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Miniature Quilts - Tips, Tricks and Free Patterns

Updated on October 28, 2013

Miniature Quilts - Beauty in Small Packages!

If you have never made a miniature quilt, why not try one for a change of pace? They are made in the same way as regular sized quilts, but on a smaller scale. While most mini quilts tend to be made into wall hangings, they can also serve as a doll blanket (some people make really tiny scale ones for dollhouses), lap quilts or small throws to match your household furnishings.

I took the photo of the miniature quilt shown to the left when I visited a quilt museum in Washington state a few years back. It is 8 1/2 inches square with pieced, appliqued and embroidery elements. The main background area is pieced, the baskets are appliqued and the flowers were added in silk ribbon embroidery. The details were incredible...I wonder how long it took the quilter to make.

Miniature Quilt
Miniature Quilt

What are Miniature Quilts?

There are different approaches to making small quilts. You can use a reduced number of standard sized blocks to make a smaller lap size quilt or even enlarge a block to make a wall-hanging from a single block.

Other mini quilts are made like traditionally sized quilts but with the block components being substantially smaller in scale. For example, a standard nine-patch block would be made using three inch squares to make a block that finishes up at nine inches square. A miniature nine-patch might be made using one inch blocks with a finished block being 3 inches square. In some cases, the blocks are so reduced in size that the entire miniature quilt may end up being smaller than the original block.

What is important is the finished overall size of the quilt - if a quilt is smaller than 24 inches on a side, it is generally classified as a miniature quilt, but quilt shows and competitions will have specific rules regarding block size and finished overall size. If you are planning to enter a quilt competition, be sure to read the rules carefully to make sure you are following the guidelines so that you don't spend a lot of time working on a project only to have it not be eligible for the competition.

If you are interested in making miniature quilts to enter in quilt shows, the American Quilter's Society has specific rules governing the qualities of mini quilts. They must be no larger than 24" in both width and length with all aspects of the quilt being reduced in scale. This means that the piecing and imagery are scaled down in relation to the size of the quilt.

The quilt shown here is made using the Double Wedding Ring pattern (this link takes you to directions for making a standard sized quilt in this pattern). This miniature quilt is 8 by 9 1/2 inches (the regular quilt pattern finishes up at 69 1/2" x 84 3/4").

As you can imagine, making mini quilts takes patience and attention to detail because they must be precisely assembled. Below, I have some tips to make small scale piecing easier.

Grandmother's Flower Garden Miniature Quilt
Grandmother's Flower Garden Miniature Quilt

Helpful Tips for Making Miniature Quilts

Mini Quilts Require a Focus on Accuracy

Accuracy is key. While accuracy is also important in standard quilt making, it is absolutely critical when making miniature quilts. Your quilt units must be cut exactly to the correct size and you must be able to sew a consistent 1/4" seam. When you are dealing with units that are less than one inch wide, any variation on the 1/4" seam will cause problems with accuracy and matching seams later. Certain block components, such as half triangle sets, can be made deliberately larger and then trimmed down which can save some time on the assembly process. Before starting to sew, take a look at your quilt patterns and decide if this assembly technique would work with your pattern.

When it comes to matching seams, it is important to pin carefully prior to stitching. Be sure to use quilting pins which are thinner, longer, and sharper than regular pins. Time spent pinning accurately will save time ripping out seams later. One trick that I use frequently when trying to perfectly match seams is to insert a pin straight up and down through the points that am I trying to match and leave the pin standing up. If you angle the pin to one side or the other, the seams will slip slightly, so it works best if the pin is completely vertical. With the seams matching, you can then pin on either side of the vertical pin and then sew the quilt units together.

The quilt in the photo is a Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt made in greatly reduced scale. The individual hexagons are 1/2" making the whole flower 1 1/2" wide.

Whip Up Mini Quilts: Patterns and How-to for 26 Contemporary Small Quilts (Hardcover) - A New Miniature Quilt Book from the Creative Minds at WhipUp.net!

Whip Up Mini Quilts: Patterns and How-to for 20 Contemporary Small Quilts
Whip Up Mini Quilts: Patterns and How-to for 20 Contemporary Small Quilts

Kathreen Ricketson, founder of the internationally popular Web site WhipUp.net, presents 20 contemporary quilts from across the globe in this charming, easy-to-follow guide. From the lovely English Garden Quilt to the playful Road Transport Pillow, the projects collected in Whip Up Mini Quilts cover all sorts of themes and looks. With plenty of step-by-step instructions and helpful how-to illustrations, this book showcases an artful approach to design basics while outlining the fundamentals of quilting techniques. Best of all, it all comes in a user-friendly format with lay-flat binding and pattern sheets tucked into the front pocket.

