Valentine’s Day is this weekend and I’m here to tell you that there is still plenty of time to make a little handmade gift for your special someone! My Sew Sweet mini quilt is an easy to make, quick stitch project. Perfect for an afternoon of sewing.
This mini quilt is quick stitch project that includes 2 small quilt blocks to create a focal feature. Here are the supplies you will need to get started.
- assorted fabrics*
- quilt batting
- sewing thread
- sewing machine
- rotary mat, ruler, and cutter
- basic sewing supplies
Fabrics can make a big impact on small projects like this so, to get started, I selected a few fat quarters from my Michelle Miller stash. They include Lipstick & Turquoise from the Coco collection, white from the Cotton Couture line up, and Navy Tumble Towers, available in wide back.
After designing a quick block in EQ8, I went straight to work cutting out my fabrics and piecing them together on my Baby Lock Altair.
Even though the pieces are small, they went together quickly. Here is a quick video of my assembly.
Now, for anyone out there who just read the words, small piecing, and got nervous, don’t fret, you got this. It just takes a little prep work and patience. Here are a few of my favorite tips for sewing small.
- spray fabrics with starch before cutting
- take your time cutting, making sure that your pieces are square
- triple check your seam allowance
- press as you go
With my quilt block complete, it was time to put my sandwich together and quilt my mini. Normally I would have just stitched a simple design directly but the Baby Lock Altair has some amazing features and I wanted to explore.
So, I selected to hoop my layers together and use the IQ Designer feature to create my quilt area. Then I selected this simple decorative stitch to fill the area.
After a quick stitch out, my quilting was complete and I was in love. Time to trim my mini quilt to size and add the binding.
Sew Sweet Mini Quilt
The Sew Sweet mini quilt block pattern is available for free to download in the shop. Just click the button below, add the pattern to your cart and follow the prompts for check out.
Then be sure to PIN THIS post to your favorite quilting or Valentine’s Day board on Pinterest. This way, you will know where to find it for years to come.
*Interested in a new machine, I am loving all the features and functions on my Baby Lock Altair. Be sure to visit your local quilt shop for a test drive or click here to order online.