Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Small, Smaller Smallest Blog Hop


It is my day on the Small, Smaller, Smallest blog Hop, hosted by fabulous Carol at Just Let Me Quilt. Here is the schedule for the event so make sure you visit them all as there will be lots of great projects to see.

For this blog hop we needed to made a small  project. So what I decided to do was pick a block I like and see how small I could make it.  My choice was the Ohio Star block.

One of my favourite quilt features this block in two sizes 12" and 6", so my goal was to see how much smaller I could make it. I pulled out the scrap bin and selected some fabric and set out to make a tiny Ohio Star block.

This is how I made it , just in case you fancy having a go.

1. Cut 2 x 2" squares from Contrasting fabrics. (2 squares from each fabric) Draw a diagonal line on the back of the lighter one.  Pair two contrasting squares right sides together.
Sew a 1/4" either side of your drawn line.

 Cut along the drawn line and press to the darker triangle. Trim up.

2.  Draw a diagonal line across your previous stitch line.

Pair two half Square triangle together right sides together, (as the seams were pressed to the dark the seams will nest together.) as you want the dark triangle matched up with a light triangle.  Sew either side of the drawn line and cut along the line Press seams open. Repeat with the other pair. Trim to 1 1/4" squares. Those tiny little star points are so cute.

3. Cut 5 x 1 1/4" background squares, layout your block as picture.

4. Sew into rows, pressing rows 1& 3 outwards and row 2 inwards. Sew the rows together. Press well.

Repeat steps 1-4 and make a second Ohio Star block. Mine ended up at 2 3/4". That is pretty small.

5. Cut 2x 2 3/4" squares, layout the two squares with the two star blocks. Sew into pairs, press to the plain square.

6. Sew the two pairs together to complete your mug rugs top.
7. Make a quilt sandwich and quilt.

8. Cut a 2 1/4" strip fold wrong sides together press. Sew your binding on with your preferred method.

Your mug rug is now completed.
Please visit the other bloggers and have a look at what they have made. The list is at the top of my post.

Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

34 comments:

Vroomans' Quilts said...

One of my favorite blocks and I love the fabrics you used - very sweet.

sewyouquilt2 said...

Love it!

tubakk said...

What a cutie. I really love minis, the smaller the better.

Dorian said...

A great little mug rug!

Martina said...

Thanks for the tuto, this is very lovely!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Lovely piece...I really like blues in anything

Carol S. said...

Oh my gosh, those are so tiny! Your tutorial was great and totally made it look easy. Cutest little mug rug ever! Thanks for hopping along we us and sharing your sweet small project. :O)

Quilter Kathy said...

SO cute! I love Ohio stars blocks!

krislovesfabric said...

Sweet little stars, thanks for sharing :)

tink's mom said...

Well that's taking smallest to a new level. Very cute and very impressive.

Needled Mom said...

Those are so tiny and sweet.

Creativeblonde66 said...

Beautiful 😍

The Joyful Quilter said...

What fun you had with a handful of small scraps!!

KatieQ said...

It's amazing how tiny you were able to make the block. Thanks for sharing.

LJ said...

You did a great job with making your block smaller than the pattern. Congrats on coming up with a smallest block and your mug rug is great.

Calicojoan said...

I love little mini projects...this Ohio Star is just perfect!

Kwilty Pleasures said...

Being an OHIO gal I luv this block in any size.

Patty said...

Great mini!

thatfabricfeeling.com said...

I love your method for making this block. So clever! Thanks for hopping and sharing the love.

Corrie said...

Such a great block pattern. Your mug rug is so pretty in blue!

Farm Quilter said...

Such an adorable teeny Ohio Star block! You did a great job working with such small pieces.

Sue McQ said...

Such a sweet mug rug! You are a "Star!"

Cindy Staub said...

Very nicely done, love the tiny stars!

Amy said...

I love the little stars on your mug rug. Just so cute!!

Deonn @ Quiltscapes said...

Oh, how cute, Cynthia! Ohio Star is my favorite block too. Those blocks look so teensy next to the safety pins. Love it!

Carla said...

Too cute, Cynthia. Love the little star mug rug. It's very nice of you to do a tutorial. THank you.

Mary Ann said...

Wow that is tiny. Hats off to you for doing this. Thanks you so much for sharing.

Kathy E. said...

So tiny and so cute! The colors go so well together!

allthingzsewn said...

We can always use another mug rug, yours is cute. Some how they disappear around here.

Susan said...

My goodness! I think you win the award for smallest - such teeny tiny pieces. Nice job!

Marian said...

How you did that so nicely is beyond me.. I am in awe... Not sure I could manage that small, but absolutely a fantastic job doing so.

Kim said...

This looks awesome!

Carol said...

Now that is small! and cute! Great way to use up some extra 2 1/2 inch squares, but I wouldn't want to make too many. Thanks for sharing!

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

I love the Ohio star and your tiny blocks are awesome.