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Grandma’s Tea Party Mini Quilt

Paper piece a tea party!  Whether you’re inspired by Grandmother’s exquisite china, Alice in Wonderland, Downton Abbey or childhood memories, you’ll enjoy the easy paper piecing in this miniature quilt.  I couldn’t resist adding the Broken Dishes inner border, as much for the name as how it sets off the design! 

The quilt was designed several years ago for a Hoffman California Fabrics promotion, and finishes approximately 23” x 25” (58.4cm x 63.5cm).  Cream or sugar?  Download the PDF Grandma’s Tea Party pattern.

Grandma's Tea Party miniature quilt

Blue Tea Party quilt

Petite Posies – finished! (Part 2)

I finished my Petite Posies mini-quilt yesterday (see original blog post), and wanted to share of few of the details with you!

My idea was to have a very uncomplicated border, so as not to compete with or draw attention away from those wonderful 30’s flowers.  Binding or no binding?  Finally I decided on a simple turned-under edge, made with the so-called pillowcase technique (find a terrific tutorial in Quilting Daily’s free e-book Quilt Binding and Finishing Methods.)

Auditioning potential border fabrics took awhile, but eventually I whittled the choices down to these two. I decided the floral worked best, in keeping with the overall floral theme; the diagonal check became the backing.  Both are modern reproduction fabrics.

border fabric choices for Petite Posies

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Petite Posies Mini-Quilt, Part 1

The latest work in progress, made with some of my oldest fabric – a miniature quilt of vintage cottons from the 1930’s and 40’s. It’s made with my Petite Posies freebie pattern (available here), with an extra row of posies added. The pieced part is 8×10″ (finished size), and there’ll be a narrow 1″ border all around with a self-binding and very minimal quilting. I wanted to share it with you now, because if I wait until it’s totally done, you may never see it!

Petite Posies paper pieced mini-quilt

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Sunflowers!

Sherrie recently sent me this photo of her beautiful wall hanging based on my Sunflower block, made for a friend’s birthday. She enlarged the pattern to 43 x 26″, and says “I love using paper quilting patterns. It makes the job so much easier!”

Sunflower - paper piecing quilt block pattern by Piece By Number

I love Sherrie’s choice of colors, and the simplicity of the white background and borders really makes the sunflowers pop and glow. The inversion of the smaller leaf on the center block adds just a little unexpected twist – as does Mother Nature every day, every where. Lovely work, Sherrie – thanks for sharing!

Petite Posies – a free paper piecing mini-quilt pattern

Petite Posies free paper pieced mini-quilt patternA Petite Posies mini-quilt is perfect for a cheerful little gift (think mug rug!), with the added benefit of using up some of your most colorful scraps.  Add a button or cluster of tiny beads in the center of each blossom if you wish.

Alternate Strips A and B side by side for the overall project size and proportions you want. The graphic at the upper right shows 4 pairs of A and B blocks for an 8″ x 8″ finished square, plus a tiny border all around, but you can make it bigger very easily by adding additional strips, or by enlarging the pattern pieces when printing/photocopying. Plan your fabric and color placement using the coloring page (included) before beginning to sew the blocks.

Download the Petite Posies PDF pattern here.

See my finished Petite Posies mini – blog post with photos.