Monday, January 10, 2011

Quilts 1/10th in scale. = SMALL

Hello quilting friends, this is Steffi from Steffi´s Candy Quilts in Germany, and today I want to show you what to do with your small scraps.
Let me first tell you a bit about me: I love quilting, and I also love my doll´s house, and so one day I thought that it would be nice to combine the two hobbies and started to sew miniature quilts. It was also a challenge, I wanted to see if it´s possible to sew very small patchwork blocks and quilts. And it works!

My quilts are approx. 1/10th scale and most of them are made using the foundation paper piecing method. I´m sure most of you know this technique. Sewing precise little patchwork blocks without paper piecing is almost impossible, so we have to start with drafting the blocks onto paper, or print them out using Electric Quilt or another patchwork design program. The calculation is quite easy, it´s just 1/10th of the scale you are used to.
Then we need our small scraps. Depending on the pattern you choose, you can use scraps as small as ¾ inch square and bigger. I store mine in boxes, sorted by color, and when it´s time to do a new mini quilt, I just pull them out and play!
Here are a few pieces in progress. The Chinese Coins pattern is very easy and a good beginner´s choice. I normally use checked graph paper for this and simply use the lines as a guide for the piecing. Log Cabin, Flying Geese and Square in a Square are also good choices for mini quilts.

Use a small stitch length when sewing onto a paper foundation, so it´s easier to tear the paper away.


You can also sew in small scale by hand! This little Flower Garden was made using a good oldfashioned cardboard template and tiny hand stitches.


Miniature quilts have some advantages:
They are so small that you can sew all the quilts you ever dreamt of without getting storage problems! And because you can use the smallest of scraps, you don´t have to buy any materials. It doesn´t matter if the fabrics are ugly. The pieces are so small that you cannot see the patterns.
Most of my minis don´t have a batting - all the sewing allowances do the job.
On the other hand, the many seams make quilting a little difficult. I prefer to do only a bit of quilting in the free background areas or in the sashing.




Here are a few impressions from my doll´s house to show you what I´m doing with my mini quilts. But you can also frame them, use them as little wallhangings or display them with your favorite doll or teddy bear...



I hope you´ll have a lot of fun sewing your own small quilts! And I would love to see them and to hear from you, so please visit me at my blog!
Thank you, Madame Samm, for inviting me, I feel very honored to write here!

86 comments:

  1. This is so ridiculously genus!!!! Seriously the best post I've seen/read ALL MONTH!!!!!! : D

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  2. Amazing. This is really small pieces of fabric :)

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  3. I love to do minis too, but not to your extent. You taught this old dog a new trick - using the graph paper for the mini coin quilt, that I have to try. But what blew me away - the tiny prairie points! I love the little "show and tell" with the dolls, how clever. Excellent post and thank you for sharing you lovely mini quilts.

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  4. Wow! These are amazing! I also loved your show & tell quilt guild meeting, very cute.

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  5. WOW!! What gorgeous mini quilts! I love the dolls showing off their quilting skills. =)

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  6. These are so absolutely cute!! I love it! You have done some amazing work. Thank you for the tutorial!

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  7. Steffi, Your little quilts are just exquisite. I can relate to them in a big way, as I have made quilts for my dollhouse, but none as fine as your little ones. All of my items are 1/12th scale. The dollhouse I have was built by my dad and I have made most of the furnishings that go in it. Seeing your post makes me think I should check it out and see if the dollhouse family needs a new quilt. LOL!

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  8. Really wonderful post! I love minis but haven't ventured too far into the field yet. Your recommendation to use the graph paper is brilliant. I may just have to get my feet wet :) Love your doll house and the quilts are absolutely amazing!! Thank you so much for sharing!!

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  9. Great post. I have looked at some mini quilts and thought it would be fun to make one. Your way here sounds great, I am going to have to put this on my list to try. I have a lot of little scraps I am saving.

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  10. Lovely post! Your quilts are amazing...why don't you put some of your UFOs in your doll house so your dolls can show how they are working so hard..does it have a sewing room??

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  11. I was so taken aback by this incredible work, I just had to forward it to my friend who has made a doll house. She made all the rugs for the house plus a runner for the stairs. Absolutely beautiful.

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  12. The quilts are amazing, beautiful and SO CUTE :)

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  13. What an amazing talent you have!

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  14. That is amazing!!! Such wonderful work on such a small item. Fantastic!
    Elzaan

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  15. How gorgeous are they!!! I love mini quilts, but to do it in proper scale - brilliant!

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  16. Wow! Such beautiful miniature work! I love the show and tell in the dolls house. Fabulous post, thank you sew much!

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  17. Fascinating. I must give this a try!

