Sunday, January 17, 2021

Monday Making

I did a little size comparison this week.

Have you every changed a block by just 1/2”?
It is truly amazing how much that 1/2" changes the finished size!

I compared 16 patch blocks using
1 1/2”, 2” and 2 1/2” squares.  

This is an oldie but goodie using 2” squares.
After the comparison....I don't think I'll be using anything smaller!

A small glimpse at my postage stamp quilt....queen sized.

What are YOU making this week???



  1. I love your postage stamp quilt, Beth. What a fun quilt to work on. I enjoy working with 2 1/2" or 1 1/2" squares. Have a lovely week. Happy Quilting.

  2. I think you have the right idea: 2" squares or bigger. I have a 1.5" project going (although I'm still in the gathering squares part of it.) And, another that is ready for the rows to be sewn together. (I haven't been thinking about it this week at all.) It takes a lot of 1.5" squares to make a quilt, that's for sure.

  3. I have a 1" postage stamp project in the works, but no final plan on size at this point.

  4. I think I could only manage one inch squares as part of a larger block. That size would make me crazy on a postage stamp quilt.

  5. I bet everything seems to grow faster when you are comparing 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 pieces!!

  6. That's true with block sizes as well as one patch sizes. But yes -- that's why I bought the 6" tumbler die from Accuquilt when I already had the 4" die. Not only do the quilts go together faster with a larger block size, but you can showcase larger scale prints better if you're not cutting them up so small. The only reason I would go smaller is when I have precious itty-bitty-bits of fabric scraps that I cannot bear to part with... One more thought: Quilts made with smaller fabric pieces are heavier as well, due to having so many more seam allowances. My king size pineapple log cabin quilt made with 3/4" finished width strips is so heavy, I was afraid to hold it up by the border for a photograph in case the weight of the quilt might tear the border!

  7. When I was working on my Civil War repro quilts (now on hold) I noted that many of the patterns called for odd measurements -- say, 1-3/4" squares which means a nine-patch would finish at 4-3/4". Though I appreciate the desire to recreate an antique quilt I'm all for cutting more conventional sizes! (That said, it's pretty easy to see when blocks/quilts are cut from 2-1/2" jelly roll strips.)

  8. It is a beautiful use of 2" squares, and I agree that 1/2" does make a huge difference in size. People who don't quilt don't really understand how critical and precise those measurements are.

    Your quilt is a beauty!

  9. 1/2'' can make a huge difference, and the smaller you go, the more accurate you have to be. Lovely postage stamps blocks

  10. My smallest width is 1 1/2". I follow some quilt bloggers who make doll quilts/small quilts, and they recommend even smaller. Nope not me. IF I make that quilt it will be larger than theirs! I've got 3 UFO's lingering that I have made from 1 1/2" strips. (no motivation lately!) I will need to get at them again sometime.


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