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My Small World sky

Your goal is to actually complete your My Small World quilt from the pattern by Jen Kingwell. You made your blueprint and maybe some key fabric choices. What’s next? SKY!


Not the whole sky, mind you. Just a nice sizable panel of sky that will sit at the far right, at the top of section 1. Why start here? Because the sky is easy, it’s just squares, and for me (and you, if you’re like me) I need to immediately see some progress. I love reading books on kindle because it quantifies my reading automatically, and seeing that I’ve completed 10% of the book helps motivate me to get 100% of the way done. 

If you’re doing the prescribed low volume neutral sky, well then this part is even easier. 

At the beginning of the booklet, Kingwell notes that before you start you’ll want to cut 527 1.5″ squares from neutral fabrics for the sky and incorporated into some of the blocks. And, of course, if you opt to use some larger squares (like 2.5″) you’ll need fewer. 

In my guild, we did a swap where each of 27 people brought a yard of fabric cut into 5″ charm squares. So we only had to purchase one yard, but we got 54 different charms to add variety to our quilt. I am not using these for my sky, like I said, but my skyline will be neutral instead, so I still needed these.

You definitely want charm squares, rather than mini charms since you will only get a single 1.5″ square from a mini charm, but you’ll be able to cut 9 from a charm square. 

If you can’t organize a swap, fear not, as so many fabric designers have anticipated your needs and released low volume, super neutral collections recently, available in various precut bundles. 

  1. Anna Maria Horner- Skipping Stones
  2. Lizzy House- Whisper Palette
  3. Jen Kingwell- Behind the Scenes
  4. Zen Chic- Modern Background paper/ink
  5. Alison Glass- Abacus
  6. Marsha McCloskey- Essential Lights

Or check out Etsy. Online fabric sellers have put together some great low volume bundles. 

So the next item to handily check off the My Small World QAL is one or two of those panels of sky. The panel 1 sky block is 8 squares high by 12 wide, and the panel 2 block which will fall just left of that is 6 squares high by 8 wide (if you’re using only 1.5″ blocks, obvi). 

I just laid my squares out, incorporating some of those 2.5″ squares as well, snapped a photo on my phone so I could keep the placement right (because my colors needed to be arranged just so) and stitched away while listening to the Dear Sugar podcast. Piece of cake and it feels so good to make progress. 

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