Whether you are working from the June downloadable pattern or the Itty Bitty Quilts book, the construction of the June Itty Bitty is probably the most detailed of all the Itty Bittys, however, it’s just SO cute! It is so Summery and luscious. Here’s a rundown of the tools I used in the building of this quilt…
- Itty Bitty Quilt book
- Wire Scalloped Single Stand
- Fabric Stack
- Roxanne Mini Blue Baste-It
- Embroidery Needle Threader
- Pigma Micron Marking Pen
- Omnigrid 6-1/2″ Square Ruler
I used all wool for this Itty Bitty following the pattern instruction for choosing fabrics. There are two 1″ squares of the same wool fabric. They are from five different green fabrics and eight reds. The base cream wool was cut out at 7″ (and wis cut back to 6-1/2″ after the little squares are all sewn on and quilted), and I backed it with the woven fusible interfacing. All the squares were laid out first to create a good color mix.
I searched for months for the perfect button for the seeds on this Itty Bitty. Finally, at the last minute I gave up and decided to make them myself. Here they are all finished.
I used a product called Sculpey polymer clay. It’s very soft and malleable and can be purchased at a craft store. It’s very inexpensive. There are other polymer clay products that will work too. The local craft store carried the Sculpey brand. To begin, the Sculpey was rolled out into small balls about the size of peas and that was way too big! They were re-made half that size!
Then they were flattened and shaped to look like a watermelon seed. Once the perfect size, they were transferred to aluminum foil and placed in a 275° oven for about 7 minutes and voilá, a beautiful seed! The smaller size was best for the 1″ squares.
Then I auditioned them on my Itty Bitty to make sure they were just the right size. They’ll be added at the end.
So, all the hand stitching was completed for each little square. That took some time but I love handwork and I love the primitive look. Now, the quilting…
It is quilted in the ditch between all the squares and then cut down to 6-1/2″.
I experimented with the binding this time and decided to use 1-1/4″, single fold binding. Judy suggested this and it was a great idea!
The binding is sewn on the exact same way as double fold. The binding was looking pretty thick on the previous Itty Bitty’s which I don’t really mind, however, I wanted a tighter look and I got it! The binding was pressed open on the front side and the raw edge was pressed to the WS 1/4″ prior to wrapping around the seam and stitching down.
I love how smooth and clean the binding looks on this Itty Bitty! Now for the watermelon seeds!
Love, love, love my seeds. If the flat look to the seeds is undesirable, they can easily be brightened with a little varnish (not the spray mind you!); it needs to be painted on. Finally, the seeds were glued to the Itty Bitty with fabric glue using Roxanne Mini Blue Baste-It.