This month your mini quilt wall is going to grow a little bit bigger and a lot cuter! Here's your free mini quilt pattern for May... Criss Cross by Nadra Ridgeway.
I asked Nadra to pretty-please join us as a guest designer because I LOVE her blog ellis & higgs and I think she has some of the most darling quilt and mini quilt patterns around. You can see them in her Etsy shop here.
Nadra is also a fabric designer for Riley Blake and she really wanted to use fabric from her new collection Arbor Blossom for this mini quilt - it just wasn't available in time. But I have some on the way and will use it for the June Mini Quilt! :)
Here's my Criss Cross mini quilt. I absolutely love it! See my quilt wall so far in my Show Off Saturday post this past weekend. Nadra's instructions are excellent so whether you choose soft colors like hers or brights like mine - I know you'll love your's too.
Criss Cross Mini Quilt Pattern by Nadra Ridgeway
Finished size 12½'' x 12½''
- Two 5'' x 5'' squares of red, pink, yellow, light yellow, green, light green, blue and light blue print fabric
- Background fabric: 1 Fat Eighth
- Backing fabric: 14'' x 14''
- Batting: 14'' x 14''
- Binding: 2¼'' x 60''
Join the pieces using a ¼'' seam allowance.
Select one red and one pink fabric square and draw a diagonal line on the back of the pink square.
With right sides facing, place both squares on top of each other and use pins to hold them in place.
Stitch ¼'' from each side of the drawn line. Cut the stitched unit apart on the drawn line. Press the two Half Square Triangle (HST) units you have created with the seam allowance towards the darker fabric.
Draw a diagonal line on the back of one HST unit perpendicular with the seam. With right sides facing, place both HST units on top of each other with colors opposite to each other and use pins to hold them in place. Stitch ¼'' from each side of the drawn line. Cut the stitched unit apart on the drawn line. Press the two Quarter Square Triangle (QST) units you have created towards one side.
Next trim the two QST units down to 3½'' x 3½''.
Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the background fabric squares. Layer a background fabric square on the top right corner of a QST unit.
Attention: when sewing on the background fabric squares, make sure that the red (dark) triangles are pointing up / down and the pink (light) triangles to the left / right!
Stitch on the drawn line and trim away ¼'' from the seam. Repeat on the bottom left corner.
The Criss Cross block should measure 3½'' x 3½''.
Repeat the above steps to make a total of 16 Criss Cross blocks.
Lay out and assemble the Criss Cross blocks as shown in the image above. Press the seams open. The finished quilt top should measure 12½'' x 12½''. Make a quilt sandwich with your quilt top, batting and backing fabric and quilt as desired. Trim off excess batting and backing fabric and bind the quilt using Caroline's mini quilt binding tutorial or your favorite binding method.
And now it's time for our sweet monthly giveaway that coincides with the new mini quilt pattern. And Riley Blake is sponsoring it!
They are giving the winner a 1 yard bundle of the beautiful Rustic Elegance by Carta Bella. Enter by using the widget below... no sewing necessary!