Michele Breault and Barb Bevell presented a program on “Small Quilts” for the April meeting of the Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild. Michele shared her tiny quilts, including those that were hand pieced and hand appliquéd. Then came her Feathered Star, Baby Quilt, a Gena Kimball quilt with 6” blocks, a tiny felt item, a quilt made from 3” nine patches, and another with 3” mariner’s compass blocks. But that wasn’t all… Next, she displayed and talked about her 2013 Challenge quilt, a blue & yellow quilt, a black quilt, two Twister quilts (in two sizes), a “Where’s Waldo”, a tiny quilt made of hand-pieced stars, and two 3” blocks. Whew! We were all amazed!
Barb and Michele talked about their journeys in life that drew them to quilting and what influenced their love for miniatures and small quilts. Books and patterns were also on display, along with boxes of tiny 1″ and 1 1/2″ squares of fabric.
Barb shared her quilts, which included a large and small version of the Underground Railroad, several small quilts made from the scraps given to her by friends, a baby-doll quilt, and her current half-square triangle quilt (each half-square triangle finishes at 1″). She also talked about how she cuts scraps and left-over fabric into various sizes of small squares (1″, 1 1/2″, 2″, 2 1/2″), how she stores the pieces, and how she follows Bonnie Hunter’s method of sewing “leaders and enders” to make thousands of 2-patches, 4-patches, and half-square triangles. Her challenge is to use scraps of fabric most people would declare “too small” to use and throw away.
Several other guild members brought miniatures they had made to share with the group. These members were Kathy Krog, Alice Allinson (small Mariner’s Compass and a small paper pieced Tulip quilt with crystals), and Jo Conklin (two small paper pieced quilts).