Friday, 19 August 2011

Teeny tiny quilt

So for anyone kind enough to have helped me out with suggestions for a quilt for my parents' new house (which is 18" tall), I now have more information and need some more suggestions.  Here is a picture of the wall where it will hang.  The quilt will need to be something in the region of 8" X 3" so what suggestions does anyone have for making it?  I have a couple of ideas.  One is to just fuse tiny cut pieces of fabric onto fusible webbing.  An alternative is to make a tiny cross stitch image along the lines of a modern quilt.  Any other ideas or suggestions for something this tiny?

28 comments:

  1. I like the idea of a cross stitch quilt!

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  2. This house is just amazing! I think a tiny cross stitch quilt would be just the thing. I can't see how you could actually sew pieces small enough. If you use very fine count linen and one strand of fine thread, and of course one powerful magnifying glass, you should be able to make a stunning 'quilt' for this tiny little house!

    Can't wait to see your progress on this project!

    MGM

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  3. I just remembered that my sister has recently been working on a miniature stitchery that you might be interested in reading about. Here's a link to one post she did about it... http://www.needlenthread.com/2011/03/miniature-stitching-slow-progress.html

    MGM

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  4. I like the fused idea, and it would quick and easy too, just like a normal fused quilt but done in an afternoon! You could use a piece of flanel for the wadding and machine quilt it - cos you can do that! You could even fuse the binding! Who knew!

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  5. I'll share an idea with you that I've been thinking of trying myself. I want to make a mini version of a queensize quilt that I made by printing a photo of my quilt onto fabric. I would finish the mini quilt by using flannel as batting and birthing the quilt instead of binding it--after all the fabric photo would include the binding. Hopefully, this makes sense to you. There would be no need to treat the fabric for the mini quilt, unless you plan to wash it.

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  6. I would consider starting with a design on the computer, or a photo of a larger quilt top, then printing it on fabric (using bubble jet set or printing it at spoonflower.com) at the needed size, then finish it as a quilt.

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  7. I like the idea of an embroidered quilt. I think that the cutting and fusing could be good too but would probably have to be done in solids because the scale of just about any print would be off.

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  8. Oh you still think you are so funny don't you!!

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  9. you should check in with all the ladies who make the teeny tiny blocks every month...there's a whole group of them. Susan/Flossieblossoms is one of them and she always does amazing work in miniature!

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  10. I would make up a neutral block to the total size. Then quilt it in horizontally & vertically to make tiny uniform squares all over ... then embroider HSTs (satin stitch) to make a quilt pattern ....

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  11. Another thought...what about coloring with colored pencils or painting with ink.

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  12. How amazing! I've never seen anything like this house - I didn't know you could get modern doll's houses, just incredible! What about an Amish Quilt - they are so contemporary looking. Here is a tiny 6 - 7" square Amish Quilt I made once
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/bearpawandbearpaw/3694136506/in/set-72157619372140062/

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  13. Might be way off, but my friend cross stitched a teeny quilt - looks brill.

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  14. I like both your ideas and Sarah's (#10) idea of squares with a block stitched in them. I wonder how a pointillist style quilt using french or colonial knots would work/look? Or a version of http://verykerryberry.blogspot.com/2011/07/trial-and-error.html or http://imagingermonkey.blogspot.com/2011/08/quiet-concentration.html would look great - small pieces but it could work with fabric glue rather than fusible web. I'll have another think and get back to you if inspiration strikes!

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  15. P.S. If I didn't know better I'd swear this was a 'normal' house! Incredible!

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  16. You can do tiny stars... or scale down a paper pieced block - they're not too much more complicated in tiny, and just as precice. You may even try paper piecing some log cabins or square in square - you can make those bits just quarter inch finished by paper piecing them. It's not too much more complex than a larger size either.

    for stars (wonky) you can trim down the segments before sewing them together, and use iron on interfacing to lay them out before sewing. not nearly as hard as the finished product looks!

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  17. I can hardly wait to see what you come up with. I'm sure it will be marvelous! (You did get some marvelous ideas from the above posters!)

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  18. I'm really digging the idea of stitching it.

    I'll think about it while I'm hand stitching and see if anything nifty comes up.

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  19. Pineapple blocks and log cabin blocks translate really well into miniatures. Paper piecing is probably the way to go. I saw a lap quilt made with tiny 1" blocks at a recent exhibition, it was just exquisite. Try this http://quiltspluscolor.blogspot.com/2011/08/miniature-log-cabin-quilt-wip.html

    Or you can return to the Union Jack http://quiltinggallery.com/quilting-fun/contests/1885.jpg this one is 8" x 4"

    You can buy papers to make log cabins or pineapple blocks only 1 and a half inches square!

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  20. Check out the foundation pieced jewelry a friend of mine makes:
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/dyecandy?section_id=7802944

    You could easily paper piece something that finishes at 3" x 8". (Well, okay, "easily" might be a stretch, but the challenge would be fun!) In fact, I'm thinking a couple of 3" circle geese, maybe some 1"x1/2" geese in between... hmmm... off to EQ...

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  21. ...sort of like this:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/silort/5428610897/

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  22. Fused would work nicely I think;)

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  23. Wow. I have no suggestions whatsoever. : ) But I can't wait to see what you come up with! So teeny!

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  24. Lynne - you are a tease! We will have to ALL turn the tables on you someday! Heehee!

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  25. How about a quilt as you go with really small pieces? And serged edges.

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  26. I would have suggested a cross-stitch made to look like a quilt (you can always quilt it if you make it on linen)

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  27. Do you by chance own an embroidery machine? And digitizing software with the knowledge of how to digitize a design? That would honestly be my suggestion because you can create an embroidery design which is an ITH Quilt. (ITH= in the hoop). Those are done as a design with multiple stops and pieces of fabric are layed down on each stop with each stop being stitched down before going on to the next. It's much the same as a stitch and flip using paper piecing would be done and then you can add stitches on the top to finish it off where it can be something simple or additional stitches like you would use when creating a something similar to a Crazy Quilt. This is one digitizer that digitizes those types of designs that comes to mind right away. (She may even be willing to create that design for you if you tell her what you're looking to create although she will more than likely not do it for free) Her designs stitch out wonderfully which is another reason I chose to give you her link.
    http://www.mollymine.com/

    I think doing it that way you might be able to do exactly what you want to while still using a quilting design you're thinking of possibly.

    My other suggestion? BUY BOOZE! LOL

    Good luck.

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  28. Here is one of the shattered quilts I was thinking of:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/gabby-girl/5565279691

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