Quilt Patterns

Miniature Quilt Patterns

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Miniature quilt patterns are just one more example that good things really do come in small packages. Just as there is no age, class or gender requirements to be a quiltmaker there is also no size restrictions. Quilts can be made as large or in this case, as small as a quilter would like to make them.

Beginners looking to start out as a quiltmaker may be intimidated by working with small pieces of fabric, but miniature quilt patterns are just the same as a regular blanket or comforter pattern. The only difference being the dimensions of your quilt.

A quiltmaker who has been quilting for several years is sure to have a pile of scrap fabric and material lying around and miniature quilt patterns are an excellent use of this stockpile. You could almost see it as a quilter's way of going green. Using every piece of fabric possible to create a piece of art is just one part of making a miniature quilt.

All Shapes and Sizes

While they may not make your traditional comforter, blanket or bedspread, the miniature quilt patterns do serve a purpose in the quilting community. There may not appear to be many uses for miniature quilt patterns, after all they cannot really keep a person warm in the physical sense. However, these patterns can warm a person's heart.

Giving a quilt in any shape or size is a wonderful gift that allows you to include your own personal touch. Miniature quilt patterns are often used for dollhouses or even baby dolls for children and collectors alike. They can also be used as artwork

Miniature quilt patterns can be framed and hung on your wall for all your guests to admire. These can be made using antique fabrics or even pieces from other quilts that have long served their purpose. Framed fabrics can serve as just as much purpose as those draped over a bed or the back of a couch.

You can even use miniature patterns for your handbags and pillows. They are just the right size for a throw pillow that can be placed in your favorite chair. For quilters who like to sell their quilts, miniature comforter patterns could be made as replicas of your larger items. This prevents you from having to carry around heavy blankets and quilts to the local arts and craft fairs. It is also more creative than just having pictures in a book. These people can actually see and feel.

Design Decisions

Most miniature quilt patterns are going to average around 22 inches in size. Of course, this number can be made smaller or larger depending on your preference. To get a better idea of the type of miniature quilt patterns out there you can look at this list:

  • Miniature baskets
  • Mini bear paw
  • Ohio Star
  • Bow tie
  • Amish double nine patch
  • Miniature garden maze

It may be odd to think of an Amish quilt pattern being used for a miniature design since their quilts are known for being frugal. The Amish have always made quilts to be used by either their family or their customers. However, their use of circles and curves are so popular that their motifs have been transferred into miniature designs.

Even the Log Cabin pattern can be downsized and used on a miniature quilt. Don't be worried about working with small pieces of fabric. Just approach a miniature design as you would any other pattern - one square at a time.

Foundation piecing or paper piecing as it is known, is a handy method to have a handle on when you are tackling any of the miniature quilt patterns. This will help you place each block accurately no matter what size quilt you are working with. Therefore, if Barbie needs a new blanket, you might want to try this technique.

With foundation piecing, you don't have to be so precise with your pieces of fabric. Instead, you can use scrap pieces of fabric. Being able to use your spare pieces of material and fabric is what makes foundation-piecing perfect for miniature quilt patterns. This can be done by stitching your fabric to paper or a piece of muslin to help you stay within the guides.

You can practice this technique when you start your next quilt project. If at first you don't choose the right pattern for you, choose again. That is the great thing about being a quilter you get to try out as many miniature quilt patterns as your arts and crafts passion desires.

Solving the Color Scheme

Once you have the miniature quilt patterns you want to work with you can start to think about colors. Since these may be adorning your wall or your dollhouse, you will already have a color scheme to work with. The thing to think about is complimentary colors for your patterns. Of course, you don't have to follow the normal complimentary patterns just because other people do.

For example, light colors are often placed throughout an Amish quilt to help offset the traditional darker colors such as brown and black. This isn't the normal pairing of colors, but with their attention to detail, the Amish quilters have set a new standard for color matching.

If you are trying to figure out colors to use though, a strong pairing of primary and secondary colors will always give your miniature patterns a better color balance. Pairing colors that clash, can ruin your design even if you have every single stitch in place. After all your hard work on your miniature quilt patterns it would be unfortunate to have poor color choice offset your attention to the other details.

Primary colors are red, blue and yellow. When you mix the primary colors together, you can create a secondary color of either purple, orange or green for your miniature patterns. You can review a color wheel online to help you get a better understanding of how the different shades of secondary colors are made by using the primary colors and white.

Miniature quilt patterns that are going to be used for a wall hanging in a dark room for example could have a darker border or background to help create a contrast in the room. This doesn't mean the design overall has to be dark. You can use light colors against a dark background to help give your wall hanging depth. Add a framing mat to the finished project and you help set your colors off even more.

Like any other quilting project you work on, you just have to keep in mind the purpose of your miniature quilt patterns. If it is meant for a boy's room, the color scheme may be different from a little girl's dollhouse. Sometimes the decision is made for you by what fabrics you have lying around the house.

Quilters looking for fabric in the world may be inspired by a deep red with a gold trim or something similar. Don't limit yourself to a particular color scheme. Remember you can cut and trace your fabric to make any color patterns work, especially if you are following crazy quilt patterns.