Small Pieces, Spectacular Quilts :: Review and Giveaway

Posted on August 20th, by Amy in give away, review. 119 comments

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.


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!

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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!


119 thoughts on “Small Pieces, Spectacular Quilts :: Review and Giveaway

  1. I haven’t made a really small HST – I think I did a 2 inch for a project where I was using up scraps.

  2. would love this book…not sure how small I’ve done..been doing a lot of them lately in the RTQAL…probably 2.5″
    Thanks Amy

  3. I have done that small too, 1″ finished, but I have a book of really mini minis that I want to try. Thanks for the chance to win.

  4. I’m not sure, but since I did a lot of the Farmer’s Wife blocks some were probably 1-1.5 inches. Thanks!

  5. I think my smallest HST finished at about 1 1/4 inch, there were many of them, in various sizes, in a Biblical blocks sampler quilt that is currently (still) in the hand-quilting hoop. This one has been 15 years in the making – would like to say it’ll be finished this year, but that isn’t really likely as there are many large setting triangles still to quilt …

  6. Just this summer I have started taking advantage of all my scraps and HST….the smallest finished units I have at the moment are 3/4 of an inch. I prefer to work with finished units in the 1 1/2 – 2 1/2 inch range. The smaller finished units I am saving for a mixed media project.

    Now if I could only turn back time and retrieve all of the fabric scraps I have tossed out over the years……

  7. Well I made two Dear Jane quilts and I’m pretty sure there were some finished 1/2 inch hst’s in them but not positive, I would have to get the quilts out to measure.

  8. Tenho como prova viva da insanidade uma colcha de 2.00×2.40 hexágonos de 1cm.toda em branco e com uma paisagem copiada de um gráfico de ponto-cruz,aplicada por cima também com mini hexágonos,dois anos trabalhando só com ela.IMPAGÁVEL,você não acha?Obrigada.

  9. I think 1 inch is the smallest I have made, too. I’m doing a Farmer’s Wife Sampler and there are lots of teeny little hst’s in it.
    Thanks for a chance at this lovely book!

  10. The smallest HST I have made was 1.5 inches finished. Your Homeward Bound triangle square will make a great pillow top.

  11. I must admit I am not a fan of HST!! I probably have done no smaller than 2.5!! would love a copy ofthis book! thanks for a chance.

  12. My smallest was a 2″ finished. I like the fabrics you used in your project. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this interesting book.

  13. My smallest finished at 2″ and I thought that was tough enough. However, I have seen some really wonderful tiny quilt projects I would love to try :) Thanks for the giveaway! Good Luck, Everyone!!

  14. I’ve never gone tiny with HST, but I think I’m ready to try! (The smallest I’ve done is probably 5″ finished, so not very small at all). I was looking at a vintage quilt that I have just this weekend and thinking about all the tiny piecing that went into it (whole quilt is made up of tiny squares smaller than 1″) and thinking that it was time for me to try something ambitious like that!

  15. That looks like an amazing book. I’d love to win it.

    As to tiny hsts….it isn’t polite to measure….I have no idea. I tend to make what I need to complete whatever I am working on. Don’t look back. It is too scary.

  16. I love small pieces. I made some quilt block magnets that were about 1 1/4″ finished. I can’t remember the size of the HST, but it’s fun to make small pieced things. Thanks for the chance to win this book.

  17. I think mine was also 2″ finished. Maybe I’ll try something smaller for a small project.

  18. I made some super tiny HSTs for some star points . . . 1″ or 3/4″, but not very many. Thanks for the chance.

  19. i’m not sure, but think smallest was 2″ finished. What a great giveaway. thanks so much!!!

  20. I have done lots of HSTs that are 1 1/2″ finished. I’ve probably made the occasional smaller one for specific projects but lost my mind and can’t remember. LOL

  21. My smallest HST’s that I have made are 1 inch. I actually take many of my triangle scraps and sew them together as breaks in larger projects and put them into a bin. I have a nice scrappy collection of HST’s growing.

  22. Hello! the smallest I’ve used are 1.5″,working toward 1″ – I save most of my scraps in a basket. Love the small-piecing! Beautiful book-thank you for a chance to win it!

  23. Surprisingly I haven’t done any HST’s. I am planning to though … sometime very soon. So many great layouts! Would love the book!

  24. My smallest HST is 1″ finished. My tip is to press the seams open, eliminates the bulk. Thank you for this giveaway.

    Have a super great sewing and stitching day!

  25. I can’t remember the size of the HST, but it’s fun to make small pieced things. Thanks for the chance to win this book.

  26. I just finished my first baby quilt month and a half ago that used first ever sewn HSTs. After quilted they where 3″ big.
    I would love to win. Thanks for the chance.

  27. I definitely haven’t done HSTs that were anywhere near as impressive as yours – I think mine were probably around 3″ finished!

  28. Oh about 15 years ago I had a line of teddy bears I created that were quilter bears. The dressed bears sat with a quilt in a hoop hand quilting their latest creations. As I recall I think the smallest HST was about 3/8″ finished. Loads of spray starch, short stitch length, 1/8″ seam allowances, and a sz 8 needle on the machine. A totaly labor of love.
    Have a great day.
    Always, Queenie

  29. I’ve been doing a lot of Farmer’s Wife blocks lately so I’ll say 1″ finished. Fun to work in different sizes.

  30. I don’t know the smallest HST but I’m sure it wasn’t smaller than a couple of inches. I love your pillow cover and the quilt that inspired it.

