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.2½” squares.
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.
¾” 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.
¾” 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.)
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 1 - Melissa from Happy Quilting with the Knotty Little Apron Tutorial & Grand Prize Giveaway
February 2 - Heather from Quilt Story with the Heart Garland Tutorial
February 3 - Melissa from Lilac Lane with the Be Mine Tote Tutorial
February 6 - Angela from Cut to Pieces with the Pincushion 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
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.