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Positive Plus Mini Quilt and Crib Quilt Tutorial | A quilter’s diary Quilting

This week I’m working with Oliso-Eisen and some talented, quilty friends to create a Summer Dream series with free sewing projects. For my project, I share a fun little mini-quilt tutorial (with a bonus crib quilt variant!) Entitled Positive – as a reminder to pay attention to the positive events in this highly unusual summer 2020.

As mentioned earlier, this project is part of a series of Oliso ironwith the Mini Project Iron – a cute little iron that is perfect for quilting on the go. It comes with a silicone mat that can be used both as a travel / storage location and as a soleplate for the iron in the concealed position.

It is small and light and fits ergonomically in the palm of your hand, but has the weight of a high-performance iron when pressed. Also a nice tip for detailed pressing and dipping into these seams. It is the perfect travel companion for retreats and compact if you sew in a confined space.

One feature I like is that it stays hot and ready to print. Don’t wait for your iron to warm up if you need a quick seam press. (Be careful if you’re used to an iron that shuts off automatically after a period of time.)

If you can’t find Oliso Mini Crafts in your local quilt shop, they are available from Amazon, Annies and Quilt in one day.

And as part of this series, I have an Oliso mini iron that I can give to one of you! You can enter this giveaway at the end of this post / tutorial. This post contains affiliate links.

Positive mini quilt tutorial

This tutorial is for this 16 “x 19” mini quilt. It’s a fun, quick finish that consists of quilt blocks with nine patches. The background material for this quilt is a Raindrops print from a Noah’s Ark collection by Shawn Wallace for Riley Blake. I liked the symbolism of the positive plus mood that comes from the rain.

The various color prints come from the Prim collection by Lori Holt for Riley Blake Here and Here.

Other supplies used in this project: Wool press mat available from Connecting Threads or the Fat Quarter Shop

Fabric requirements and cutting instructions for 16 “x 19” Positively Mini Quilt

  • Background fabric: 1/2 yard
  • Nine patch blocks: different scraps or 5-inch squares
  • Background: 1 Fat Quarter
  • Binding 1/8 yard

To cut

Background fabric *

* If you use directional fabric, be careful in which direction you cut your parts (specified width by height).

  • Edge strips 1.75 “x 17” (long sides) and 16.5 “x 1.75” (top and bottom)
  • Cut 4 5 “x 3.5” rectangles and 4 5 “x 2” rectangles
  • Cut 2 strips of 2 “x WOF – undercut 28 squares 2” x 2 “

Different prints for 7 blocks with nine patches:

  • Cut 4 squares 2 “x 2” and 1 contrast square 2 “x 2” for each block

Connective tissue:

Block assembly

Using 4 background squares of 2 “x 2”, 4 print squares of 2 “x 2” and 1 contrast square of 2 “x 2” result in 7 quilt blocks with nine patches (see figure above). Sew rows of three 2 “squares as shown. Push the seams toward the main print squares.

Sew three rows together and push the seams away from the middle row.

Repeat the process to create 7 quilt blocks with nine patches.

Use the photo above to divide the quilt into three vertical rows, starting with the 3.5 “x 5” rectangles in four corners and alternating 2 “x 5” rectangles between nine-patch quilt blocks.

Sew nine patch blocks and alternating rectangles together into three vertical rows. Push the seams away from the nine-patch quilt blocks.

Sew vertical rows together as shown.

Push the seams away from the middle row.

Press seams from behind. Add 1.75 “x 17” edge strips and 16.5 “x 1.75” edge strips at the top and bottom (not shown). Press the seams towards the edge strips.

Layered top, cotton and carrier material and quilt as desired. I just did vertical, straightforward matchstick quilting because I liked the way it emphasizes the falling rain.

Use 2 strips of 2 “x WOF for quilt binding. (Here is a tutorial on how to finish or bind a quilt.)

When I made this mini quilt, I realized how easy it would be to blow up the exact same quilt design with larger squares to vary the size of the crib. So I did! Here are the instructions for a size 40 cot. 5 “x 49.5” positive quilt!

Instructions for the quilt in cot size:

This makes a super simple and graphic baby blanket that comes together Really fast. It is perfect for using 5 “pre-cut (Charm) squares or leftover 10” pre-cut (Layer Cake) squares that you may have lying around.

Positive requirements for crib quilt fabric

  • Background fabric: 1 1/4 yard
  • Nine patch blocks: 7 different 10 “x 10” squares + 7 different 5 “x 5” contrast squares
  • Binding: 1/2 yard
  • Back: 1 1/2 yards (when used carefully, the fabric width of 1 1/2 yards is wide and long enough to support this quilt. If you prefer a larger back, take 2 1/2 yards and cut a larger one Move )

To cut

Background fabric *

* If you use directional fabric, be careful in which direction you cut your parts (specified width by height).

  • Cut 4 rectangles 14 “x 9.5” and 4 rectangles 14 “x 5”
  • Cut 28 5 “x 5” squares

Different prints for 7 blocks with nine patches:

  • Cut 4 squares 5 “x 5” and 1 contrast square 5 “x 5” for each block

Connective tissue:

  • Cut 5 strips of 2 1/2 “x width of the fabric

Crib quilt

Using 4 background squares of 5 “x 5”, 4 print squares of 5 “x 5” and 1 contrast square of 5 “x 5” result in 7 quilt blocks with nine patches. Sew rows of three 2-inch squares as shown and push the seams toward the main print squares.

Use the same layout and method as above (without the border strips).

Layer with cotton and underlay, staple, quilt and tie. (In this tutorial, you will learn how to finish a quilt.)

The nine patch blocks on the crib-sized quilt are also assembled Lori Holts Prim collection. The background fabric is that of Lori Holt Gray cross stitch by Bee Backgrounds.

I used these fun rainbows from to support both quilts Shawn Wallace’s Noah’s Ark Collection (available on Etsy and from the Fat Quarter Shop) – a visual reminder that the rainbows come after the storms.

We will get there!

As I mentioned earlier, this project was part of the Summer Dreams series. You can join in and see the wonderful projects of the past by visiting the following designers:

And now thank you OlisoI have a mini project iron that I can give away to one of you!

Just leave a comment on this post and tell me about one of your favorite summer sewing projects. Giveaway open until Sunday, August 2nd at midnight MST.

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