#veryminiquiltswap Woven Bias Tape Mini Quilts

#veryminiquiltswap Woven Bias Tape Mini Quilts

I joined up with an Instragram quilt swap, #veryminiquiltswap hosted by @alissaknits. The challenge was to make two mini quilts smaller than 5″ square. I’ve wanted to try weaving for a while and this seemed like a good time to give it a go! Earth and Fire All three mini quilts were made with 1/4″ bias tape. I made mine with starch and a bias tape maker. There are a million tutorials on how to make bias tape so I won’t beat that horse other than to mention it is useful to use more starch than you may expect. I made Earth first and it was a total experiment. It is probably my favorite pattern, but certainly the messiest of the three. I thought I was going to make an 1/8″ binding. Turns out, there is a reason people don’t do that! For Fire, I took some photos along the way. Earth and Fire are both straight weaves. To keep my pieces straight, I used an embroidery stabilizer, Sulky Sticky+. This stabilizer has a sticky side and stabilizer side. I used a blue marking pen to draw a 5″ square grid with 1/2″ marks all the way through on the stabilizer side. I hooped the stabilizer sticky side up and removed the paper from the square area + about 1/2″ all around. Since the stabilizer is translucent, I could see my drawn grid through it. I laid out roughly 19 black strips with the bias opening on the sticky side. They vary in length, but are roughly 7″ each. I then tucked the hoop under my foot and sewed...