Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Miniature quilts

Never -- never, never will I be a maker of miniature quilt blocks and miniature quilts. I look at that and think about angels dancing on the head of a pin.  Today four members of the Bayberry Quilt Guild talked about how they got together a few years ago and began with 6 inch miniature blocks and a couple of them progressed (regressed?) to making the same complex blocks (some had as many as 92 pieces per block) in three inch size.  And they had examples which were jaw droppping.

When I belonged to the Empire Quilters Guild in New York City among the members were Mr. and Mrs. George Sicciliano. He was making miniature quilts at that time and has since become very well known in the quilt world.  His wife whose first name I do not remember was making very interesting art quilts of a normal size, i.e., at least 18x18 and mostly larger. 

I understand enjoying a challenge but some challenges are, I know, not for me.  I don't intend to do any rock climbing or deep sea diving, I like being alive too much.  And I don't intend to do any miniature quilting projects, I prefer to remain mentally, relatively, stable.  (The illustration is a copyright free photo - by count the purple and white part of the quilt ha 125 pieces! -- and the lady has a lovely manicure.)


naomi dagen bloom said...

Took me a moment to get how tiny these are! Not for the aging eyes methinks but seems to please the makers.

Have to write about recent mushroom prints created from the things themselves and thoughts of scanning, then printing on fabric. Equipment used 10 years ago seems gone, however. Stuff online seems more complex than what I did then.

June Calender said...

Thanks for your comment, Naomi. I can understand the pride of someone making these miniature quilts but that kind of precision is way outside my comprehension

Ladydy5 aka: Diane Yates said...

I love these little pieces of creativity. Have a wall of them as art.