Heart Mini Quilt Trio Tutorial

by Christine Lux
Valentine's Day is quickly approaching and it is so nice to have a little something to show your favorite people you care.  We originally shared this project several years ago, but thought it would be fun to revisit it again! This Heart Mini Trio comes together quick and easy thanks to Moda's precut mini charms!

You'll Need (kits while they last): 
  • 1 Mini Charm Pack (or thirty-five (35) 2.5" squares)
  • 1/4 yard binding
  • 1/4 yard backing
  • 10 x 20 cotton batting 
  • 3" x 4" cardstock 
  • 4" x 8" WonderUnder

Step One: 
Sort your fabric into four groups.  In this sample, we used the First Crush Fabric by Sweetwater (no longer available), I sorted as follows:
  • Eight red squares for the hearts 
  • Three sets of nine squares for the mini backgrounds 
Step Two: 
Next, sew together three nine-patches with your background squares.  Press the seams of each row in opposite directions so they will nest when you join them.
Then, sew the red squares together in a rectangle (two rows of four).  Press seams open. 
Step Three:  
Fold the 3" x 4" piece of cardstock in half (1.5" x 4") and use paper scissors to cut the shape of a heart.

Trace the cardstock heart onto paper side of the WonderUnder.  Cut out the hearts leaving a little room around your lines.  Then, following the manufacturer's directions, fuse the WonderUnder to the wrong side of your pieced hearts rectangle.

Cut out all three hearts.  And carefully peel the paper off.  Fuse to the nine patch units. 

Step Four: 
Using a coordinating thread, applique one heart to each of the three nine patch units.  (I used a zig zag stitch.  But you can use a blanket stitch or another decorative stitch.)

Step Five: 
Layer the nine patch, batting and backing.  Baste and quilt as desired.  Repeat to make three mini quilts. I chose to outline quilt the hearts and then stitch 1/4" along the sides of each seam to make a grid of quilting in the background. 
Step Six: 
Cut three 2.25" x WOF strips from the binding fabric (one strip for each mini).  Press in half lenthwise to created the binding strips.  Attach binding and finish by hand or machine as desired.  
If you do this by assembly line, you can make all three super quick!  You could also join them together to create a small runner or pillow.  
Hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane for this sweet little tutorial! Find our favorite Valentine's patterns, fabrics and kits in the shop here.
Happy Sewing! :-) 

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