 

Brother 1/4-Inch Quilting Foot

A 1/4 inch foot is one of my favorite tools for quilting. This sewing machine presser foot can make quilt piecing easier, especially miniature quilts, because it has quarter-inch markings on three sides of the foot to ensure accuracy.

Judging when to pivot can sometimes be difficult, but because the 1/4 inch markings are shown on numerous sides, it is easier to tell when to pivot.

Another helpful feature is the small center hole which prevents fabric from being dragged down into the feed dogs.

Lastly, on the right edge of the foot, there is a blade that holds the edge of the fabric seam at just the right distance.

Seaming Help for Miniature Quilts

Tips for Making Miniature Quilting Easier!

If you have trouble feeding your mini quilt pieces into the sewing machine in a straight and even manner like I do (it seems as though my machine sometimes likes to eat my fabric), there are a couple of tricks that you can use to make this easier. The first trick is to start stitching on a piece of scrap material and then sew onto your quilt pieces - sometimes the initial stitches will tangle a little then smooth out. By doing this, the tangled stitches will be on the scrap fabric rather than your quilt pieces. Another helpful tip is to use a straight stitch feed plate (this is the one with a small hole rather than a slot). This can help prevent the fabric from being pushed down into the feed dogs and jamming the machine.

When you press the seams on your quilt blocks, take care that you do not let the iron distort the seams nor press the fabric out of shape. This is an especially important consideration when using pieces that have edges cut on the bias such as triangles, because bias edges easily stretch off grain which can cause the block to ripple.

The blocks in the mini quilt shown here are only 1" wide. The sides of the quilt are embellished with beautiful silk ribbon embroidery. The curved edges make it look more elegant.

Brother CS6000i Feature-Rich Sewing Machine With 60 Built-In Stitches, 7 styles of 1-Step Auto-Size Buttonholes, Quilting Table, and Hard Cover

The CS6000i sewing machine is user-friendly and portable and offers a wide range of sewing and quilting features at a reasonable price. There are 60 built-in sewing stitches that include decorative stitches and 7 styles of one-step buttonholes. Accessories include nine presser feet, seam ripper, cleaning brush, and wide table. The hard carrying case makes it easy to transport to sewing or quilting classes. There is a variable speed button that makes it easy to adjust and control your sewing speed, especially important when piecing miniature quilts.


Fiskars Rotary Cutting Set

This rotary cutting set includes everything you need to start making miniature quilts. The 18 x 24" self healing cutting mat is double-sided for more versatility.

A 6 x 24" clear acrylic ruler enables you to clearly see where you are cutting. The seam allowances are highlighted for easier viewing and the geometric grid allow for simple shape cutting.

The rotary cutter uses a 45 mm rolling rotary blade that will acccurately cut through multiple layers of fabric.


Clover Mini Iron II

This miniature iron may seem like a strange recommendation, but it really does work wonderfully when making mini quilts. The smaller iron plate allows you to press the seams and get into tighter areas without distorting the other areas of the quilt. The lighter weight also reduces hand fatigue.

This iron includes the basic ironing tip, a stand and a screwdriver for changing the plates. There is another Clover Mini Iron set that includes five interchangeable blades in different sizes and shapes.


Small Scale Quilting = High Visibility

With Miniature Quilts, Small Errors Can Look Huge

When you reduce the scale of quilt blocks, it has the effect of magnifying their features. Any error, however minute, will be much more apparent than in its larger counterpart. Also, people are generally intrigued by miniature items and tend to want to take a closer look at them - I know I do, and they will tend to notice any flaws in the piecing and seaming.

Another option for precise small scale piecing is to use the foundation piecing method. Foundation piecing enables the quilter to create complex blocks with a high degree of accuracy because the foundation paper or fabric stabilizes the fabric. Also, the stitching lines shown on the foundation allow for greater sewing accuracy rather than having to depend on a precise 1/4 inch seam.

If you are interesting in learning how to make a miniature quilt, I have suggested some of my favorite books below. I have also provided a fairly extensive list of links to free small quilt patterns for you try out.

Mini-Mosaic Quilts
30+ Block Designs and 14 Projects Made with an Easy Piecing Technique!

