Hi friends, and welcome to those of you that may be visiting for the first time! I’m Amy Ellis, quilter, blogger and author too – feel free to poke around and get to know me better if you haven’t stopped by before.

Small Pieces, Spectacular Quilts, by friends, Mary Elizabeth Kinch and Biz Storms, includes photographs of beautiful vintage quilts, and 10 fabulous quilt patterns inspired by antique quilts! Personally, I tend to lean toward larger pieces, but these small pieces have me reconsidering.  I was instantly drawn to Homeward Bound, a quilt that was pieced in solid blues and black.

It’s stunning, and I wanted to make a project inspired by it, so I decided to tackle a slightly smaller quilt, while still using small pieces.  This way I could make use of the tips included in the book, and not be scared off of small pieces!

My piece measures 16 1/2″ square and I think it will become a pillow cover in the next couple of weeks. Aside from the fact that the pieces are little, it’s simple piecing, and not difficult to manage.  In fact, I found myself enjoying the project, with just a few blocks to create!  All the patterns have clear and concise instructions, and often there’s tips for keeping the hundreds (or thousands!) of pieces organized, while working on your project.  Mary Elizabeth and Biz also talk you through some of the challenges you might face while piecing your tiny pieces.

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Would you like to win a copy of Small Pieces, Spectacular Quilts?  Here’s your chance!

Tell me the smallest HST unit you’ve made to date.  Mine is 1″ finished!

For an extra entry, use the Facebook and Twitter buttons at the bottom of this post to share this post with friends – just leave an extra comment for each.

Also, you can visit Mary Elizabeth, here for more great giveaways that are super handy when piecing small quilts.

Next week, visit Super Goof for another first hand look into this fantastic book.

Fabrics used in my sample are by AdornIt!

I’ll select a winner on Friday, August 24th, 2012 – Good luck!

Amy