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“Some of my most favorite times spent with friends are when we are making quilts, sharing our lives, and making our homes more beautiful.”
– Stephanie Logan
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March 25, 2020
Last time we met we talked about choosing fabrics for miniature quilts. Mainly we talked about the scale of the print in your fabrics and what you can and really shouldn’t use. This affects the overall look of your mini because you want it to look like a tiny, in-scale quilt, not like a small, out-of-proportion big quilt. It is a little tricky to explain and I hope I did so well enough that you were able to follow my train of thought. Please let me know if I don’t explain myself well enough to you!
This time I want to talk about a different kind of scale. The size of the pieces in your miniature. You don’t want to make a little quilt with big pieces, because that distorts the overall look. You need tiny pieces to make a tiny quilt!
In a normal quilt a 2” square is usually the “finished” size, which then means you are cutting 2-1/2” size blocks and by the time you sew using a ¼” seam allowance the finished size of your square is actually 2”. In our miniatures we add 1/8” seam allowances. So, for a 3/8” finished square we would cut a 5/8” square.
Now, I know, I know. I can hear your moans from here! In our first meeting I told you I love to streamline every task I can, right? So, whenever possible we will strip piece and then cut our strips into squares. We will cut our squares larger, piece our half-square triangle units larger than necessary and then trim them down, making it easier to handle. Breathe! It is OK. We will take this nice and slow and you will learn to love this like I do!
I will be providing you with free patterns for miniature quilts as we move through time. I will put them in a file on my “Projects” page and I’ll give my subscribers the password to get into the file. I hope to have that part of my blog site going soon! I’m as excited as you are to get going on this new adventure.
In the meantime, please ask questions through my “Contact Us” page, let me know what you want to learn, what kind of projects you’d like to see me design, and just general information! This is a two-way street for communication. My blog will never be any good if I am not providing you with what you are looking for. I’m here for you!
Keep sewing, stay safe, and I’ll see you next time!
March 21, 2020
I love small things! Babies, puppies, lambs, doll houses, why even baby pigs are wonderful! But, my favorite small thing has to be miniature quilts! To think anyone would take perfectly good fabrics and cut it into ridiculously small pieces and sew them together to create a small version of a perfectly good, comfy and cozy full-sized quilt — well, they must be absolutely crazy!!
I proudly admit that I am one of those crazy people who makes the impossible miniature quilts. I suppose I should introduce my self and explain how in the world I came to name my blog about mini quilts, QuiltingSheep. I am Stephanie Logan and I used to own a little quilt shop in the country in the middle of Wyoming. The building where I had my store (and where my studio now resides) was, in its first life, a lambing barn on our little farm. We raised purebred Columbia sheep – a breed that was created by the University of Wyoming back in 1912. Then, because my husband is a veterinarian, that little barn was transformed into his veterinary clinic when we no longer had sheep. Husband Jim then became Wyoming’s State Veterinarian and
closed his clinic in exchange for a desk job with lots of travel. At
that point the barn/clinic was changed into my store, Sheep Camp Quilt Supply, which I operated for 11 years.
I love to quilt and have been piecing tops since my second child was born in 1983. When I opened my quilt shop I also bought a wonderful Gammill longarm quilting machine with the Statler Stitcher computerized element. I love finishing off other folks’ quilts into either lovely and serviceable creations for warmth or for amazing heirloom works worthy of being passed through generations.
My favorite fabric styles will always be Civil War Reproductions, but I haven’t met too many fabrics I don’t like. Ask my family… they can’t stand to come into my studio because I have so much “stash”! Life has been crazy, and I know it always will be. I think that is just “normal” for me. So, why not be crazy with my quilts.
In this blog I hope to introduce you to my little beauties and teach you how to create miniature quilts, too. I like using 1/8″ seam allowances (I warned you I was crazy), but I will also teach you to use 1/4″ seam allowances, too. Some quilts work much better in my tiny world if we foundation piece part or all of the blocks, so you will get some experience with that as well.
I hope you will choose to join me on my blog journey into the world of miniature quilts. I think we will have a grand time and I am hoping you will share with me what you make, too.
We are like sheep. It is not a very complimentary comparison, but it is so true.
Sheep need to be watched over 24 hours a day. They must be shown where water is so they don’t die of thirst. They must be moved from one pasture to another because they can’t find food for themselves. Sheep producers hire sheep herders who live with the sheep in pastures or out on the prairie. These men spend their days on foot and horseback moving around in their herd making sure not one sheep or lamb gets into trouble and dies.
Did you know that if a sheep gets into a narrow gully or ditch and ends up on its back it can’t get up again and will die? Did you know that if a storm comes up the sheep will move with the wind only stopping if there is an obstacle in their way, such as a fence. Then, rather than being intelligent, they pile up against one another, suffocating themselves or those beneath them. Such stupid animals! No wonder they must be watched 24 hours a day.
Think of it with me for a moment. If left to our own devices we can become lost so easily. The call of the world and all the “perks” it seems to hold for us can take our sights off the real purpose of our stay here. We need a Good Shepherd, the one whose voice we know if we have been saved. We need His guidance so that we do not fall into traps set by the ruler of this world, Satan himself. We need Jesus’ calming voice when we are consumed by worry and doubt. We need His rescue when we find ourselves in a bad situation. Jesus, the Good Shepherd, is there with us 24 hours a day.
In the Book of John, Chapter 10 verse 11, Jesus tells us “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”
Then in 1 Peter 2:25 we are told: “For ‘you were like sheep going astray,’ [a] but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.”
I hope we can turn away from our sheep-like tendencies and remember that our trust is in Christ Jesus. That we will focus on Him, His Word, His Guidance. Then, perhaps the beauty of being a sheep can come forth. We will discuss those qualities next time.