I cannot say how thrilled I am with how our Monthly Mini Quilts series is turning out. And it's only April! Whenever I have one of my 'brilliant ideas' there is always a bit of fear in the back of my head that it's really another crack-pot idea - because I have quite a few of those (just ask my kids!).
But reaching out to my favorite designers and asking them to collaborate with me on a year-long mini quilt series has turned out to be ah-mazing! The quilts so far have included varying levels of difficulty from the super-easy and quick Candygram to the puzzle-like Bolt, with my Friendship Mini somewhere in between, I think.
And now I got to switch gears and sew up this wonderfully delightful (and easy) Sunshine Mini Quilt by Jennifer Heynen of jenniferjangles.com. This new mini quilt features applique! I was totally happy to see that because I LOVE sewing applique on my machine and I am going to show you my simple method. But feel free to make your mini quilt however you want!
As you can see, I did my best to capture Jennifer's whimsical style in my fabric selections.
The winner of our giveaway this month is going to receive a huge bundle that includes 4 yards of signature Jennifer Jangles polka dots, plus Jennifer's new book Sew Small that comes out next month! Scroll to the end of this post to enter.
As I said above, feel free to use your favorite applique method to make this quilt. The background square of the finished quilt is 10 1/2'' - 11'' (depending on how much you trim it). I will share how I made mine below in case you are new to applique.
You will need:
- The Sunshine mini quilt applique pattern (free to download)
- HeatnBond lite fusible web (or another similar product)
- a pile of yellow scraps
- a 11'' square of fabric for the front
- a 12'' square of fabric for the back
- a 12'' square of batting
- about 50'' of binding (see how I bind mini quilts here)
1. Trace all of the applique shapes onto the paper side of the fusible web (3 circles and 8 'beams'). The applique templates are already reverse-image for tracing. Cut around them roughly.
2. Fuse each piece to the back of a yellow scrap of fabric. It's okay to repeat some (or maybe all???) of the fabrics. Have fun!
3. After fusing, cut each shape out around the lines.
4. Arrange the applique pieces on the 11'' quilt top square and press to fuse.
5. Sandwich the mini quilt top, 12'' piece of batting, and 12'' piece of backing together with the wrong sides of the fabric against the batting. Spray baste the layers together or use pins.
6. Quilt the top by sewing around all of applique pieces close to the edge.
No more quilting is required, but it's fun to add more - like Jennifer's spiral pattern that I just had to try using my walking foot.
All done! Do you want everyone to see your gorgeous mini quilt?
We will share your mini quilts here on the SewCanShe blog on Thursdays, but you must send us a picture during the month that that quilt pattern was released (i.e. - during February we showed off your Candygram Mini's and in March we will showed off your Bolt mini's). Just email me a picture (.jpg files only, please) to caroline (at) sewcanshe.com.
And now it's time for the giveaway! Jennifer has generously offered 1 SewCanShe reader a copy of her new book Sew Small: 19 little bags that releases May 1, plus a huge bundle of her fabric. It includes 8 different polka-dot fabrics (1/2 yard cuts). If you love it as much as I do, ask for it at your local quilt shop (the Search and See collection made by In The Beginning Fabrics)
Use the widget below to enter (no sewing required!) and make sure you send me a picture of your Sunshine Mini this month so I can show it off!