Red, White & You! – Midget Block 119

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You are the greatest! Copies of Midget Block 15 came pouring into my inbox and it's now back in it's rightful place in a multitude of places hopefully never to be lost again. Thank you, thank you!

Working on these blocks is great fun but missing my Grand Rapids stash yesterday got me to thinking about the place where I come from.The city had been getting a bad rap in the press by a national magazine and people decided to take a stand against those unfavorable comments. The now infamous Grand Rapids LipDub was filmed earlier this year and set a world record on YouTube.

Grand Rapids LipDub

I'm not in the video but it's filled with lots of familiar faces and places that have been part of my life for longer than I want to admit. They're preparing to film a LipDub here in Traverse City. With local resident Michael Moore's Film Festival leading the way anything is possible. Clutch and I are watching.


Midget Block 119 is a real cutie and fun to make. I used a variety of techniques quite unlike the way the original block was constructed but it seemed a lot easier to me. I've given you instructions for cutting triangles, squares and rectangles you piece together to cut your applique shapes from. I used a small machine stitch (1.80 on my Bernina) like you'd use for foundation piecing.


I like to use back basting when doing my applique and here you can see the outer petals basted on my red and white block. I trim the seam allowance down to almost 1/8" on these small blocks. If you've never tried back basting you really should give it a try. It's my technique of choice and I've tried them all! I made a little tutorial for you a while back.


This is not what you want to see on the back of your block when you're trimming the seam allowance away!


This is better........new piece of background, basting done, seam allowances trimmed and ready to applique.


The triangles are machine pieced and sewn together in a faux quilt block that's back basted in place for applique. I didn't use as many fabrics in my red and white block as were used in the block from the quilt.

Here's my red and white block.

And the block from the quilt.

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Midget Block 119

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One Response to “Red, White & You! – Midget Block 119”

  1. Lynn S October 6, 2012 at 7:53 am #

    Hello Gay,
    I know you are much involved with “It takes 2”–awesome project!! Will you be returning to the Midget block posting afterwards? I like how you do these in red and white!! Also, thank you for sharing so generously your talents and skills.

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