Need a last-minute creative Valentine’s gift you can put together in a hurry? Here’s a quick little 12″ x 12″ mini quilt you can make today and give to your honey tonight. The pattern was graciously given to us by Wendy Barnhart of SewManyQuiltsandThreads.com. Thanks, Wendy! Check out Wendy’s site to see a wide array of fabrics, threads, and other useful goodies for quilters. (Wendy also has a Nolting long-arm quilting setup for sale. If you are interested, please contact her through her website.)
How Much Fabric Will You Need?
Here’s what you need to make the quilt:
- Grey squares: Two 5″ squares
- Red squares: Three 5″ squares
- Pink squares: One 5″ square
- Pink Strips: Two strips 2-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ for the side borders, and two strips 2-1/2″ x 12-1/2″ for the top and bottom borders.
- Optional: Pink scrap for an applique heart. You can use the extra pink fabric left from making the pink-and-red triangle block.
- 14″ x 14″ piece of thin batting
- 14″ x 14″ piece of coordinating backing fabric
- Two 2-1/2″ strips of coordinating binding fabric. Cut both strips the full width of the fabric, from selvage to selvage.
How to Make the Quilt
- Make triangle blocks from the red, grey, and pink squares, then use a square ruler to trim them to 4-1/2″. See our half-square triangle block tutorial here. You will have one red-and-gray block and one pink-and-red block left over to use for other projects.
- (Optional) Print out this page and trace the heart shape to use as a pattern for your applique. Cut out the heart with scissors or your rotary cutter.
- Sew the center blocks together.
- Add the side border strips, then add the top and bottom border strips.
- Layer the quilt sandwich with backing fabric right side down, batting on top of the backing fabric, and the quilt top on top, with right side face up.
- Use fusible web, 505 basting spray, or a glue stick to fix the heart to the grey section of the bottom right red-and-gray triangle block. Use a straight stitch or zig-zag stitch to sew the heart to the block.
- Square up the quilt sandwich and trim off the extra batting and backing fabric.
- Sew on the binding. See our binding tutorial here.
All done! You’re ready to give someone special a one-of-a-kind Valentine’s greeting.