Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Nine Patch Mini Quilt Tutorial

  I am excited to be a part of Melissa's Simply Charmed Blog Hop today.  
In thinking about what I would like to make with a Charm Pack, I decided to replicate this little mini-quilt/table-topper that I made last fall. I loved having a little zing of color on my normally 'blah' boring kitchen table.
Thanks to the generosity of the Fat Quarter Shop I was able to make a festive Valentines mini to festoon my kitchen table for February. (Try saying that 5 times fast.)  And today I'll share how I did it. Pretty simple - definitely not rocket science, but it's always nice when someone else does the figuring, right?

In addition to the Charm Pack I used ¼ yard of sashing fabric, ¼ yard for binding and 2/3 yard for backing. You will only need 21 squares for the pieced blocks, which means a couple of things: 1) you could make another set of blocks=another mini quilt for a friend or 2) you could use your left over squares to piece a back or as a scrappy binding. So many options.
1. Take 21 of your 5" charm squares and cut them into quarters = (4) 2½” squares.
 2. Mix-up the 2½” squares and lay them out into 9 sets of 9 squares.  Sew each set of squares into 3 rows of 3 squares each using a scant ¼" seam allowance.
 3. Press the seams toward the outside on the top and bottom row. Press the seams toward the inside square on the middle row. This will help in matching up all those little square points.
 4.  Sew 9-patch rows together. Seams pressed to opposite sides will butt up against each other, matching the square points at the corners.
6. Press from the front.  Here is what the pressed back will look like.  Make 8 more blocks using the same method.
 7.  From sashing fabric cut 5 strips 1¾” wide x the width of the fabric. From one of those strips, sub cut into (6) 1¾” x 6½” pieces.  Sew strips between the 3 sets of 3 nine-patch blocks.  Press seams toward the sashing strips.
 8.  From 2 of the remaining sashing strips carefully cut (2) 1¾” x 21" sashing strips. (If you cut carefully, you should be able to get (2) 21" strips out of a 1¾” x width-of-fabric strip.)  Cutting the sashing to the correct size, rather than just sewing it on and trimming the end, will help your mini quilt stay square. Pin the strips to the the sets of 3 blocks.  Find the center of your strip (10½”) and the center of your set of blocks. Pin at the center point and then pin at either end of the strip/set of blocks.  Then evenly space the rest of the pins along the edge to be sewn. (If you need help visualizing this technique, go here and scroll down to the part about pinning.)
 9. Sew sashing strips as shown at the top and bottom and between the three rows.  Press toward the sashing.
10. From your remaining sashing strips cut (2) 1¾” x 23½” strips for the final borders on the quilt. Use the same method as above for pinning on the strips before sewing to help keep your quilt square.  Sew using ¼" seam allowance. Press seams toward the sashing strips
11.  After carefully pressing quilt top and backing fabric (use at least a 25" square piece of backing") pin-baste the back, batting, and quilt top together.  (For more on quilt basting go here.)
12.  I chose to machine quilt my mini and I used this binding method.

And there you have a quick little mini.  I love how the simplicity of this quilt shows off the fabrics. It's a quick project and using a charm pack is a simple way to get a variety of prints. 

It would be very simple to make a larger version - 4 blocks by 4 blocks using a single Charm pack as well.  You would need 36 charms for 16 finished blocks, 5/8 yard sashing, 1/4 yard binding and a yard for backing.

Be sure to stop by the other ladies sharing great tutorials as part of the Simply Charmed Blog Hop:
February 3 - Melissa from Lilac Lane with the Be Mine Tote Tutorial
February 7 - Amy from Diary of a Quilter 
February 8 - Natalia from Piece N Quilt
February 9 - Jessica from Twin Fibers
February 10 - Katie from Swim, Bike, Quilt
February 11 - Jane from Want It, Need It, Quilt
February 13 - Corey from Little Miss Shabby


As part of this Blog Hop we have another giveaway thanks to Leah offering a $25 gift certificate to Burgundy Buttons. Just leave a comment on this post to be entered. If you want to make it interesting, tell me what your favorite Valentine's candy is. Or you can just say Hi. GIVEAWAY CLOSED

Cute little quilt!
My favorite Valentine candy is Dove truffles.

