Going patchwork mini

This quarter my guild has a mini & MAXI theme and a challenge to go with it. We could choose from the half-square triangle, pineapple, robbing Peter to pay Paul or crown and star blocks to make something to fit the theme.

I chose the pineapple block because I had never made one even though it is quite similar to the log cabin block which I love to make. Going maxi would quickly lead to a quilt top and, since I already have several tops still waiting to be quilted, going mini seemed the wiser choice here. A postcard maybe?

Scrolling through Google images for inspiration I saw a lot of different pineapple variations but they were all square, as most quilt blocks are. Since I was thinking about making a postcard, I started wondering what the pineapple block would look like if it was stretched out to fit a 4×6” block.

So, I went to Adobe Illustrator to play around a bit and I came up with a FPP design that I thought promising. It definitely qualifies as mini with 69 pieces and the smallest less than ¼” wide.

For the fabrics I chose a simple pastel colour scheme that is a bit outside of the colour range that I usually gravitate toward but I quite like it. The background is Bella solid Mint and the triangles are Coral Rose and Pale Pink. I thought it fun to make the small triangles pop.

At the beginning it was a bit fiddly, but the block came together quicker than I had expected. After a couple of rounds it’s possible to sew the four triangles in one go before you need to press again which really speeds things up.

To finish, I paired the patchwork top with a light blue fabric interfaced with Decovil light and simply zig zagged the edges with a reddish thread.

All in all, a successful experiment!

8 comments on “Going patchwork mini

  1. tialys says:

    69 pieces? Less than a 1/4″ wide? My head hurts just thinking about it. Looks great though.

    • Emmely says:

      It’s really not so bad using the foundation paper. Without the paper it would definitely have been a lot more difficult to keep things straight.

  2. Oh my goodness this is awesome! You are now the queen of foundation piecing! I still plan to test your pattern I’ve just been traveling a bit lately.

  3. katechiconi says:

    Well, that was certainly an exercise in precision piecing. Paper foundations really do make the most amazing things possible, don’t they? You really wouldn’t want a whole quilt like that though, would you? It would be so heavy because of all the seams, and as for quilting it – nightmare. Great fun as an experiment, though.

    • Emmely says:

      Yes, it is fun to experiment like this and as a postcard it works well. The block was super stiff though compared to a “normal” block so no, I would not like to quilt an entire quilt with blocks like these.

  4. What a feat to sew such tiny pieces, and what a beautiful effect. I am also very impressed by the way you altered the pattern to get it to be oblong.

    • Emmely says:

      Thank you! Designing the pattern is probably what I enjoy most. I am now thinking about other designs that would look cool when stretched out into a rectangle…

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