I came across this mini quilt pattern last week, just sitting there on my computer. I didn’t end up using it for it’s original purpose, so I kind of forgot about it. But while I was contemplating making something seasonal for the 4th of July to hang on my little display stand, it just popped up. It was meant to be.
A couple of notes before we get into this one. This original design was 20” square, so I needed to size it down for my stand. I meant for it to end up 12” square, but I clearly mathed wrong, and it came out 11”. It’s fine for my use, but just know going in, it’s a weird size. Also, I wish I had used reds with a better contrast, so be sure to lay it out and make sure you’re happy with your choices before you start sewing.
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To make this mini quilt you’ll need:
dark blue, light blue, grey, white, light red, and dark red fabric for the top
fabric color of your choice for the back
60” of 2 1/2” wide binding
Cut as follows:
dark blue - 2 squares 4 3/4 x 4 3/4”
light blue - 2 squares 4 3/4 x 4 3/4”
grey - 2 squares 3 1/2 x 3 1/2”
white - 2 squares 3 1/2 x 3 1/2”
dark red - 2 squares 3 1/2 x 3 1/2”
light red - 2 squares 3 1/2 x 3 1/2”
backing - 11 x 11”
batting - 11 x 11”
Cut each of the squares (except the backing and batting) in half diagonally.
All seams are 1/4” and pressed toward the dark unless noted otherwise.
Sew one dark and one light blue triangle together as shown below.
Repeat with the remaining blue to create 4 sets.
Sew one white and one grey together as shown below.
Sew the remaining grey to white to create 4 sets.
Stitch one light red to one dark as shown. Note you’re matching different edges than you did on the blue or grey.
Repeat for 4 sets.
Stitch the top two squares together side by side. Do the same with the bottom two. Make sure the seam on each square is pointing into the center.
Sew the two rows together to form a larger square.
Stitch the long edge of a grey set to the top side of the red square.
Repeat on the other sides with the remaining grey sets.
Sew a blue section onto one edge.
Sew the remaining blue to the other three edges.
Lay out the backing, right side down, with the batting over it. Place the pieced square on top, right side up. Pin together and quilt as desired.
Bind the edges using your favorite method. If you’ll hang it, as I did, use the leftover binding to make a couple of ties.
I love these mini quilts because they add a little punch of color to the room, but take no time to make.
I guess I should start thinking about what’s going to hang on that rack after the 4th of July. I don’t think I have any more patterns hiding on my computer!