Home Tweet Home Mini Quilt

Hi there!  I’m Jen Daly and I’m so happy to be back at the Moda Bake Shop today with my new mini charm pack project, Home Tweet Home.  If you’re feeling a little winter-weary, this sweet mini quilt is the perfect reminder that spring is right around the corner.  I made my quilt with “Lilac Ridge” by Jan Patek Quilts and I just love the combination of pretty florals and subtle plaids and stripes—beautiful!

This little quilt finishes at 15½” x 15½”.

Now let’s get started!

 

 

1 Mini Charm Pack (shown in Lilac Ridge by Jan Patek Quilts for Moda)
½ yard background fabric (shown in Lilac Ridge Cream—2212 11)
⅛ yard birdhouse roof fabric (shown in Lilac Ridge Earth Brown—2216 15)
½ yard backing fabric (shown in Lilac Ridge Purple—2212 16)
¼ yard binding fabric (shown in Lilac Ridge Purple—2215 16)
batting measuring 18″ x 18″

 

16—⅜” (or 9mm) buttons

 

Before you begin, it may help to take a few moments to sort your mini charm squares.  You’ll need 16 mini charm squares for the birdhouses, 16 for the half-square-triangle units in the outer border and 4 for the corners in the outer borders.

Here are the charm squares that I chose for my birdhouses:

 

Here are the charm squares that I chose for the half-square-triangle units in the outer border (note that I set aside a couple extra charm squares just in case I wanted a bit more variety):

 

And finally, here are the charm squares that I chose for the corners of the outer border:

 

Cutting:

From the background fabric, cut:

  • 32 squares, 2½” x 2½” — further cut 16-2½” squares in half diagonally to yield 32 triangles
  • 32 rectangles, 1½” x 2″
  • 24 sashing strips, 1″ x 2¾”
  • 2 border strips, 1¼” x 11″
  • 2 border strips, 1¼” x 12½

From the roof fabric, cut:

  • 32 rectangles, 1″ x 2¾”

You’ll also need to cut 9 cornerstones, 1″ x 1″.  You can cut these from leftover mini charm squares or from the roof or binding fabric.  I originally planned to use the purple binding fabric for my cornerstones and they are pictured below, but when I assembled the quilt, I decided that I would prefer to use the brown roof fabric and cut new cornerstone squares.

 

Make the birdhouse blocks:

Before we begin, here are a few tips for paper piecing.  If you’re new to paper piecing, you might also find it helpful to check out some online video tutorials first—YouTube has several.

  1. When positioning fabric shapes for sewing, it helps to hold the foundation patterns and fabric shapes up to a light source (window, light box, lamp) to check your positioning.
  2. Shorten your stitch when paper piecing to 18-20 stitches per inch.  This helps you to more readily remove the paper from the back of your work when you’re finished.
  3. Foundation papers specifically designed for paper piecing are great to work with and much easier to remove from your finished work.  If you don’t have access to foundation paper and decide to use regular copy paper, just be very careful when removing it from the back of your work to make sure you don’t pull out your stitches.
  4. Start and stop sewing a few stitches beyond each sewing line.

Here’s a link to a pattern sheet containing 6 birdhouse foundation patterns.  You’ll need to print off three sheets for the 16 birdhouses.  Before you begin, make sure that the foundation patterns measure 2¾” x 2¾” from outermost line to outermost line.

 

To paper piece the birdhouse blocks:

  1. Place a birdhouse foundation pattern right side down on a flat surface.  Position a charm square right side up on the blank side of the paper, making sure that it completely covers section A1 and extends at least ¼” beyond all sides of section A1.  Pin charm square in place.  Note:  I aligned the bottom of the charm square with the bottom outermost line of the foundation pattern to make sure that the block had sufficient seam allowance. This is when tip #1 (above) comes in handy!

 

2. Position 1 background fabric 1½” x 2″ rectangle atop the charm square with right sides together.  The long side of the rectangle should run parallel to the line between sections A1 and A2 and should extend into section A2 by at least ¼”.  Position the background fabric rectangle in such a way that when folded open after sewing, it will completely cover section A2 and extend at least ¼” beyond all edges of the section.

 

3. Flip your work over and stitch directly on the line between sections A1 and A2.  Press seam.

 

4. Trim seam allowance to a scant ¼”.

 

5. Open fabric and press again.  Before moving on to the next area, make sure that the background fabric rectangle covers A2 completely, including an extra ¼” on all sides.

