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Monday, February 12, 2018

How Tiny Is Tiny??

It was such fun reading all of your comments  telling of the many rewards and perils of piecing tiny blocks.  

Tiny...being subjective, of course!

The poll was very telling as well.  186 of you voted giving your answer to this question:

What is the smallest size Four Patch you are willing to make?

Here's the results:

47% said 1 inch
19% said 1.5 inches
24% said 2 inches
2% said 2.5 inches
5% said 3 inches

Amazing isn't it?!!  Seems those of us who love tiny are in the majority!  Or...it was the majority of tiny piece quiltmakers who took part in the poll.  Anyway...we're in good company!

If you have a chance, grab a cup of coffee and read the comments to my last post.  You are all so funny, gracious and generous to share your experiences.  You really make my day!  I am also awed and inspired at how many of you are comfortable piecing units and blocks finishing less than 1 inch!!!  WOWSERS!!!  I must try that as well...even if I only make a bunch of Four Patches.  

I'd like to thank all of you for taking the time to leave a comment.   I appreciate it so very much.  I chose three winners who will receive a copy of my Tokens of the Past: Two Color Classics pattern, featuring three quilts with small blocks finishing to 2, 2.5 and 3 inches.  

The winners are.....

Material Girl

I am working on way too many projects- quilts,bags, wallets......Need I say more? I love,love,love scrappy projects but the smallest 4 patch that I am willing to make is 1". The smallest hst that I will make is 1/2". I don't enjoy paper piecing at all but if you make blocks smaller than 1/2", the seam allowance is just ridiculous to deal with.

Karen in Ohio

My favorite sewing projects are small quilts. I piece on the Featherweight and then hand quilt them. I make for the holidays and for gifts for friends and family. I am always looking for the next project(s) as usually I have more than 1 going at the same time. I will use one inch pieces. I love your quilts, fabrics and patterns. Thanks!


Love your mini 9-patch quilt and I'm looking forward to the reveal of your super secret scrappy project when it's time! I've never made anything as small as your 1.5" finished blocks, but it would be fun to try a 2" finished block. I do better when I can focus on one project at a time (otherwise nothing gets finished!). I admire you multi-taskers! Thanks for a chance to win one of your patterns.

Please email me with your mailing address - Pam@HeartspunQuilts.com

Speaking of piecing very tiny  blocks and making very small quilts, you may really enjoy reading my friend Janet's blog.  She is very experienced and talented at working with tiny pieces and very recently wrote an excellent blog post all about how to bind a small quilt with single fold binding.  Very informative and helpful!

Click here to read Janet's blog.  While you're there, scroll through past blog posts for loads of photos and inspiration of the many, many small quilts Janet has made.  You'll find a lot of her work on Pinterest.

Later this week....I'll be sharing news and photos of my next fabric line.  It's a bit different and something new from me!  I can hardly wait to share!!  


  1. Interesting poll! Especially as I'm sewing up that sweet kit you sent to me. It is coming along beautifully despite the fact that I think I would really need to 'up my game' to do these mini's well :-) I do love tiny prints and pieces though. I don't really like my square cuts bigger than 2 inches unless they are making triangles or something. Your fabrics are perfect for tiny pieces.

  2. Congrats to your winners, Pam!
    Thank you for the kind words about my blog post and little quilts.
    You have me very curious about your next fabric line. Can't imagine what it could be!

  3. Hi Pam! I'm going to have to change my answer to the smallest sized piece....since I found myself with quite a few 1/2" squares in the Valentine Runner! lol! Yes, the blocks finished at 3"....but, this was the first time I've made a quilt with 1/2" squares! :-) So glad I accepted the challenge, because I just love how tiny pieces look in a project! :-) Thank you!
    And, congrats to the winners! I hope they have a lot of fun piecing those little quilts! :-)

  4. Congrats to the winners!! Everything is cute when it's tiny. Babies, baby animals and baby quilt blocks.

  5. wow !!! beautiful and so lovely,i really like your good idea so much.Thank for sharing.