Friday, April 25, 2014

Market Day Sew~along / Part One

Welcome to Part One of my new 
Market Day Sew~Along!  

I've so been looking forward to this!   This week we have only one block to make.  For the other weeks, there will be more than one block.  Hhmmm...have I got ya wondering??  

Let's get to the good stuff.......

When I first announced the Market Day Sew~along, I told you the blocks would be fairly simple to construct, and they'd be 3 inches finished, and they are.  For those of you looking for a bit of a challenge, I'm also going to give you cutting instructions to make your blocks at half the size!  That means they will be 1 1/2 inches finished!  OMG, OMG....they are sooooo cute!  
 (Note: Yardage requirements given are for the full size quilt only and did not include both sizes.  You will not be able to make both quilts from the yardage given.) 

Challenging myself to do things "out of my comfort zone", and trying new techniques is something that I feel strongly about, and has been on my mind a lot lately.  That's how we grow as quilters!  Is there nothing better than trying something new, learning from it, and feeling that satisfying moment of success?   So.....if you've ever wanted to try making a sweet, tiny little block, this is a good time.   Really, they're adorable!  What have you got to loose but a few scraps?  Consider making both quilts with the smaller blocks/quilt in a different color-way than the full size version.  Perhaps a green, red, gold and lights version for Christmas?  

While these blocks are little,  they are very do-able. Give them a try...I will happily take the credit for your new addiction to tiny blocks!!

The cutting instructions and directions for the half-size, smaller size blocks will be listed in red.

Cutting Instructions
From gold print #1:

     *Cut (1) 3 1/2" ( 2") square               
From blue print # 1:
    *Cut (4) 2" (1 1/4") squares                    

(Sewing directions are always the same for both size blocks.)

*Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the (4) 2"  (1 1/4") blue print squares.

Position one blue square in a corner of the 3 1/2" (2") gold print square.  

Sew just a scant two threads inside (the seam allowance of) the diagonal line; press and trim the connector corner.
Repeat these steps for the remaining corners of the gold print square.  Make (1) Square-in-a-square block measuring 3 1/2" (2") unfinished.  

We're on our way!  More next Friday, so be there or be square. Teehee!  Have fun!!


  1. How exciting, I love teeny tinies! What a bonus!!

  2. Pam, I just finished my squares and the tiny one is so dang cute!!! I can't believe I have to wait for another whole week to have some more fun! Thanks for taking time out of your crazy busy life to do this for us. Karen S.

  3. Love the mini-mini idea! I'm off to cut and sew! Thank you so much!!

  4. What does it mean to cut the connector corners? Thanks, enjoying this already!

  5. What do I mean when I say to "trim the Connector Corner?" First, a Connector Corner is the square with a diagonal line drawn, and you sew on the line and press creating a triangle in the corner of a unit or block. Once sewn and press, you can trim the 2 layers of fabric beneath the corner triangle to reduce the bulk. You no longer need the fabric to be there. Hope this helps!

  6. I think I know what I will be doing today!!! Thank you Pam!!

  7. Love the mini, and the mini mini! Been looking forward to getting started on this one.

  8. Thanks for the reply about cutting the corners. I thought that was what you meant but wanted to clarify before cutting! The mini mini is so cute too! Good idea.

  9. Barbara in KansasApril 25, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    Thank you for sharing the 2 sizes for the mini quilts. Can't wait to get started on my blocks. Looking forward to every Friday.

  10. ohhh i'm loving getting started on another SAL with you, Pam!! i love small mini quilts, so i'm doubly excited, this is gonna be so much fun,YAY!!! cheers... Marian

  11. My first sew-along and my block is done. Looking forward to next Friday.

  12. I am new to your pocket patchwork but it sounded so fun I had to jump in. I did the block in two sizes...the teensy one is the smallest complete block I've ever done and it's adorable. I was too late for your kit but I think I can shop my stash for a reasonable alternate selection. Thanks for doing this!!

  13. Thank you Pam. My fabric hasn't arrived yet so I am going to make the mini version using my fabrics in the meantime. Thank you for such a fun project.
    Claire in Aus

  14. What a cute block, Pam! Thanks! Got 'er done. Can't wait for the next step next Friday. :-) Say, if there are any Mac users here, could someone tell me how to copy/paste Pam's directions into a document for saving? Thanks in advance. :-)

    1. You can make a PDF file on your Mac. Go to "file, print, save as PDF" if you have problems look up PDF on the help drop down.

  15. Pam, I am getting ready to do a miniature quilt trunk show for a guild next month, so guess which size I am doing? *LOL* Perfect timing, girl!

  16. Day 2: those mini mini's are like potato chips...just can't have only one! I did 2 more because they are calling out to me.

  17. Pam, I just made my 2 inch block and it was a exciting to be working on such a little block.Thanks for the challenge.

  18. I love making tiny, tiny quilts so the mini, mini is right up my alley. However, I am doing both in different fabrics and color ways. Looking forward to the next part.


  19. I haven't done a sewalong for awhile so I plan on whipping up both size blocks today.

  20. The housework is trying to get my attention but your fabric is calling louder! Off to sew my first block. :)

  21. Working on my first block. This is really fun :)

  22. Pam, do you have a Flickr group for this Quilt along for everyone to share their photos? I've done it with other quilting groups, and it is so much fun to see others' work - gets the creative juices flowing.

  23. I finished mine last Saturday, but I only just got around to blogging about it today!

    Looking forward to starting Part 2 tomorrow. :)

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