Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Valentine Mini

Introducing... just in the nick of time (whew!), a Valentine Mini quilt! :)  

I had so much fun making this little quilt and I hope you will too!  












Ok, hold on tight, here we go...


Finished Size = Approx. 22" x 22"

Materials Needed:
Scraps of 9 print fabrics, at least 6" x 6" each (hearts)
1/2 yd white fabric (background)
1/4 yd stripe fabric (binding)
25" x 25" fabric (backing)
25" x 25" batting

* All seams are 1/4" unless otherwise noted.


Step 1 - Cutting

From each of the 9 print fabrics, cut:
(1) 2-7/8" square
(2) 2-1/2" squares

From 1/2 yd white fabric cut:
(36) 1-1/2" squares
(9) 2-7/8" squares
(6) 2" x 4-1/2" rectangles (sashing)
(2) 2" x 15-1/2" rectangles (sashing)
(2) 3-1/2" x 15-1/2" rectangles (border)
(2) 3-1/2" x 21-1/2" rectangles (border)

From 1/4 yd binding fabric, cut:
3 strips 2-1/4" x WOF

*WOF = width of fabric; can cut binding strips 2-1/2" wide if preferred.



Step 2 - Sewing

For each heart block, you will need:


Using a pencil, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on all white squares.  (Note to self, white fabric does not photograph well on a white background... :)




Place a print 2-7/8" square and a white 2-7/8" square right sides together (RST).  Sew 1/4" on each side of drawn line.



Cut on the line.  Press one seam toward the white fabric and one seam toward the print fabric.




Match up the half square triangle units as shown and sew together.  




This is completes the bottom half of the heart block!  

To make the top half, begin by lining up a 1-1/2" white square with the top left corner of a 2-1/2" print square. Sew on the diagonal line.  Repeat with second 2-1/2" square in same print fabric.




Press white fabric towards corner as shown and trim seam allowance to 1/4".




Sew another 1-1/2" square to the top right corner in the same manner.  




Press right corner seam allowance toward print fabric. (Pressing this way allows the seams to lock together when joining the two units together.)




Sew both units together as shown.  This completes the top half of the heart block!




Sew top and bottom together to finish the heart block.




Repeat to make 8 more heart blocks with the rest of the print and white squares.


Join the blocks together with sashing pieces as shown.






Add borders as shown.







Step 3 - Quilting and Finishing

Layer top / batting / backing and quilt as desired.  I quilted straight lines 3/8" away from the outside of each heart block and sashing/border strip.  (Sewing 3/8" away from the seams helps prevent catching the 1/4" seam allowance and sewing over extra "bulk".)

Add binding, and enjoy!






I hope you enjoy this little tutorial (my first ever!!).  Happy quilting :)


Thanks for stopping by!


47 comments:

  1. this is an adorable project! thanks so much for sharing! :)

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  2. Visiting from the Commentathon! I LOVE QUILTS!! I have never made one but sure would love to try. My mother just finished her first, maybe we could tackle one together. Great tutorial, I will pin for later. Blessings!
    nannette

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  3. Wow - adorable quilt - I am so sewing challenged, I am totally in awe of this!

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  4. How cute! I love it! My daughter might want to make something like this. I don't really sew myself.

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  5. Wow that is super cute! I am amazed when people can do these sorts of things totally not in me unless I could do it all by hand and then i think about the time I don't have.

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  6. This is absolutely adorable! And your step by step instructions are great. I may make one if these for my granddaughter for her Birthday.

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    1. Thanks Amanda! Would love to see it if you do!

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  7. What a darling mini quilt! You are very talented! I never would have know it was your first tutorial. You rocked it! So happy that I found you through the commentathon!

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  8. REALLY cute - i don't know if i coulda done it that good.... :D

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  9. That is an amazing quilt! I am still working on my first and it has taken me years to get to the point of actually quilting. Your instructions are very clear and I love the abundance of pictures to show the steps in the process!

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  10. My daughter would love this. Love the pictures to show you what it should look like, step by step! Beautiful!

