Sunday, November 13, 2011

Mini 'X' Quilt Top Tutorial

Here is my completed mini 'x' quilt, first posted here.

Considering I had difficulty finding a pattern for my mini 'x' quilt, I thought I'd share my process.

Supplies needed:
          block fabric - 12 charm squares (each 5" square)
          contrasting backing fabric - 1/4 yard
          border fabric - 1/8 yard

1. Place your charm squares in two stacks, each with six squares, and cut two 5 X 2" strips from each stack. Put one set of each stack aside for now.

2. Cut two strips of background fabric 2" wide by WOF.

3. String-piece ONE strip from each charm onto the background strips. (This is hard to see in this photo with the color of my charms and background. I had just finished stitching the blue piece onto the white background strip, and was beginning the gray.) 

4. Cut apart and press. Then cut two 2 X 3 1/2" pieces from each pieced strip. Discard the two little pieces to the left.

5. Lay out your pieces, including the charm strips you set aside in step 1, allowing for the gaps that need to be filled in.

6. Now, cut 27 2" squares of your background fabric and fill in the 'holes', plus add a background square to the end of each row that ends in a print. Note: not shown in the picture below - a square also needs to be added at each end (upper right and lower left corners). The photo in step 7 shows these squares added.

7. Now - stitch it all together, first in diagonal rows, then matching rows together as you stitch. As you stitch the rows together, it'll help if you press each seam before you add more rows.

8. Trim your pointey edges on all four sides, and add a border. For mine, I cut two strips 1 3/4" wide by WOF.

There! Now you have a 16 X 20" mini quilt top ready to be quilted and bound!

If you do make a quilt using this tutorial, I'd love to have you post a picture in my flickr group, Quilting with A Quilter's Table


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29 comments:

Toni said...

Excellent tutorial, Debbie! This is such a great little quilt!

~ The Jolly Bee ~ said...

Thank you for sharing....I need more time in my day to make all the lovely quilts out there.

Katie said...

Thank you for writing this out! I love your mini and will have to bookmark this to make one of my own.

Marg said...

Thank you so much for the tutorial, it's excellent. I'm definitely bookmarking it so I can make this quilt.

Marci Girl said...

Perfect, I love it! Such a great tutorial, I do hope to make one at some point!

Heather D. said...

Love this. Thanks! And thanks for the invite to the flickr group. I've told you before that I don't really "do" flickr, but I have joined the group and will for sure post if I make one of these. Maybe I still have enough Hometown scraps....

Katie B. said...

So cute! I'm putting this on my "to make" list.

Kirsten N said...

Thanks so much for this Debbie - such a lovely mini quilt!!

Tanya said...

Thanks so much for the tut have put it on my to do list. Will make a great quilt for my grand daughters dolls

Patchwork and Play said...

WOW! This is great! I think I need to make one of these! Thanks for sharing!

Leanne said...

Thank you for the tutorial, it is straightforward, clear and easy to follow. I think I may have to give this a try soon.

Jamie Lee said...

Thank you! I am going to make a pillow like the one you pinned. I will post it.

Erin @ Why Not Sew? Quilts said...

Thanks for the tutorial! I'm definitely making one of these!

Leslie said...

LOVE THIS! and so sweet of you to do a tutorial! AND I just bought a Ruby charm pack!

Heather A said...

Love this, Debbie! Thanks for the tutorial! I want a whole big quilt of this!

Andrea said...

Thanks for this great tutorial - a picture will follow soon!

Lee said...

Wonderful tutorial, Debbie! What a great way to make X's. I don't know how, but I missed this when you originally posted it, so I'm glad you linked to it in today's WIP post.

em's scrapbag said...

Thanks for sharing this.

P. said...

I love this! Thanks for doing a tutorial.

lemony lucy said...

I hopped over from the giveaway to check this tutorial out. I cannot believe how simple you made this design be. It has always looked too complicated to figure out the dimensions, so thanks!

Ginger said...

Excellent tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

Aunt Marti said...

A great tutorial -- I will definitely be making this one!

Marit said...

Just came over from Plum and June. Great tutorial and very cute quilt!

materialgirlquilts said...

LOVE this! Will be making one for sure :-)
Amanda

Beth said...

Great tutorial! I wonder if this was before the granny craze?

sweet emmelie said...

gorgeous! love the fabrics and design.

Betty Lou said...

Very good tutorial-------wondering how this would look in Civil War/reproduction fabrics.

Khristina aka Khris said...

Thanks for sharing..I have posted/shared your tutorial on Freebies For Crafters.
Khris

Simone de Klerk said...

You posted this in the time I was hardly blogging. Great tutorial!