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January 26, 2014

How to Make a Miniature Cottage style Quilt

HI, thanks for coming by. I am going to show you an easy way to make a sweet cottage quilt...not perfect...but just right.
I love to take sweet little fabrics and turn them into little quilts.
I do this on a regular basis for my shop, so trust me this is not hard!
This is a good scrappy little quilt.
What you will need:
25-30 fabrics....small strips at least 4" by 1 1/2"
Rotary cutter is easiest but scissors are fine too!
Rotary cutting mat or ruler.
Sewing machine

You can use different fabrics, or use just a few...like dark and light.
I have quite a bit of fabric, so I grabbed about 25 different fabrics, and lined them up on my cutting mat. Next I cut each fabric 1 1/2" wide and the length of the fabric which was about 45". I ended up making several little quilts...but for you, just cut your strips about 4" long and 1 1/2" wide.
I used some of my favorite fabrics more than once.
Finish cutting all your strips.
*Next You will sew 6 strips together to make one section. I did a light strip next to a darker strip, etc.
*Sew and make  6 sections.
Press your sections flat so they will look like the bottom right picture.

Keep in mind my sections are longer since I made several at a time.

 When sewing this small of a quilt, I used a 1/4" seam...it created less bulk with the end product. Pin the fabric strips together to keep the fabric from slipping. Even a small differentiation in sewing can make a difference in the end result of your little quilt.
 Using your cutter, cut the rest of your sections until you are finished. My picture shows all the sections I made...you will only end up having 6 sections or a few more if you want.
Next you want to put your sections together to see what looks best...you don't want 4 blue blocks next to each other, try and put your sections together for a light next to dark look, or polka dot next to floral, stripe next to solid, etc.

I pinned a lot at this stage...I do not enjoy pinning...but it was worth it here. Pin your strips together so the little seams match up as shown in the lower picture. 
 After I finished with all the blocks, I used one of my long strips for the outside edge that I wanted to frame the quilt with. I tried a few different strips to see what would look the best. I chose my favorite fabric, which was pink with beautiful little rosebuds on it.
Most of my fabric is ordered from Kerri @
She has beautiful fabric and she is wonderful to work with!

 I decided to go ahead and show you this  picture! Yikes....
 After you sew the outside strip on all four sides, and press it, 
place it face down on white fabric. 
I did not use batting, I found it made it too stiff. 
Also if you use a small print for the back side, it unfortunately 
does show through...so choose white or a light colored solid.

Pin quilt face down to your backing, pin it to the backing and carefully trim around the quilt. 
Next you will sew around the outside edge of the quilt, leaving a 4" section open so you can turn your quilt inside out when you are done.
(Same picture as above...but you get the idea...)
Turn quilt inside out, and use a pointed tool, I use a long wood stick to push the corners out so they are not rounded or crooked, etc. I like good looking corners and crisp edges on a quilt.

After you have turned the quilt inside out, 
fixed your corners, 
pinned carefully the open area closed...
Sew the two areas shown below by the arrows.
I did not sew each row of blocks, however you can if you would like.
My quilts ended up being about 7 to 8" wide.
You can see that even though I measured, and sewed 1/4" not all my squares lined up perfectly.
The quilts are perfect for a sweet little doll bed, or teddy bear bed...
If you have questions please don't hesitate to ask in the comments. I will try to answer them if possible!

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Sam said...

The quilt is beautiful, and the fabrics are gorgeous. Thanks for this tutorial and the link.

Yolanda MorĂ¡n said...

Gracias por el tutorial, queda preciosa, hay mucho trabajo de costura.
Un abrazo.

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Debbie, this is absolutely precious! I use this same method when sewing my large quilts. Even if the pattern says to cut squares I cut strips and sew them together first. Lots quicker and nicer squares too! I think I need to make a tiny quilt with my left overs next time. Sweet, sweet, sweet! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

The Old Parsonage said...

So cute Debbie and you make it sound "sew" easy:) Glad to hear from you.

Take care!


Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

You lost me but I enjoyed the tute. I think, oh, maybe SOMEDAY I will make a sweet little quilt. Reality? nope, probably won't! I will enjoy yours though!!