Inspiration takes flight when inspired by Berry Birdy
It all started with an appreciation of the lovely work Lesley Chaisson posts on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/berry_birdy.
Chaisson’s mini-Dresden plate blocks, mini fabric stamps or charms, micro quilts, and custom pins are precious! I am amazed at her work with tiny scraps of fabric and understand the talent behind it! In May of 2022, I participated in her Micro Mini Sew Along (SAL) and was surprised to win the color block challenge with my mini quilt in purple.
I then participated in the following Micro Mini Swap hosted by Berry Birdy and her daughter, Maranelle of .https://www.instagram.com/sewfoxymama/ The SAL and Swap were challenges to create teeny tiny items no bigger than 8” x 8”; anything from a mini quilt, pincushions, travel tag, needle book, mug rugs or more.
A few years before I had been gifted a box of vintage 1930s one-inch squares. When I received the one-inchers I was not confident I could use them efficiently but pulled them out for the micro-mini SAL. I experimented with a few options to work with those tiny squares and eventually settled on zigzagging the pieces to a piece of Pellon interfacing. Holding those squares in place was not easy–I tried clips and silk pins. I do not like working with glue and a fusible was out of the question. The best way was to lay out just two rows at a time and set the zigzag at a 1.75 width. Once I mastered the one-inchers, I went on to try other blocks adding ribbon, lace, trim, and buttons. So addicting and fun!