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  18. ....and you could use the logaritmic graph paper to make off-set log cabins! just mho ;^}
    don't know if i will ever venture upon that track lol. they are gorgeous!
    irene from amsterdam

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  19. I usually lurk: reading ALL the posts, but not commenting, but this has lured me out - what beautiful quilts, and then obese that they are 1/100th is amazing. I'm now off to stalk your blog, but thanknyou so much for sharing!

    Benta

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  20. oh how cute!!! Makes me wish I had a doll house or a little girl to sew these for!

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  21. Oh what patience you must have to do such small beautiful work.

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  22. What a super post! I love seeing your mini quilts. I actually did minis when I started. Silly me! Of course, that was long ago before paper piecing was invented. argh!

    Your dollhouse pictures looked life-size until I got to the one with the dolls in the picture. Cute!:) I appreciate you doing actually minis (1/10th scale) and not just a smaller quilt.

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  23. Totally amazing! I would not have the patience for piecing that tiny, but they are lovely.

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  24. Good Morning Steffi, WOW, and to think these minis are made with your wee hands. I do have a doll house it has 8 rooms, I am thinking it would take this lifetime and the next for me to make them that small. When I saw that your dolls were having a bee meeting, well that took me to places in my mini mind that had me smiling... And are those really prairie points..goodness me, what a divine artist you are....I will never look at my scraps the same way anymore...I will be thinking.."Steffi could make millions out of this"...ok, maybe not millions ..but a few...Just Delightful...

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  25. Wow is right!! I love working small, therefore love paperpiecing, but those are teeny tiny, and just adorable in your doll house!! ~kaholly

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  26. I'm full of admiration, such skill and dedication. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  27. Such adorable little quilts. I have never seen anything like those - with the tiny pieces. Great work and thanks for sharing!

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  28. These are not just mini's but micro- mini's!lol
    They are just beautiful and the first picture I thought at first was a room in your house not your doll house.
    I have a doll house that was given to my daughter (she is now 20). Maybe it needs a makeover... hummm.
    You are truly gifted!

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  29. Holy moley, you must have the eyes of a hawk to do that teeny tiny little piecing. Wow! I am blown away! Love the display with the show and tell guild meeting. That's where I really got the scale of your beautiful work. You are amazing!

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  30. WOW! Now I'm all about saving and using scraps, but I think I'll sit out on this idea! :) Your works are truly pieces of miniature art!! Thank you for sharing, I love the show and tell in your doll house!!!

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  31. WOW!! Simply amazing! I just threw away a little scrap of fabric, and now I want to dig it out of the trash! I am making a hexie quilt.. and I look at the tiny hexie you made in AWE.. holy macaroni!

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  32. These mini quilts are absolutely stunning! I love the flying geese pillow. Thanks for inspiring me to try something new!

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  33. WOW! Loved it all but especially the little prairie point quilt! Absolutely magnificent work. Thank you so much for sharing!
    My fingers and eyes hurt from the thought! LOL

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  35. OMG !! These are amazing! I can't even imagine working with such small pieces. WOW!

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  36. Wow! Your minis are amazing! I made just one mini years ago without paper piecing and after that experience I said, "never again!"....your idea of using graph paper is fantastic! I think I still have some graph paper from my engineering student days with really tiny grids...I'm going to have to go find it and see what happens. Thanks for sharing your incredible work!

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  37. Wow! I love these tiny quilts! They are so amazing, I can't believe how perfect they are!

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  38. Your mini quilts are AMAZING!! I loved the little show and tell with the dolls!

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  39. OMG - what patiences you must have! Your work is amazing!

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  40. I love how the men dolls are actually interested in the quilts too! Way too funny. Great job on the mini quilts. I'm just happy to be making medium size quilts. Not too big, not too small, just right for me :) Thanks for sharing your talents with us. I love quilting in all sizes

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  41. Wowsa, these are amazing. I would not have the patience to do these but I am so impressed by them!! Your work is stunning. Thank you for sharing!

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  42. I love the quilt group scene!! I am glad to see someone else manicures their stash 1" at a time.

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  43. Wow! Just absolutely incredible. You are amazing.

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  44. I'm still learning how to keep a 12" block square. These are beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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  45. Wonderful! I'd really have to get that bi-focal prescription filled for this type of quilting. Very talented and adorable.

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  46. Oh those are tiny! I knew they were small from the initial pictures, but then seeing them with the doll house really put them into prospective! And they are so so cute! I may need to learn the paper piecing technique just to try a few! Thank you for sharing your creations!! The little pillows might be my favorite!

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  47. Wow! Okay so I need to finish my doll house and start making mini quilts....

    Any tips? Do you use 1/4 inch seam allowances?


    Is your doll house lighted? How are is it to wire?

