Monthly Mini Quilts

This is an idea that is inexpensive but a little more time consuming, especially because I made 7 sets of 12 quilts at one time for Christmas gifts a few years ago. To make it a quick gift, you could start with one quilt and add to them gradually for each holiday! They were a huge hit and I still look forward to changing my little quilt each month even after using them for several years! The stands are made by Ackfeld and I bought them at my local quilt shop.

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I found them a little cheaper on Amazon (although the price has gone up considerably since I bought mine) but I try to support my local quilt shop when ever I can. If you cannot find them at your LQS, they can be found here. I purchased all of the designs from Embroidery Library (with the exception of the Christmas design) when they were having a 10 for $10 sale so I only have $1 a piece invested in the designs. I had to re-size most of them but it only took a few seconds using the sizing program on my machine. I already had all of the fabrics in my stash that I used for the borders and I used odd pieces of scraps out of my scrap bin for most of the backings (this is why they do not match but luckily you can’t see the back 😉). There is no set pattern, I made most of them the same (small sashing and borders) and simply folded over the top to make the sleeve for the stand.

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Scraps of muslin and polyester used for back of quilts

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A new quilt for each month of the year!

***One little note, the stands come in several pieces and have to be assembled before using. They were very wobbly and flimsy and fell apart every time I changed the quilt. I bought some gorilla glue to use on them and now they are sturdy and hold together perfectly.

Design Credit: Embroidery Library

Christmas Pattern Design Credit: Melissa Lynn Designs

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My 5 Favorite Quilt Patterns

#5 Scrap quilt-

Being a quilter for almost 14 years I have accumulated a huge pile scraps. If I didn’t donate them by the trash bag full my house would be over run and I wouldn’t have anywhere to put them. I have passed them down to thrift stores and new quilters wanting to make a scrap quilt. This quilt is very easy to make and requires no pattern. I simply cut muslin squares 9 1/2” and sew random width strips corner to corner starting in the middle of the square and working out. Some people sew the strips to newspaper and tear it off when done but I like the sturdiness of using a muslin foundation fabric. When the block is finished, I square it up with a 9” square ruler. I usually work on 4 blocks at a time and sew them together when completed. When I have enough for whatever size quilt I want, I sew the 4 patches together and then quilt it. This method allows me to put a gift together quickly and easily plus there’s the added bonus of using up that forever growing pile of scraps!

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#4 Carpenter Star-

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I ordered this book from Amazon years ago and have made quite a few quilts in this pattern. The book has 2 patterns, the Carpenter’s Star and the Broken Star. I have made both but prefer the Carpenter’s star. It goes together quickly and easily and the instructions are great. It comes with printable paste up charts and there are no y-seams.

 

 

 

#3 Walk about pattern-

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I’ve made this pattern so many times that I rarely, if ever, take pictures of the finished quilt anymore. I also barely need to look at the pattern because I have it memorized! This quilt can be chain pieced and also goes together quickly. The patten offers instructions in every size from crib to king.

 

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#2 Keyboard Kaleidoscope-

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This is the quilt that I currently have on my bed. The colorful keyboard border around the center of the quilt makes it pop!

I made this quilt in a class at my local quilt shop, Accent Sewing, in Murrells Inlet, SC. I love the fabrics and haven’t changed out the quilt on my bed since I completed it. That is saying a lot because I used to change the quilt every time I changed my sheets! Now, the only time I use another quilt is if this one is being washed. I alway hang my quilts to dry (inside my house) so it usually takes a couple of days to dry.

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#1 Dresden (Express)-

I guess I am a traditionalist at heart because the Dresden quilt has always been my favorite. This was the 3rd quilt I ever made and my first queen sized quilt. At the time, we were living full time on our motor home and I wanted something pretty to put on our bed. The plates went together surprisingly fast using the Dresden Express ruler.

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My mom loved it so much I made a king size quilt for her bed also.

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mobile pics 172After I finish my current project (3 color bargello) I plan to make one in a king size for my bed. We no longer live on our RV and now have a king bed so the first one I made is too small. Maybe a Dresden quilt will tempt me away from the Kaleidoscope quilt!