Author Paula Doyle shares her innovative and easy technique for precision piecing on small scale blocks. The 30 different blocks included in the book can be combined to create dynamic and beautiful miniature quilts that are skillfully and accurately pieced.

She also includes instructions for 14 different projects using the individual tile patterns such as placemats, pillows, a wallet, and table runner among more.

The book also includes fusible grid guides for either ½" or 1" tiles and all of the project designs are fat quarter-friendly.

Mini Quilt Video Demonstration - Miniature Rail Fence Quilt Pattern

Learn how to make a miniature quilt using the rail fence pattern by watching this easy-to-follow video tutorial. You will learn how to cut, lay out, and piece a rail fence quilt pattern.

130 Mini Quilt Blocks: A Collection of Exquisite Patchwork Blocks Using Ready-Made Fabric Bundles

This book has a comprehensive collection of beautiful patchwork and appliqué designs that have been designed to work well in miniature scale. The mini quilt blocks can be put together to not only make miniature quilts but also to make bags, cushions, potholders and other fun decorative projects.

Each block included in the book provides a set of complete assembly instructions including a fabric cutting list along with suggestions for mixing and matching with other blocks and ideas for embellishment. Colorful photos throughout the book provide creative inspiration.

Mini Quilts on Exhibit

If you are interested in seeing miniature quilts close up, here are some places where you can see them on exhibit. Maybe you can incorporate one or more of these on your next trip! For those who don't have any upcoming travel plans, I have included a few online galleries as well.

50 Little Paper- Pieced Blocks: Full-Size Patterns to Mix & Match

Well known quilter, Carol Doak, lends her expert paper piecing skills to these small scale blocks. This assortment of colorful 3" blocks can be used to make greeting cards, name tags, tote bags, and small wall hangings. I have several of Carol Doak's books, and she is truly an authority when it comes to paper peicing. If you are new to the foundation piecing method, you can't go wrong with one of her books.

With these patterns, you can create perfectly-pieced miniature quilt blocks in a variety of themes-from hearts and flowers to airplanes and birthday cakes.

Mix and match these blocks to make tablecloths, placemats, wall quilts, and many other small decorative projects. With blocks representing every season, you can make a miniature quilt to bring holiday cheer to your home year round!

Bargello Quilt Patterns
Bargello quilting is a quilting technique that is actually inspired by a style of needlepoint embroidery that was used during the Renaissance and possibly mu...

Rag Quilt Directions
Rag quilts are fun, easy quilts to make that are quilted as you go so once you are done sewing, you just have to snip it! When they are made from flannel, th...

Quilting Techniques: An Introduction
In its most basic form, quilting consists of three layers, a fabric on top and bottom with a batting layer in the middle. This "sandwich" is then s...

Make Quilting Easier - Tools of the Trade
While you can quilt armed with only a needle and a pair of scissors, there are many quilting tools and supplies that you can use to make quilting easier and ...

Hawaiian Quilting
Hawaiian quilting is different from other traditional forms of quilting. Originally, the native Hawaiian population was introduced to quilting in the early 1...

Quilting and the Hopi
Introduced to the Hopi by missionaries in the 1880s, quilting has become a fixture in Hopi society over the last century. Quilting, along with other domestic...

Fabric Dyeing
Have you ever drooled over those beautiful hand dyed fabrics at your local quilt shop and then dropped your jaw at the price? I know that I have. I also hate...

Heart Quilt Pattern
In honor of Valentine's Day, I put together a quick foundation pieced heart that can be made into a wall hanging, a table runner, or if you like, you can jus...

Quilting in the Middle Ages
Did quilting exist in Medieval Europe? The answer is yes, but that is just about the only thing that is certain, and as such it is different from what we con...

My Antique Baby Quilt
Shortly after my son was born, my grandmother gave me a baby quilt that her mother had made in preparation for my father's birth in 1937. It was painstakingl...

What do you think of miniature quilts? Beautiful or crazymaking?

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      Jeanette 7 years ago from Australia

      How absolutely delightful! Did you make these?

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      triathlontraini1 7 years ago

      I had no idea there was such a thing...huh! Thanks for sharing. :)

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      KarenTBTEN 7 years ago

      I've pieced a couple dollhouse quilts. That's a lot of work -- I go for simple patterns. I'm curios what size the one with the little pink flowers is. It's beautiful.

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      rubyandmahoney 7 years ago

      @GonnaFly: I wish! No, I saw these in a small quilt museum in Washington state. I was amazed at the detail.

