Our Monthly Mini Quilt Pattern this month is a new classic! I'm so in love with the Ladybug Liberty Mini Quilt that was designed for us by Fat Quarter Shop!
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.
Join in at any time and sew along with us - we'll even show off your mini quilt if you send us a picture during the month that the pattern was released here on the SewCanShe blog.
Ladybug Liberty is such a sweet combination with classic stars and a cute (big) ladybug. This mini quilt features both piecing and applique, and it's easy too!
Their mini quilt was sewn with fabrics from the Essentially Yours collection from Moda. Isn't it adorable?
This mini quilt is perfect for a patriotic theme, like my mini quilt and Fat Quarter Shop's - but you don't have to sew it that way! I bet it would look adorable in other colorstories too.
So let's get on with it!
Ladybug Liberty Mini Quilt Pattern
Fabric Requirements & Cutting:
Fat Quarter of background Fabric A:
- 1 – 4 ½” square
- Fabric B 32 – 1 ½” x 2 ½” rectangles
- Fabric C 12 – 1 ½” squares
Fat Eighth of teal check Fabric:
- D 20 – 1 ½” squares
Fat Eighth of red stripe:
- Fabric E 2 – 2 ½” x 5” rectangles
- Fabric F 5 – 2 ½” squares
Fat Quarter of blue dot:
- Fabric G 1 – 5” x 5 ½” rectangle
- Fabric H 3 – 2 ½” squares
- Fabric I 24 – 1 ½” squares
You will also need:
- the free templates for the ladybug applique available here
- ¼ yard of blue check: Fabric J 2 – 2” x width of fabric strips (binding)
- Fat Quarter of backing
- 1 package Heat n Bond Fusible Lite
- 1 package Impressions Orange Peel Quilting Template Set
- Embroidery floss for antennae
Sew together two Fabric D squares and one Fabric B rectangle. Press toward the Fabric B rectangle and make ten units.
Sew together two Fabric B rectangles and one Fabric F square. Press toward the Fabric B rectangles and make five units.
Sew the units together to make five Nine-Patch Blocks. Press toward the center.
Draw a diagonal line on the back of the Fabric I squares. Add a Fabric I square to either end of a Fabric B rectangle and stitch on the drawn lines to make a flying geese unit. Trim away the extra fabrics outside the 1/4’’ seam allowance. Press toward the Fabric I squares and make twelve units.
Sew together two Fabric C squares and one Flying Geese Unit. Press toward the Fabric C squares and make six units.
Sew together two Flying Geese Units and one Fabric H square. Press toward the Fabric H square and make three units.
Sew the units together to make three Star Blocks. Press away from the center.
Assemble the Blocks into rows. Use the Fabric A square in the center of the last row. Make three rows.
Press rows in alternating directions. Assemble rows into the mini quilt center and press the seams downward.
Cut the Ladybug Body from the Fabric G rectangle using the template and applique in place.
Note: The tutorial for our April mini quilt has detailed instructions for applique with HeatnBond lite.
Cut the Ladybug Wings from the two Fabric E rectangles using the free template and applique in place.
Tip: it’s nice to have a sturdy plastic template sometimes, and this Orange Peel Template Set has just the right size (you can use the 3'' one for the ladybug wings).
Use three strands of embroidery floss for the antennae, if desired.
Quilt and bind as desired!
As you can see, I forgot to hand embroider the antennae before I took pictures (oops!), but I had so much fun quilting a meandering stitch all over the mini quilt, except on the ladybug - like she's been crawling all over it!
And now it's time for the giveaway! Fat Quarter Shop is generously giving away a $50 gift certificate along with giving us this free pattern. Isn't that sweet?
Update: this giveaway has now ended. Look for another chance to win on my giveaway page.