I was inspired by a tiny little stack of seven fabrics a quilty friend gave me a few weeks ago from her stash just because they reminded her of me. That is pretty sweet. Quilty friends are awesome. I thought I would showcase them with some simple white fabric and make a mini for another quilty friend who will be on bed rest for a few months, thinking it might brighten her space. So I decided to call this mini “Pay It Forward”. Let’s get on with it. Finished Size: 21" x 21"

Materials

  • Sewing Machine: DreamCreator™ VQ2400
  • Quilting Frame: THE Dream Fabric Frame
  • (7) of your favorite fabrics cut into 3.5” squares
  • ¾ yard of white background fabric
  • Binding fabric
  • Batting
  • Fabric for your Mini Quilt Back
  • Basic Sewing Notions (Scissors, Pins, Thread etc.)
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Step One

Cutting your background fabric & fabric lay out. Each row has a 3.5” x 3.5” colored square. Cut 7 of them, each a different color. Rows 1 & 7 (2) 3.5” x 18.5" white strips Row 1: 3.5” colored square / white strip 18.5” Row 7: 18.5” white strip / 3.5” colored square Row 2 & 6 (2) 3.5” x 3.5” white strips (2) 3.5” x 15” white strips Row 2: 3.5” white square / 3.5” colored square / 15” white strip Row 6: 15” white strip / 3.5” colored square / 3.5” white square Row 3 & 5 (2) 3.5” x 6.5" white strips (2) 3.5" x 12” white strips Row 3: 6.5” white strip / 3.5” colored square / 12” white strip Row 6: 12” strip white / 3.5” colored square / 6.5” white strip Row 4 (2) 3.5” x 9 ¼” white strips Row 4: 9 ¼” strip / 3.5” colored square / 9 ¼” strip [caption id="attachment_3302" align="aligncenter" width="800"]SONY DSC Once you have your mini laid out sew together with a ¼” seam allowance. Press your seam allowances toward the colored squares not the light color background. [caption id="attachment_3303" align="aligncenter" width="800"]SONY DSC

STEP TWO

Sew all the rows together. I like to square up my mini at this point. [caption id="attachment_3299" align="aligncenter" width="800"]SONY DSC

STEP THREE

Layer top / batting / quilt back and load it onto THE Dream Fabric Frame
dream frame

Step FOUR

Quilt as desired. I used a variegated grey thread and decided on some simple loops. If you are new to free motion quilting on the frame this is a perfect choice. Loops mimic your handwriting. It's also easy to get into a rhythm with making loops. step 4

STEP FIVE

Once finished quilting, remove the quilt from the THE Dream Fabric Frame and square the quilt up. step 5

STEP SIX

Choose your favorite method of applying your binding
and enjoy your mini. cover-ending
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