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  48. I love paper piecing. I've tried a few of the small projects too.
    Keep up the great work.
    Patti

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  49. Okay, NOW I've seen everything! I LOVE your mini quilts - and I have a dollhouse! It's really my daughter's but when she left home she left it here so I could totally redo it with quilts! I just need another 24 hours in a day! They are truly beautiful!! I love the pic of the ladies sitting in the kitchen, obviously at their quilt group meeting, being shown a quilt - it's sew familiar! Thanks so much, you're a wizard/genius! xo, Nan

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  50. Steffie
    Absolutely amazing.You are an amazing artist.
    They are so beautiful. Your doll house is amazing as well as the quilts. Thank you for sharing with us.

    Rhonda

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  51. WOW!!!! These are amazing! Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

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  52. I have resized quits to half to make doll quilts... and I thought that was small! Yikes! You are amazing! I would be happy to complete one in my lifetime... and you've furnished a house!

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  53. Get. OUT. Of. Town! Those are amazing!!! And I have always wanted a doll house of my own (I have 5 girls...I don't want them playing with my toys. LOL).

    My 6 yr old keeps giving me my scraps and asking me to "make her something". I tried to sew a mini-quilt, but had no idea I should be paper piecing...duh!

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

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  54. What a beautiful, happy way to start the week. *S* Thx so much for sharing.

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  55. I'm amazed Steffi - they are so tiny and so beautiful. I love the idea of using graph paper - thanks for posting that. blessings, marlene

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  56. I love your mini quilts and the idea of putting them in a doll house.
    Micki

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  57. I love the shots of the Barbies having a modern quilt guild meeting in their homes !

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  58. I am blown away!! That is just amazing!! Love the show and tell!!

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  59. Your mini quilts and dollhouse are simply FABULOUS! I love the shots with the dolls showing each other the quilts...too, TOO CUTE!!

    In stitches,
    Teresa :o)

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  60. Ack! Oh my goodness those are teeny quilts and i love seeing them in situ!!!

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  61. Your little quilts are absolutely amazing! I love the idea of the graph paper. Thanks for sharing.

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  62. Oh my gosh! I loooooooooove them!!! They are incredible!
    xx, shell

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  63. I have some doll house miniature quilt's in my
    Miniature quilt store. Yours are fantastic. What
    A wonderful way of displaying them.Thank you
    so much for sharing.
    Janet

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  64. Steffi - these quilts are just adorable!

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  65. Your skills in making these teeny quilts is amazing. Must try graph paper too.
    Wow!

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  66. How gorgeous! I especially love the one with the tiny trees.

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  67. Wow!!! These are just gorgeous little quilts. Incredible work!!! Thanks for the wonderful show!! Hugs Ariane

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  68. Steffi you make such beautiful mini quilts! I've enjoyed your post so much! Thank you :)

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  69. Yikes! Small in fabric GIANT in amazingness! I would need a bazillion more skill and patience to achieve these wonderful minis.

    hugz,
    annie
    rubyslipperz106.blogspot.com

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  70. WOW! That's it...it's all I have to say!
    WOW!

    Okay, I have to say more...I'm just seriously in awe...and could never imagine making anything so small and so beautiful! Great job!

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  71. I can't imagine being able to work in such small scale. I feel like I'd be all thumbs. Your tiny quilts are wonderful to see. Thanks for sharing them with us.

    Gail :)

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  72. Amazing what beautiful work that you have done. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  73. Inspirational Steffi. Love your miniatures. I just shipped off a bunch of my childhood dollhouse furniture to my great niece. You've now inspired me to make her some miniature quilts. Thank you! Beautiful.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  74. Thank you for sharing the photos of your lovely quilts. It's exciting to see the artistry in these wonderfully detailed quilts.

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  75. Your little quilts are amazing. I love the dolls having show and tell.

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  76. Amazing miniature quilts....I love minis and have made only one. It finishes at 6 1/2" 6 1/2" and has 16 long cabin blocks...the logs finish at 1/16" and it was all stitched by hand....not sure if I'll every make another one that small. I've got a few pictures and will do a post on my blog later this week. Thanks for sharing your amazing work!!!

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  77. WOW Steffi, thanks for coming here...I'm a bit behind on my reading but I'm sure glad I'm catching up and found this post!! How inspired I am by your work. I've made one mini quilt with flying geese and I loved it too! You're are just dreamy though...I'm speechless lol
    Valerie
    sew nice to meet you!
    http://www.PastimesOnline.ca/Vals-Quilting

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  78. I follow your blog and love to see what you create. I enjoy how easy you make it look. I like the mini quilts you do in repros. I am desiging one myself now inspired by your blog and creations for a baby doll of mine.

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  79. Absolutely darling. Amazing work!

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