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Sparklers Mini Quilt Tutorial

Sparklers Mini Quilt Tutorial

The warmer weather if finally showing up.  To help us get to summer a little bit quicker how about a mini quilt tutorial all about summer sparklers?!

You know the sparklers that shine bright in the night sky…run around with them, twirl them, watch with mesmerizing eyes the patterns and shapes.  We love sparklers.

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This mini quilt will be sewn a little bit differently –instead of blocks, we will be going for rows.  This would be fun to sew in a dark background with a gold or silver color for the sparkler part.

Materials needed:

24– 2″ X 2″ Red- sparkler fabric

24– 2″ X 2″ Black print or dark print- background

16– 1 1/2″ X 1 1/2′ black background

10– 1 1/2″ X 2 1/2″ black background

6– 2 1/2″ X 2 1/2″ black background

Red- 1st border:

2– 1 1/2″ X 10″

2– 1 1/2″ X 15 1/2″

Black- 2nd border:

2– 2 1/4″ X 12″

2– 2 1/4″ X 19″

Backing and Batting:

17″ X 21″

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finishes size: 16″ X 19″

Mini Quilt Tutorial:

1)  On the wrong side of the sparkler fabric- draw a line from corner to corner.

2)  Sew 1/4″ from the line on both sides

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3)  Cut on the drawn line and iron
4)  Square up your half square triangles to 1 1/2″ X 1 1/2″
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Instead of quilt blocks I went with just diving straight in to the rows.  So you will be sewing the pieces into rows.
5)  Sew the pieces together, using the other background pieces, in the following layouts–
2 rows- this is the very first and last row of the mini quilt
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3 rows– this is the sashing sort of.  It has the bottom and top points of the pinwheels
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4 rows- these are sort of the spacers.  They alternate with the rows above
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6)  Sew the rows together — I would suggest using lots of pins. The size of the blocks are small and can easily shift while sewing. Pin at the intersections so they keep where they are supposed to be.
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7)  Sew the red border to the sides and bottom, top of the quilt center
8)  Sew the black or dark border to the sides and bottom, top of the quilt center
9)  Layer with your batting and backing and quilt
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Love mini quilts?  Here is the perfect one for using your fabric scraps!  It’s a postage stamp quilt.
postage stamp mini quilt tutorial great for scraps
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