What I’m Working On–Bitsy Blocks

A post from Kelli–

When I first started quilting, I only used precuts because I hated cutting out quilts.  Because I only used precuts, I also only used large (in my current opinion) pieces.  Lately, I have started a new obsession of sorts with little pieces.  After paging through Small Pieces, Spectacular Quilts: Patterns Inspired by Antique Quilts by Mary Elizabeth Kinch and Biz Storms at my local quilt store, I was inspired to make a quilt of my own out of small pieces–1 inch strips, to finish at 1/2 inch.

After a bit of futzing around and perfecting my quarter inch seam (it was about an 1/8 of an inch from where I thought it was) I came up with these blocks–

Bitsy Blocks

Each block will finish at 4.5 inches and has 45 pieces in it.  Right now, I am planning to make enough blocks to make this into a large bed quilt.  I’m thinking that I will end up adding a sashing with cornerstones and I do plan to use a red or pink for the diagonal squares in each block.  Other than that, I don’t have too much planned.  I figure that I’ll keep making blocks until I have a few over 200 done and then figure out the rest!

I have a feeling you’ll be seeing a lot more of this project.

To see what other’s are working on, check out Patchwork Times.  The blocks shown are not in the book…I was just inspired to make something tiny and came up with my own design.

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13 thoughts on “What I’m Working On–Bitsy Blocks

  1. Jan Ward

    They are going to be beautiful. I thought of you when I started criss cross apple sauce yesterday. Boy do those blocks go quick. Are you using scraps for this bitty one ?

  2. Pat C in Washingon

    I took two classes from Bonnie Hunter this last week and in one of the classes, the block had 104 pieces in it! The smallest piece was only 1 1/2″ unfinished, so it was not as small as your pieces were. I haven’t worked with a 1″ piece for a long time – those blocks are cute, cute, cute!

  3. Susan P

    Wow these blocks are amazing. It’s going to be a beautiful quilt. Can’t wait to see the progress.

  4. Cheri

    Wow…45 pieces, 1/2 inch? Seriously? Boy girl, do you have the quilting bug! I am stressing over having to start a bargello quilt with strips 1,1/2 (1 inch finished) that is needed to make the waves and curves in the pattern! Any tips on working with such small pieces and tons of seams? Good luck…sure looking forward to seeing the finished product!

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