January Little Quilt

January Mini Quilt Fab

Little quilts are so fun to make. They are quick to sew up and give you a multitude to opportunity to experiment with color, variety of blocks, and gifts if needed! The January Little Quilt is 15-1/2″ x 17-12″ and can be purchased in two ways. A kit is available for $7.15 or you can download the pattern for $3.99 and work from your stash! I’d love to say it’s a stash buster, but was reminded that it is so little it probably won’t make much of a dent in the stash! Be that as it may, there are twelve Little Quilts in all, one provided the first Monday of each month. You can follow the Little Quilt tutorial found on Notions and/or follow along on the Little Quilt QA. Take your pick! Enjoy!


The cuts are quite easy and straightforward. You will be strip piecing and making 4-Patch and Half Square Triangle (HST) blocks.


Begin with sewing two C/Ds together and two J/Ds together. This is the foundation for the 4-Patches.


Cut the C/D and J/D strips into twenty-one 1-1/2″ units each.


Pin a C/D unit to a J/D unit. Press.



Next, mark all Hs 1/4″ on both sides of the center diagonal line. Sew to the center side along the marked lines. Cut the square through the center. This will result in two HSTs. You will need a total of 21. Press open.


Next Monday, January 12th we will put it all together!


  1. Linda Froggie - January 5, 2015

    This is going to be sew much fun! I still have to find fabrics, but that won’t take long.
    ~Joyful Hopppy Quilting~

  2. Mari - January 5, 2015

    I know Froggie! I’m so excited to get a quilt done for me!!!

  3. Theresa Miller - January 5, 2015

    I wish the directions on cutting the 1 1/2 inch strips had said the length in inches, as I proceeded to cut them across the shorter width….I guess I mis-read the cutting chart. I am not that experienced with something that says WOF instead of 22″. Fortunately I can still make the strips work….

  4. Susie Rose - January 5, 2015

    I’m looking forward to making this quilt! I have to shrink it. My stand is only 12″ x 15″. Thank you. I LOVE blue!

  5. Jackie - January 6, 2015

    Still waiting for my kit. Hopefully it will arrive today.

  6. Mary C - January 7, 2015

    It’s probably “operator error”, but I can’t figure out how to ask a question on the FAQ link. 🙂 What size are the little quilts and are they all the same size?

    Thanks –
    Mary C

    • Mari - January 7, 2015

      Mary, each little quilt is a different size.
      January – 15-1/2″ x 17-1/2″
      Feb – 11-1/2″ x 14-1/2″
      Mar – 14-1/2″ sq
      Apr – 1/-1/2″ sq
      May – 17-1/2″ x 22-1/2″
      Jun – 19-1/2″ x 22-1/2″
      Jul – 16-1/2″ sq
      Aug – 15-1/2″ x 19-1/2″
      Sep – 16-1/2″ x 18-1/2″
      Oct – 15-1/2″
      Nov – 16-1/4″
      Dec – 14″ x 15-1/2″

  7. Janice - January 7, 2015

    Looking forward to making my first little quilt. Been wanting to for a long time and to do it with others doing it also should be fun. Also new to blogs.

    • Mari - January 7, 2015

      Janice, welcome! You will enjoy both!

  8. Dotti - January 7, 2015

    Will the kit be in the blue tones or the browns?

    • Mari - January 7, 2015

      The January kit is in blues.

  9. Cora - January 9, 2015

    The group’s enthusiasm is contagious. I ordered the downloadable pattern. Now we can keep each other going and finish this thing all the way to December. Got to go pick out my colors.

    • Mari - January 12, 2015

      Yay! Cora! I just finished my January Little Quilt, but still have binding to attach. It’s so much fun to do this with all of you. So glad you joined us!

  10. Teresa - January 9, 2015

    I have been a BIG Connecting Threads forever but did not know you had a blog!! These mini quilts look like so much fun!! I will be ordering mine this afternoon.

    Thank you!

    • Mari - January 12, 2015

      Teresa, I so happy you found the blog! A lot happens here and it’s a great way to following along if your not crazy about joining the Quilt Along!

  11. Jane - January 9, 2015

    Enjoying this immensely ~ can you please interpret C/D and J/D? Thank you!

    • Mari - January 12, 2015

      Yes, of course Jane… C/D and J/D represent particular pieces in the pattern. For instance…
      Sew a D to a J. Press. Make two strip sets. Cut into 1-1/2″ units. Once D and J are sewn together it becomes a unit and that unit is called D/J.
      Hope that helps!

  12. Cora - January 12, 2015

    Picked out fabrics from my stash that matched the downloadable pattern. They are in blue. Is there any way we can post pictures?

    • Mari - January 12, 2015

      Cora, you can’t post pictures here, however, you can post pictures in the Little Quilt Quilt Along if you wish. You will find that on the opening page of Quilt With Us. The link will be in the top left corner.

  13. Cora - January 12, 2015

    Jane, You asked about C/D and J/D. The different fabric pieces/colors are labeled in numbers. The different shaped pieces that you cut out are labeled in alphabet. If it would help you, take a small scrap of paper and label each stack of shapes with it’s function, like “this is for 4-patch”, “this is for half square triangles” then pin it to the top of the stack.

  14. Cora - January 15, 2015

    After cutting out the fabric for the quilt, I was amazed at the puny little stack of material. This is going to make a quilt? So I sewed and sewed and wa la it is a cute little thing. Never made a little quilt before. I’ll post the picture on the Little Quilt Quilt Along like you said.

    • Mari - January 15, 2015

      Cora, it really turned our beautiful! Good job! I know! It is so strange how all those little pieces could make something even that large! Amazing!

  15. Denise - January 16, 2015

    Thanks for the hint of drawing the sewing lines in addition to the cutting lines on the HST’s . I have never drawn the sewing lines; it made a big d
    ifference in accuracy!

    • Mari - January 16, 2015

      Hi Denise! So happy to help! I’m really glad that worked for you!