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.