It is important that the blocks lay as flat as I can get them.
Now comes the trimming. If you remember from the previous post, I made the blocks bigger than I needed them. This is because tiny blocks just look better if you can trim them down to the size you need. With these blocks, I needed 1-1/2" blocks. I marked the center 3/4" in from each side. Then trimmed the block to the size I need.
I couldn't piece a miniature block with out my trusty stiletto.
It is useful to guide the block under the needle. It is especially useful to guide the very end of the block as it goes under. It always seems to veer to the left and make the seam too small if it isn't controlled.
I grade the seams of my small blocks so that they lay flat. Bulk in seams is really noticeable when blocks are small. Sometimes you see that you should trim seams to 1/8". But if you trim both sides narrow, it makes it almost impossible for the seam to lay flat. they kind of stand on edge. Grading is better. And since a miniature quilt doesn't get use like a normal size quilt does, there won't be enough stress on the seams to pull them apart.
These are wonderful scissors to use for precise cutting. I use them for grading seams and for cutting applique. They are made by Clover and have serrated blades. The serrated blades grip the fabric while you are cutting, and they don't let the fabric shift at all.
I finished 6 and 7 more to do.
Back soon with the finished top.