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.
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.
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!
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!”
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!