Small but Mighty!

I’ve had the some of the grand-kids for a visit recently and I can testify to the fact the “though they are small, they are mighty”!  Mighty mess makers!  We didn’t get much sewing done, but we did mend the “blankey” and hem one pair of pants and fix some favorite pjs.  Those mighty kids made their own pizza, helped Grandpa deliver a calf, and played with cousins.  For being so small they have a mighty hold on my heart!

ONLY 5 of the 12

Now they are back at home and my house is much quieter.  I need a small but mighty sewing challenge to accomplish something quickly.  Break out the picture panels and all those small squares we were cutting last year.  I know you’re asking how can those be quick & easy? So here’s the next sew along.

Panel of Winnie & scraps to match

Sew Along #3

Mix 2 1/2″ squares that the colors coordinate with the panel for a patchwork look.  I’m using pastels because of the color in the panel.  I started with a few 5″ squares just for a solid read and contrast in size.

Larger spacers

Design board which I probably won’t follow. 🙂

Assembly line sew the 2 1/2″ squares into rows that match the width of your panel.  Press in alternate directions for matching corners. Trim or square up “early & often”. Make a least 3-4 rows. This is an exercise in MAKING myself be random.  You could spend a life time moving 2 1/2″ squares around.  Just sew!

“Wooden” border not my wood floor. 🙂

I split my panel into two quilts make it a rectangle but still added squares AND get two for the price of one, but you could just add more (or fewer) rows to the top and bottom.  I like the idea of custom sizing to what you need/have so I’m not giving required measurements. I’m using a basic crib size.

A quick and simple way to finish up a quilt top.  Same idea would work for place mats with a focus picture and edges of small (but mighty) squares.  What is your favorite/mighty way to use small squares?

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