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  11. This quilt is the cutest thing ever! I've always wanted to learn how to quilt, perhaps, this might just be the inspiration i needed.

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  12. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing. You took me back to memories of my Grandmother and how she would sew and sew for hours. This is truly becoming a lost art, and I am so glad to see you portray it with such beauty here. Thank you!

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  13. That's really cute and doesn't really look hard at all. I received a sewing machine for Christmas to replace my old, broken one. I really need to make time to sit down with it and create something cute like this!

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  14. This is so cute! I'm pinning it. :)

    http://buildingmommymuscles.com

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  15. It's a simple yet beautiful quilt. Thank you for sharing the instructions. It would make a wonderful gift.

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  16. Your directions make it seem so simple! I love this. I might try quilting one day. If I ever do, I'm coming here first.

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  17. This is a beautiful quilt! I'm pinning it!

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  18. I absolutely love this - I wish I could sew, Im determined to learn to this year.

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  19. Too cute! I've never made a quilt but it's on the "things I'd like to do someday" list! Love this one!!!

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  20. I have not tried quilting. This is beautiful.

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  21. I'm not a big fan of quilts but this one is adorable! If I ever get the guts to try to sew a quilt this will be it. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  22. What a beautiful quilt. Quilting goes on my list of "things that I'd love to learn but haven't had time yet" :)

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  23. How awesome!! I'm not a quilter but this looks even simple enough for me!! Thanks for sharing this!!

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  24. That is absolutely adorable! I love that quilt; though, I'm not much of a sewer myself, haha. I'm actually pretty bad at it, but my mother-in-law is amazing. I'll have to send her your link so she can make this for me! Thanks for sharing!!

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  25. Thank you for sharing this! I've never quilted before but this looks fun and easy to do!

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  26. I LOVE IT! That is so cute! I wish I could quilt, I just haven't the patience or the time or the attention span. :) That really is amazing, it would be so cute for a little girl's bed.

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  27. What a great tutorial. I am making strip quilts--and I haven't touched them in a long time. But I will pin this on my quilt board for "just in case" I ever get serious about quilting! Tammy from creativekkids

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  28. What a beautiful little quilt and a wonderful tutorial. I am looking forward to creating a quilt with it.

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    1. Thanks Regina! Would LOVE to see your quilt if you make one :)

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  29. What a thorough tutorial. Wish I was crafty. I could see framing the squares of fabric you cut, too. Beautiful quilt.

    Thanks for sharing,

    Raki

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  30. Thank you for showing us the step-by-step process! I love learning new things and hope to make quilts one day.

    Your finished product is lovely!

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  31. I love pictorials! Very detailed and impressive.

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  32. This is so beautiful! Thank you for the helpful tutorial - great job!

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  33. Wow, I had no idea how complex quilting was. Maybe it's just the hearts, but I didn't realize that quilting takes sooo much more than just cutting out shapes and then sewing them all together! Great tutorial, and thanks for opening my eyes to the world of quilting :-)

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  34. I have looked at this like 4 times and just love it! Hoping I have the courage to give this a try. Super job on the tutorial - I loved the step-by-step photos. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks Kathleen! I'd love to see your quilt if you make one, and I'm happy to answer any questions that may come up if you decide to give it a try. :)

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  35. Every time I see a work of art using fabric I get a twinge of guilt for the things I "left behind" when I moved out of Central PA. I know I can still tap into my culture and childhood (I literally played under a quilt frame while the women of the family were working).

    Your explanations seem accurate and easy to follow. I appreciate the reminder of how beautiful the outcome can be to the devoted time.

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  36. Very nice tutorial. I am not the best at crafts but my wife is. I will pass your post over to her and i am sure she will start on this as a new project in no time!

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  37. I just love this little quilt! I cant wait to try it. Great tutorial!

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    1. Thanks Rebekah!! Happy quilting :) Miss you!

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    2. Miss you too! Next time I come up your way we will have to do an art day. :)

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    3. Definitely Rebekah! That would be so much fun! :)

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