Saturday, November 13, 2021

Lori's SAL and The Tiny Club

This is what I made for Lori's (Humble Quilts Blog) "Land That I Love" SAL. I haven't had a chance to quilt it, or name it.  

When Lori announced the SAL I was really in the mood to use fall colors, so I rummaged through bags of HSTs and my scrap basket under my cutting table and came up with everything for the blocks. The setting triangles and squares were cut from a FQ.

I keep telling myself I am going to hand quilt it, but it hasn't happened, so maybe I just need to machine quilt it and have it finished. And if someone has a name idea, I would love to hear it.

Now, just what is The Tiny Club, you may be wondering. Well, the wonderful quilt shop over the mountain, Village Dry Goods, is offering a series of 3 classes taught by Lynn Hopkins. It is all about 2" finished blocks. 

In the background you can see Lynn giving instructions. In the foreground is one of his custom rulers and patterns

Lynn has custom designed rulers that allow you to make precise 2" finished blocks based on a 3x3 grid--and that is no simple task. At each class he gives us patterns for 4 blocks, and demonstrates what we need to know to experience success. Below are some of the blocks he has made, and some of his quilts.

In the two photos above you see many of his 2" blocks. My hand in the photo on the right gives you a bit of size perspective.


 The blocks shown to the left are all made from silk ties--and they finish at 2" just like the others. If you have ever worked with silk, you know how hard it can be to keep it from slipping and sliding. Then, to make things this tiny and preserve accuracy is insane.  


Below you see a collection of Lynn's little quilts.

 

 

 

To the right is Lynn's Jacob's Ladder mini quilt, made from 2" finished blocks, of course.









And then we have the masterpiece! Look at this incredible quilt--all the little blocks within it finish at--what else? Two inches!!

I was so inspired afterward that I came home and made a few blocks myself. Five of them were from Lynn's patterns and the others were from my own patterns for 2" blocks. Mine are mostly based on a 4x4 grid (much easier to do than the 3x3 grid). I am doing them all scrappy from the fabrics in the basket under my cutting table. Someone's got to use them. :)

Today (November 13, 2021) was World Kindness Day. I hope you were able to find a way to surprise someone with kindness, whether you knew about the designation or not.

Until next time,

Janet O.




37 comments:

  1. Awesome tiny blocks! I didn't get to make the Land that I Love. I totally wanted to, Just ran out of time. No name suggestions come to mind, sorry. Happy November!

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  2. Oh ... I adore your quilt Janet ! I will do it but I'm a little bit busy these days ! "Fall quilt" for the name ?
    I know it's not extraordinary but with these colors....
    These tiny blocks are beautiful ! No doubt you will make wonderful little quilts with them !

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  3. OMG that would be such a cool class to take.........can't wait to see what you make......

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  4. wow those tiny blocks are your cup of tea for sure....and how about 'foliage' for your little quilt? it reminds me of your header photo...

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  5. Oh my goodness! That is right up your alley! All those tiny blocks are amazing. I still can’t make the large ones very well. 😆 I’d love to have a tiny one to put into a necklace frame pendant.

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  6. Ooooo! Itty bitty!! I adore these!!! Yours are the prettiest!

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  7. ♥️ Those TINY blocks! Wish he were teaching near me or I could buy his tools! I’ll bet you really enjoy the club, it’s right up your alley!

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  8. Lori's QALs and your mini quilts are a match made in heaven! I missed this one but hope to do it in the future and like your idea of starting in the scrappy HST bin. How about "Fall in the Land That I Love" or "Fall For the Land That I Love"? I love a good play on words for a quilt name, LOL! Oh my word, those little blocks and those quilts! Whhyy do you tempt me with such things?!? Clicking over there right after this.....

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  9. What a wonderful class to take and what a clever quilter! Those tiny blocks from silk ties too!! Your SAL mini is beautiful as are your blocks.

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  10. Oh you found a workshop tailored especially for you! Those blocks are awesome, something I could not make but just admire from afar. Your version of Land that I Love is a perfect autumn quilt, love all the deep hues.

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  11. Cider and Cinnamon / Tenderly [the falling leaves caress the trees, tenderly.] Mountains: Autumn / Nature Saves the Best for Last aka Best:Last/ Pumpkin Spice/ October / Gather/ Thankful

    Lynn's work is fabulous, far beyond my skills or ability.

    lizzy

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  12. Thank you for sharing these amazing quilt blocks and quilts! I find piecing such small blocks difficult and admire those who can do it well. A thought for your SAL title? - I’ve always liked author George Eliot’s famous quote using the phrase “Delicious Autumn.” Just a thought. Have a great week!

