Hugs and Kisses Mini Quilt Tutorial

Hugs and Kisses Mini Quilt Tutorial from WeAllSew

Hello, I’m Cherry of Cherry Blossoms and am so excited to be back to share a sweet mini quilt tutorial for Valentine’s day. This little quilt is easy and fun, you just need a few scraps in shades of pink and red, one or two white backgrounds, and your favorite sewing machine! So gather your supplies and let’s make something pretty for the 14th! Finished size: 19″ x 24″

Supplies to Make a Hugs and Kisses Mini Quilt:

  • 9 pink and red Fat Eighths from Benartex’s Cherish collection
  • 1 low-volume white Fat Eighth (I used a white with little gold hearts)
  • 1/2 yd white on white
  • 1/4 yd pink binding
  • Piecing threads to match fabrics
  • Water soluble pen or chalk marker (Sewline or Bohin)
  • Cutting mat, ruler, rotary cutter
  • Fabric scissors
  • Sewing machine (I used a BERNINA 880 Plus)
  • Reverse pattern foot with clear sole #34, #34C or #34D
  • Patchwork foot #57 or #57D
  • Backing and batting: 23″ x 28″

Let’s get started!

All seams are 1/4″

Step 1: Cut and label fabrics

Pinks and reds:

(37) 3″ x 3″ A squares

(16) 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ B squares

White low-volume:

(11) 3″ x 3″ A squares

White on white:

(2) 3″ x WOF strips sub-cut into: (16) 3″ x 3″ A squares

(2) 2 1/4″ x WOF strips sub-cut into: (2) 2 1/4″ x 20″ G borders and (2) 2 1/4″ x 16 1/2″ F border

(2) 1 1/2″ x WOF strips sub-cut into: (1) 1 1/2″ x 20″ H border, (2) 1 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ E sashing strips, (32) 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ C squares, and (3) 1″ x 4 1/2″ D sashing strips


(3) 2 1/4″ x WOF strips – binding

Step 2: Half-Square-Triangles (HST)

Install a patchwork presser foot on your sewing machine (I’m using Patchwork foot #57D).

Select the correct presser foot, straight stitch length and needle stop position on your sewing machine.

Gather (8) white on white and (8) pink/red A squares. With a water soluble pen or chalk marker, draw diagonal lines onto the wrong side of the (8) white squares.

Place a marked white square over a pink/red square, right sides together, and pin.

Stitch with a 1/4″ seam allowance on either side of the marked line.

Cut the sewn square on the marked line and press seams to the pink/red fabric. Repeat for a total of (16) half-square-triangle (HST) units.

Trim the HST units to measure 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″.

Gather (8) white on white and (8) white low-volume A squares. Draw diagonal lines onto the wrong side of the (8) white on white squares. Make (16) 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ white/pink/red HST units.

Place a marked white over a white low-volume square, right sides together, and pin. Stitch with a 1/4″ seam allowance on either side of the marked line. Cut the sewn square on the marked line and press the seams to the low-volume fabric. Repeat for a total of (16) half-square-triangle (HST) units.

Repeat the process to make (32) HSTs with the remaining pink, red and white low-volume A squares. Make (16) 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ white/white low-volume HST units.

Follow the heart diagram as a placement guide and arrange the (64) HST units to make the heart block. Make (32) 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ pink/red/white low-volume HST units.

Sew (8) HSTs into rows, then sew the rows together; set aside.

Step 3: Stitch and Flip units

One of my favorites is the Reverse Pattern Foot #34D, perfect for accurate stitching on traced lines with its clear sole and red guideline markings.

Gather the (32) 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ white C squares and the (16) 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ pink/red B squares

Draw diagonal lines onto the wrong side of the (32) C squares.

Follow the diagram as a placement guide and place 2 marked white squares over a pink/red B square, right sides together; pin.

Sew on the traced line then trim the excess fabric leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance; press to the corners.

The sewn units should measure 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″.

Follow the diagram to sew the units into (2) X and (2) O blocks. Make (16) 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ pink/red/white units.

Sew the X and O blocks, the (2) white 1 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ E sashing strips and the (3) 1″ x 4 1/2″ D sashing strips together to make the XOXO border. Make a total of (2) X and (2) O blocks.

Step 4: Assemble the Mini

Sew the (2) 2 1/4″ x 16 1/2″ F borders to the left and right edges of the heart block.

