Yesterday in my blog reading, I came across Kitty @Night Quilter’s post and received an introduction through her blog about mini mini quilts. Greatly intrigued, I followed her advice and popped over to Instagram to check out #miniminiquiltswap. Figuring that I would poke through my scrap bin, you know, just to see what might happen…
You might say I quickly became distracted from my previously envisioned goal for the day (I had thought I would piece the backing to the Love Letters quilt. Nope.).
Honestly, though, the reference to the dog from Up! was not intentional. I just used fabric that spoke to me from my scrap bin. Who wouldn’t want to fussy cut around that cute face?
The mini mini squirrel quilt finished out at 3.25-inches square and was quickly claimed by Renee @Quilts of a Feather. The mini as photographed for this post is sporting its third binding. Figuring out how to make a nice looking machined binding for such a tiny quilt took me a bit of time and really sucked me in. And by the time I had committed that much, I figured I might as well make another.
The mini mini triangle transparency quilt is destined for Michelle Bartholomew. It finishes out at 4.75 inches square and was also made from my scrap bin. The mid tone blues are a bit closer in value than I would ideally like, but in person the transition is more noticable than I was able to successfully photograph.
Since I tried so many binding iterations, I thought I might as well show you what I ended up liking the most. I started with a 1.5-inch wide strip and sewed it down to the back of the mini quilt. For the triangle transparency mini, I trimmed the mini larger than the finished top to try to preserve my points (which was mildly successful) and I sewed just less than a 3/8-inch seam around the perimeter. Note that I like to sew up to the 45-degree fold of the binding on the first edge (not all the way to the edge of the quilt), and then when I rotate 90 degrees to start the next side I sew it completely down starting from the edge of the quilt. I like the way this helps create the mitered corners for the back of the binding.
I then flip the binding around and press the binding around the back. I make sure that the binding creates a “bowl” with the mini quilt front face up.
Starting at a corner, I fold the raw edge of the binding down to be even with the top of the mini quilt. I finger press and work my way around the mini quilt creating the fold for the binding that I then machine stitch down.
Another tip when working with such tiny items to bind: barely tack the binding down near the first corner, then fully sew down 3 sides. I found that gave me the most stability and room to work to join the binding prior to sewing the binding down to the final edge.
I warn you, these are highly addictive… and super satisfying little finishes.