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Piece-by-Piece Mini-Quilt

Free project instructions to make a pice-by-piece mini-quilt.

Free project instructions to make a pice-by-piece mini-quilt.


Mini-quilts are a fabulous way to add fabulous flair to your tabletops. This festive mini-quilt uses three Christmas prints to frame classic Christmas embroidery.

Mini-quilt racks can be found at quilt stores, Michael's, and Amazon. You can use keywords like "mini quilt rack" or "tabletop quilt rack" to search online, too.
 


Project Needs & Notes

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1/3 yard solid-colored quilter's cotton for center block
- 1/2 yard print quilter's cotton for trim and back
- 1/8 yard print quilter's cotton for border
- 1/8 yard print quilter's cotton for other border
- Cotton batting (Warm and Natural is a good brand)
- Medium-weight (2.5 ounce) cutaway stabilizer
- Heavy-weight double-sided fusible interfacing
- Nylon monofilament thread (for quilting through the layers)
- 1/2" wide ribbon for hanging
- Cutting pad and rotary cutter
- Straight edge
- Needle and thread for some hand sewing

For this tutorial, I used the small size of the Season's Greetings and Bell design from the A Christmas Cheer design pack.

Finished Size: 12" x 9 1/2"

This project was featured in the following:
Crafty Christmas Trunk Show Video
 

Free project instructions to make a pice-by-piece mini-quilt.

Begin by embroidering the design onto the solid-colored cotton, backed with one piece of cutaway stabilizer.

Free project instructions to make a pice-by-piece mini-quilt.

After embroidering, mark 1/2" from the outer edges of the design.

Draw a rectangle connecting those marks.

Using a straight edge and rotary cutter, cut out the rectangle.

Free project instructions to make a pice-by-piece mini-quilt.

Next, measure, cut, and piece the fabric border.

First, measure one side of the embroidered rectangle. Cut two pieces of the print quilter's cotton to that height, and 1 1/2" wide.

In this example, the rectangle is 5 3/4" high. The fabric strips are 1 1/2" x 5 3/4".

Place the fabric strips on top of the embroidered block, right sides together. Pin in place and sew a 1/4" seam along the pinned edges. Press the back seams open with an iron.

Free project instructions to make a pice-by-piece mini-quilt.

Follow the same steps to make fabric strips for the top of the block.

Measure the top edge. In this example, the measurement is 9 1/2" wide. Cut a strip of fabric that is 9 1/2" x 1 1/2".

Place the fabric strip on top of the block, right sides together. Pin in place. Sew a 1/4" seam along the pinned edge. Press the seam open with an iron.

Repeat for the bottom.

Free project instructions to make a pice-by-piece mini-quilt.

Repeat the process, adding a second and third fabric piece to all sides.

The measurements of the pieces for the second fabric border are:

Side border: 1 1/2" x 7 1/2"
Top/bottom borders: 11 1/4" x 1 1/2"

The measurements of the pieces for the third fabric border are:

Side border: 1" x 9"
Top/bottom borders: 12" x 1"

After adding the third border, the front panel is complete.

Free project instructions to make a pice-by-piece mini-quilt.

Next, add the batting and the back piece.

Lay the cotton batting flat. Place the back fabric on top of the batting, right side facing up.

Place the front panel on top with the right side facing down. Pin all the layers together and cut around the shape of the front panel. 

Sew a 1/4" seam along the side, top, and bottom sides leaving about 5" open along one side.

Free project instructions to make a pice-by-piece mini-quilt.

Turn the fabric right side out in between the front and back layers and press the seams.

Measure the width and height of the hanger. Cut a piece of interfacing 1" smaller than those measurements. In this example, the measurement is 12" wide and 9 1/2" high, so the interfacing is 11" x 8 1/2".

Insert the interfacing between the batting and the back fabric.

Press the hanger from the backside to activate the adhesive on the interfacing. Check the interfacing packaging for specific instructions, as they may vary.

Free project instructions to make a pice-by-piece mini-quilt.

Turn the fabric of the opening in 1/4" and press. Hand sew the opening closed using needle and thread.

Free project instructions to make a pice-by-piece mini-quilt.

Use monofilament nylon thread to quilt through the layers.

Wind a bobbin with the color thread that matches the back of the fabric. With nylon thread in the needle, and fabric-matching thread in the back, the quilting stitches blend in nicely.

Stitch along the existing seams with the monofilament thread in the needle. This helps to hold the layers together so it doesn't sag over time.

Free project instructions to make a pice-by-piece mini-quilt.

Use ribbons for hangers. Cut two pieces of ribbon 16" long. Fold each piece in half. Put the folded ends on top of the quilted piece.

Pin each ribbon about 2 1/2" in from the sides, with the ribbon extending 1" down onto the fabric. Tack the ribbons in place by sewing along the existing seam.

Free project instructions to make a pice-by-piece mini-quilt.

To add the hanger ribbon, cut a 16" length of ribbon. Tie the ends around the bottom loops of the ribbons at the back of the hanger.

Free project instructions to make a pice-by-piece mini-quilt.

Mini-quilts look beautiful hung on a tabletop quilt rack, or try hanging from a wall or door.

The festive fabric is a beautiful way to showcase your favorite embroidery.

Piece-by-Piece Mini Quilt



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Products used in this Project:

Season's Greetings and Bell $4.49 - $5.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

8.31" x 5.86" | 7.80" x 5.50" | 6.89" x 4.86"