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      rubyandmahoney 7 years ago

      @KarenTBTEN: The tulip one? It was about 10" square. The embellishment on the borders was done in silk ribbon embroidery...it was beautiful.

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      daoine lm 7 years ago

      Wow, those look amazing. I can well imagine it is a lot of work.

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      These are really cute!

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      Louis Wery 7 years ago from Sarasota, Florida USA

      Great little works of art! Thank you for introducing me to this art form. Incredibly lovely.

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      HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

      I love these miniature quilts! Congratulations on your purple star. Blessed! http://www.squidoo.com/horseandpony-squidangel

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      hlkljgk 7 years ago from Western Mass

      such a great entry into quilt-making - congrats on your purple star :)

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      jolou 7 years ago

      They are really beautiful. I've received a couple of miniature quilts as gifts and love them. Haven't made one myself though.

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      Absolutely gorgeous and beautifully written presentation. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust. I am just going to begin my first quilt for grandchild. This lens will help.

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      tssfacts 6 years ago

      Beautiful, beautiful. I have been quilting since I was 9 yrs. old. I have done some miniature quilts but like the little larger size for wall hanging. Of course I also do bed size quilts but have given them all away. I probably need to do one for myself for my next project.

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      Dahlitsa2 6 years ago

      I just love them and I consider them a form of art: FABRIC ART

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      ZablonMukuba 6 years ago

      the quilts are awesome

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      cherylsgifts2go 6 years ago

      I love these little quilts and, I think your lens has inspired me. I am currently working on a scrap quilt pattern. You did a super job on this lens.

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      lasertek lm 6 years ago

      Interesting! I do recall my mother making miniature quilts years back.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Awesome lens! blessed by a Squidoo Angel on 12/25/2010. Have a wonderful Holiday!

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      KDimmick 6 years ago

      Blessed by an angel :)

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is a unique and beautiful lens featuring miniature quilts - well done! :)

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      joanv334 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing!

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      thready 6 years ago

      They are awesome (as long as they are simple and not too Dear Janeish).

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      Wonderful! I really must get into quilting.

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      sushilkin lm 6 years ago

      Nice work on lens. Thanks for sharing your valuable knowledge with all and come to squidoo. PRAY FOR JAPAN

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      These are indeed beautiful little quilts and I have had the please of viewing some. They are absolutely delightful in homemade dollhouses. Best of wishes.

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      ShellB 6 years ago

      Miniature quilts are my favorite. I need to make one myself. Great Lens!

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      JJNW 6 years ago from USA

      I am truly in awe! Lovely mini quilts. Thanks for the very beautiful and inspiring page!

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      Blackspaniel1 6 years ago

      unique

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      agoofyidea 5 years ago

      Something I would like to try. Lovely lens.

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      Clover13 5 years ago

      Very creative! Love the look.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Excellent lens! Thanks for taking the time to offer these tips!One squid thumb up vote issued for this lens!

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      kalos_eidos 5 years ago

      I love this lens, lots of helpful information!

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      eblack88 lm 5 years ago

      Love your mini quilts! Inspiring!

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      Mistl 5 years ago

      They are cute. I would never have the patience to make anything like these quilts. but I admire those who do! :)

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      suitablelamps 5 years ago

      cute quilts!!! :)

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Great lens...congratulations on getting LOTD!

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      JennySui 5 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD!

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      modz 5 years ago

      This lens looks amazing.

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      Heather Bradford 5 years ago from Canada

      Oh how beautiful. I have a love affair with patchwork but have never made a miniature quilt. Having said this I have an appliqu project of a farmhouse with a tree and the clothesline slung between them is empty... just waiting for me to sew a couple of little quilts in the right scale. Time to get thinking about that....

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      Loraine Brummer 5 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Congrats on LOTD, well deserved as the lens is informative with beautiful pictures of miniature quilts. I'm not a quilter, but I love your samples.

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      Gayle 5 years ago from McLaughlin

      Great information and absolutely beautiful article!

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      myamya 5 years ago

      great lens! thumbs up

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      agoofyidea 5 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! I love mini quilts. I have a hard time working with yards of fabric so I tend to be more accurate when stitching mini quilts. Great lens.

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      faye durham 5 years ago

      Excellent lens. Great info!

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      sheezie77 5 years ago

      great lens! thumbs up

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      River_Rose 5 years ago

      Beautiful and hard work! Great lens!