  31. My smallest HSTs were 1.5″ finished, but I made it an easy one using the Wondercut Ruler… ;-)
    I even made Quarter Square Triangles from the leftovers, they finished ad 1.25″, but that was way too crazy.

  32. The smallest units I’ve ever worked with are 1 1/4″ and wowsers was that small for me! I would love to win this book!

  33. I had to go measure…they are 5/8ths of an inch! I was trimming the zillions off to flip and sew, so sewed these as I went and used them for a border on a different quilt.

  34. Thank you for your warm welcome & invite to snoop around!
    I know I made a 2″ HSQ & I saw an order form requesting the 1″, 1.5″, 1.75″ sizes of HST on a roll. I don’t seem to recall making the smaller ones yet but would be interested in trying- Especially if a won a book.

  35. The smallest is 1.5″ from scraps. I would love to start another project with small piecing. Thanks for the chance to win.

  36. my smallest hst was 2 inches, not so small! but i’m ambitious and have plans to make pillows, placemats, candle mats, mug rugs, coasters and any other small pieces. this book would be a big help towards my working my nnew small pieces. thanx for the chance to win a copy.

  37. I haven’t been quilting long – and not many triangles in my work to date. I would love for this to change!
    Thanks for a chance to win.

  38. I haven’t done too many triangle-based quilt projects, and not any that are very small. My smallest HST project (still unfinished) is about 2.5″. This book looks amazing and inspirational! Thanks for the giveaway!

  39. I haven’t done alot of small stuff yet. The smallest I’ve made so far is 3 inch finished.

  40. My smallest HST was 2 inches. Recently tried equilateral (60*) triangles and think I will stick to HST’s!!!! Super giveaway!

  41. I love the block you made, it’s a great riff on the granny square. The tiniest hsts I’ve ever made were ½”! Way too small to tackle again.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  42. This book is definitely on my wish list.

    The smallest HST I’ve used in a project finished at 1″. I have a short stack of HST that would finish at 1/2″, but they are waiting for more friends to be made. And waiting. And waiting….

  43. my smallest finished at half an inch. It was a bit crazy, but I only had to make 24 or so for one spot in an entire quilt. And the finish was worth it.

  44. My smallest HST is 1.5″. At the moment I’m making 4″ HST – very lovely size to work with. This book looks intriguing and challenging.

  45. I think probably 1.5″ or so. I have done some small quilts but it has been awhile.

  46. My smallest must be 3/4 or 7/8. There are some small hst’s in Dear Jane but you should check out Nearly Insane or Just Plain Nuts. Don’t we all love a challenge!

  47. I love using little pieces of fabric. My smallest HST unit to-date is half an inch finished. I’ve also done a block with a half-inch finished quarter-square triangle unit. Great fun!

  48. My smallest hst so far is 1.5 inches. Best advice I received was to round up from the 7/8th measurements and then trim it.

  49. I’ve attempted to make HST which turned out wonky … at about 1 inch down to 3/4 inch. Boy, is it difficult to keep these square and uniform size when sewing. Now, I don’t know what to do with them! If “square” them up, there wont’ be anything left to sew together. That is why I need this book! Thanks for the chance.

  50. I have not made a hst project. I found one online that I would like to make. I even have some of the hst cut out. That is as far as I have gotten. I think its final size will be a small table center piece mat. Not sure…see how it goes.

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  52. My smallest would probably be 1″, they are leftover triangles from X and + blocks that I made into HST, I haven’t trimmed them yet but they are tiny!

  53. Hola! By first time with you.And I don’t speak english,only a bit.
    No hago aun quilts de piezas muy pequeñas, pero voy a empezar uno con nine patch de 1″. Los de este libro me parecen preciosos y quiero hacer muchos más.
    A big kiss for you and I promisse to come by here many times more.

  54. My smallest was 1″ finished. Really want to try making something with little pieces and I think her tips will really help!

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  56. The smallest HST I made was a 2″ sq. It seemed like I made a million of them though in a queen size blue wave quilt.

  57. My smallest hst were 1 inch finished. I am usually a hand stitcher, so I challenged myself to sew that little quilt by machine, Lets just say I still need practice in that area! Lol
    Thank you and Elizabeth for the opportunity to win this great book.

  58. Great giveaway; this book has been on my wishlist! I think my smallest HST’s were 1 1/2″ finished.

  59. My smallest half square triangle is 1/2 inch finished, I used triangle paper,it was part of a challenge, and made a small doll quilt, bear’s paw design. I still enjoy seeing it.

  60. I did what finished to 2-inch squares for a church project – white with colored prints. All the members of the congregation put their names on the white HST. It was fun and everyone in the church liked the way the squares were all different but similar.

  61. I have lots of little scraps which I have kept because I thought perhaps make hexies. Then I like HST esp the flying geese so thought could use for those.

    But couldn’t really say that I have sewn small HST more the size of Turnovers. But I love the designs in this book, especially the cover which make them doable. So now I am ready for a new venture.

    I do like miniatures.

  62. The smallest half-square triangles I have made finished at 3/4″ — I think I questioned my sanity after making them!

  63. I am very new to quilting, but a long time sewer. I actually just finished my 1st, and onto my 2nd. My quilts are basic, but would love the chance to learn how to make smaller ones. Thanks for the chance to win!

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