Start-to-finish in a snap: sewing small quilting projects (+ sale!)

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What’s a quilter to do when he or she is running low on sewing time? Whip up a small quilt, of course! Whether you need to make a quick gift or a want a speedy way to update your home decor, small quilting projects pack a big punch. In addition to being time-friendly, small quilting projects also give you an excellent chance to use the smaller odds and ends in your fabric stash. The four fantastic books on sale today (20% off plus free shipping!) will show you how to turn those small scraps into a mini masterpiece in no time.


Little GemsLittle Gems: 15 Paper-Pieced Miniature Quilts

Little Gems includes 15 gorgeous and diminutive projects (only 12″ square) that prove that bigger is not always better! If you’ve never tried paper piecing, this book offers a fun way to take the technique for a test-drive without committing to a full-sized quilt. Snow on the Mountains is a scrap-lover’s dream, not to mention being a project that you’ll almost certainly finish in time to decorate for winter. And don’t be scared of those tiny triangles—paper piecing makes it easy to stitch crisp points and angles.
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Snow on the Mountains from
Little Gems


Cups and SaucersCups and Saucers: Paper-Pieced Kitchen Designs

Cups and Saucers by Maaike Bakker is another delightful foray into small paper-pieced projects with 10 charming kitchen-themed quilts to choose from. The book also includes a step-by-step photo guide to paper piecing that really clarifies the process. Choose some bright scraps from your stash to quickly make the Breakfast quilt below as a cheerful addition to your kitchen table or as a sweet wedding shower gift.

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Breakfast from Cups and Saucers


101 Fabulous Small Quilts101 Fabulous Small Quilts

This must-have anthology is an enormous value. 101 Fabulous Small Quilts includes small quilting projects of every look and style, including doll quilts, lap quilts, table toppers, holiday decorations, and much more. It will become your go-to resource whenever you need to finish something quickly or make something marvelous from your stash.

Amazon reviewer Alice Kathleen gave the collection five stars and says:

Five-stars “I am THRILLED with this book! There are so many patterns that I hadn’t seen before and color combinations that I wouldn’t have considered (but that are perfect, and help me break out of my old-fashioned ‘traditional quilter’ mindset). I’ve found patterns that will work perfectly with my existing stash . . . Being small projects, there are no huge commitments of time or materials to make.”


Quick ChangeQuick Change: Refresh a Room Fast with Quilted Bed Runners

Quick Change includes 13 bed-runner patterns that make it quick and easy to freshen up the look of your bedroom without the time and investment required to make a bed-size quilt. Popular designers, such as Heather Andrus, Brigitte Heitland, and Megan Jimenez contributed a variety of bed runners, many of which are simple enough to piece in a day. Hester’s Crossing by Jocelyn Ueng would be a fast and fun project to brighten up your bedroom for summertime.
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“Hester’s Crossing” from Quick Change

How do you most often use your small quilts? In wall displays, on tabletops, or in some other clever way? Tell us in the comments!

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