Get ready for something big! My sister Beka and I have been talking for a while about starting a new series here on the SewCanShe blog, and we're kick-starting it today with a fun tutorial and a giveaway! Our previous first-monday-of-the-month series Classic Blocks: Fresh Fabric went for 15 fun months and we sewed 15 fabulous blocks. Now we want to take everything we've learned and shared to the next level.
Quilting UnPlugged is our new blog series that will hopefully cover everything we love about quilting right now - including the latest trends in quilt design, construction techniques, and (what else?) fabrics!
You might have noticed that I slipped in a quick 'Quilting UnPlugged' post last Thursday about how to sew easy Half Square Triangles. Well, I was preparing for this post actually, and I wanted to have my HST technique to link to, so I gave it to you early. You're welcome. :)
So who wants to design their own mini quilt? Mini's are so much fun. They are quick to piece together, way easier to quilt than even a lap-size quilt, and they make truly memorable gifts (if you can bear to give yours away).
Our Design-Your-Own Mini Quilt is a 9'' square.
This mini quilt is composed of 3 units that can be moved around, turned, and arranged in lots of different ways.
The first unit features a 4'' fussy cut square to highlight one of your favorite fabrics!
After you sew the 3 units, move them around to find the most pleasing arrangement to you.
Sewing Unit 1
All seam allowances are 1/4''.
- 1 fussy cut 4 1/2'' square, from your focus fabric
- 1 strip 1 1/2'' wide from a 'framing' fabric. Sub-cut this strip into 4 pieces that are 4 1/2'', 5 1/2'', 5 1/2'', and 6 1/2''.
Sew the framing pieces around the square starting with the smallest one. Refer to the photos above.
Sewing Unit 2
- 2 rectangles 2'' x 3 1/2'' from a print fabric
- 2 rectangles 2'' x 3 1/2'' from a coordinating solid fabric
Sew the rectangles together in an alternating pattern as in the photo above.
Sewing Unit 3
- 2 squares 4'' or 3 7/8'' from a print fabric
- 2 squares 4'' or 3 7/8'' from a coordinating solid fabric
Sew the squares together to make 4 half square triangles using my easy HST method (or your own). Trim the HST's to 3 1/2'', if needed.
Select your 3 favorite HST's and sew them in a row. You don't have to sew them all pointing in the same direction as I did. Have fun! One HST will be left over.
Now move your three units around until you like the way they look together.
This is how I liked mine best.
Sew Units 1 and 2 together.
Add Unit 3 where you want it to go.
Making a Mini Quilt Sandwich
- 1 square 11'' from backing fabric
- 1 square 11'' from quilt batting
Layer the backing and quilt top with the batting in between. Secure with quilt basting spray, if desired. I love SpraynBond for small projects like this.
Quilt your mini as desired. For mine, I attached a walking foot and sewed straight lines about 1/2'' apart. I like this method because I can start and stop on the batting and cut that part off later.
After quilting, trim away the extra batting and backing and square up the block. It will be approximately 9''.
- 1 strip 2 1/2'' tall and the width of your binding fabric
That's right, this lucky little quilt only needs one binding strip.
Attach the binding using your favorite method. If you don't have one yet, I'll be sharing my favorite method for binding mini quilts in our next Quilting UnPlugged post, coming very soon!