May Little Quilt

May Little Quilt

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.

May LQ 1

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.

May LQ 2

I began by cutting all my little squares. Since the pattern requires twelve 9-Patch blocks, there are six blue and six brown.

May LQ 3

The next step is to pair up four background squares with five colored squares.

May LQ 4

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…

May LQ 5

Each unit is pressed to the color.

May LQ 6

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.

May LQ 7

Each of the three units are pressed (all to the color squares).

May LQ 8

Then laid out as they will be pinned together.

May LQ 9

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.

May LQ 10

Then a good press for each 9-Patch!

May LQ 11

Twelve completed 9-Patches! Don’t they look pretty?! Ah, lovely!!!

The followup tutorial for the May Little Quilt is available on May 4th when the pattern download is live! See you then! I can’t wait to finish my May Little!


  1. Mary Alice Espinoza - April 20, 2015

    Awesome! Noticed some edges of fabrics are pinked, did you use a precut? Can’t wait to get started!

    • Mari - April 22, 2015

      I did Mary Alice, I used a charm pack. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

  2. Cindy - April 21, 2015

    This is awesome! Would work great for those extra pieces left over or those ” I don’t know what I am going to do with this but I gotta have
    it” I am definitely a collector of quilting material. 🙂

    • Mari - April 22, 2015

      Yay Cindy! Me too! I love Little Quilts for that reason!!!

  3. JoAnn Smith - April 22, 2015

    Just found your site. I love making small quilts. I will definitely be following you. Thanks for the great information.

    • Mari - April 22, 2015

      Super JoAnn! We have so much fun making these Little Quilts. I hope you can participate with us, but if not, enjoy the projects!

  4. Linda Christianson - April 28, 2015

    I am working on my purple scrapes. This should be easy one.

    • Mari - April 28, 2015

      Linda, it is very easy and fast! I also think it will look great in purples!