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      What a beautiful way to edge into quiltmaking, and what a lovely lens! Congratulations on LOTD - well deserved!

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      ohcaroline 5 years ago

      Wow. These are awesome. I like to work on wall hanging quilts...that's the smallest I can go. Beautiful lens. Great information. Congratulations on LOTD.

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      bjslapidary 5 years ago

      Miniature quilts are like little works of art. Thanks for sharing all the different patterns. Great lens.

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      These are absolutely beautiful and so cute. I only wish I had the patience to do this. Great lens.

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      seedplanter 5 years ago

      This lens is so inspirational because the thought of making a big quilt sounds exciting but overwhelming right now. But a miniature quilt...that's something I could handle. This lens is both beautiful and instructional. Thank you!

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      Nancy Oram 5 years ago

      I love quilts and I love miniatures! I've been looking for this type of information for months. I want one or two for my walls. I'm ready to make one - but which design???

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      bmthour 5 years ago

      I love home made quilts, and these are gorgeous!

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      Linda Jo Martin 5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      They are lovely!

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      These are so beautiful! I could see a little girl wanting them for her dolls. :) But, for me, I'd be aching to have a large enough one for my bed. Absolutely gorgeous, and says a lot about your patience! Blessed. :) Kath

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      I am returning to congratulate you on LotD and to sprinkle a blessing over a lens I have always appreciated. Kudos to you on this achievement. Very nicely done!

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      Ann Hinds 5 years ago from So Cal

      Quilts of any size are great. I haven't tried a mini-quilt so this is inspirational.

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      qbessi 5 years ago

      Very nice

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      Fabulous! Quilting is HUGE in Hawaii where I recently moved from. I am always amazed at the great art that is done with them. Blessings for this lens, it is splendid!

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Beautiful quilts. I do not sew, but I so admire the work done by those who do.

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      marsha32 5 years ago

      They are beautiful. A lot of these look like a lot of small tedious work.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD, this is a beautiful lens :) I took a class years ago and made a quilt, even quilted it all by hand, but that was the one and only. It was a lot of work, but worth it, I think miniature quilts would be a lot easier. *Angel Blessed

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      LDWorld 5 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD!!

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      poutine 5 years ago

      They are beautiful....Congrats on your lens of the day.

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      blue22d 5 years ago

      Very nice quilting. I have posted your lens over at Facebook on a friends site who does quilting as well.

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      justholidays 5 years ago

      Since I'm two lefthanded, I wouldn't be able to make such cute mini-quilts but I'd love to, though. Thanks for sharing your passions with us!

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      BunnyFabulous 5 years ago from Central Florida

      They're gorgeous, but I don't have the focus for. Sewing on a larger scale is much easier for me. All the more reason for me to admire these. Congrats on LOTD!

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      Rhidawn 5 years ago

      Great lens and grats to you on LOTD!

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      JimmyBlaze420 5 years ago

      Wow what a wonderful Lens!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

      I think miniature quilts are better for babies, it's too much of an issue to stitch them all together to make a big quilt.

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      hirephp lm 5 years ago

      cong for the this lens of the day

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      chefdave12118 5 years ago

      I never realized how much work and what an artistic skill it takes until I swa my Anut working on and selling her quilts. She makes a great living selling her quilts. I'm emailing her this link.... great lens :) Android Fan Network>

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      nightbear lm 5 years ago

      I would love to get back to quilting, This may be just the ticket, great job on this beautiiful mini quilt page. Congrats on LOTD. blessed.

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      NightMagic 5 years ago

      Not only have I never made a quilt in years, I have never made a mini quilt. Thanks for all the tips like using a quilting needle and pinning vertically.

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      jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

      Nifty Things.

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      BuddyBink 5 years ago

      These are beautiful and I would think make you crazy after a while. They really are beautiful though. Thanks

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      cleanyoucar 5 years ago

      These quilts look really nice. Thanks for sharing

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      fugeecat lm 5 years ago

      I think they are gorgeous.

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      Jennifer_Glennon 5 years ago

      I have always wanted to try quilting. These is an excellent lens. Thank you for sharing.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love quilts, & enjoying this lens! The miniatures are gorgeous! But it would drive me crazy to have to be so precise with cloth & in miniature. The most I can manage are regular-sized crazy quilts, very crazy! I'm better with a brush. Thanks for sharing this, tho, so nice for true quilt-makers. Best wishes.

