Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Island Batik Ambassadors Mini Madness

For the month of March the Island Batik Ambassadors were asked to make a paper pieced or English paper pieced miniature quilt.  I drafted this cute little quilt in Electric Quilt 7 and printed out the pieces.  

I used a 80 weight polyester thread to do my paper piecing.  It's thin and I wanted to try it out.  I used an 1/8 inch seam allowance since this whole quilt is only a foot square.  I wasn't happy with this process because things were beginning to shift as I tried to pull off the paper.  I ripped a few seams open and had to make repairs.  I'll have to try it again with a larger seam allowance.

I had a lot of fun quilting this piece putting together three different fill patterns: pebbles, paisleys, and a leafy looking line stitch.  It was fun, but next time I'll leave the open spaces wider than 1/8 inch because you can barely tell they're there!

I hope you get to quilt today!  As this is posted I will be visiting Missouri Star Quilting!  More about that soon.


  1. This is very nice. Too bad the tiny seams gave such trouble. I've heard in the past some people would sew on the seamlines with an unthreaded needle. It perforates the paper prior to sewing seams with thread and the paper rips easier.

  2. have you tried taking a Qtip, dab into water, and run the Qtip down the seams. Let sit a minute or so..... Wet paper comes off easily and won't pull the seams. You can take a scrap of batting to wipe off any remaining paper or wait 'til it dries and wipe again.