09 August 2012

Charmed by the Mini

Have you seen the mini charm packs by Moda?! Cuter than buttons, I tell you. I recently acquired one in Vintage Modern by Bonnie & Camille and knew it would be perfect for the baby doll quilt I have been hankering to make for Olive.
Materials Needed:
  • Mini charm pack (Forty-two 2.5" squares) 
  • One fat quarter neutral fabric 
  • One fat quarter border fabric  
  •  3/4 yard back fabric 
  •  32 x 32" batting scrap
  • One fat quarter binding fabric

From the neutral fabric, cut eighteen 2.5 x 4.5" blocks.
From the border fabric, cut four strips 3 x 22".
From the binding fabric, cut five strips 2.5 x 22". 
You will need 36 out of 42 of the mini charm pack squares. Arrange them in pairs and alternate with a neutral 2.5 x 4.5" block as indicated below.
Once the blocks are all arranged to your liking, sew the blocks of the top row together using 1/4" seam allowance. (Assume 1/4" seam allowance unless otherwise stated.)
Press open the seams with a heated iron.

Repeat to sew the blocks of each row together. 
Next, you'll sew all of those pretty rows together--lining up the seams and pinning in place beforehand. 
To add a border, you will need the four strips 3 x 22" cut from the border fabric. Sew a strip to the longer sides of the quilt-top first. Trim the excess to line up with the quilt sides.
Add strips to the adjacent sides. I've got a crush on that pink and white houndstooth print.
After that, you will need the batting and back fabric. After starching and ironing the quilt-top and back fabric, baste all layers together using a sticky basting spray. Insert safety pins throughout to prevent the layers from shifting during quilting.
Quilt as desired. I installed my darning foot, lowered the feed dogs, and moved the quilt around to make nice squiggly lines. See my freemotion tutorial for a more comprehensive look at this step.

After quilting is completed, Trim the batting and back fabric to line up with the edge of the quilt-top. 
To add the binding, you will need the five strips 2.5 x 22" cut from the binding fabric. Next, check out my skinny binding tutorial for complete steps on adding the binding.
I love the look of a hand-stitched binding! Cute little puckers.
Olive squealed when I showed her Dolly's blanket.
She makes such a cute little mama. 
That is one happy Dolly.