Jacquelynne Steves

Valentine’s Day Mini Quilt Pattern & Tutorial

Today we are making this cute Valentine’s Day Mini Quilt! It’s about 10 1/2″, so you could use it for a large mug rug, or a candle mat, or a little mini table topper or wall hanging. This has a fun, unexpected shape- refer to my How to Bind Odd Angles tutorial found here.

This tutorial will also appear in the Olfa newsletter this month! I have always used Olfa rotary cutters and blades, but for the last few months I’ve been using their new Endurance Blades– and let me tell you, they are super sharp! They will cut your fabric like “butta”!!

Here is the Valentine’s Day Mini Quilt Pattern & Tutorial:

You will need:

  • – Applique patterns- click here
  • – 7″ square of light colored background fabric
  • – (48) 1 1/2″ assorted pink squares
  • – (2) 2 7/8″ white squares
  • – (1) 5″ square scrap of gray for heart applique
  • – (1) 4″ square scrap of cream for “love” embroidery
  • – Thermoweb HeatnBond Lightweight fusible web
  • – Thread for machine applique (Aurifil 50 wt. #5004), pink embroidery floss (Aurifloss by Aurifil #2440), washout embroidery marker
  • – (1) 2 1/4″ x width of fabric strip of pink fabric for binding
  • – (1) 13″ square backing fabric
  • – (1) 12″ square batting


Trace heart shape onto paper side of fusible web. Cut out shape, leaving about a 1/8″ border around the drawn line. Fuse to wrong side of gray fabric; cut out on drawn line.

Fuse heart to center of background fabric. Machine applique.

Trace “love” pattern onto 4″ cream square. Embroider using 3 strands of embroidery floss (backstitch for letters, satin stitch for heart.)

Fuse a 3″ square of fusible web to wrong side of embroidered love square. Cut out a rectangle, about 2″ x 3/4″. Fuse to upper right side of heart applique. Free motion applique around the edges.

Trim appliqued background square to 6 1/2″, centering the heart applique.

Sew pink squares into 8 rows of 6; press seam allowances open.

Sew the rows together into pairs; press seam allowances open (checkered units should be 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″).

Sew 2 of the checkered units to the sides of the center square. Press seam allowances toward center square.

Cut the (2) 2 7/8″ white squares in half diagonally to yield 4 triangles. Sew to ends of remaining checkered units. Press seam allowances toward triangles.

Sew units to remaining sides of center square. Press seam allowances toward center square.

Layer the quilt top, batting and backing fabric together. Quilt as desired.

Trim away excess batting and backing fabric, including the corners.

Bind with pink fabric strip. See tutorial for binding 135 degree corners here.

Click here for a downloadable PDF of this tutorial.



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    Posted January 2, 2018 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    Thank you, this is so cute!

  • Joyce Stratton
    Posted January 2, 2018 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Jacquelynne. This is adorable. I’m looking forward to making it. I have 4 quilt tops I need to quilt this year so doing something like this that I can complete in a day is wonderful.

  • Cynthia Ketron
    Posted January 2, 2018 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

    Very nice. Is it possible to get written directions too?

    • MS Barb
      Posted January 4, 2018 at 10:18 am | Permalink

      Click on the link for the applique patterns & you’ll find step by step instructions to print out! (4 pages!)

  • Marcia LeGrand
    Posted January 2, 2018 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

    This looks like its going to be fun! Agree with Joyce and looking forward to this day project! Thank you!

  • Pamela
    Posted January 3, 2018 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    ADORABLE! Thank You for sharing this cute project.

  • Sandy Worley
    Posted January 3, 2018 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the darling pattern…anxious to make some for special Valentine gifts

  • Posted January 4, 2018 at 7:58 am | Permalink

    Gorgeous, sorry for this stupid question, but did you quilt the middle square before or after you appliqued, it looks liked it was done after but then how will it look in the back?

    • Posted January 8, 2018 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

      Hi Alice! Not a stupid question ;) I appliqued the heart first, then quilted around it. The back has a rough shape of the heart where it is not quilted.

  • Kimberly Troop
    Posted January 7, 2018 at 11:03 am | Permalink

    So cute!

  • liege welsch
    Posted January 11, 2018 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    Obrigada por compartilhar!!!!

  • Monica Kostak
    Posted January 15, 2018 at 8:30 am | Permalink

    Cute cute! I’ve printed and have some scraps layed out to work on this. Thanks for sharing! :)

  • Posted January 16, 2018 at 4:06 am | Permalink

    This is adorable. Thank you so much for the instructions and the tutorial for the binding angles. I put my version on my blog this morning. Really enjoyed making it!

  • Veronica stubban
    Posted January 28, 2020 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

    Hi I have been worki
    I have been working on the happy little things
    Quilt, have Learned so much. I keep doing things over to get them right. But have not finished it yet. I think I will work on the Valentine quilt and finish happy things later. Really enjoy this.

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