Hey everyone! With spring and summer quickly coming on the scene, I thought it would be fun to work on a little quilt that is simple enough for a beginner to make. My mom taught me how to sew in 3rd grade and I fell in love with it even though I sewed my projects to my skirt I was wearing, sewed over my finger, got stuck with needles multiple times....I finally learned the art of sewing.
Simple patterns plus pretty fabric! I've put this pattern on sale in my shop. It is now $1.59 on sale. I want eveyone to try it because it is fun and simple.
Basic Supply list
Scraps of cotton fabric with small prints on it
1/4 yard white cotton fabric
Heat N Bond or a similar fusbile paper backed interfacing
**This is considered a decorative miniature. While it is the right size for a bed quilt, I do not recommend using batting in between the layers. If you have purchased patterns from me you will know that I do not use batting. Early on in my miniature making quilt career I found that I was continually frustrated with the look of the little quilts I made looking like HOT PADS! Finally my husband suggested not using the batting...and I have not used it for the past 10 years. I am a traditional quilter so this seemed very controversial to me! However, the quilts look so much better with out it. And they lay nicely on little beds. Spritz the quilt with a bit of water and fit to the bed. Place books up against the sides to make the sides dry downward. Once the books are removed the quilt will have dried in place with the sides heading downward on the sides.
I use 1/4" seam allowance when sewing miniatures.
The pattern with step by step instructions and measurements is on sale HERE for a little over $1.50.
First of all copy then trace the pattern of the canning jar onto paper backed fusible interfacing...or Heat N Bond, or Wonder Under. Then take the traced images and hold over fabric that has tiny fruit, vegetables, or prints on it.
The fusible paper has to be pressed onto the WRONG side of the fabric. Then cut the design out.
I lined up several jars in different colors onto white cotton fabric. Then cut the fabric into rectangles. The measurements of the backing cotton piece depends on whether it will be a quilt, wall hanging, etc.
I made little quilts, and wall hangings. There is about a 1" distance between the top or bottom of the jar and the edge of the fabric.
Below I was working on a wall hanging that was reds and blue for a patriotic look. I folded the cotton fabric (wall hanging) in half to find the center. Then placed the first canning jar piece in the center, the other jars are lined up next to it on each side.
Once they are in the right place, they can be pressed with a hot iron. Place the iron on top of the jars, but do not move around as moving it around will cause the jars to move around on occasion.
Next the measurements are in the pattern for making the little silver or gray jar lids. Place them carefully on the top of the jar.
If making the little quilt, 1" wide cotton strips can be sewn in between each rectangle section.
I added two strips connecting the 3 jar sections I was working on. Press lightly on the back side to flatten the quilt piece.
Sew 1" wide strips of an alternating fabric to the outer sides of the quilt(sashing). Press, trim threads. Place face down onto white cotton. Cut around the white cotton so that it is the same size as the quilt front. Pin the two sections together.
Sew around the quilt, leaving a 2" section open. Trim threads and remove pins.
Turn quilt right side out. Fold in the open area and pin closed.
There is minimal top sewing on this little quilt since it is considered a decorative miniature. I sewed across the quilt in straight lines. This also inclueded sewing across the gray lids attaching them to the quilt.
Next because I love canning so much or the look of canning! I made an embroidery pattern with canning jars. I remember camping in out little trailer, and my mom canning or making berry preserves on the camp stove outside the trailer (it was so hot in the trailer already). We had found a wild berry patch and picked them. The next thing I knew she was making berry preserves. They were so delicious.
If you love to embroider that little pattern is HERE in my shop.
I hope you will enjoy making one of these little projects. Tell me about it!