I wanted some tiny quilt blocks to hang on the tree, so I pulled out my Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns and started looking for a block with lots of pieces that I could draft into a small size. Now the edges of my book are bristling with Post-It flags and I've settled on one block to start with, Dutchman's Puzzle. The pieced ornament finishes at just 2 1/2" square.
Want to make your own? I used my Easy Angle Ruler to cut the half square triangles from strips of fabric. You can pull a 1 1/2" strip from one of your other scrappy projects (if you want the backing to match, you'll also need a 4 1/2" square.) Use a solid or a very smalls scale print -- those little triangles finish at 1/2"
From a 1" strip, cut 3 dark HSTs and 9 light HSTs. From a 1 1/2" strip, cut 4 dark HSTs and 1 light HST.
Piece three of the dark and light HSTs into squares, then press open. (If you don't usually use leaders and enders on your projects, it's a good idea to chain piece these and start and end with a scrap of fabric to keep those little pieces from getting pulled into your feed dogs.) Add the remaining light 1" HSTs to form larger triangles as shown.
Depending on how you lined up those pre-trimmed dog ears, your triangles may look a little off --
When you sew them to the 1 1/2" dark HSTs, line up the 90 degree angle and it'll work out just fine. Sew the pieced triangles and the larger white triangle to the 4 dark HSTs and arrange into a block as shown. I left the strings to emphasize how tiny these little pieces are -- you'll want to trim yours before assembling the block.
Cut a piece of batting the same size as your finished block (it should measure 2 1/2" square) and center it on the wrong side of your 4 1/2" backing square. I used the binding tutorial from Made by RAE which shows how to fold the backing around the front of the piece. My corners didn't turn out as neatly as I'd like -- I'm thinking about finishing the next one with a zig-zag or buttonhole stitch around the edges.
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