For Beginners, Modern Mini QAL, Patchwork

Make A Mini Quilt

This is a fun little quilt design that will be quick to make up if you are a seasoned quilter, or a good one for learning if you are new to quilt making. As you can see in the photo above, mine is not quilted, so this will give me some motivation to get this project all finished up.

**Once you have made your quilt top, find the Basting Tutorial and Binding Tutorial**

You’ll need basic quilting supplies: rotary cutter, cutting board, rulers, sewing machine with thread

Fabric Requirements:

  • 1/2 yard each of the white and natural-color background (actual need is 15″ x wof if you are pulling from stash)
  • scraps (minimum 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″) colorful prints
  • 2/3 yard backing
  • 28″ square of batting
  • 1/4 yard (for binding, cut 2 1/4″ bias)
  • from each of the white and neutral fabrics, cut 2 strips 7″ x width of fabric (42″), then cut strips into (24) 2 1/2″ x 7″ rectangles of each color (total of 48 rectangles)
  • from print scraps, cut Β (24) 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangles


1. match one white strip with one print rectangle, right sides together, so that they form a right angle as shown below:
2. begin sewing at the corner of the white fabric where it meets the center of print rectangle (lower left corner of white strip above). See sewn seam below:
3. use rotary cutter and ruler to trim the corner, leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance outside your stitching
4. open the fabrics and press toward the white strip
5. sew a neutral-color strip in the same way to the opposite side of the print rectangle. Place the strip in the same manner as with the white, and begin sewing at the corner of the neutral strip where it overlaps the white strip.
trim, open and press as with the white strip
6. Repeat these steps to make 24 flying geese strips. Each block consists of 6 geese, ensure that they are all sewn in the same direction (white strip on right, natural on left, with goose “pointing” up as shown above). If the strips are not placed correctly, the direction of the triangle (goose) will be opposite.
7. sew the strips together in groups of 6 to form blocks, matching the point of each goose triangle with the center of the long side of the goose next to it (see photo below). press.
8. If needed, trim and square blocks to 12 1/2″ x 12 1/2″
9. Lay the block out so that the white strips form a pinwheel shape around the center of the quilt,
10. Sew 2 rows of 2 blocks and press. Sew the 2 rows together to make the 4 block quilt top
A fun little project to whip up if you Β need a quick gift, holiday table topper, or just a break from one of your long-term projects.
Next week I will show you how I baste and quilt it.
Have a great week!
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Quotation fabrics by Moda fabrics sold by Color Girl Quilts

17 thoughts on “Make A Mini Quilt

  1. Ellen says:

    I love this pattern – thank you!

  2. Love this little quilt SO much. Thanks for the tutorial πŸ™‚

  3. That’s really cute Sharon. Thanks for the tute!

  4. Quilting Dee says:

    Love love this little quilt! You have put a smile on my face! Thanks for the tute.

  5. Judy MacLeod says:

    TOO CUTE!!! Thanks for sharing the tutorial, I can see it bigger for a child’s bed, and as an awesome way to use orphan charm squares.

  6. Jan Tomasek says:

    I love your good directions. Just found your blog and facebook page today. (

  7. P. says:

    I really like this! Thanks for sharing how to make it!

  8. I’m still learning piecing and design and sewing great pieces. This is a great tutorial that even I can follow πŸ™‚ ! So glad I found your website and blog, and that I’m following you now πŸ™‚

  9. Loove it!! Gonna get right to making one. Thanks for the tut. Looking forward to seeing the next steps πŸ™‚

  10. This is absolutely adorable. And so much easier than the regular flying geese block. This would be perfect as large blocks for a larger quilt. Already pulling fabrics. Thank you….

  11. Charmaine says:

    this is awesome, my daughter has asked me to make a reading Matt for her classroom. Going to use this pattern.

  12. Pamela Graham says:

    What size does this mini finish to?

  13. Jane Susan says:

    Thanks for posting this great little project…it’s very inspiring.

  14. Tina Peterson says:

    I love this. I was thinking it would be me as t a christmas quilt. Christmas colors for the triangles and charcoal grey for the shadows and a white print for the snow. Hmmm – thanks so much. The “geese” look easy too!

  15. Ksthymay says:

    This pattern will be great for making place mats too.

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