A Quilty Kind of Girl

March 22, 2010

Day One – The Easter Mini Quilt Along

Filed under: Quilting — quiltcetera @ 2:47 pm
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Welcome to Day One of The Easter Mini Quilt Along! Today we will stitch up 16 little four patches. These will make the border of your mini quilt. Here is a recap of the materials you need to make this little quilt:
about 30 charm squares. ( A charm square is a 5 x 5 inch square. You can use from your stash if you like)
a neutral background fabric, white or cream, 8.5 inches X 16.5 inches.
a bunny colored fabric, if you don’t want to use charm squares. My bunny is going to be chocolate brown. 🙂
about 3 strips, for binding. ( 2.25 inches X 44 inches)
(18 in X 26 in) pieces of batting and backing
Fusible web such as wonder under, misty fuse, steam a seam, or heat and bond.
Paper Scissors

16 charm squares

For the first step of this mini quilt, you will need an assortment of 16 squares. Choose different colors, prints, solids and scales. This looks better if the blocks have a good variety.

Marking center lines on back side of charm squares.

Mark a vertical line down the center of each charm square. The squares are each 5 inches, so the marking with be at 2.5 inches.

Marking center lines on back side of charm squares.

Mark a horizontal line across the center of each charm square. The squares are each 5 inches, so the marking with be at 2.5 inches.

Pairing up the charm sqaures.

Pair the five inch squares with a fabric that has contrast. You don't want any blending of prints.

Fabrics with out contrast.

These two fabrics have a different color background, but the print is so similar that they blend. AVOID this type of pairing.

Stitch your squares right sides together. First stitch a quarter inch to the left of one marking. Then turn patch around it stitch on the other side of the line using a quarter inch seam again.

Two sets of patches sewn together and cut apart on the marking line.

Once you have sewn along both sides of the marking, cut on the marking line to seperate the patches in two.

Peeking inside the patches to determine a solid.

The seams should be pressed towards the fabric which seems more like a solid. In this case, I pressed towrds the purple and the red.

Pairing the patches a second time.

Pair the patches again. Chose a mate that contrasts. Place a solid type fabric next to a print to avoid blending of colors and prints. Save the two other halves to pair with different patches.

Pinning the seams of the patches.

Pin the side seams to nest them together. You will stitch down the marking line again, crossing two fabrics this time. Stitch on both sides of the marking line, in the same way you did the first time.

Cutting the patches apart the second time.

Once you have sewn on both sides of the marking line, cut the patches apart for the second time.

The two 4 patches created.

This will yield two identical 4 patches.

The remaining charms, sewn in pairs.

Finish sewing the remaining charms together in pairs, cut them in half, and press open. Pair them each with a contrasting pair.

These four patches will create the border for your Easter Mini Quilt.

I laid the patches out to see how they would look as the border of my Easter Mini Quilt. We will sew them together in a later step, but isn't it fun to see how they will look? 🙂

If you need help with nesting seams, you can visit my tutorial on that very topic.

Tomorrow, we will do some applique letters. Now if you’ve never done applique, do not worry! I will show you how to do it step by step, and by machine! It is super duper easy. 😉

If you are planning to quilt along, please leave a comment! I’d love to hear about your progress. Now if you have any questions, you can ask in the comments section, or feel free to email me at Bradie at quiltcetera dot com.

Quilty Hugs,

ps. Hop on over to see Vickie! She is having a giveaway!! and it’s moda Botany…. one of my FAVES!!


  1. ok i am on this one….I will start as soon as i get home from work, the kids don’t need dinner, cold cereal is good! hahahahaha

    Comment by Rhonda Duncan — March 22, 2010 @ 3:06 pm | Reply

  2. ohhh this looks like fun! And I have the perfect fabric in my stash…woohoo!

    Comment by Christine — March 22, 2010 @ 3:14 pm | Reply

    • How was your special day Chris? Sure hope you aren’t sewing! 😉

      Comment by quiltcetera — March 22, 2010 @ 11:38 pm | Reply

  3. This looks like fun!

    Comment by Doreen — March 22, 2010 @ 4:11 pm | Reply

  4. Hi Bradie, your idea is very nice. I start with this work with my friends. I will send you news from Italy. Ciao

    Comment by Miriam — March 23, 2010 @ 1:33 am | Reply

  5. This is a great idea – our first sew-along!! Our 4-patch squares are finished – ready for the next assignment ….
    We are 6 hours ahead of you here in South Africa – so … we get to practise on our patience as well!

    Comment by Carol — March 23, 2010 @ 6:47 am | Reply

  6. This looks fun. I am going to work on this to save for next year. Were having a grand baby girl tomorrow!

    Comment by Jodie Hickman — March 23, 2010 @ 9:10 pm | Reply

  7. Where is todays instructions? Thursday?

    Love to quilt

    Comment by Moyra Joyce — March 24, 2010 @ 3:24 am | Reply

  8. I have been wanting a table topper for a Tea Party and this will work great. I have a spring like charm pack and other scrappy fabric.

    Comment by Bette Kilts — March 26, 2010 @ 6:37 pm | Reply

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