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      Beautiful lens and magnificent sewing examples. I am trying to make my first quilt but have all but given up.. Congrats on LOTD. *Blessed* and featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012 and also on Squidoo LOTD Lenses 2

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      Julia Morais 5 years ago

      Great tips. Wish I were good at making quilts though.

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      Coreena Jolene 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens. I have never seen a miniature quilt but have worked on full size quilts. I can't imagine handling and piecing those tiny quilt pieces. What a talent you have.

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      dellgirl 5 years ago

      This is a great lens, you have shared lots of helpful information. Congratulations on making featured lenses on Popular Pages and LOTD. Fantastic!

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      NC Shepherd 5 years ago

      Beautiful quilts! I've been so busy on Squidoo that I've neglected my little quilts lately. If I work with 1/2" pieces, I strip piece or use foundations. Otherwise, I'd hand piece...I don't need the aggravation of trying to machine piece something that small!

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I love these miniature quilts! I'd love to have a wall full of them to display, in fact. Beautiful and great information! Congratulations on your Lens of the Day!

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      nelsonkana 5 years ago

      Nice lens here. Am taking a tour of top lenses. This is one of them. I like it.

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      Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

      An excellent lens and what a great idea for the beginner to be able to create a mini-quilt. I love this idea. Blessings and bear hugs, Frankster

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      josephpowell519 5 years ago

      I really enjoyed this lens, very informative and interesting.I've given this page a like!

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      DebMartin 5 years ago

      These are beautiful. Makes me want to learn to sew. almost ;-). Nice lens.

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      casquid 5 years ago

      I love quilting. Have you ever seen the Underground Railroad Quilts? They tell stories of the paths taken from the South, traveled safely to get runaway Slaves to Canada (in the 1800's).Of course, these quilts were created much later. They are included in exhibits across the country. If you are interested, ask for your local Museum to have the exhibit stopped in your town.

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      EvergreenArticles 5 years ago

      These are amazing quilt designs. I find quilts a bit itchy however, but it's great bed decoration to compliment your drapes and interior design. When I was about 7 years old, my brothers and I took our 3rd grade quilts and hung them on the walls. Each quilt had a different story. While not too pleasing on the eyes, it did show our character (which I guess isn't too pleasing? haha). Great lens!

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      gemjane 5 years ago

      These are beautiful, clever, and cute! Takes a lot of patience, but what fun it would be shopping for the fabrics!

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      Rebeljohn 5 years ago

      Great job on your lens. It makes me think back when i was a child watching my grandmother make them . I still have a few she made that got passed down to me

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      whodiesinthenew 5 years ago

      I love few of these quilts! They are awesome!

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      nelsonkana 5 years ago

      You got a beautiful collection here. Nice

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      jcamdenbow 5 years ago

      These are really beautiful. I really need to get back into quilting. You have inspired me to get out my materials and start quilting.

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      Lorri123 5 years ago

      I love sewing. I used to make quilts and stuffed toys for my kids when they were small. I took time to do the applique' children's designs. It was really enjoyable. My kids are grown now and we still have all the hand-made things from their childhood. Very nice lense !

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      This would be crazymaking for me! Wow, love them but you would have to love quilting in the small to tackle these!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My Mom used to make the prettiest quilts for kids, I still all of them she made for mine. I have made a few, but nothing as ornate as the ones you have pictured. Very nicely done!

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      Both beautiful *and* crazymaking, I'd say! Have to love almost anything miniature, and some of these are lovely indeed.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      wow those quilts looks amazing_________________________watch new movies online

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      agoofyidea 5 years ago

      Small quilts are my favorite size to make. They don't take forever and I can work with the fabric much easier. Beautiful designs.

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      mary-humphrey 5 years ago

      great lens lots of great tips

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      pretty quilts:)

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      hntrssthmpsn 4 years ago

      Gosh, I think these miniature quilts look beautiful AND crazymaking! I can definitely see where a small error would really stand out on such a tiny project, but they're just too cute not to try!

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      mlt89 4 years ago

      Beautiful! Great list of patterns :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Some lovely ideas, great lens!

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      cutethings 4 years ago

      They are beautiful.

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      centralplexus 4 years ago

      Simply adorable. In large quilts small mistakes can easily be overlooked but in such a scale a mistake would stand out. But I think that's the beauty in them, knowing that it takes extra patience and skill to make them. Great lens, well done!

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      Jenny 2 years ago

      Your article was excenlelt and erudite.

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