May 25, 2016

Arabesque Mini Quilt Pattern


It took me a while to catch on to the magic of mini quilts. When you've never made one, it's hard to understand the point. Why would anyone want a quilt on the wall, that's too tiny to snuggle? Once you start, however, it becomes very clear- because they are fast, fun, and ADORABLE! They can also be turned into pillow covers or doll quilts if wall hangings aren't your jam.

I thought since I was making one for myself, I'd share the pattern for the mini version of my Arabesque quilt. It's a cute little thing! (The pattern for the full quilt can be found in the Moda Bake Shop.)

Fabric Requirements:

(8) 5" squares
1/3 yd background fabric
1 FQ for backing
1 FQ or 6" x WOF for binding


Cut background fabric into:

(8) 5" squares
(8) 3.5" x 2" pieces
(24) 2" squares

Place each print square right sides together with a 5" background square. Mark diagonal lines, as shown in black, and sew 1/4" along each side of both lines, as shown in white, press.


Cut along marked lines, as well as at the halfway point (2.5") horizontally and vertically.

When you open them up your should have 8 HSTs. Press them open and trim to 2" square.



Using the following model, lay out 5 full stars, with 4 surrounding half stars, and corner units. You will have 4 HSTs left over. Place rectangle background pieces on the upper left and lower right of each star. Your stars with interlock with one another. Be sure not to place any rectangles vertically or you won't be able to sew your rows together. Fill in with 2" background squares.



Sew pieces into horizontal rows, press, and sew rows together. Baste, quilt, and bind according to your favorite method. I am loving this little scallop stitch that my Husqvarna Opal does. It works well for me since I am still pretty FMQ challenged.

The quilt comes to 15" square and is such a good way to use up extra charms. Enjoy!

12 comments :

  1. Great tutorial and such a cute finish!

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  2. The blocks are 6.5 inches unfinished right? I think they could go into the dwell house quilt and they would look cute!

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    1. Yep, you're abolutely right. I'm putting one in my 6" sampler quilt :)

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  3. You are so right! Adorable! and thank you for the pattern!

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  4. You are so right! Adorable! and thank you for the pattern!

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  5. This is such a pretty mini quilt, Allison. And your tutorial is so well written. Not to mention the lovely photos. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  6. This is adorable, Perfect color choices. This is on my list to make, now!

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  7. This is adorable, Perfect color choices. This is on my list to make, now!

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  8. Thank you for the great tutorial! So stinkin' cute! Beautiful blog...came over from "a bright corner" blog! i'm a new follower now! :)

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  9. Sew cute❣❣. Thanks for free tutorial. Makes me want to make big quilt now ❣❣❣

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  10. Hello...I'm a relatively new quilter and am attempting your beautiful full size arabesque quilt...I'm wondering if it's possible to see how you arranged your hst and also a full shot of the quilt blocks being joined...thank you...Tamra

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    1. Hi Tamra! You can find all of those diagrams over at http://www.modabakeshop.com/2016/03/arabesque-quilt.html Hope that helps! :)

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