January Little Quilt ~ Stage 3
1.14.2015

Final LQ IMage

My January Little Quilt is finished, binding and all! I just wanted to say a couple of things about the process that might be helpful.

First, for this particular design more contrast is better. It is very easy to turn a HST to the wrong position and it happened to me. I believe had I used a higher contrasting color in my HSTs this mistake may have been avoided.

Second, give yourself freedom to switch out fabrics. The fabric first chosen for the inner and outer borders was just not high enough contrast so I replaced them even though they were already cut. When the quilt top was complete, the fabric originally chosen for binding was not as pleasing either. Although already cut, I picked another fabric. Now that the quilt is finished, I LOVE the results!!!

February Little Quilt is next!


20 comments

  1. Dawn - January 14, 2015

    I really do love your color combo, Mari! Something about the mustardy chartreuse and the navy just looks so sharp!

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    • Mari - January 14, 2015

      Thanks Dawn! It is quite unusual but very complementary!

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  2. Jeanette/ January 14, 2015/ - January 14, 2015

    Just received my kit in the mail today. Can hardly wait to get started. I have just joined so I think it will be a lot of fun.

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    • Mari - January 14, 2015

      Yay Jeanette! So glad to have you with us! The responses regarding the January Little Quilt are quite positive!

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      • Jeanette/ January 14, 2015/ - January 15, 2015

        Thank you Mari. I have a few projects that are almost finished and then I can start.

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        • Mari - January 15, 2015

          Super! You still have half the month and I made mine in 1 day so you have plenty of time. So, don’t feel left behind because you are not. There are quite a few who have not started yet.

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  3. Penny Naugle - January 14, 2015

    I appreciate the suggestion for diagonal quilting lines. I’d been stewing about that. I’m currently working on my rows. I’m using the kit.

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    • Mari - January 14, 2015

      Hello Penny, good to hear that! I’ll include quilting suggestions with all the Little Quilts in the blog then. Thanks for your feedback!

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  4. Pam in Michigan - January 16, 2015

    I finished my January mini quilt today. I have only been piecing for a year or so and all the squares have been 12″ squares, so this was a fun challenge to me. I wish I had not cut my outer borders until I had it all pieced together. When I was putting on the side borders first they matched exactly. I was thrilled!!! However the top borders were too short. I guess the fabrics could of been stretched during the whole process, but I was short a half inch which amounted to the seam allowances. (Needed 13″). I had enough fabric left to cut more so all was fine. The cornerstones (squares) were also short by 1/4″ (or a seam allowance). (I cut new squares at 2 1/2″ then trimmed them when I was all done.) So I remade the top and bottom borders and all is good. I am really impressed with how it came out working with such small pieces. I wish the comments or directions would have reminded us that we would need a backing fabric unless making a scrappy backing.

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    • Mari - January 20, 2015

      Pam, I’m sorry to hear about your short top and bottom borders. I’m sure that was disappointing. I doubt the fabrics stretched that much, although it doesn’t make sense that the side borders fit and the top and bottom didn’t. That is a very curious situation. Well, I’m VERY happy it all worked out for you. Clever of you to come up with that solution! Good job!

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  5. Cora - January 17, 2015

    Hi Pam, I’m from Michigan too and I had the same problem with my borders. I was a quarter of an inch short, so used the longest border for the sides and cut another top and bottom border. I know my problem; when cutting I made it just a thread or two longer by being able to see thread on the left side of the line on my plastic ruler. Now when cutting I will cover the edge with the line and no more! When I get it all done I’ll post it on my page. Hope you will do the same and I’ll check it out.

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    • Mari - January 20, 2015

      You know Pam, there were a few others who had that problem as well. It really has my curiosity peaked because many others did not. However, consistently, if someone mentioned a problem with the quilt it was this one. It’s a head scratcher for sure!

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  6. Ellie Stratton - January 20, 2015

    Hey Mari! February Little Quilt brought me here. I am really impressed with your work. You got a clean hand in embroidery. Your work is really appreciable.

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    • Mari - January 20, 2015

      Thank you Ellie! I really appreciate your encouragement!

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  7. Joan - January 20, 2015

    Funny that others had problems with the borders. I did too! On the long sides the length was perfect. On the top and bottom, the shorter ends, the length was 1/4″ too short. I thought it was really odd. I set aside last night to have another look at it tonight. Now I’m really wondering??????? I plan to just cut new fabric for the too short pieces.

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    • Joan - January 20, 2015

      I checked my problem out further and it appears my seam allowance is just a scant too small, making my blocks each 1/16 of an inch too big. It’s adds up over time! I did a test before I started, but I guess I didn’t continue to pay enough attention as I went. Lesson learned! Also, I’ll wait to measure and cut my borders when the body is done in the future.

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      • Mari - January 20, 2015

        Ok, I see, well, I’m glad the mystery is solved. Good idea choosing to wait until the body of the quilt is made before cutting borders. In this particular quilt it was a best guess whether to add that in or not. I usually do when it is just a single border, however this was a pieced border so sizing has to be exact. I’m sorry for all the difficulties Joan. I hope in the future it goes better for you.

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  8. Becky Schultz - January 28, 2015

    I just finished my January Little Quilt…so much fun!!! I chose to use just two basic colors: navy blue and white (from the Winter Wonderland FQ I already had). It turned out just the way I imagined. Now on to the February project…I’m thinking all red and white HST’s. Enjoy!

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    • Mari - January 29, 2015

      That sounds beautiful Becky! And, I love the idea for your Feb Little Quilt! Mari

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  9. Donna - February 1, 2015

    I just finished piecing my January Little Quilt and I love the look! Could someone give me ideas for quilting it? I would like to try something besides stitch in the ditch. Is their a pattern that anyone has used that works well?

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