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Mini Quilt Blocks

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Mini Quilt Blocks

Designer: Christina Sherrod

For this tutorial I am providing directions for two pieced blocks. You can also use one solid piece of fabric as your quilt block. Each unfinished block should measure 4.5" square.

Also see:
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Directions: 4" Mini Star Blocks

These instructions create a 4" finished block (with backing), or a 4.5" unfinished quilt block.

I will teach you three pieced mini blocks. Your fourth option is to use a 4.5" piece of fabric as the mini quilt - without any piecing.


STAR BLOCK


1. Cut Fabric


Christmas mini quilt block pattern I will refer to the fabric colors shown in the photo.

Cut six 2" squares of green

Cut six 2" squares of white

Cut one 2.5" square for the center fo the block (I used a floral print)

Cut one 4.5" square of backing (optional - you need backing only if you are totally finishing the mini quilt. If placing the mini quilt behind the card front, you do not need backing)

Cut one 4.5" piece of batting (optional)


1. Create Pieced Squares

Christmas mini quilt block pattern Cut all squares on the diagonal EXCEPT the center square.

Place green and white triangle sets right sides together. Stitch, using a 1/4" seam allowance. Tip: create all sets at the same time. Line them up near the sewing area. Stitch from one set on to the next. Sets will be connected by thread; the thread can be cut when all stitching is finished.

Open each square; press.


Christmas mini quilt block pattern Using a quilter's square, square down each pieced square to 1.5".


2. Stitch Rows

Christmas mini quilt block row 1 Arrange row 1 squares as shown. Stitch squares together, right sides together, using a 1/4" seam. Press.


Christmas mini quilt block row 2 Arrange row 2 squares as shown. Stitch squares together, right sides together, using a 1/4" seam. Hint: stitch the two outer sets of split squares; then stitch a set to each side of the larger center square. Press.


Christmas mini quilt block row 3 Arrange row 3 squares as shown. Stitch squares together, right sides together, using a 1/4" seam. Press.

Stitch the three rows together, right sides together, using a 1/4" seam allowance. Press.

Even up edges so that the quilt block is 4.5" square.


3. Finish The Mini Block

Christmas mini quilt block If you plan to attach a mini block to the front of the card, the block needs to be finished. Pin the backing fabric to the quilt block top, right sides together. Stitch all the way around, leaving a few inches open for turning, using a 1/4" seam. Clip the corners.

Turn right side out; push corners out; press. Press under the open edges. Topstitch around the block, 1/8" from the edge. The topstitching will close the open area.

If you plan to place the quilt block under the card front cut out area, you do not need to finish the block. Leave it at 4.5" square.

Optional: a layer of batting can also be added if you wish to add padding and/or quilting to the block. I did not add batting.

Your block is now ready for use on a card or other project.


PINWHEEL

Christmas mini quilt block By re-arranging the 12 split squares, a pinwheel star can be made.

Follow the directions above for assembling the mini quilt block.


CENTER DIAMOND

center diamond mini quilt block This mini quilt block uses one center square, plus four triangles.

Cut one 2.5" square for the center (I used a purple print).

Cut two 3" squares. Cut the 3" squares on the diagonal. Stitch each triangle to a side of the center square, using a 1/4" seam. Press. Even up the sides so you have a 4.5" square.

Finish the mini quilt block as you would the star block above if you wish to adhere it to the front of a card. Leave the block unfinished if you plan to place it behind the cut out of the front of a card.

NOTE: I cut my triangle blocks a bit larger, so they overlap beyond the center square. In other words, there is a bit of space around the square.


Continue to page 3 for card making directions


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