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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15 Comments (leave a comment)

  • I use them in tables apes unless I am doing a large grouping of things on the wall then I will throw in a few small quilts to add texture to the grouping.

    —Barbara on April 18, 2016
  • My small quilts are baby quilts, or wall hangings. On my to-do list is a table runner.

    —Ginger on April 18, 2016
  • I use mine to top my vintage, and scarred treadle sewing machine tops.

    —mary oddan on April 18, 2016
  • I have never made a small quilt before, but really do admire the workmanship when I see them at quilt shows. This is something that is on my "bucket list" to do this year.

    —Vickie Keith on April 18, 2016
  • I belong to a quilting club and in charge of the "Comfort quilt" that we give out to people to help comfort them after a tragic event in their lives. We make lap quilts or bigger. I also love to make table runners as every dresser, night stand or where ever is covered. Love making any size! I cannot thank you all for supplying my head with so many ideas LOL!

    —Tanya on April 18, 2016
  • At Christmas time I take my curtains and valances down and hang my small holiday quilts on the curtain rods.

    —Judy Paulsen on April 18, 2016
  • Mostly on the wall but also on tables, chair and sofa backs, and quilt frames.

    —Lou on April 18, 2016
  • For SMALL sizes – they go on the wall. My table(s) are always too cluttered to show off a table-topper! But I have given them as gifts to tidier people! And the pieces that are too tiny for even small quilts are used as stuffing for dog/cat beds. Nothing is ever wasted!

    —janG on April 19, 2016
  • I make lots of things from my ‘practice’ pieces. shopping bags, fabric bowls, tablet covers, gift bags..

    —cj on April 22, 2016
  • I make many wall hangings, table toppers and runners, pot holders; and when I have strips left from larger quilts, I make quilts of strip blocks sewn horizontally then vertically, alternating directions. I made one of autumn colors that turned out so pretty. My mind is very full of ideas and not enough to do them all!!

    —Norma J. on April 22, 2016
  • I make many wall hangings, table toppers and runners, pot holders; and when I have strips left from larger quilts, I make quilts of blocks sewn horizontally then vertically, alternating directions. I made one of autumn colors that turned out so pretty. My mind is very full of ideas and not enough to do them all!!

    —Norma J. on April 22, 2016
  • I use them as wall hanging and table runners or table cloths. I give as gifts too

    —Kathie on April 22, 2016
  • I love the challenge to finish a small quilt while I’m away at a sewing retreat. Not only is it a great souvenir of an enjoyable get-together but there’s always a perfect little spot to tuck one into to give your home some extra charm!

    —Mary Smith on April 23, 2016
  • I hang them on my doors.

    —Rosalie on April 23, 2016
  • I hang the most detail ones on the wall for wall art.

    —Linda Christianson on April 23, 2016

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