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  13. Your little brown quilt is so cute. Those fabrics are very autumn inspiring. Gladiquilts' name suggestion, Delicious Autumn, sounds like the perfect name. Lynn's work is awesome. All of those tiny blocks.

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  14. What a wonderful club... I want to join! Such amazing tiny blocks!

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  15. WoW - there are some teeny tiny squares there Janet. Just awesome & such perfection in the joining of all those blocks. It almost makes my eyes go funny. When I saw your beautiful fall mini the first thing I thought of was "Scatters of Autumn" ... how about that for a name. Maybe not ........ 😉 Wishing you a wonderful week Janet. xx

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  16. Lynn's quilts are right up your alley! They are very little and very sweet!
    Love your fall version of Land that I love! Thanks for sewing along!

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  17. Your sew-along quilt is delightful. Autumn perfection, I'd say.
    It seems like Lynn's Tiny Club is right up your alley, Janet. I suspect that 2" blocks come easily to you by now, as evidenced by the ones in the photo. Delightful!
    It looks like Village Drygoods sells only reproduction fabric? I wonder if the colors in their photos are accurate. (Oh, I know, that depends partly on the monitor, doesn't it?)

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  18. Blimey! Those tiny blocks are mind blowing. Yours are super cute. Did you use his ruler for yours?

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  19. Your autumn small quilt is yummy and I swoon over tiny blocks. Wish I could take the class.

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  20. Lovely tiny blocks! I love to work small

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  21. Janet, I just *adore* the quilt from your SAL. What a pretty piece. And the color combinations are perfect for the season! What a fun class!! That was right up your alley, wasn't it?! And you came home and put it to use ... that's the sign of a terrific class!!! And I also want to know——did you get his ruler and use it??! :)

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  22. I think that class was made for you--amazing and beautiful blocks!!

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  23. Awesome tiny blocks! I wish I was close enough to take his class. Do you know if he sells his patterns and rulers outside his class?

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    1. Deb, I am sorry I can't respond personally, as your settings don't allow me to reply via your email. I don't know if you will see this, but I will try to find out if his patterns and rulers are available for mail or online ordering and include that info in my next post.

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  24. O.k. - some of those blocks are beyond tiny! I would love to have been a fly on the wall watching all you "mini-acs" at work. Love your Humble Quilt sew-a-long version. Such gorgeous colors. I just noticed that Chooky is going to be Zooming on Friday. I hope to join in around 5:00 EST hope you can too.

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  25. These are tiny and very beautiful blocks. How wonderful to have a great shop with classes you enjoy!! Your SAL quilt is just perfect for fall! It matches your header with the beautiful autumn leaves.

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  26. Looks like that Tiny club is right up your alley, Janet! By what I’ve seen of your mini’s though, I think you may be way ahead of him.
    My kindness today is, I gave away my instant pot!

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  27. Tiny quilt blocks...and tiny quilts...amaze me!

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  28. Lynn’s quilts are Insanity of the tiniest sort! Wow. Your QAL quilt looks great—I love Fall colors.

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  29. Wow! those blocks are tiny! and so so sweet.
    Your quilt along looks great and is perfect for fall. It goes perfectly with that gorgeous view of the mountains in your header.
    I will be posting my baggie this week. First to pick on out - there are many hanging around :)

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  30. Oh my Gosh, those are amazing, so tiny.
    Your tiny blocks look beautiful.

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  31. Oh, those teeny-tiny blocks are right up your alley, Janet! Must have been a fun class to take! Amazing little quilts but yours are amazing, too! The colors in your Land That I Love quilt are perfect for autumn! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  32. Well, now I really know you be a crazy girl!! Love them though!! And my name for the SAL is "Autumn, I Love!"

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  33. WOW! Tiny blocks, new/amazing/beautiful header photo showing unbelievable color! Thank you for visit to my blog, unable to e-mail directly now.

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  34. Wow those are tiny blocks, and so adorable! I like looking at them.

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  35. I have a love-hate relationship with tiny blocks. Usually 4" blocks are my limit. I'm so impressed with the 2" blocks - way to go!

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  36. What a fun class...love the sample tiny blocks...silk at that size, eek!...your versions look great, no scrap is too small!!! :)

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