Small, but Mighty!

My Own Quilts | September 18, 2015 | By

This started out in the bottom of a bag full of linens. I guess it might have been a dresser scarf, probably with a set that had larger pieces. It’s only 6″ x 12″, so quilting it was a challenge to stay small and compact.


I used two layers of batting, 80/20 and wool. On top of the batting is a piece of gold lame, to show through the tiny cut work. First things first, I stitched around the outer scallop edge.


I also do a VERY quick sketch. I don’t like to mark on the fabric. If I need to, I might make some registration dots with a purple air erase pen or a water soluble blue pen.


There you go! The fun thing about small is it’s also fast. This piece might have taken an hour, but what a mighty little thing it turned out to be!


Even that tiny bit of gold that peeks through is perfect! You can really see where my outer stitch is in this picture, just inside the scalloped border edge.


Then I take some very small scissors (I like fingernail scissors!) and trim to the stitching line on the back. The raw edge won’t matter on this one because it will be matted and framed.


TA DA! SO cute! I used acid free, double stick tape to mount it on acid free matboard. I cut my own mats, so I’m never too concerned about the size of the finished linen piece. I do, however, try to make the total mat a standard size to fit in a standard frame. Otherwise, you’ll be spending way too much for something so small!


A great finish that ended up in a friends’ home. I love to give these away. They are a small piece of me!


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    Freda Butler
    September 18, 2015

    Another wonderful piece. I really look forward to you emails and your wonderful work..

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    September 18, 2015

    I have been inspired by your linen embroidery. I picked up some linens at an estate sale. They were probably dresser scarves. At some point I am going to attempt to work on them. Love this current one.

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    September 18, 2015

    I love how you do your projects. I bought a roll of gold lame in an Op-shop and when I got it home I said to myself. Have you lost your mind. What are you going to do with this. Now I know..

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      September 19, 2015

      Thanks Peta! Isn’t that the truth! I have so many costume type fabrics that have found new purpose!

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    Susan N.
    September 18, 2015

    Absolutely Beautiful! I love the things you post. They are so inspiring!

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    Susan N.
    September 18, 2015

    Absolutely beautiful. I love the things you post. Your work is so inspiring.

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    September 1, 2016

    What do you use to put the piece on the mat? Just found your blog…love your work!

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      September 1, 2016

      Thanks Karen, I use acid free, double stick tape. I don’t really want it permanent, but I want it to have a good mount.

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