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Friday, July 23, 2021

Teeny Tiny Stars Sew along ~ Part One


Welcome to part one of my Teeny Tiny Stars quilt sew along.  I'm delighted you're joining me!  

When we first begin to learn piecing, we struggle with piecing large pieces.  As time and practice hours go by, we get better and better.  Once that 1/4 seam is mastered, there is nothing we can't do!  But, still....many of us remain intimidated by tiny pieces thinking there's no way we can do that.  Oh, but aren't those tiny pieces and blocks just the cutest?

The secret to working with tiny pieces in pretty simple.  Master your 1/4 inch seam, give yourself time to adjust to holding small pieces of fabric, and don't be in a rush.  Take your time.

If you're still struggling with sewing an accurate 1/4 inch seam, you can read my previous blog post here to learn very helpful info.   Master your 1/4 inch before proceeding with your tiny pieces.  Once you do, you will have success in everything you piece.  It's time well spent.

If your 1/4 inch seam is good to go, then let's get started!

Following along with your Teeny Tiny Stars quilt pattern, draw the diagonal line from point to point on the light print Flying Geese connector corner squares.  Since the pieces are so small, take your time to perfectly position the connector corner square on the rectangle base.  Sew (scant) just inside the drawn line.  Before trimming, fold the connector triangle to the base to check for accuracy.  If the sides of your triangle match the sides of the base, trim and press.  Repeat on the other side of the Flying Geese base.  

Before proceeding, be sure to measure your Flying Geese to be sure they are accurate.  Working with these small pieces, accuracy is so very important.  Take the time to measure.  If your unit isn't right, make another one.  If this is your first tiny quilt, be kind and forgiving to yourself....and don't give up!  Just like when you were a beginner, it may take some practice.

Once all four Flying Geese units are done, you can assemble your Star by sewing the units into rows.  When working with tiny pieces, pressing seams open is standard.  Getting your patchwork to lay as flat as possible is best.  

Sew rows together; press.  Referring to the pattern, measure your star block.  Make two Teeny Tiny Star blocks.  

We will continue next Friday.  If you'd like to work ahead, by all means, do so.  Post photos with hashtag #teenytinyquiltclub 

In the studio, I am just finishing my next Quilt Archaeology project.  Loving how the quilt turned out.  You can look forward to that coming later this year.

I'm also working on my next large quilt called Needle & Thread.  I'll show you all the fabrics and some blocks very soon.  In the meantime....keep your needle busy and your heart content.

Be well.....

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