February Little Quilt
1.19.2015

 

February Little Quilt

February Little Quilt

The February Little Quilt is stunning! Made from the Nana’s Pantry Collection, it is a scrappy group of 108 half square triangles with a finished size of 1″! I know, you are probably thinking, YIKES, but it is so diminutive, being the smallest of the twelve little quilts, it is sure to be your favorite with its size and the happy colors. I just love it! If you are making this from your own scraps like I did, you can use the pattern download found here.

Let’s take a look at the beginning process of creating the darling itty bitty HSTs:

My Triangle Bits

My Triangle Bits

For my Little Quilt, I chose a pack of triangle bits that remained from another project. I just can’t throw away leftovers from previous projects so I bag and save them for another project. These were left over corners from a quilt that used the Stitch-and-Flip method. Yes, there are quite a few, huh?

Sewn Triangles

Sewn Triangles

In this case the leftover triangles were the perfect size and I had a ton of them. Being concerned they weren’t cut from the original unit accurately, I stitched a very scant 1/4″ seam allowance.

Pressed HST Units

Pressed HST Units

Since there are so many to make, I decided to press a few and measure to make sure the HSTs would be a workable size.

The First Cut

The First Cut

Woopie! They all will work just fine! Wahoo! This is great because I’ll get a FREE quilt! The trimming begins. It’s a lot easier to sew a few, then trim a few, then sew a few, then trim a few… I’m not a trimmer, so if I’m going to make HSTs, they are made to size from the get-go. However, in this case, a free quilt is worth the extra work (to say the least)! I LOVE free, don’t you?!

You can see from the pic I cut two sides leaving the HST a bit larger. That way all sides can be trimmed and they will be perfectly square. The HSTs are to be 1-1/2″ square unfinished.

The Final Trim

The Final Trim

Trimming of the final two sides is a snap. I used a 6-1/2″ square ruler but if you have a smaller one it’s much easier.

Now, off to finish the rest of my HSTs!


12 comments

  1. Dawn - January 19, 2015

    Littlest quilt for the littlest month! It’s coming along nicely, Mari!

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    • Mari - January 20, 2015

      Thanks Dawn! I love this quilt in particular.

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  2. Ellie Stratton - January 20, 2015

    Wow! What a creative and unique thought. Your measurements are so precise and accurate. Good going Mari.

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    • Mari - January 20, 2015

      Thank you Ellie! When you are working with such a tiny HST it’s important to sew them with exactness! It’s so easy to lose fabric with the smaller pieces. 🙂

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  3. Cora - January 20, 2015

    My current “big quilt” is a flip and sew also and as I was working on it, I thought about the February little quilt and wondered if the corners I was cutting off would work. So I downloaded the pattern and Wa La!! The little squares are in shades of green, so I’ll pick some reds, golds and yellows to accent the greens. I can hardly wait to get it together and see how it looks. Mari, this is so much fun.

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    • Mari - January 20, 2015

      Cora! That’s great! Another thing you can do with the flip-n-stitch you are working on right now is stitch a secondary line 1/2″ from the stitch line your are sewing now and cut the corner off between the two stitch lines. That way you have your HSTs already sewn! The work for both is already done!

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      • Cora - January 28, 2015

        I love your idea!

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        • Mari - January 29, 2015

          Thanks!

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  4. Cora - January 28, 2015

    I sewed all those itsy bitsy pieces together and made the cutest little February Quilt. So now I have both January and February tops done, but no completed quilts. It is beginning to look like my big quilts that are not finished. I just love working with the patterns and colors and sewing together a top, but finishing takes real effort. Guess I better go finish the quilts so I can post them on my page.

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    • Mari - January 29, 2015

      Well, you have quite some time before March comes Cora, and I can tell you that it doesn’t really take much time to quilt them. I had the January quilt done from cutting to binding in one day. You can do it! and you’ll be happy you did!

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  5. Ina - February 1, 2015

    Finished sewing together all my half square triangles. They were left over triangles from my friend’s Valentine quilt. Love free fabric someone else was going to through away. Curious what size border you used on your quilt? Missed this info if it was mentioned before.

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    • Mari - February 1, 2015

      Hello Ina, no that info goes up tomorrow, however, the borders were 1-1/2″. Isn’t it great to use up scraps?! I love it. I did the same thing with mine. Finished it yesterday.

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