You will notice by the ruler that it is about 11 inches wide. I cut the strips 1 inch, and therefore, the pieces should finish at 1/2 inch, and the whole quilt should measure 9 inches (18 pieces by 1/2)..........this demonstrates how important a 1/4 inch seam is when making quilts. In this case, it's a doll quilt, and if it turns out 11 inches wide as a finished piece - it doesn't matter. As I don't make quilts to be judged in shows, I don't care. But I will be checking my 1/4 inch seam allowance again, because it is being sewn a little skimpy. Most of the time it matters greatly.
Here's the little doll quilt next to the bigger one, for scale:
I like the striped fabric in the larger quilt better, as it is striped on an angle. But I wasn't about to cut the little quilt fabric on the bias to get a similar look. I like to work with small pieces, but I'm not crazy.
Kay commented on my last post about where I saw this idea. Kay said:
Love your fabric choice! So cute! I've made a few Ho Ho Ho! quilts. I saw the idea at inspiredbyantiquequilts.blogspot.com on 11/16/12. Unfortunately it appears as though that blog has been taken down.Thanks Kay, you are right. I am sorry the blog is no longer available, she makes wonderful quilts, and her blog inspired lots of quilters.
As soon as the sun comes up this morning, I am heading to Shipshewana, Indiana, for the Dear Jane Retreat. I am sure there will be lots of laughter and "ho ho ho's" in the conference room there as I finish these two little doll quilts.
I will have pictures to share of the group's show and tell the next time I post.