 

6. Continue in the same manner, covering area A3 with a background fabric 1½” x 2″ rectangle.

 

7. Cover areas A4 and A5 with roof print 1″ x 2¾” rectangles.

 

8. Cover areas A6 and A7 with background fabric triangles (cut diagonally from 2½” squares).

 

9. Flip work over and trim through all layers carefully along outermost line.

 

10. Repeat to make 16 birdhouse blocks measuring 2¾” x 2¾” unfinished.

 

Make half-square-triangle units:

  1. On the wrong side of each of the remaining 16 background fabric 2½” x 2½” squares, lightly draw a diagonal line from corner to corner.  Then draw a line ¼” away from either side of the center diagonal line.

 

2.  Layer a marked background fabric 2½” square atop one of the charm squares that you reserved for your outer border with right sides together.

 

3.  Stitch on two outside drawn lines, but not on center drawn line.

 

4.  Cut unit in half diagonally on center drawn line.

 

5.  Press above units open to create two half-square-triangle units.  Press seam allowances away from background fabric.

 

6.  Trim half-square-triangle units to 2″ x 2″ unfinished.  It helps to use a ruler with a 45° line on it.  Before trimming, make sure that the 45° line runs along the diagonal seam of the half-square-triangle unit.  Trim the right and top edges of the unit, then flip 180° and trim the two remaining edges in the same manner.

 

7.  You should end up with 2—2″ x 2″ unfinished half-square-triangle units.

 

8.  Repeat to make 32—2″ x 2″ half-square-triangle units.

 

Assemble quilt:

  1.  Lay out 16 birdhouse blocks and 12 background fabric sashing strips in 4 rows, alternating birdhouse blocks and sashing strips as follows.

 

2.  Join the pieces in each row, pressing seam allowances toward the sashing strips.

 

3.  Lay out 12 sashing strips and 9 cornerstones in 3 rows, alternating sashing strips and cornerstones as follows.

 

4.  Join the pieces in each row, pressing seam allowances away from the cornerstones.

 

5.  Lay out 4 birdhouse rows and 3 cornerstone rows as follows.

 

6.  Join together rows, pressing seam allowances toward the cornerstone rows.

 

7.  Sew a 1¼” x 11″ background fabric border strip to the left and right sides of the quilt center, pressing seam allowances toward the border strips.  Sew a 1¼” x 12½” background fabric border strip to the top and bottom of the quilt center, pressing seam allowances toward the border strips.

 

8. Trim 4 charm squares reserved for outer border corners to 2″ x 2″ square.

9.  Lay out 2 rows of 8 half-square-triangle units each and 2 rows of 2 corner squares from step 8 above and 8 half-square-triangle units each as follows.

 

10.  Join together pieces in each row, pressing seam allowances open.

 

11.  Sew a short half-square-triangle (“HST”) border to the left and right sides of the quilt, pressing seam allowances away from the HST border.  Sew a long half-square-triangle border to the top and bottom of the quilt, pressing seam allowances away from the HST border.

 

Finish Quilt:

Sew a button to the center of each birdhouse.  Then layer the quilt top with batting and backing fabric.  Baste, quilt as desired and bind.  I machine quilted my little quilt by stitching in the ditch along both sides of the sashing strips and the inner border and in the ditch along the HST seam lines.

 

One charming 15½” square little quilt!

 

I hope you have fun making this sweet mini quilt!  And, as ever, I’d love to see what you come up with!  Please tag me @JenDalyQuilts if you share your quilts on Instagram or Facebook.

Happy Quilting!

Jen Daly
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Jen Daly

Jen Daly

Hi! My name is Jen Daly and I'm a pattern designer, blogger, and fabric lover! My patterns have been featured in Quilters Newsletter, Primitive Quilts and Projects, McCall's Quick Quilts, and American Patchwork & Quilting's Calendars.You can find out more about me and my designs at my blog, jendalyquilts.com, or on Facebook and Instagram @jendalyquilts.
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37 comments on “Home Tweet Home Mini Quilt

  1. Cheryl says:

    This is adorable! I would love to make a whole quilt using 5″ charms and appliqueing a black circle instead of using a button. So cute. Going to try enlarging the paper. Thank you!

  2. Robin Temple says:

    So cute!! Had to place another fabric order to make kits.