And if you want to win something really juicy, be sure to stop by Melissa's blog (and check out her darling apron tutorial) to enter to win a $200 (seriously) gift certificate from The Fat Quarter Shop.
Thanks again to Melissa for inviting me to play along and thanks to those of you who stopped by. Happy Hearts to you.

298 comments:

  1. This is just way too sweet! And I just happen to have a couple of charm packs with nothing better to do than to become a couple of runners... fancy that! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Very Cute table topper. My favorite candy is See's nuts and chews, anything with chocolate and caramel. K-

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  3. What a cute little table topper! I love it. I do have a question though:

    You said " Cutting the sashing to the correct size, rather than just sewing it on and trimming the end, will help your mini quilt stay square." This was an ah-ha moment for me as I have always just cut the sashing a little bit longer and then trimmed it off. I'm just wondering if you could explain WHY cutting it to the correct size makes it square? (Not because I'm doubting you but just because I work better if I understand the why behind what I'm doing!)

    TIA!

    Amy

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  4. Thanks for a sweet tutorial!
    I love chocolate - in any form!

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  5. Oh, so lovely!!!! Thanks so much! Great idea!

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  6. Favorite Valentines candy...of coarse chocolate! Thanks for the tutorial for your cute table topper!

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  7. Thanks for the great tutorial. Very cute. Chocolate! Any chocolate but my favorite is Dark Chocolate. Thanks for the great givaway.

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  8. Hmmm... I don't really have a favorite Valentine's day candy, so I guess I'll just say hi. Thanks for the tutorial and the giveaway!

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  9. That is so sweet. Great tutorial too. I have a hard time resisting choclate covered cherries.

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  10. Such a cute little quilt. Thanks for sharing!

    cwhelan at williamwoods dot edu

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  11. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. Cute idea!

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  12. What a sweet idea. thank you so much. I love Hershey's kisses, probably too much!

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  13. See's Bordeaux. My mom always gave us See's for Valentines, and that was the piece I saved for last. Thanks!

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  14. Love your mini quilt and thanks for the great tutorial. My husband and I don't care much abour valentines but we both love chocolate so it's as good an excuse as any other to grab some chocolate :)
    Thanks for the chance!
    ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

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  15. Very cute! This year I'm loving the little red hot hearts:)

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  16. Hello and thanks (always!) for your inspirational quilting and cheery conversations; I really enjoy your blog so much. Candy? ummm, notsomuch. Crazy as it sounds I'd rather have a new pack of sewing sharps or machine needles or someone else vacuum and/or put away laundry one time! Thanks for the chance!

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  17. love the quilt My favorite colors reds and pinks nice

    thanks for the giveaway too

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  18. Hmm.. not a huge candy lover, but I'll take some chocolate turtles.. Mmmm :) Very cute little quilt!

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  19. Cute little table topper!
    My favorite valentine's candy in a box of chocolates is the square shaped caramel candies or the ones with toasted coconut in them. YUM! But if I don't get a box of chocolates for Valentine's Day, I would happily settle for some Dove chocolates with bits of almonds! :)

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  20. Isn't it great how many wonderful things you can make with a simple nine patch? Thanks for a lovely idea! My favorite candy (any day, not just Feb. 14) would have to be high quality chocolate, say, Moonstruck. Just delectable!

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  21. Lovely quilt. We don't celebrate Valentine's day in our house so I don't have any favourite candy. Although I do love chocolate!

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  22. Thanks for the tutorial. I love anything with dark chocolate...yum!

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  23. Thanks for a wonderful tutorial...I go for white chocolate - so anything with that in it or on it works for me! LOL

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  24. Favorite valentine's candy? Exceptional dark chocolate. Which means I don't get much of it - I'm a bit of a chocolate snob.
    Thanks for the adorable table mini tutorial - can't wait to make one!

