Kelly Cline Quilting

Quilting Tiny!

My Own Quilts | December 18, 2015 | By

This dresser scarf was more of an experiment than anything else. I wanted to see how tiny I could quilt this wine glass/orange peel pattern. The linen is only 6″ x 12″, if that gives you an idea of small!


The layering of this piece is backing, a layer of wool batting, satin and linen. I always like something special to show through the cutwork. I usually don’t mark on my linens, but I had to for this pattern. I created a grid of 1/2″ squares with a purple air erase pen.


The next step is to stitch down the outer edge, which I stay inside the satin embroidered edge so I’ll have an area to trim off at the end. Before I start quilting, I also outline all the embroidery. I loved this piece because it was so perfectly stitched. I can’t even imagine doing the work that these ladies did so long ago!


This gives you an idea of scale. I’m thinking this would be easier on a domestic machine, but on a long arm it’s really tedious. I usually love working small, but this was crazy small!


Each linen has it’s own personality, which means every edge is treated differently. After I took it off the frame, I used a curved scissor to stitch as close to the stitch line, on the back, as possible.


This shows the completed back. You can see it’s cut close! I don’t worry about the raw edge on this one because I plan to mat and frame it soon.


Hard to see, but I added a few rhinestones in the tiny flower middles. I always try to pop in a few beads or sparkles to finish a linen.


Such a sweet little piece that was given new life! Have a wonderful weekend!


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    December 18, 2015

    I don’t know how you can keep out doing yourself but you do. This is spectacular! So beautiful

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    Janine R
    December 18, 2015

    Just breathtaking. Can’t imagine doing this on a longarm.

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    Jackie Clauson
    December 18, 2015

    Just wanted to say how much I enjoy your blog. I am in awe every time I see a piece you’ve quilted. From the huge quilts to these itty bitty linens, they are all wonderful!! Thanks for sharing. Maybe, one day, I can bring you something to quilt for me. That would be so cool!

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    Susan M.
    December 21, 2015

    Beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

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