Sew the (2) 2 1/4″ x 20″ G borders to the top and bottom edges of the heart block and the (1) 1 1/2″ x 20″ H border to the bottom edge of the XOXO border.

Sew the heart and XOXO units together to complete the mini quilt top.

Layer the backing, batting and quilt top and quilt as desired. I quilted my mini with simple curved lines about 1/2″ apart.

Bind the quilt with the (3) pink 2 1/4″ x WOF binding strips, label and enjoy!

Fat Quarter Bundle Giveaway!

Thanks to all our fans who entered, and this giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, WeAllSew reader @quiltedbunny!

I loved working with these fun Valentines fabrics from the Cherish line and have a sweet fat quarter bundle to share with one of the WeAllSew readers!

To enter, leave a comment on this post and share about a valentines project you’ve enjoyed sewing.

The giveaway is open to residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia. One comment per fan. Comment must be submitted to the blog by Monday, February 3 at 11:59 PM Central Time. Winner will be chosen randomly. Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to contact to claim the prize.

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129 comments on “Hugs and Kisses Mini Quilt Tutorial”

  • Love this tutorial! Thank you so much for sharing!!

    I actually loved sewing the “I love you and I like you” quilt pattern that I did last year. Instead of making a quilt I turned it into a bed runner.

    • Love this quick and cute little quilt ! The fabrics make such a bold statement for such a simple design! I made 20 quilted valentines hearts for my seasonal tree and this would be great to hang on the wall next to it ! Thank you for inspiration!

  • I made a red/white miniature quilt as part of a guild challenge. The blocks were only 2.5″ finished, and they were paper-pieced hearts. The central part of each heart was a photo of members of my family. I love that little quilt!

  • I made a valentines draw string bag out of some valentines fabric I had. Made from the pattern that was put on weallsew a few weeks ago. I made this. For my 2 year old granddaughter. She’ll love having a bag to carry around. I get great inspiration from this website.

  • Love this hugs and kisses mini quilt. On my “to do” list. I made a valentine heart table runner for my daughter. I’m trying to do one for each holiday. Couple more to go.

  • I made the “Love Notes” quilt from Missouri Quilt tutorial. It is so sweet. I also have a “Heart” wall hanging from my Mother, so has passed. These fabrics are so sweet.

  • This is really cute. I think I’ll make one for my family room. Is there a way to get a printer friendly pattern. I don’t have a laptop. Right now I’m using my phone.

  • What a great tutorial. I made wall hanging for my office, and the February one was a heart made with the twister ruler/template. Now I hang them in my house.

  • One of my first quilts was a log cabin with a large ❤️ and the fabric was beautiful! I gave to my girlfriend who lost her son… the “Cherish” fabric collection world look stunning in this pattern!

  • Such a sweet mini quilt! The last Valentine sewing project I made was a heart and lace picture frame for my Mother. She’s been gone a few years ago now. Wish she was here so I could make this for her.

  • This is definitely a quilt I want to make! I love everything about it!
    I’ve made several Valetine’s quilting projects as I really enjoy the holiday and decorating my home with creative items. My favorite project was one I made last year. It is a table runner with appliqued flowers randomly placed on it. It’s proudly placed on my dining room table and I smile every time I see it!
    duchick at gmail dot com

  • Love this quilt! I’m actually making a charity quilt out of a friend left over valentine fabric she didn’t want. Lots of pink and brown Some little girl will love it.

    For my daughter I made a valentine pillow case and small table topper for he r night stand

  • I have to be honest. I don’t think I’ve ever made a quilty Valentine’s Day anything…this is sure a project that I would love to do though!

  • As I was looking for seasonal quilts to hang in the house yesterday, I realized that I don’t have any quilts or wallhangings with a February or Valentine’s Day theme! This little beauty is going to be on my sewing table this week! Thank you for the inspiration and for an easy small-sized wallhanging.

  • Thank you for the tutorial for this mini quilt. Love the fabric used here. I made an octagon table topper that had the theme of wine and chocolate for a local quilt shop.

  • I made a Valentines table topper with reds and pinks Hersey Kisses fabrics for a challenge at a Club, then gifted to my daughter. It would be fun to use these fabrics to make a topper Or some mug rugs to gift to granddaughters. ❤️

  • I have sewn this valentine but not with the hugs & kisses–so cute. Just finished “Lovely Tablerunner” from Tablerunner Bliss which used a lot of flip and sew method. Was fun to do.

