Kerry loves to decorate her creative space with mini quilts and this blended pastels mini quilt project measures just 24″ square and is easy to make.
You will need…
Scrap fabrics at least 4” square in five colour groups (I used pink, peach, cream, mint and sky blue)
4½” x width of fabric (WOF) in black and white solids or similar contrasting colours
Fat quarter of paper backed fusible webbing
Half yard of fabric for backing
Large scrap of wadding, at least 26” square
¼ yard fabrics for binding
Start by cutting out your squares for the background. You will need to cut 4” square pieces in the following quantities:
Pink – 12 squares
Peach – 16 squares
Cream – 16 squares
Mint – 12 squares
Sky blue – 8 squares
It’s easier to sew this mini quilt column by column. Take four pink squares and four peach squares and make pairs. Mark across the diagonal from corner to corner on the back of one of the paired pieces in each of the four sets.
With right sides together, sew ¼” from the line on all four pieces. Flip and sew ¼” at the other side of the line too.
Cut down the line on each piece and press seams towards the lighter fabric to create eight HST (half square triangle) blocks. Trim the blocks down to measure 3½”. My favourite way to do this is with a rotating mat and a Bloc Loc ruler.
You can either sew the blocks together as you go in columns, or if you have a design wall, start to arrange them. The design wall is best as it lets you change your mind and swap between other columns if you want to change the position of some of the fabrics used.
The first block wants to be arranged with the pink bottom left and the cream top right. Add your blocks to the wall with the pinks along the left, alternating between pink bottom left, pink top left to make a zigzag.
Your next set of eight HSTs are made in the same way – you need four peach and four cream squares. Arrange the peach fabrics so they are touching the peach ones in the previous column.
Continue in this way. The remaining columns are cream and mint, mint and sky blue, sky blue and pink, pink and peach again, peach and cream again and lastly, cream and mint.
Once you have arranged the blocks how you want them to be, it’s time to sew the rows together. Working systematically, sew the blocks together row by row, right sides together and with a quarter inch seam. Each row consists of eight blocks.
Once the rows are sewn together, the seams can be pressed alternate ways to make matching them easier. Sew each row to the previous one, aligning the seams.
Press all of the rows to create a nice piece of flat patchwork.
Cut three 1 1/5” strips from the black and white solids. Pair up and sew together along the long edge. Repeat with the other two strip pairs. Press.
Draw the template out onto fusible web 12 times, marking where the centre line is. Roughly cut out.
Iron fusible templates onto the back of the strip, lining your centre markings with the stitch line. You should be able to press at least four onto each strip. Cut out along the template lines.
Peel off the backing and fuse onto the mini quilt as shown, aligning the centre seam on the applique with the seam below. The petal shapes create a pinwheel effect.
Baste the mini quilt, sandwiching the backing, wadding and top in your usual way. Basting spray is good for mini quilts though you could pin. Ensure that all layers are smooth before starting to quilt.
Referring to the diagram, quilt across a row and then work your way back with curves radiating from the seam line to replicate the petal shapes. Quilt all of the rows.
Trim the three layers with flush edges.
Cut two 4½” squares from scraps or excess backing fabric. Fold and press in half diagonally. Pin in the top corners aligning the raw edges. These will be your hanging pockets.
Cut the binding into 2 ¼” wide strips and sew end to end. Press the seams open and then fold in half along the entire length and press.
Clip the corners and then fold the binding to the front. Hand stitch down if you wish, or topstitch by machine very close to the edge of the binding, making sure that it is pulled clear of the original stitch line.
Your mini quilt project is now finished, hang it on the wall and enjoy the fruits of your labour!