Happy Valentines Day! To celebrate we are sharing a free mini quilt tutorial with you! This beautiful Pixelated Heart mini quilt is a quick sew and makes a lovely gift. We even added a personal touch with some embroidered elements.
Ready to get sewing? Here’s what you’ll need.
- 5” Stacker Precut (or you can sew from your stash)
- 1/2 yard background fabric
- 1/2 yard for binding
- 1 yard for backing
- 1 yard backing
- Magnetic Needle Tin (optional)
- Needle Nanny (optional but highly recommended)
- Embroidery needle
- Embroidery thread
- Pencil or fabric pen
Basic quilting supplies are also needed, such as a cutting mat, rotary cutter, ruler, iron, and sewing machine.
Let’s talk about these fabrics! We chose this beautiful, bright collection by Kaffe Fassett Studio for Free Spirit Fabrics, which includes designs by Kaffe Fassett, Brandon Mably, and Philip Jacobs. We absolutely love these fabrics for this project! The florals and unique, geometric designs combined with the bold colors really make this mini quilt POP.
As we mentioned above, this is also a great opportunity to dig into your stash — so get creative with what you have on-hand!
Cut out your fabrics! See the diagram and cutting instructions below:
Printed Fabric or Colored Squares:
72- 2 1/2” Squares
A: Cut Three 2 1/2” Squares.
B: Cut Five 2 1/2” x 6 1/2” Rectangles
C: Cut Three 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” Rectangles
D: Cut Four 2 1/2” x 8 1/2” Rectangles
E: Cut Three 6 1/2” x 10 1/2” Rectangles
F: Cut Two 4 1/2” x 10 1/2” Rectangles
G: Cut Two 10 1/2” Squares
Step 2: Lay out your fabrics
Once you have everything cut out, follow the diagram below to lay out your main heart. Rearrange your colored fabrics until you are happy with the layout.
Step 3: Assemble your blocks
Now that you have the layout you want, lay out your blocks according to the cutting guide. You should have 9 blocks to assemble. We like to organize our blocks on these cute Design Boards by Lori Holt.
Working row-by-row, piece your blocks together using a 1/4” seam allowance.
When your blocks are all priced, trim them to 10 1/2” square.
Step 4: Piece your quilt top
Once you have your 9, 10 1/2” block, assemble them row-by-row until you have a finished quilt top!
Step 5: Embroidery (optional)
Add a personal touch with some embroidery on your quilt top! We wrote out a little note that says “love you” — which is perfect for Valentines Day! We wrote out our words in pencil first and used a simple backstitch to trace them.
When we do embroidery or hand binding, a strong Needle Nanny is a must-have! Not to toot our own horn too much, but our Needle Nannies sure do come in handy! When we finish our embroidery or hand stitching, we keep our needles and thread nice and organized in a Magnetic Needle Tin.
Step 6: Quilt sandwich
Trim your quilt to your preference. We trimmed ours square and decided to leave only 3” of white space between the furthest corners of the heart and the edge.
Make your quilt sandwich and baste according to your preference (we prefer spray baste).
Step 7: Quilting
Quilt according to your preference. For this project we did some free motion hearts on our home machine!
Tip: Quilt around, not over, your embroidery design.
Step 8: Binding
Cut your binding fabric into 2 1/2” strips and join together. Bind your quilt as you normally would. We decided to machine bind this mini!
Et Voila! There you have it! We hope you enjoy making this Valentines Mini Quilt! Be sure to tag @zappydots in your projects!