Before I share the tutorial, here are some cute photos I snapped along the way... :) Or you can skip and scroll down to get straight to business! ;)
Below: my handsome quilt model
The fabric collection I used for this mini quilt is called Ambleside by Brenda Riddle for Moda fabrics, to be released March 2015.
Materials for a 16.5"x17.5" Sweethearts Mini Quilt:
- Mini hearts: scrap fabrics or a charm pack/mini charm pack would work.
- White fabric: 1/4 yard or a fat quarter
- Inner border: Fat eighth, or scraps at least 1"x11.5" long
- Outer border: one fat quarter
- Binding: 1/8 yard
- Backing: one fat quarter
Step 1: Assembling Mini Hearts
To make one mini heart, you will need: two 2" squares and two 1.5" squares from coordinating print fabrics, plus six 1" squares and two 2" squares from white fabric.
Take one 2" square from your print fabric. Then take three 1" squares and mark a diagonal line from corner to corner.
With right sides facing together, align one 1" square along the corner of the 2" print square. Sew exactly where you marked the diagonal line, and then trim 1/4" away from where you sewed. Press the corner to open.
Next, take one 2" square from your white fabric.Then, take two 1.5" squares from your print fabric and mark a diagonal from corner to corner.
With right sides facing together, align one 1.5" square along the corner of the white square. Sew exactly where you marked the diagonal line, and then trim 1/4" away from where you sewed. Press the corner to open. Make two of these.
Step 2: Add Background Fabric
From white fabric, cut three 2"x3.5" rectangles (A), one 1"x9.5" strip (B), and two 1"x11.5" strips (C) for the sides. Assemble as shown below.
Step 3: Add Borders
From your inner border fabric, cut four 1"x11.5" strips (D) and (E). Attach in that order.
From your outer border fabric, cut two 3"x12.5" rectangles (F), and two 3"x16.5" rectangles (G). Attach in that order.
Step 4: Finish it!
This mini quilt measures 16.5"x17.5", so a fat quarter would work well for the backing fabric. Baste and then quilt. I did simple quilting and outlined the hearts with a 1/4" seam allowance. To bind, cut two 2.5" strip along the length of fabric. You can find an easy to follow binding tutorial here.
I gotta say, this quilt was an awesome excuse to buy Sweethearts and my favorite jelly sugar hearts...!! I'm such a sucker for seasonal candies.