I’m excited to be kicking off this month’s mini quilt theme! This set of three mini quilts is inspired by barn quilts. Make one or all of these fun, quick projects using a single charm pack and some yardage. This speedy project is perfect for that one charm pack you love, but can’t figure out what to do with!
Hello everyone! My name is Chrissy Lux and I co-own Sew Lux Fabric with my mom. I am really excited to be back on the Moda Bake Shop sharing another project with you today.
Moda Candy precuts (mini charms) are super cute and so easy to collect! Here’s a fun & quick mini quilt project that could easily be enlarged to make a bigger version – just add more candy!
76 mini charms *
1 yard solid for Background (Bella White Bleached 9900 98)
1 yard for backing (Mixed Bag Dots 32870 21)
1/4 yard for binding (Bella Etchings Slate 9900 170)
(*I used 4 packs of the New Bella Solids, which have 30 mini charms. But most print collections have 42, so you may only need 2 candy/mini charm packs if you are going for a scrappy look.)
Machine & basic sewing supplies
Use a 1/4″ seam throughout.
Step 1: Prep Background & Borders:
From the solid background, cut the following:
TWO 2.5″ x WOF strips – SUBCUT into twenty (20) 2.5″ squares
THREE 2.5″ x WOF strips – SUBCUT into twenty-eight (28) 2.5″ x 4.5″ rectangles
TWO 2.5″ x WOF strips – SUBCUT into eight (8) 2.5″ x 8.5″ rectangles
FOUR – 3.5″ x WOF strips for borders
For this project, we’ll make two blocks – a variable star and a simple 4 patch. You’ll need four 4-patch blocks and five star blocks.
Step 2: Sort your Squares
Sort your candy squares into piles with five piles of 12 squares (corners & center) and four piles of four squares (middle of top & bottom row and left and right columns) as shown.
Since I was using solids, I sorted mine by color into a ROYGBIV type of color wheel. Because of this, I took extra time while sewing to make sure I kept things in the correct order and placement. If you are using prints to create a scrappy look, you can certainly sew a little more carefree! 🙂
Step 3: Make the 4-Patch Units
The 4-patch blocks are easy to whip together. Sew two sets to two squares together. Press in opposite directions.
Then stitch them together.
Repeat this process for the four 4-patch units. Next, we’ll add borders to complete the units.
Sew a 2.5″ strip to the top and bottom of your 4-patch unit. Press toward the border/away from the 4-patch.
Then add the 2.5″ x 8.5″ sides. Press toward the center. Repeat to complete all four 4-patch units.
Step 4: Make the Variable Star Units
For these blocks, you will start by making a 4-patch for the center. Then we’ll make and add wonky geese on the sides to create the star.
Place one candy square on top of one 2.5″ x 4.5″ rectangle. (If using prints, remember to place right sides together!) Sew on the diagonal, being sure that when you fold the square over, it will cover all of the background rectangle.
Trim away excess fabric and press toward the candy square.
Next, add another candy square opposite of the first. Sew along the diagonal, trim away excess and press towards the candy square fabric. TIP: Since these are so small, I just finger press to create a crease down the diagonal as a sewing guide. If you prefer to mark with a pencil or disappearing ink, feel free.
Trim your completed wonky geese unit to 2.5″ x 4.5″.
Assemble the star, by sewing two geese units to the top and bottom – press toward the center.
Then sew 2.5″ background squares to the sides of the remaining two geese units, pressing toward the background squares.
Then sew the side units to the center, and press away from the center.
Step 5: Assemble the Top
Now, its time to assemble your quilt top! Start by making a large 9-patch with your 4-patch and variable star blocks.
Then add border strips to the sides and then the top and bottom.
Layer and quilt as desired. Finish by adding binding. (Need help binding? MBS tutorial here.)
You can easily make this project with prints – here is a mock up of what it might look like in Scrumptious by Bonnie & Camille.