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True Colors/True Colours Mini Quilt

You will need:

Half a yard or metre Plain background fabric (I used Kona cotton in Coal) Cut a piece 14 x
9 inches plus 2 sashing strips 17x 1½ inches and 2 strips 12 x 1½ inches. There will be
plenty left over.
Scraps –I used 11 strips 1½ x 12 inches which is enough for 46 squares and a different bit of
fabric for each letter. Or you could use an assortment of scraps.
Heat n Bond Lite
Fabric for binding- I made a pieced binding, a strip that measures 1½ x 70 inches is easily
long enough to bind with.
Fabric for backing – approx 18 x 15 inches
Batting -approx 18 x 15 inches
Basting Spray – I use 505
Embroidery or cotton Perle thread- for hand quilting and making hanging loops
Sewing supplies- piecing thread, needle, pins etc

1. Print off the appliqué letter templates and cut out. They are already reversed so
place on to the back of heat and bond and draw around. I draw the arrows on for
orientation on the l o s u. Cut roughly around the letters. ‘Colour’ or ‘color’
depending where you are from!

2. Arrange fabric strips (or scraps) into the desired order for the letters. I found the
fabrics needed to be on the lighter side to contrast well with the background. I
had to reject a few favourites that just didn’t show up enough- the middle 2 in the
pic below had be abandoned and choose again! Press a heat n bond letter on the
bottom of each strip (on wrong side of the fabric). There might be a bit of fussy
cutting involved in this stage- up to you!

3. Cut fabric letters out, embroidery scissors help for this especially the space in the
e. Find the centre of the background fabric. I use a Clover ‘Hera” creasing tool-
very useful for marking any straight lines on fabric e.g. straight-line quilting. I
drew a centre cross on to the fabric.

4. Peel paper backing off the letters and arrange on the background.
Check they are centred and the fabric borders at the sides and top/bottom are
even. Press on letters according to adhesive instructions.

5. To decorate and give a bit of security to the letters I used a running stitch and 2
strands of DMC stranded embroidery cotton/floss. Shade 317 co-ordinates
beautifully with Kona Coal! I used a quilter’s knot (if this is new look on YouTube
for how to do this) and fastened off threads behind the letters.

6. Take your 46 1½ inch squares. Arrange around the edge of the mini quilt. There
will be 12 across top and bottom and 11 for each side. The quilt will be too big for
them at the moment, don’t panic! You will trim it down in a later step.

7. Stitch the square strips together- you could chain piece here.

8. Press the seams open. I use a wooden chopstick to hold the seam open so I can get
the tip of the iron in the right place. They are a very useful sewing tool e.g for
turning out fiddly things.

9. Trim the mini quilt, it should be trimmed to measure 12 x 9 inches but you can
trim to match the length of your square strips. Sew top and bottom strips first and
then add the sides. Press your seams- I like them open but you could press to one
side if you prefer.

10. Now add your sashing strips, sides first and then top and bottom. They will be
plenty long enough and you can trim of any excess.

11. Cut out batting to fit the mini quilt plus 1 inch extra all around. Do the same for
the backing fabric. The finished quilt should measure 16 x 13 inches approx to give
you an idea of size. If you want to add a label to the back now is a good time to do
it especially if you are going to machine sew it on.

12. Sandwich the quilt layers together. I like to use 505 basting spray for this. It
doesn’t clog the needle, holds everything and I hate pinning! I lie the backing
facedown, spray one side of the batting lightly and lie it on top. Now lightly spray
quilt top and position on. Spray basting allows you to reposition relatively easily.

13. Add any quilting stitches either by hand or machine. I used the same thread and
hand sewn running stitch as the letters but a little bigger to go through the layers.
I used the creasing tool to mark a ¼ inch line from the seams to sew along.

14. Prepare a binding strip. I wanted narrow binding so my strips were 1½ inches and
pieced together using diagonal seams, but you could go wider, do a double binding
etc. The binding strip needs to be 70 inches to allow for corners and joining ends.
I pressed ¼ inch along each long edge of the binding

Then bring the folded in edges together pressing down the centre.

I like to zig zag around the edges of quilts before binding, it helps to keep everything still.

15. Bind using your preferred method. I sewed it on using ¼ seam on the front, mitred
the corners and hand stitched on the back. I have a tutorial for mitred corners if
they are new to you.

16. Finish with embroidered hanging loops. Aneela at Comfort Stitching has done a
great tutorial for this and has given permission to include this, take a look

17. Stand back and smile! Any queries or problems please let me know x

Tutorial for your use- to make for yourself, for friends, for charity fundraisers but not to sell
Kerry Green July 2010