Sunday, November 9, 2014

Hello Mini-Quilt - Entryway Wall Hanging - Handmade Holidays Blog Hop 2014

I'm excited to be participating with so many other bloggers today with my contribution to the Handmade Holidays Blog Hop 2014.  I'll be sharing a "Hello" Mini-Quilt, the perfect gift to give to your favorite hostess to help her welcome guests into her home.

 Welcome to the final day of the 4th Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop!
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We hope you enjoyed the projects from the last 2 days! A few years ago we were looking online for handmade gift ideas and thought it would be great if there was a resource dedicated JUST to handmade gift ideas. Enter the Handmade Holidays hop!

We've gathered over 100 of our creative blogger friends in the craft industry as well as some of our fellow product manufacturers to bring you a plethora of inspiring gift ideas you can make now to give to your friends, family, and colleagues. Pin and bookmark these ideas for this holiday season and to use throughout the year! Each day of the hop features approximately 30 gift projects and you can "hop" from one blog to another to check them all out.

Hello Mini-Quilt Instructions

I love a good mini-quilt and they make wonderful gifts.  This one sews up really fast since the base of the quilt is just simple strips.  You could purchase yardage specifically for this, or just use some scraps.

Materials Needed:

You could also make it a variety of sizes.   Start by cutting strips of your chosen length in various widths from your fabrics.  I chose to make mine about 21 inches wide because I could use fat quarters.  My finished quilt was about 21 x 27 inches.  I wanted a salmon and silver color scheme and used four different fabrics.  You'll want some wide strips and some narrow ones to give your quilt some visual interest.  Don't be afraid to cut a few extra strips, so you've got some extra to play with.

Arrange your strips in an order you like.  Remember that as you sew, it will "shrink" in length when you "lose" your seam allowances.  Your quilt is going to look "too long" at this point for it's width.

Sew your strips together using 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Since my fat quarters weren't exactly the same width, I had uneven ends.  You'll want to trim those up with a quilting ruler.

You should end up with something like this.

Now we're ready to applique our "hello" onto the quilt.  I just used a font I liked on my computer to make my hello.  You can download a copy of mine here.

I applied the hello to my quilt using Stick Interfacing (part of a new line from Fairfield World...look for it in stores soon.  Disclaimer: I'm a Master Maker for Fairfield World and they provided me with free samples of their products, and compensate me for sharing my experiences.  All opinions and ideas shared are my own.)  I always love to have something in quilts that seems to break boundaries, so I made sure my hello went over one of the seams.
Stitch around the edges of your "hello" with a tight zigzag stitch.  (Mine was about a little over 1/8 inch side and the stitch length is about half way between 0 and the next larger stitch.)

I don't backstitch at the beginning or end.  Instead I leave the thread tails long and pull them through to the back and tie a knot.

From here your quilt top is finished and and you can finish your quilt the way you normally would.  I chose to quilt mine by first stitching around my "hello."  Then I stitched about 1/4 inch on each side of my seams, but stopping where I ran into the hello.  I also used the same contrasting fabric in the binding that I used in the Hello.  I also used American Spirit Classic Cotton Batting for the insides.  (Disclaimer: I'm a Master Maker for Fairfield World, and they provided me with free samples of their products, and compensate me for sharing my experiences.  All opinions and ideas shared are my own, and I think they make amazing batting.)

Who would you make one for?
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  1. So cute, I love it. Wish I still had kids in the doll stage. TFS!

  2. So cute! I might make one with our family's last name on it.

    Shawn ~
    Design Team Coordinator for The Buckle Boutique
    Personal Blog ~ Crafty Chics Blog
    and ~ Find your Cricut images FAST!

  3. Really loved this, could be used for a welcoming gift for a new baby too,
    Thanks for the inspiration..
    Ps loved the matching outfit on the doll

  4. Love your little quilt and as always your tutorials rock!


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