Mini Quilt Maker

My Christmas 2018 Block Exchange Blocks

Sometimes it take a moment or three to get the blocks right. I’m running a Christmas block exchange this year. It’s been awhile since I’ve had the time to work on quilting exclusively. There’s stuff you forget to do when you’ve been away from quilting for awhile, like move the needle to the left on the machine so you’re taking a scant 1/4″ seam allowance, not a hefty 1/4″ seam allowance. Yes, I completely ruined my first set of 12 blocks.

Wrong Needle Placement

Once I remembered to move that dang needle, I made a wonderful set of 9-patch blocks. Aren’t they cute?

The Wrong Size Blocks
Yeah, so cute. They’re the wrong size by half and inch. Argh! I couldn’t even follow my own block exchange guildelines.

So, I gave up on 9-patches for a moment and made these cute little star-in-a-circle blocks. The unfinished size is 3×3″.

Raw Edge Applique Blocks
I used a raw edge applique technique, which means that the raw edge is just hanging out there for all the world to see. I’ve never used this technique before because it won’t hold up to washing very well but since mini quilts are washed that often, I decided it would be okay to try it out.

I have a second set of blocks to make for this exchange because we were short on participants. Those blocks I will keep secret until everyone receives their packets in the mail in mid-December.


1 comment

  • I learned the same ” move the needle ” lesson when making a block for National quilt museum BOM club. It was 100 – 1 inch squares sewn on gridded interfacing. People started posting to move needle 2 clicks to the right. I think a lot of us made more than 1 block that month.

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