January Itty Bitty Quilt

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The January Itty Bitty Quilt is a grand beginning to our new Quilt Along, Itty Bitty Quilts. You all probably know how I am with my quilt designs, encouraging quilt builders to “do their own thing.” I encourage myself to do that with my own quilts! So, the original set of Itty Bitty Quilts that are found in the Itty Bitty Quilts book were made with flat fabric from the Quilter’s Candy Collection and there is an Itty Bitty Quilts Stack of fabric especially cut for these darling quilts to help people out with small pieces of fabric that are needed for almost all of them. You will see these in the Itty Bitty Quilt book. However, I created another set of Itty Bittys just so I could make them with flannels and wool, mmmm… my favorite! All the tutorials are showing the construction with flannel and wool so you can see a different way of making them. The wire hanger for the Itty Bitty’s here is a perfect size for them and is quite a reasonable purchase.

Lets begin…

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First, fuse a 6-1/2″ square of woven fusible interfacing onto the back of a 6-1/2″ square of flannel fabric. This adds strength to the flannel and hides any dark stitches and knots.

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Trace the appliqué image onto the paper side of freezer paper. Cut it out leaving some paper remaining outside the perimeter of the drawn line. Place the waxy side of the cutout onto the wool and press well. Let cool. Cut the templates out along the drawn line.

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Position on the 6-1/2″ flannel square and use a few drops of Roxanne Mini Glue Baste-It placed in the center of the two appliqué pieces just to hold them in place while doing the embroidery. The pieces can also be loosely basted onto the backing.

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To transferring the stick arms and smile onto the snowman, use a very sharp tipped, small scissor. Penetrate and cut the paper along the line only. You can cut away some of the paper so a marking tool can easily fit and move along the cut line. Then place the cut line on top of the appliqué piece adjusting it into position. Draw along the cut line. Repeat for all embroidery lines.

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Embroider the smile and stick arms with a back stitch or stem stitch. Also note here, I cut away the cloud where it overlapped with the snowman. Wool is much thicker than flat fabric and I don’t like the way wool looks layered and hanging over another piece. It can become very thick and look lumpy. His personality is coming out now; can you see it?! He’s so cute!!!

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FYI…  I used a button for the snowman carrot nose, however, if you use an appliqué nose it should be attached with a few dots of glue now. The pieces are blanket stitched to the background. I used a Valdini #12 variegated perle cotton thread.

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Here’s a view of the back with the embroidery. Not pretty, huh? It won’t be exposed for too much longer and it certainly won’t show through to the front.

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The images are now quilted and the background is now machine basted to the batting and backing around the edge. I had to loosen the tension of the presser foot and use a basting stitch.

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Here is the back side demonstrating what it looks like with machine basting. I’m not happy with this. The fabric is pulled both at the top and bottom. Not OK with me, so I took out the basting stitches just on the top and bottom. If I do this again, the basting will be by hand. I found that when doing flat fabric, this process works fine. Using the same process with flannel is not doable with my machine. It’s just too thick.

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The excess fabric and batting are cut away from the background square. Along with the buttons, I also decided to embellish the quilt with some monochromatic snowflakes and beads. I love this addition. See the little carrot nose? Isn’t it darling? I love it!!! Thank you Judy! (Judy gave me an extra one from her stash.) Play with it! Make it your own!

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There I go again… Sometimes I just don’t know when to stop! I just had to add a little bit more quilting.

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A hanger was added as well. It is a 2″ x 6-1/2″ piece of fabric. The ends are folded to the wrong side twice and pressed. One long side is folded to the wrong side once and pressed. Then, it is stitched along the folded edges 1/8″ and sewn to the back of the quilt at the top.  The loose bottom needs to be hand sewn down with a whip stitch. Now it’s ready for binding.

Note: I put the instruction for the hanger in a discussion forum on the Itty Bitty Quilt Along. Be sure and check out all that is there for these little cuties!

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And we have a bound January Little Quilt! Voila’!


  1. Becky Schultz - January 5, 2016

    Oh, he’s so cute! Great way to start the year…with a SNOWMAN!!!

    • Mari - January 5, 2016

      Thanks Becky! Thanks for commenting too!

  2. Stephanie - January 5, 2016

    Sooooo cute! Love the step by step visual instructions too! Cheers and Happy New Year!

    • Mari - January 5, 2016

      Thank you Stephanie! Happy New Years to you too!!!

  3. JENNA - January 5, 2016

    oh i love this version so much! It reminds me of Olaf, my daughter’s favorite character (and mine too) from the movie Frozen.

    • Mari - January 5, 2016

      Thanks Jenna!

  4. Judith Green - January 5, 2016

    Adorable, and doable!

    • Mari - January 5, 2016

      Judith! So happy you liked it! Enjoy!

  5. Alcira - January 7, 2016

    Hermosa manera de comenzar año nuevo, esta precioso,, lo quiero para almohadón para mi cama, será posible quererlo todo el año,?

    • Mari - January 8, 2016

      Hello Alcira ~ thank you for your comment and I’m happy you love the itty bitty quilt and the program. This series will be ongoing for 6 months with two itty bitty quilts per month shown on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. Enjoy!

  6. Karen - January 8, 2016

    This idea looks like the Bitty Banners designed by LilyAnnaStitches pattern company about 2to3 years ago

  7. Mari - January 8, 2016

    Karen, I had to look that up but you are right, the idea is similar. She has some very cute designs!

  8. Eva - January 11, 2016

    So adorable and cute, thank you for sharing.

    • Mari - January 11, 2016

      Thank you Eva! Thank you for commenting!

  9. Carolyn Andrew - January 13, 2016

    Just found this website and signed up immediately. Ordered the Itty Bitty Book and hangers today; can’t wait to get started on these cute little quilts! The tutorials are great, too. Everything I need to get started! Thanks, CT.

    • Mari - January 13, 2016

      Welcome Carolyn! I’m so happy to have you on board with us! It’s lots of fun and the next Itty Bitty tutorial, February is out this coming Tuesday! Good time to join!

  10. Carolyn Andrew - January 14, 2016

    I’m new to this site so forgive me if I sound totally stupid. After viewing the tutorial, I noticed on page 3 a picture of the applique template and directions. Where do I get that, is it found in the book Itty Bitty Quilts?

    • Mari - January 14, 2016

      Hello Carolyn, yes, everything you see is in the book, Itty Bitty Quilts. Thanks for asking and commenting! We always appreciate that! Enjoy!