Friday, January 26, 2018

A Heartfelt Mini Quilt

I hope everyone has had a great start to the new year! Projects have been looming on this end, and like everyone else, "wips" are scattered throughout the sewing room. Oh, what a beautiful mess it is!

 I wanted to show you all, my take, on a Valentine's Day inspired wall hanging. Now, I know that these are not exactly hearts but those colors and the tones! This was an extremely fast sewing project that was worthy of sharing. I almost wish I made four of these to create a bigger bedsize quilt. 

Here's how to get your project going!

It's best to use a colorful pallet. Scraps and even a pretty fat quarter bundle you have been eyeing out is worth the shot. All you need are 12 fat quarters, (that's what I used), or fat eighths, and 30 5x5 inch white fabric blocks.  (A charm pack is perfect too!) 
Technically, if you're using fat 8th's or fat quarters, 15 is optimal. That way a set of 3 colors can be used per block. 

Picking your lightest tone.... cut 4 - 2x2 blocks. 

For the second color......... cut 4 -  2x2,  and 4 - 2x 3 1/2 inch blocks

For the third row......... cut 4 - 2x 3 1/2 inch blocks and, 4 - 2x5 inch blocks

Stitch them together with a 1/4 inch inseam. This will create a 5 inch square. Repeat the cuts for all of your fabrics. 

The next step is to arrange your layout!
Do you prefer light to dark or vice versa?

After it's all arranged, start stitching the pieces row by row. Like the picture below!

Make sure to press your seams open as you go along!!

For the 2 corners that will only need one block, make sure your seams overlap a 1/4 of an inch.

When everything is all stitched together, this is what it should look like!

Time to take it to the cutting board!

I know that this is always a tricky part for any quilter. You cringe at the thought of slipping with the blade and cutting your work! Well this is a fool proof method if done correctly. 

With your ruler, measure a 1/4 inch out. This seam should already exist anyway. 

Slowly trim off the excess, one block at a time. 

Once complete, you'll end up with a beautiful mini quilt that didn't take too long to make!

The completed size is 26 1/2 inches by 32! 

I hope you enjoy creating such a simple but delightful piece!

On another note ~

I'm getting a really bad itch to get better at free hand quilting. Especially since this wall piece is ready for completion! How often do you spend time just practicing? 

There's a great bear paw quilt that's in the works. I just can't wait to show you!

And.... has anyone thought about future gardening? Dahlias have already been ordered and even though it's mush and slush outside, I've found the perfect spot for them!

Happy Trails till next time friends!