Here is the last stage of the February Little Quilt. If you are wanting to participate, you may find the February Little Quilt Kit here. If you wish to work from your stash the February Downloadable Pattern is here. My quilt shown here is made from the Spring Terrace Collection and I used five fabrics. Four fabrics for the HSTs and one fabric for the border and binding.
Since I used cut off corners from an old project my HSTs came out a little larger so they all needed to be trimmed. I love to have a stack of coffee filters for trimmings and threads. It’s easy to just pull off the first filter full of debris and throw away.
All the HSTs are separated and stacked into counts of ten to make sure I made enough. They are ready to be sewn into rows.
First, the Little Quilt needs a layout to make sure the design is created properly.
After stitching the first row together, I find it interesting how much it shrinks! Each row is pressed in the opposite direction.
Half the quilt is sewn now and the horizontal rows are pressed open. This is not how I’ve written it in the pattern, however, after sewing it myself I found it laid better if the seams were open.
The Little Quilt is finished and trimmed, and ready for the borders.
Borders are sewn on and quilting begins. I chose to quilt diagonally following the seam line. Then, quilted in the ditch around the border seam line.
Next, the binding goes on. In this case, since the borders are quite small I decided to use the border fabric for the binding.