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
(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.
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!
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 WeAllSew.com 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.