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Mastering Miniatures -- a New Block-of-the-WEEK!

Designed By Sarah Maxwell and Dolores Smith of Homestead Hearth™

FABRICS AVAILABLE January 2014 -- PROGRAM RUNS January 2014 through December 2014

  • A year-long, one-evening-a-week, truly fun, traditional quilt
  • Delight in 28 richly colored fabrics from JUDIE'S AUTHENTIC MINIATURES
    by Judie Rothermel for Marcus Fabrics
  • Transform easy-to-sew 6" blocks into a beautiful quilt (approx 70" x 70," including borders)
  • At the end, you'll not only have a beautiful'll also have 50-block pattern book!

We want you to really enjoy making this special quilt. With that in mind, we've made the instructions clear, accurate, and easy to follow. In addition, these easy tips & tricks will help to assure your success!

  • This pattern is geared toward quilters who are comfortable with rotary cutting and machine piecing. An accurate scant 1/4" seam allowance and correct pressing are essential to having all of the patches fit together accurately. If you're not sure about your seam allowance, please check it this way: sew three 2 1/2"-wide strips together on their long edges, press in your preferred manner, and measure from raw edge to raw edge. Your newly-pieced strip should be exactly 6 1/2"-wide. If it's wider, your seam allowance is too small. If it's narrower, either your seam allowance is too big or you've lost some fabric to seams that haven't been pressed completely flat.
  • Grab a 3-hole punch and a binder to create a 50-block pattern book to use over and over again for future projects. You may prefer to put each instruction sheet in a clear, 3-hole binder sleeve before inserting it in your binder (that way you don't have to punch any holes and your instruction sheets stay neat and clean).
  • You'll soon notice that you won't be receiving your block kits in consecutive numerical order. The number on each kit refers to its position in the finished quilt, not to the order in which they're sewn. You may wish to number each block as it's finished, although the quilt assembly diagram will show what each block looks like, along with its number. In Week 42, you'll receive your fabrics for the setting blocks. This way you can make 4 setting blocks a week (they're super-fast), in addition to your regular block, and be all set to assemble your quilt in Weeks 51 and 52!
  • Each piece of fabric that you receive is large enough to cut the patches listed. However, you'll want to plan how you're going to cut the patches before taking rotary cutter to fabric. We do provide you with a cutting diagram whenever the cutting isn't obvious, to be sure you have all of patches you need.

So, warm up your rotary cutter, stock up on chocolate, and prepare to enjoy yourself for an hour or two each week as you make this wonderful family heirloom!!