    • Jen Daly Jen Daly says:

      Glad you like it, Robin! I’d like to say “I’m sorry” for causing you to buy more fabric, but that just wouldn’t be true—more is better!!

  3. Toni Stone says:

    I love this especially with all the cold and snow the midwest is getting. This is a great in between project.

  4. Danette says:

    I love birdhouses! Thanks for the great pattern! Another one that I will have to bookmark for future sewing!

  5. Lori Konarske says:

    I’ve been looking for something to use mini charms, and this is it!

  6. cruisefan says:

    How cute is that!
    Very nice colors, clear tutorial and just adorable. I am sure I have a lovely set of mini charms in my overflowing stash….
    Thank you very much for sharing.

  7. Jen Daly Jen Daly says:

    My pleasure! I’m so happy you like both the project and the tutorial!

  8. Marge says:

    Love the colors and shape of bird houses. So cute.

  9. kbsdesigns says:

    When printing the bird house templates do you just print it as is or do you click “fit to page”?

    • Jen Daly Jen Daly says:

      You should print the bird house templates as is or at “100%” or at “actual size”, depending on what your printer. If you print it at “fit to page,” the size will most likely be off. Be sure that the templates measure 2¾” square from outermost line to outermost line before you sew your blocks. Thanks for your question and have fun!!

  10. Peggy Giese says:

    I adore your patterns! I think I’ve made at least 4 of them. Can’t wait to get started on this one, THANKS

  11. WesternNYLady says:

    Any idea what size I’d need to make the pattern to use 5″ squares instead of the charm sqs.? Do you think 1.5 yards of background fabric would be enough to work with the larger sqs.? I have a pack of 5″ squares that I could cut down to 2.5″ or I could try to enlarge the entire project. Love the colors and the pattern.

  12. ROBIN ABBOTT says:

    Where did you get the fabric-not the charm pack, I have that-but the yardage. I can’t find it anywhere. Thanks

  13. Sheila Kirkwood says:

    Hi Jen I absolutely love this quilt. My pieces are all cut ready to sew, using mini charm pack from my stash!! However I am having great trouble printing off the bird box pattern. All I get is blank paper, help, am I doing something wrong. Thanks

    • Jen Daly Jen Daly says:

      Hi Sheila – I’m sorry to hear that you’re having trouble printing the block. I’m going to email you directly to see if we can figure this out.

  14. June Wrogg says:

    So very cute! Can not wait to get in my sewing room this week and make this. Thank you for the free instructions and a paper pieces pattern. I love paper piecing ! Love the fabrics you used. I have lots of Fresh Lilac left over from a quilt I made, and a mini charm pack, so I’m siked. Thanks!

  15. Susan Garofalo says:

    Beautiful pattern! This will be fun to make. Thank you!

  16. Staria Farrow says:

    Love love LOVE this! Want to make it bigger though (lap quilt size). Do you have a pattern I can purchase for this? Please say yes!

    • Jen Daly Jen Daly says:

      Hi Staria – I’m glad you like the quilt! I don’t yet have a lap quilt size pattern for it available, but I’ll make a note that you’re interested and I’ll let you know if/when I design a lap quilt version. Thank you!

  17. Christine Chamberlain says:

    I think there is an error in the ingredients. The ingredient for the binding is listed as 2215-16, the purple plaid fabric. I think the plaid is meant to be the backing fabric and not the binding? It appears the numbers for the backing and binding were switched in the ingredients. The binding in the photo is fabric #2212-16, not 2215-16.

    • Jen Daly Jen Daly says:

      Hi Christine – Oops! You’re absolutely right. I did inadvertently switch the stock numbers for the backing and binding. #2212-16 is the dark purple binding fabric and #2215-16 is the purple plaid fabric that I used for the binding. Thank you so much for picking up on that!

  18. WesternNYLady says:

    At what point in the process do you remove the paper from the houses? I’ve seen it done right after you finish the paper piecing and others wait until they add the sashing.

    • Jen Daly Jen Daly says:

      Both ways are fine, it’s really a matter of personal preference. For this little quilt, I removed the paper from behind the birdhouses after I added the sashing. Have fun!

  19. Pat Wick says:

    I made this adorable quilt with silk tie scraps, I used cotton for the backgrounds.

    • WesternNYLady says:

      Do you have a photo posted somewhere? Would love to see your version. I’m working on mine. Almost finished.

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