Small Wonders fabric + quilt block tutorial

Mary Fons small wonders france fabric

I just finished sewing with a fun new bundle of fabric from a brand new collection by Mary Fons. This is Mary’s first fabric line she just debuted at Quilt Market. The collection is called Small Wonders – World Piece the fabrics are all small-scale prints, perfect for quilt making, and inspired by textiles from decades past.
mini nine patch quilt

Small Wonders focuses on those small-scale, classic prints that have been the staple of quilt-making for centuries. They were so fun to cut up and play with. This first collection – World Piece draws inspiration from countries around the world including the Netherlands, France, China, India, South America, and the USA. There is also a collection of 108″ backing pieces to look forward to! You can see more of these designs on Mary’s blog and the Springs Creative site.

Small Wonders fabric France group

I got to play with the France collection. (Formidable!) These prints are complete with french royal blue and Provencal gold, with crowns, fleurs de lys, and the cutest Eiffel Towers!

French nine patch quilt

Because the prints and colors were so classic and traditional, I decided to go with a very traditional quilt design – a nine-patch block, set on point. But I kept the design scrappy and playful.


It’s such a fun, quick block to make – and a great way to show-off lots of colors and prints – that I thought I’d give a quick little tutorial for making this versatile block.fabric requirements

Fabric requirements for two finished 6 1/4” x 6 1/4” blocks:

  • two contrasting sets of 3 strips 2” x 6”
  • two different sets of 2 squares 4” x 4”

nine patch tutorial

(starting top left) All seams are 1/4”. Sew the 2” x 6” strips into two alternating strip sets. Press seams toward the darker fabrics. Cut strip sets into three sets of 2” x 6” units. Alternate the units and sew them together to create two different nine-patch blocks. Press seams toward the outside.

nine patch on point assembly To set the nine-patch blocks ‘on-point’: Cut all 4” x 4” squares once on the diagonal. You will now have two sets of four triangles – one set to go with each nine-patch block. Center the long edge of the triangle on one side of the nine-patch block and sew. Repeat with a second triangle on the opposite side. Press seams toward the outside triangles. Repeat with remaining coordinating triangles on other sides.

trim edges

Carefully trim tags and square up edges, careful to leave a 1/4” seam allowance at the corner of the nine-patch block.


Repeat with remaining nine-patch block and four remaining triangles.

Nine patch quilt on point tutorial

For this 29″ x 29″ mini quilt, I made 8 of these sets, for 16 different quilt blocks. I added a 2″ finished border around the edges to finish the look. Make about 21 sets (fro 42 blocks) and lay them out 6 across by 7 down for a cute baby quilt.


I finished my quilt with simple cross-hatch quilting and a gold binding.    Small Wonders fabric by Mary Fons I really love classically inspired quilt prints – they just always look, well, classic. I’m really excited to get a few more of the novelty prints from the other countries in the Small Wonders line – including some cute bunnies, tulips and windmills, pagodas and rickshaws. Small Wonders will be available from fabric retailers in the months to come!

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    November 5, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    Fun fabric and cute quilt. Quilted just right!

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    November 5, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    Nice use of the fabric. I’m so excited to see this line. My sister lived in France for a gap year and I think she needs something made from some of this! Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

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    Shaneka Giscombe
    November 5, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    I can’t wait. I want some for shirts though.

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      Amy Smart
      November 7, 2015 at 3:52 pm

      These would be GREAT prints for shirts!

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    November 5, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    Thanks for the gift of a cute tute….you are good at inspiring us and keeping us up to date.
    Appreciate the blog.

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    November 5, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    I’m a big Mary Fons fan and I love her new fabric line. I like that the fabric is cute without being cutsie, if that makes sense. It could be used for clothing or quilts without being out of place in either. Thanks for the tutorial. Setting blocks on point always feels intimidating. You made it look easy. I’ll give it a try.

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      Amy Smart
      November 7, 2015 at 3:53 pm

      I totally know what you mean. They’re such classy prints! And try the blocks on point. It’s fun and not nearly as intimidating as it looks.

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    Marie Bartels
    November 6, 2015 at 1:29 am

    Verry cute quilt! Beautiful materials and colors.

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    Sigi G
    November 6, 2015 at 4:56 am

    You have a wonderful way of mixing and matching the fabric colors in your blocks. Cute fabric! Love how you put them together ‘on point’. Will have to try this tutorial. Thank You!

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    November 6, 2015 at 9:21 am

    You did such a nice job with this! I like the classic pairing of the fabric and design. Mary should be pleased!

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    myrna wick
    August 28, 2017 at 10:08 am

    i would love to get the print from the netherlands…i live near calgary alberta canada

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