April Little Quilt ~ Tutorial 2

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Here we are with our second installment of the April Little Quilt tutorial. I had mentioned in the first half that the kit is made from the Primitive Pennies collection. My remake of the Little Quilt is pieced in the Settlement collection. Not quite as bright, however, just as lovely. Now, if you want to make your April Little from your own stash, you can access the April downloadable pattern here and sew away! I love both quilts and don’t know which is my preference. I guess I’ll just have to love ’em both!

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We left off here with all the half snowball blocks assembled. Now it’s time to pair them up and sew them together!

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My pairing is with one blue and one orange/red. In order to keep them straight as I was sewing, I laid a pair out as they are to be sewn together and continued to match blocks to that until they were all sewn. It is so easy for me to move forward too fast and sew them together in the wrong direction.

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Remember in the first tutorial I let you know that half of the units should be pressed opposite the other half (even though the pattern does not say to do so)? This is why… When I paired the two units together, discovered the seams were pressed in the same direction, making it fairly difficult to achieve a well nested seam. I went back and re-pressed all the orange/red opposite the blue. Now they nestled together perfectly.

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It was also quite easy to chain sew them together which saves a bit of time. And, every little bit helps, right?

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Re-pressing those seams made a huge difference. See how the seams snuggle perfectly? I love it when a plan comes together and to take the time to re-press was well worth the effort! I am decidedly contented with myself, yes I am! Love it!!! Wahoo!

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All pairings are now complete and ready to become actual blocks.

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The diagonal seams are tricky to make snug. So, I pinned every seam to ensure they wouldn’t slip while sewing. If your presser foot is a bit heavy, it will create too much tension between fabrics– causing shifting.

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This is what the block looks like with a final press. I am a little heavy-handed with the iron, however, I love a flat block. A flat block makes a flat pieced top, makes an easy to quilt project! I’ve even been known to starch the heck out of my blocks before piecing into the quilt (I starch the backside as it keeps the raw edges from raveling). They just sew together so much easier when well-pressed. I admit that you have to be careful not to stretch the fabric, but it can be done.

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Isn’t she a beauty? Yeah, spectacular! Seams match and laying flat…

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The blocks are auditioned first before sewing together. This ensures the blocks are in design position. Awe, nine little blocks sitting pretty.

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Sewing rows together!

Again, nestle those seams and pin. It makes for perfect, and I love perfect! Although, I have not achieved perfection many times and have been OK with that. Remember, the process is not done until the pieced top is quilted, and you can hide a multitude of imperfections with clever quilting, LOL! Believe me, I know!

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Just had to add a closeup.

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Now, for quilting; I quilted this first in the ditch horizontally and vertically (in the seams), then diagonally through the center of the blocks. Finally, quilted in the ditch around the background diamonds and side triangles and corners. Bind and voila, another darling for your collection!


  1. Stephanie - April 2, 2015

    It’s great to see each step in the process. It makes it all look so much simpler. Thanks for sharing. I like the fabrics too. Cheers!

    • Mari - April 2, 2015

      Thank you Stephanie for your feedback! It was a fun project to make.

  2. Marge WA - April 2, 2015

    Love your finished April Little, Mari. The tutorial is well done and I really hope to get my fabrics picked out and get going on it. Love your fabric choices and really like the two backgrounds as it adds to the finished look.

    • Mari - April 2, 2015

      Thank you Marge! I appreciate your comment. It helps in preparing the next tutorial.