For the first Christmas Quilting project, I have a new mini quilt pattern for you! Designed by me in EQ7, this mini quilt will come out at 14 inches square, and will fit the 12 inch table stand I have shown you before.
2-1/2-inch squares – 4
3-inch squares – 4
2-1/2-inch squares – 8
3-inch squares – 8
2-1/2-inch squares – 4
3-inch squares – 2
1-1/4-inch wide strips for border – 2 12-inch strips, 2 14-inch strips
3-inch squares – 6
14 inch square (or larger) for backing
2-1/4-inch strips pieced 60 inches long for binding.
2 strips 1-1/2-inches by 4-inches for hangers.
Note – HST stands for half square triangle.
Pair the two gold 3-inch squares with two ecru squares and make HSTs. See my Chain Piecing HST tutorial for the how-to.
Pair two green 3-inch squares with two ecru squares and make HSTs.
Pair the remaining 6 green 3-inch squares with the 3-inch red squares and make HSTs.
Press towards the darker side.
Square up to 2-1/2-inches square.
Here is the diagram for the HSTs and the 2-1/2 inch squares.
Lay out according to the diagram.
Sew in pairs.
Sew the pairs into rows, pressing seams in opposite directions as you go.
Add 1-inch wide 12-inch long red border strips to the top and bottom, then add 14 inch strips to the sides.
Layer top with batting and backing, quilt as desired. I used red Essentials thread (from Connecting Threads), and a holly leaf with a bell pantograph.
Make the hangers by using the 1-1/2-inch by 4-inch pieces.
Fold them in half and sew a seam along the short side.
Press the seam open.
Turn right side out, centering the seam in the middle of one side.
Fold them in half, meeting the raw edges, with the seam inside.
Align the raw edges with the raw edge of the top of the quilt about 4 inches in from the sides. Pin in place and stitch close to the edge.
Stitch the binding on as usual.
As you turn the binding to the back, it will partially cover the hangers, leaving just enough to go on the rails of the mini quilt stand and not show on the front.
The basic mini quilt is done, but adding a bit of bling would be nice. It is Christmas after all.
I could easily go overboard with embellishing as you all know, LOL! But this time I decided just to add pearls to the points on the ornament.
The finished size of this mini quilt is 14 inches square.
Now for the fun stuff! Connecting Threads is going to give away a Table Stand along with four Headers (a $70 value!) to span the seasons!
AND the book Itty Bitty Quilts by Connecting Threads with 12 seasonal 6-inch quilts using piecing, embroidery, and applique techniques along with an Itty Bitty Quilt Sampler Stack of 32 10-inch squares!! The drawing is open to readers living in the USA, Canada, UK and Australia!
To enter the drawing, visit Connecting Threads online store to see their Holiday and Seasonal Fabric collections, then come back here and leave a comment with your favorite print or designer. Update – drawing has been held and the winner has been sent an email, but click through to see the great things they have to offer. Click Connecting Threads Holiday and Seasonal Fabrics to see the choices. So, what is your favorite Christmas Fabric from Connecting Threads? I’ll draw the winner on July 24th, so you have plenty of time to enter. While you are there, sign up for their newsletter so you get all the sale notices.
Followers of my blog can leave a second comment stating how you follow for a second chance! Good luck! (P.S. – the Pincushion fabric is back in stock in my Etsy store, along with some new additions this morning!)
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