Wahoo! It’s time for our May Little Quilt! The Kit is now available on the CT site here. Hope y’all are keeping up with all the Little Quilts. If not, it is sure easy to get on Notions and refer back to each Little Quilt with the Search option. We are almost half way through the year of Littles! You might be interested in popping over to the Little Quilt Quilt Along on the Quilt With Us site to see pictures of all the quilts!
Our May Little Quilt is made from Heather’s Garden collection and is made with lovely 9-Patch squares set on-point. The center six tone-on-tone squares are a great way to feature a special fabric if you are so inclined. I love the contrast between the center six squares and the outer setting triangles. This contrast really sets off the 9-Patches. Also, something to keep in mind; you can make this Little from charms except the setting triangles, border, and binding in which you’ll need fat quarters.
I chose to work with a pack of charms stored in my stash. Beautiful blues, rich browns and of course creams. This collection of five inch squares has a nostalgic feel with motifs of old fashioned scissors, script, swirlies, basket weave and basic sewing imagery.
I began by cutting all my little squares. Since the pattern requires twelve 9-Patch blocks, there are six blue and six brown.
The next step is to pair up four background squares with five colored squares.
First, the 9-Patch calls for three units made up of a background square and a color square. Then chain sewn together and cut apart…
Each unit is pressed to the color.
Next, units are matched up with the final three squares. One unit will have another background square and two units will have another colored square sewn to it.
Each of the three units are pressed (all to the color squares).
Then laid out as they will be pinned together.
This is my favorite part… to nestle those seams together so there is no space between them. To do this, both seams are slightly pulled away from each other, tucked together, and then I let go of the seams so they bounce back into a perfect snuggle and pinned.
Then a good press for each 9-Patch!
Twelve completed 9-Patches! Don’t they look pretty?! Ah, lovely!!!