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  25. Hi! great mini quilt, so cheery!

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  26. I looove the original chalky-tasting Brachs Sweethearts! And I love the mini quilt too!

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  27. Thanks for ANOTHER great tutorial, Amy. (It has been re-pinned many times already in the 5 minutes since I pinned it!) Best Valentine's day treat. Duh... chocolate. Dark. A little sea salt doesn't hurt, either. ;-)

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  28. Great tutorial! I love mint chocolate truffels for a Valentines treat. I love burgundy buttons store too!

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  29. Thanks for making your tutorial so easy to follow. My favorite Valentine Candy would have to be "Heart Peeps" in red, pink and white. Love them!!

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  30. I love the cinnamon heart candy! Thanks for the cute tutorial!

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  31. Very cute! Thanks for the tutorial! :) I love Chocolate!! :) Thanks for a chance to win! :)

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  32. What an adorable little 9-patch mini quilt. I love little heart candies with the sayings on them....soft ones please.

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  33. I really like the way you quilted this and your binding choice was inspired. I may have already posted a comment (I'm soooo confused). Favorite valentine (or anytime) candy is Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate kisses.

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  34. I like chocolate the best. The pink, red, and white M'n'M's are fun. Cute 9 patches. I'm still working on my lining up and precision.

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  35. Thanks for an easy pattern that is often overlooked. But it always turns out very nice once it's done.

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  36. I love all candies, but can't eat them. DIABETIC!!!

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  37. I love Chocolate Covered Strawberries!

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  38. OMG! Need to make this little quilt for my DD! thanks!!! And would love a little $$ to shop with. thanks ; )

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  39. Thanks for sharing this tutorial. I love trying new things and always learn from the tips offered in tutorials. My favorite Valentine candy is Conversation hearts, the original flavor, which is sometimes hard to find/

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  40. I love Valentine's mix ju-jubes... red and pink hearts are my favourite!

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  41. Thanks!
    Candy....hmmm....I love Lindt! :)

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  42. I love love love this little table topper! Thanks for the tutorial. My favorite Valentine's candy is the little cinnamon red-hot hearts. Childish, I know, but I love those things!

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  43. Thanks for the great instructions to this table quilt. I could make one in different colors for every holiday.

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  44. Valentine's Day and any other day of the year, I love to eat chocolate and peanut butter. Thanks for the adorable table quilt instructions. I would love to make one for every holiday of the year.

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  45. Am I too late? Awesome tutorial.

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  46. Anything chocolatey and I'm happy. :)

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  47. Everything looked sooo straight and clean in your pics. I am still working on that cut straight, sew straight thing. :P

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  48. Love the charm fabric. I have been looking for some Valentiney print for a Twister pattern. That is cute!!

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  49. Adorable. It is simple but so nice. I'm glad you shared your figuring. Thanks!

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  50. Thanks for the great tute and giveaway! My favourite valentines gift is Toblerone.. mmm

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  51. Thank you for the idea. Thanks for the giveaway

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  52. Cute nine patch. My favorite candy is anything chocolate. I love Hershey's Kisses.

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  53. Love the cute mini quilt. My favorite Valentine candy...those little cherry jelly hearts. Yummy.

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  54. Thank you for this give away! My favorite is chocolate in any kind and shape :)

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  55. dark chocolate peanut butter cups, just pulled out of refrigerator :) thanks!

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  56. Great giveaway and anything chocolate will make me happy!!

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  57. Hi there! This project has two of my favorite things--scraps and 9-patches. My favorite V. Day candy is chocolate-covered cherries. Mmmmmmm

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  58. Very cute project. I love the straight line quilting. I only have one favorite candy and that is see's dark chocolate bordeaux.... nom nom nom I hope I get some for v-day!

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  59. So cute! chocolate all the way for me!!