  • Great tutorial, thank you! I love Valentines Day and heart designs. I will definitely make this. I like to do the February block of the month every year with my quilt guild.

  • I liked the great instructions for making the X and O. I’ve made a pieced pillow with just a plain heart on it and embroidered the child’s name across the heart.

  • Thanks for the lovely valentine quilt tutorial !! Can’t wait to make this, but I better get sewing if I’m to get this done by this Valentine’s Day. And thanks for the fabric giveaway, hope I win ❣️

  • Just finished the Patchwork Heart Pillow from the Valentine’s Day Projects post on your blog. Your Hugs and Kisses Mini Quilt is darling and definitely will be added to my to-do list! You do a GREAT job of explaining and giving directions! Thanks!

  • I made a pillow using fabrics with hearts on them to celebrate my nieces engagement. Took ages to find enough red / heart fabric. Wish I had had this collection 🙂

  • Last year I made zipper bags with a clear plastic front and put in a handmade Valentine and a packet of flower seeds, because Spring is coming!! I really like the “hugs and kisses” border on this mini quilt and will incorporate it into my own.

  • Thanks for the “Hugs and Kisses Mini Quilt” I made Valentine placemats and love using them during the Valentine season. I would love to make this mini quilt to use as a wall hanging!

  • Great tutorial and darling fabric! Before my husband and I were married I made a super fast valentines present for him using a plain white cotton already quilted quilt/blanket I picked up at a discount home store, then I appliqued hearts and words all over the quilt. It turned out darling and we still have it!

  • Love your quilt design. I am a beginner quilter. I am trying to be ambitious and make the i heart you by V and co. I am a new mom so will take my time but definitely finish it.

    Thanks for all the wonderful tutorials.

  • Great pattern! I am printing it out as we speak. I made the in the hoop “Love” banner that was on the “We All Sew” last year and have had it hanging up in my sewing room all year. Really looking forward to starting on this mini “Hugs and Kisses.”
    Thank you, ~toni

  • I love this sweet little quilt and I love Valentine’s Day and hearts!!! I think I will make this my first Valentine’s Day project and I know that I’ll love it!

  • A couple of years ago, I sewed and quilted two pink and red valentine wall hangings using my Bernina 880. I gave one away to my aunt and kept the other which is still displayed on my sewing room wall. It may be time to make another one.

  • How adorable! I have a February birthday but have never made a Valentine’s quilt for myself. I did teach a class of Girl Scouts how to make a simple pieced 12″ heart block.

  • I love the fat quarter bundle you are giving away and plan on trying this free project. I am currently working on a Valentine’s Day table runner. I am just finishing the quilting on it and will make the binding tomorrow.

  • I love this mini! I think that will be on my to do list today. My daughter & granddaughters would love one for their quilt hanger. I have been working on runners for Valentine’s gifts. I’m planning on making some pot pinchers with the scraps as well. Thanks so much for the great tutorial!

  • I made a quillow for my granddaughter, and the pillow part was valentines metallic fabrics, with the word LOVE in pieced letters. Turned out really cute!

  • What a great fat quarter collection – very nice! last year I made valentine shaped lavender sachets to give to some of my friends, they were fun to make and smelled so good!

  • I love this mini quilt. I am definitely going to sew this for a Valentine mini to hang in my sewing room. This Valentine day fabric looks gorgeous. Thanks for the chance of winning.

  • This is an adorable V-day project. My sewing has been of the practical cushion cover style rather than such pretty decoration. This would be much more fun.

    I relly wish the Weallsew projects came with PDF print buttons again. It is tiresome to copy and paste a page or two at a time to get the directions to share with my Granddaughter who is just learning to drive her Bernina.

  • Many of my quilts have hearts in them, no matter what time of the year. Sometimes the hearts are pieced, sometimes appliqued, sometimes quilted, and sometimes printed on the fabric. Can you tell I love hearts in any way, shape, or form? These fabrics look yummy — and I already know what pattern I would use if I were to be fortunate to win a bundle of them. Thank you for the opportunity.

