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Tutorial Tuesday: Mini Quilt/Pillow

Wow! It seems like aaaaages since I could be bothered to write a tutorial I had a good idea for a tutorial. Before we dive in I’d like to remind you that Manic Monday’s Linky Party is still going on, so go link up!

Also, my Bee friend Kris has a Summer Mug Rug Challenge going on and would be delighted if you could go over there and vote for your favourite mug rug. All you have to do is click the photo you like and enter VOTE in the comments. I’m sure the gals who made the mug rugs would really appreciate this recognition of their hard work 🙂 Plus my mate Kelly entered some really cute ones, and they’re worth a look for sure!

Ok, on to the tutorial. Here’s what we’ll be making:

It’s 18″ x 18″ and super easy to whip up. It was originally intended to be a pillow cover but once I made it I liked it so much I decided to hand quilt it and make it a wall hanging. So you can do whatever you want with it. If you want to make a smaller one (about 14″ square), I’ll give you the recipe for that, too. And if you want to print it, I’ve made a printer friendly version via Google Documents.

Like a knitting pattern I’ll be putting the numbers for the smaller one first, and the larger size will be shown in parentheses, like so: 14 (17) squares. Get it?

You’ll need:

  • 27 (54) 3″ x 3″ squares of different prints/colours/whatever
  • 1 (1) 7.5″ x 7.5″ fussy cut panel (mine has two birds on it)
  • 15″ x 15″ (19″ x 19″) square of wadding
  • backing a bit bigger than the wadding and front
  • binding: 62″ (78″) of whatever width you want. If you’re making a pillow front you won’t need binding.
  • sewing machine, rotary cutter, mat, ruler, etc. I SERIOUSLY recommend spray starching the squares to keep everything precise and lined up perfectly.
Right. Take your squares and start sewing them up in groups of 9:
When that’s done, cut them in half, then in half again, as shown below:
You will have some left over. That’s ok, you can use them on the back if you want.
Now arrange them like so (or until you’re happy):
If you are making the smaller version, you’ll only have this:
Now baste, quilt and bind! I’m still quilting mine – I bought some lovely perle cottons at the Festival of Quilts so I’m doing it by hand.
If you wanted to make a larger version here are the numbers:
  • 4″ squares yield 5″ finished blocks.
  • 5″ squares yield 6.5″ finished blocks.
  • 6″ squares yield 8″ finished blocks.
By the way, does anyone want to see the pics from Festival of Quilts? I took a poop ton, although the lighting was AWFUL for shooting photos. I’m hoping I’ll get a few gems out of the 400+ that I took.
And we’ll end with my new, stricter copyright notice. I’m sorry it sounds so pugnacious, but I found a French blog that had stolen my tutorial (including the copyright notice? WTF?) and had to complain to Google to get it taken down. Of course there was no comment facility, no email address so I couldn’t bitch the person out. And of course all the other posts are stolen tutorials as well. You’re welcome to track down the original authors and send them over to the Google copyright infringement site.  So I’ve had to expand the notice. Sorry. You know how it is.

© Copyright J C Excell, 2011. You are welcome to use any SewHappyGeek tutorial for personal use. You are even welcome to make a couple to sell, but you are not given permission to use my pictures or my words without giving me credit and linking back to the original. You are NEVER allowed to copy an entire tutorial or post.
Sometimes my pictures have my family in them and they are never intended for public use. Also, I work very hard to provide free tutorials for my lovely readers, and anyone copying or selling my tutorials is guilty of copyright infringement.
This website is protected by Copyscape and is checked regularly, which means I WILL find you.

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12 thoughts on “Tutorial Tuesday: Mini Quilt/Pillow

  1. This is a really nice project! Your tutes are so nice and easy to follow – they make any project look achievable in a weekend.

    So sorry to hear someone stole your tute! That’s really not nice at all. Hopefully Google will take care of it?

  2. Hello Jenna,I couldn’t work out how to comment before (I am new to blogging)I looked at the FAQs and there it was!.You always motivate me with your projects. I did a mug rug from your tute and love it. Now I am going to do the small wall hanging.It is beautiful. Thank you for the instructions.

  3. lovely wall hanging Jen! Those birds are just adorable…what line of fabric did you use?
    Sorry about those nasty, lazy, ugly people out there who copy your fab tutes…a pox on them!

  4. This is such a great idea for using up scraps or even featuring a great bold print and then surrounding it with coordinating scraps! Thank you SO much for this tutorial! This will make a great throw or even a baby blanket or lap robe just by adding to the outside edges. Wonderful!!

  5. What a nice variation on the classic 9 patch. Will keep this one in the back of my mind for a future project. Good for you for keeping an eye on your copyright. Received this tutorial via

  6. i am so new to quiltting,and your advice and tutorials are easy to follow.
    i will be trying the above quilt.
    Thank you

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