The Postage Stamp quilt is a classic. It’s a great one for using your little pieces of fabric….either matching from a line of fabric, or a pile of scraps. Either way the result is the same. Cute. Simple. Mindless sewing.
To help with the mindless sewing you will be making a custom grid on muslin for the fabric squares to go on…then sewing them all together row by row. It’s a pretty slick method.
I had found in my goodies from quilt market a two small packs of fabrics from Westminster. They were precuts and they were seriously random pieces of fabric from random lines of fabric they were showcasing during quilt market. There is really no rhyme or reason to them. They are a crazy blend….. something that I would seriously find in my stash. So, I went for it. There is 2 of each square because I used both packs, but this quilt mini quilt really would work great for using your scraps up.
If you have more squares to use, then your quilt won’t be so mini. Go ahead and use them! When working out how large you need to go, divide the number of squares into rows and columns. Example– eight rows across by five columns— you would need 40 squares of fabric. Get it? This is perfect for customizing depending on the stash and squares that you want to use.
48 squares 2 1/2″ X 2 1/2″
muslin backing fabric 30″ X 20″ for the grid
second muslin piece or batting 15″ X 20″
backing fabric 15″ X 20″
Super Stick from Thermoweb (used to tack glue the squares in place)
finished size: 14″ X 18″
Postage Stamp Mini Quilt Tutorial
1) Measure your fabric squares –just in case they are off just a bit –these are from a little pack and they have the pinking shears area and are a bit larger than the 2 1/2″ square. I used the measurement I got from them to use in the next step. Please measure your squares and then go with the measurement you find.
2) Start along one side of the fabric and using a ruler, mark off a line with a pencil and ruler the measurement that you come up with (I drew mine at 2 3/4″) — if you are using the 2 1/2″ squares, your measurement marked will be 2 1/2″
3) Repeat measuring and drawing the lines on the muslin background until you have enough squares drawn for the squares you are using. My grid was 8 squares across by 6 squares down.
4) Lay the squares out on the muslin until you are happy with the placement
5) Using a glue super stick (thermoweb is my favorite!) tack the corners down of each square
6) Fold over one full line — the fold will naturally follow the edges of the squares, iron if needed
7) Sew 1/4″ seam along the fold line
8) Repeat- fold and sew, fold and sew until you finish one direction of the mini quilt
9) Iron the seams to one size
10) Repeat – fold and sew until you finish the other seams of the mini quilt. Below is how the back looks like when it’s done.
11) Layer the top, another piece of muslin (or batting if you choose) and backing fabric. I decided just to line it with muslin because the foundation fabric that is sewn along with the squares give it a bit of weight. The size of the mini quilt is kind of small and so I didn’t want to use batting and make it poofy. You can decide for yourself what you’d like to do when you get to this stage.
12) Quilt as desired– I decided to do a diagonal cross hatch quilt pattern. Super simple and quick to do
13) Bind the mini quilt — I used the roll over binding where you fold it from the back to the front
More quilt tutorials can be found here: Quilting Tutorials