Can you believe it's December already? We've had such an amazing year sewing a new and different mini quilt each month!
This month I am so excited to have Christopher Thompson (The Tatooed Quilter) design our holiday mini quilt. He is so talented and so much fun to be around that I can't wait to share his work with all of you.
The Peppermint mini quilt is a modern (and yummy looking) twist on the classic churn dash block. The pattern is foundation paper pieced, so you don't have to worry about all the angles and little pieces - it will be a snap!
Here is my version (above). You can see that I followed Christopher's lead and used solids - the very same red too, lol! I grabbed cream solids from my stash and then used 3 strips from my Riley Blake Vintage Crayola Jelly Roll for the red pieces and 3 green strips for the binding.
Our mini quilts look so similar, the only way you can tell them apart is the quilting - I used squiggly lines and he used straight!
We've had some amazing designers contribute to this free mini quilt pattern series, so if you're just joining us now you can find all of our previous mini quilts in the menu bar at the top of the page and on my Mini Quilt Pinterest Board.
You should know that Peppermint (the December mini quilt) is larger than all the rest at 21'' square. I love it because it will make a great table topper for our holiday table. But if you'd like to re-size it, here's how:
How to Reduce (or Enlarge) a Foundation Paper Piecing Pattern
After you download the free Peppermint Mini Quilt Pattern, it's easy to change the size if you don't want a 21'' mini quilt.
1. Notice that the pattern (in the image to the right) has a thin line that makes a border 1/4'' away from the block pattern. That's the cutting line for trimming the block.
2. After you reduce (or enlarge) any foundation paper piecing pattern, you'll need to ignore the original cutting line and draw a new one.
3. Take a pen or pencil that is a different color than black (so you won't confuse the new cutting line with the old) and use a ruler to draw a new line 1/4'' away from the inner block.
Repeat this process with all of your blocks (there are 8 for this quilt). Now, the Peppermint mini quilt has a center block that is plain fabric. It is the same size as the other blocks, so measure the foundation paper pieced blocks (on the cutting line) to find the dimensions that you should cut the square for your center block.
That's all - now you are ready to make a Peppermint mini quilt in any size!
It includes printable foundation paper piecing templates and instructions. Read on for my tips...
You will make 8 paper pieced blocks, 4 of each of the two blocks shown above.
Christopher encourages you to pre-cut 2 1/2'' strips of red and white. In addition, I pre-cut the following white pieces so I could do my foundation paper piecing more efficiently:
- 2 squares 9'' x 9'' that I cut diagonally to make 4 triangles. These were for the corner blocks.
- 4 rectangles 6'' by 8'' for the large sections in the second block above.
If you are new to paper piecing, you can see how I do it in our August mini quilt pattern. I first learned this method in a guild-sponsored class, but I forgot everything as soon as I got home, lol! Watching Carol Doak's video class Mastering Foundation Paper Piecing taught me everything again, and then it stuck. I highly recommend it. :)
I was able to bind my mini quilt with three 2 1/2'' strips (cut the width of the fabric) sewn together. For mini quilts like this, I use a 2-step machine binding. See how in this tutorial.
Thanks so much to Christopher for sharing this free mini quilt pattern with us! Make sure you visit his blog The Tatooed Quilter for amazing design ideas and free patterns.
And don't forget to email me a picture of your Peppermint mini quilt so I can show it off here on the SewCanShe blog! My email address can be found on my about me page.