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  60. Thank you for sharing this tutorial! Its so cute! :)

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  61. How beautiful! Thanks for sharing and what a great tutorial!

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  62. Gorgeous...thank you for the tutorial

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  63. I like those mini charm pops they sell around valentines!

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  64. Cute project - thank you! My favourite candy is chocolate! Easy ... any kind ... so Valentines is a perfect day for me!

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  65. Cute little mat - thanks for the tutorial. Chocolate has to be my favourite - all years round!

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  66. Oh my gosh. I absolutely love this. Thank you so much for the great tutorial!! My favorite Valentine candy is Hershey's Raspberry Filled Dark Chocolate Kisses. Yummmm.

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  67. Chocolate. (I love pink and red together. Beautiful work!)

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  68. Hi! I never thought of cutting charm squares into smaller squares, but it's a great way to make a postage stamp quilt top! Thanks for the great idea and tutorial :)

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  69. Thanks for the tutorial, this is such a cute table topper. My favorite Valentine's candy is gummy Sweetarts.

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  70. I love a sampler of chocolates, just as long as the candy has CHOCOLATE!
    Your mini-quilt is adorable!

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  71. Love this table topper. I have some scraps I can use for this! I love Godiva dark chocolates for Valentine's!

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  72. This is a great tutorial. You could switch out the Valentine themed fabric, and replace it with another holiday too. If I had to pick just one favorite candy, it would have to be milk chocolate, and then either covered caramels or cherries.

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  73. Love this, I don't have a charm pack so am going to cut some same-sized squares from my stash of scraps and give this a try. New follower. My favourite candy is the foam/gum hearts you get in haribo, yum!

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  74. I love peanut butter cups!

    Mrs.Hearts
    www.busyhandsquilts.blogspot.com
    handmadeheartsathome {!at} comcast {!dot} net

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  75. I already love the nine-patch, and this version is adorable. Thank you for sharing, and thank you to Leah for sponsoring the giveaway.

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  76. Love the mini quilt. It's adorable.

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  77. Hmmm not technically candy, but I love Chocolate covered Strawberries ^^

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  78. Thanks for the tutorial. My favorite candy is anything dark chocolate! thanks also for the giveaway chance

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  79. What a fun little project! thanks for sharing! My fav Valentine's candy? Chocolate! Dark chocolate. But NEVER conversation hearts!

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  80. How timely! You answered a question I was pondering with your post! I am now a happy new follower and nice to have found you!

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  81. Cool -- and I learned something new today...glad you linked to your post about adding borders. I'm a new quilter and didn't know that good borders can help keep your quilt square and flat!

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  82. My favorite used to be the Milky Way's with just caramel that came out only on Valentine's day. It's a good thing they stopped selling them cause I could eat the whole bag by myself. Of course now they sell them by the bars now. :0

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  83. My favorite Valentine's candy is probably miniature Reeses cups!

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  84. Anything with a chocolate and peanut butter! :) Thanks for the chance to win. Your mini quilt is ADORABLE!

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  85. I have never found anything that tops Ferrero Rochere. Love love love!

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  86. My favourite candy is cinnamon hearts - they're the make your tongue raw kind of yummy!
    ltenhage@gmail.com

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  87. Mil Gracias por tan hermoso Tutorial. Perfecta la Explicación. Wonderful. wilperez38@gmail.com Desde Venezuela, con mucho cariño.

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  88. Just found you! So precious. Thanks so much. Just began to be serious about quilting, I'm eating up all these tips and tutorials. Thanks!

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  89. Can you tell me how much fabric I'd need to make a lap quilt like this? I really love the pattern, trying to figure out how much fabric I need, just a beginner quilter. Thank you.

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  90. I know you posted this almost 2 years ago, but I just wanted to say that I've been following your blog for a few months, and used this tutorial to make my first ever quilt! Thanks so much for posting such a fabulous tutorial (and your binding tutorial also!). I linked back to you from my blog!

    Lorraine at sassycraftyfit.com

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