (on point) for the frame, but for the quilt to fit in the 6 1/2" wide opening, I knew the pieces of the block would have to be tiny.

I've made a couple of miniature quilts in the past.  This is my favorite:

This quilt is 5 1/4" x 8" with a lot of small pieces, but I used paper-piecing for the flying geese.  It was time-consuming, but not difficult.  Unfortunately the tree of life block doesn't exactly lend itself to paper-piecing, so I knew I would have to machine piece all 59 pieces the hard way and that it might be a bit, shall we say, challenging.  But the idea was firmly entrenched in my mind and, as my mother would attest, sometimes I'm a glutton for punishment.  I decided to try anyway.

This is the end result:

I love this little quilt!  It's only 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" and the finished size of the half-square triangles is only 1/2" -- about the size of my thumbnail.  Challenging, yes, but fun and well worth the effort.  Now I have a little bit of spring in the house to help me usher in a new season.

Think spring!

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