  • I have not made any Valentines Day sewing projects yet. I am thinking that I would love to make this one. Your directions are so perfect for a beginner like me. Very detailed and the pictures are going to help guide me through this project. I think I will make it for my daughter – who is off to college. She normally goes to college here in Iowa – but is doing one semester in Colorado so she can do her internship – at a zoo. She will be gone until the first of June. This is something that she would love – knowing how much we miss her. Thanks

  • This is the cutest Valentine mini ever. I made 3 Valentine heart mug rugs with matching owl pincushions for quilty swap partners. They were a hit. I am making a pixelated heart quilt for my cousin’s
    teenage daughter this year. I would live to make this mini for me.

  • I am currently working on your Be My Valentine runner which I am making a little shorter to use as a door hanging. I love the beautiful little metallic hearts on this fabric !

  • This is such a great pick-up and do project and makes me happy. Sometimes we need something that goes quickly to additional inspiration that can transfer to a longer term item.

  • My sweet daughter was born on Valentine’s Day
    (even was her due date) almost 41 years ago. I try to make her something Valentine/Birthday, so I think this will be it this year. Will start today. Thank You for the pattern/tutorial.

  • Love the colors in this cute project. When my kids were little I sewed little valentine bags with ribbon ties .
    they filled them with candy and gave to their class at school. By far the most simple project I had ever done but the love that went into them beats anything I have done .

  • For the past few years I have been making beaded hearts and now have a basket of them. Love doing seasonal items to decorate my home. Have two mug rug hearts for our coffees. Make my husband heart cards. This patten will be a great addition to my decor. Thanks for posting.

  • One valentines project that I really enjoyed making was a wall hanging that featured a large heart and reverse applique. For my appliques I used machine embroidered designs.

  • I do love this pattern, and I want to make it or one similar, but the cutting instructions do not seem correct to me. I would also appreciate having printable instructions as I do not keep my computer open to a tutorial at my machine when I am sewing, it would be more convenient to have it in a printable format.

  • I am ready to begin quilting a one-heart wall quilt made of Kaffe Fassett fabrics from my stash + some given to me by my quilting friend, Jane. I will be labeling it, “I ❤️ Kaffe & Jane”. Your Cherish line is very beautiful! Thanks for the opportunity to win them.

  • I was born on Valentine’s Day – a very cold and snowy day! I love making small quilts with hearts to give my family and friends as presents for that day. One of my favorites was done using small log cabin blocks. I made it for my husband – who knows that Valentine’s Day and my birthday are two separate holidays!

  • I made a appliqué heart quilt using fabrics from the many dresses and shorts I made for our daughter when she was young (she will be 45 this month!). And I mad a Hearts and Arrows quilt. More recently I made one mug rug but definitely want to make both this mug rug as well as your mini. I love it, and HSTs are so easy to work with.
    Thanks for your great tutorial and design. God bless…

  • I love this little quilt. I just made two mini heart quilts using the tutorial from the Crafty Quilter. Since I have some scraps, it worked out perfect!

  • I have made several Valentine themed pieced and quilted things over the the years. My favorite is the 6″ square hearts for small mug rugs that I made about a dozen and gave to family and friends.

  • I don’t think I’ve ever made a valentine project other than hand stitching felt hearts with my daughters and girl scouts many years ago. I am very happy to find the link to this one on Julie Cefalu’s blog, The Crafty Quilter. Thank you and Cherry Guidry for the pattern. I am jumping into it TODAY.

  • I am currently quilting and embroidering on a pieced heart that I found at a second hand store. Someone pieced perfect little one inch squares and never had it quilted. I feel like I am sharing their story by continuing on with their project. Its so sad they didn’t or could finish. This year, my resolution was to cut into the pretty fabric. All the Tula and Odile. Just stop looking at it and cut it.

  • Completed a Valentine’s quilt this year using the ‘I Heart You’ quilt pattern. I love this mini quilt and the fabric – love the sparkly gold with the reds and pinks. Thanks for the instructions.

  • Love this project! Gonna get on it as I have just completed by Valentine Quilt for 2020! Need one more project to give to my daughter and this wall hanging is perfect.

  • I make lap quilts for people in nursing homes and would definitely size up your quilt and make it for one or more of them. My main purpose for making these quilts is to make the seniors feel loved and cared about, and your quilt is perfect for that.

    Pat K

  • I made the Valentine’s Heart Table Runner posted last February. It turned out so pretty. This year I will make this little quilt and send to my 97 year-old mother to hang in her room at the nursing home. She’ll love it!

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