Cute. Small. Quick to make. Great for making a single block rather than a whole quilt top.
We decided – the Team at And Sew We Craft, that is – that we’d have a 12 months of Mini Quilts, sharing the designing and creating around the group.
My quilt is based on one of the blocks from my Cross Stitch Rainbow Blocks series – number 2. If you haven’t checked these out before, I made a series of cross stitch blocks all based on quilt blocks. I’m still working on releasing nine blocks in a single PDF pattern for you, but in the meantime they are all free to download here on the blog. This block is called “Courthouse Steps” in the quilt world and is simple to create.
Mini quilts are generally considered to be smaller than 24″ in size. My quilt is about 13″ finished. Why 13″? Because my cross stitch patterns were each 26 stitches square so working with 13″ finished made the maths easier!
Here’s the Rainbow Mini Quilt Tutorial so you can make one too.
What You Need
- Fabric in rainbow colours – cut these sizes:
- Red: 4.5″ x 4.5″
- Orange: 2″ x 4.5″
- Yellow: 2″ x 7.5″
- Green: 2″ x 7.5″
- Blue: 2″ x 10.5″
- Indigo (dark blue): 2″ x 10.5″
- Violet: 2″ x 13.5″
- Backing fabric: 15″ x 15″
- Wadding: 15″ x 15″
- Binding: 2″ x about 76″ (see note below about how I created my binding)
Piecing the Quilt Top
For all steps use quarter-inch seams and press the seams carefully before adding the next pair of fabric strips. I pressed all my seams away from the centre block. Use the pictures to see placement of strips as you go.
1. Join the two orange pieces to either side of the red square.
2. Add the yellow strips as shown in the picture above.
3. Next add the two green strips.
4. Then add the two blues strips.
5. Add the two indigo strips next.
6. Finally add the violet strips and carefully press the finished mini quilt top.
Backing & Binding:
Once your quilt top is finished you need wadding and backing. My backing fabric was actually the basis for my choice of other fabrics. Originally I was going to use these fabrics to make an Easy Baby Strip Quilt like this one, but I decided the fabrics would be perfect for this instead (and they have been sitting in my stash for a couple of years now!)
I made the binding with some of the leftover 2″ strips from my block. I cut them to 4.5″ pieces then joined them in rainbow order (ROYGBIV) to make a long strip. I used all of the colours twice plus three extra 4.5″ pieces to give me about 76″ in length.
Baste the three layers together. I use basting spray to stick my backing (right side down), then my wadding, then my quilt top (right side up) together. For more detail check out this post: How to Baste a Quilt
Let the spray dry then quilt (which is really just “stitch”) the three layers together. I used simple squares for mine.
Finish with your binding strip around the outside. I use this method to apply my binding:
Here’s the back view. I love the rainbow binding! I’m so happy with this cute little project and I did the whole thing in two days, so it really is a quick project. You could easily make one in a weekend. (Hmmm… maybe we should make one of these at Creative Craft Retreat one year…)
I’ve just posted a second mini quilt tutorial over at And Sew We Craft: Rainbow Stripes Mini Quilt
If you’ve never quilted before, I’d suggest checking out the free classes over at Craftsy to get you started: (affiliate link)
I’ve since published some more Rainbow Mini Quilts so see them all here: