‘CANDY’ mini quilt – TUTORIAL
February 29, 2012 by Teje
Hello! Thank you so much for all your lovely wishes – I am much better!
Time to show you how I made this mini quilt. This time I have made short and simple tutorial with ‘photo blocks’!
I have 6 different prints and dark blue fabric for the base. First we cut pieces like this:
– 1 square 3″ x 3 ” from each print = 6 squares
– 2 triangles 3,5″ x 3,5″ from each print = 12 print triangles
– 12 triangles from the base fabric
All these pieces you can see in the first picture of this mosaic:
Then we sew the print triangles with the blue triangles. Press the seams open and iron. Check that your squares are 3″ x 3″ and trim them if needed.
Next we sew the lines together like you see in third photo. Again remember to press the seams open and iron.
Then we sew these lines together. Now it’s good to use pins so that the corners stay exactly together when sewing. Add also the last two triangles for the two corners. Again open the seams and iron them.
Now your quilt top is finished. Trim it around. Cut 2″ stripes from the base fabric for the borders. Sew them, press open and iron the seams.
I have used white fabric for the backing and for the badding I have used piece of fleece. Cut them a little bit bigger than your quilt top. Put safety pins to keep these layers together while stitching. And now it’s time for fun – quilting! Make any figures, lines or what ever your imagination brings to you! You can stitch by hand or by machine.
After you have finished the quilting it’s time to make the binding. Cut from the fabric you have chosen for the binding 3″ stripe – if you need several, just sew them together like in the fourth photo. Fould your stripe double and iron. Pin the binding so that the foulded side is towards the centre and the raw edge with the edge of the quilt. Put first pins in the beginning and at the end of the side – this helps not to stretch the fabric.
This is the traditional way to add binding and I think it’s the best way. It’s easy to make and the result is beautiful. Look from the photos how to turn the binding in the corners. It may look first complicated but it’s really easy. If you like to see more photos how to put the binding and how to sew it, look from my Baby Quilt tutorial.
When you have sewn the binding on the rigth side of your quilt top, you can iron it so that it turns nicely to the back side. Pin around or use your hair clips! If you like to hang your mini quilt you can add small triangles in the corners. Cut two squares and fold them and then just add them under the binding. This time I sew the binding by hand because I didn’t want to see the stitching on the front side. You can sew it also by machine, like I did with my small mini quilts.
Now your mini quilt is ready! If you have any questions, I am more than happy to answer! If you haven’t made patchwork yet, I really recommend you try! It is so much fun! Enjoy and create!
Thank you for your visit! Happy sewing!