Like many quilters, I have alway loved little quilts. I remember
having doll quilts as a child, and now as an adult, whenever I see
a miniature quilt, I am taken back to those memories. So, of
course, when I got into quilting, I wanted to make minis of my own.
I just didn't know what I was in for. Who knew piecing little quilts
would be so difficult? That little patches fought back? Or that
points would be so hard to match? Let's say it was an education!
Still, I stumbled on, even though I was rarely as happy with the
results as I would have liked. And not making as many little quilts
as I would have liked either. Much as I liked to look at miniature
quilts, I found them a little too disappointing and a little too
annoying to make frequently.
copyright Terrie Sandelin 2009
perfect piecing of 6-inch blocks all on a single foundation -- no more matching of separate
units. When it occurred to me that I could apply her Fold and Sew technique to miniature
quilts, I was suddenly in quilter's heaven.
My previous complaints (and frustrations) with making miniature quilts evaporated. Little
patches were no longer a challenge to manipulate. Seams and points came together like
magic. And it was all so easy!
Suddenly, I was a lean, mean, mini making machine (okay, not so much with the lean and
mean part). I don't see an end in sight any time soon -- I'm just having too much fun
designing and making little quilts. And I enjoy just as much teaching this technique to
others, watching their delight in how easy it is to make a beautiful mini of their own. So,
my hope is that Miniatures in Minutes will appeal to quilters like me -- quilters who love the
look and feel of a little quilt but who would like a quality result that is a whole lot easier to
Though I should probably give fair warning -- making miniature quilts? Totally addictive!
My Journey with Miniature Quilts