Welcome to Day One of the Small, Smaller, Smallest Blog Hop
You’ll find the list of talented makers to visit at the end of this post.
Our mission is to create something that is small, smaller, or even smallest. Sounds challenging. It is! Let me know if I succeeded.
This hop is a perfect opportunity to satisfy that problem. Even though Tu-Na Helper and I are not of Irish heritage, I think some new St. Patrick’s Day mug rugs would be perfect. After checking my Craftsy pattern library (no affiliation) and finding a couple of interesting patterns that I had previously downloaded, I decided to print out the pattern pieces. Janeen at Quilt Art Designs designed both of these patterns. The Shamrock pattern is still available here. However, I was not able to find the exact Leprechaun Hat pattern listed on Craftsy anymore. I emailed Janeen and if she has it listed somewhere else, I’ll come on back and update this post with the info. Just in case you want to challenge yourself. (Update: Janeen has a similar (but larger) hat pattern listed for sale here. It looks easier).
Our Valentine’s Day mug rugs are 5.5″ counting the binding and I want the new ones to be the same size. The Leprechaun Hat pattern is the right size to match the others. However, the Shamrock pattern was too small; it was only 4″ unfinished. No problem; I just sized it to print at 125% and it was perfect. This quilt math problem was easy.
Putting It All Together
After looking at both of these patterns, I decided to tackle the shamrock first. After all, if I got stuck on making the hat one, I’d still have something to show you. It sewed together rather easily.
After sandwiching with some leftover Warm and Natural, I quilted a diagonal crosshatch in both directions using green thread. A 1 1/8″ single binding finished the edge.
Now Things Got Interesting
After printing and then cutting out the Leprechaun hat pattern, I found the pieces were indeed small. And there were a lot of them.
So I chose three of the hardest ones to do first. This way if I couldn’t figure them out, I wouldn’t have wasted my time doing all the easy ones first. In other words, I could still walk away and no one would know I tried.
I haven’t done a lot of paper piecing but enough to know the basics and to have lost count of how many blocks I’ve actually paper pieced.
I’ve learned a few tips along the way. I use a piece of card stock (it was an advertising postcard that came in the mail) in the fold line and the add-a-quarter ruler to cut the seam allowance.
I still make a fair amount of mistakes, usually in my first couple of pieces. But then I develop a rhythm and can’t stop.
Join these talented makers this week as we celebrate Small, Smaller, and Smallest:
Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats Thanks for stopping by.
Just Let Me Quilt Our Blog Hop Host, thanks, Carol!
What I Learned Today:
- I do love a challenge.
- This challenge almost got the best of me. But I succeeded.
- I must now be an intermediate paper-piecer. The Leprechaun Hat pattern stated it was on an intermediate level.
- Tu-Na Helper thinks I’m making new mug rugs for each season and holiday. Hmmm. I guess it’s beginning to look a little like I am. No promises, though.
- Life’s too short not to celebrate something everyday.
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Thanks for stopping by and do come again.
Karen, Tu-Na Quilts
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