Don’t have the time to commit to making a full size quilt? Have you ever made a mini quilt? I made my first one last year and am hooked now. They are so fun and simple to create, and look great hanging on your wall! Today I have a fun free mini quilt pattern for you using my Wonderland line of fabrics!
Many people may not know this, but when you design fabric you don’t get your fabric until just a bit before the shops do. Which makes you scramble a bit to get ideas out to readers before they get your fabric.
I think it’s really interesting how the whole process works. You create the files in Illustrator, then they are sent to the mill. The mill then makes “mock ups” of the fabric and sends them back to you for approval. These are called strike offs. Strike offs are usually quite small, just large enough for you to see the color and the pattern of the fabric. Sometimes the strike offs come back and they are perfect, and sometimes they are far from it.
Last year when I was working on my first Wonderland line, I was anxious to get stitching with it, but only had these small strike offs to work with. It was then that I decided to give making a mini quilt a try.
This quilt features “fussy” cut centers that show off each bunny in the line. If you like fussy cutting then you may like my current line of fabric Wonderland Two, because there are even MORE bunnies to fussy cut. Bunnies with hats, bunnies with bows, bunnies with flowers etc.
If you would like to know where to purchase the line just click the MY FABRIC link above!
When I designed the quilt I just meant for it to be a showcase for the fabric, then I posted it online and got a MILLION requests for a pattern. With Wonderland Two now in stores I thought I’d write up a pattern to share with you.
Update: You can now get this pattern along with 2 other Mini Quilt Patterns in our Wonderland Mini Quilt Bundle.
Pattern includes a broken dishes mini quilt, a dollhouse mini quilt, and this star mini quilt. Purchase using the link below.
Tiny Wonderland Mini Quilt Pattern
Quilt measures approximately 23″ x 23″
To make the quilt you will need:
For EACH block (there are 4 blocks in the quilt)
3 ½ ” x 3 ½″ piece for center of block
Four 3 ½″ x 3 ½″ pieces from background fabric (in this case it’s white)
Two 4″ x 4″ pieces of fabric for larger points in blocks
4 ½″ x 4 ½″ piece of fabric for smaller points in blocks
4 ½″ x 4 ½″ piece of background fabric
For the Quilt Assembly you will need:
Nine 2 ½″ x 2 ½″ squares of fabric (mine are in two different colors)
Twelve 2 ½″ x 10″ strips of fabric for sashing
¼″ yard of fabric for binding
1 yard fabric for backing
Note; photos are from a previous project, the technique is EXACTLY the same.
Layer your 4 ½″ x 4 ½″ pieces on top of each other, right sides facing. Draw a line down the center diagonally on one of the pieces of fabric, on the wrong side of the fabric.
Stitch ¼″ on each side of the line.
Cut in half along the line.
Press open, pressing seam towards the dark side, you know have 2 Half Square Triangles.
Trim to a 4″ x 4″ square.
Layer one of your sewn HST on top of one of your 4″ pieces of fabric, right sides facing. Draw a diagonal line in the opposite direction of the sewn seam on the half square triangle you just created.
Stitch ¼″ on each side of the line you drew. Cut into two pieces along the line. Press. Trim to 3 ½″ x 3 ½″
Assemble your block according to the diagram.
A note about the direction of the larger point pieces. I on purpose had my points facing different directions, you can assemble yours as you like. Since two of my blocks had the exact same fabrics, I was able to “move” them around a bit.
Repeat steps one and two until you have 4 sewn blocks.
You are now ready to assemble your quilt.
I think it is easiest to stitch it together one row at a time.
The first row will have one corner piece, a sashing strip, a corner piece, a sashing strip, and a corner piece.
The second row will have one sashing strip, one block, one sashing strip, one block, and one sashing strip.
and so on and so forth.
Press your seams to one side in alternating directions. For example press the odd rows to the right and the even rows to the left.
Then stitch your rows together.
Refer to the diagram as necessary to assemble your quilt.
Quilt and bind as desired.