Last week I finished up a mini quilt I’ve been working on for quite some time. I had received a bunch of sweet hexagons in a swap last year, many of which were hard to find fabrics that I never had any of, so I was so excited to get to sew with them. All too often, I just share a few photos on Instagram and then rush on, but I wanted to really enjoy this one!
It wasn’t until recently that I truly started to appreciate fussy cuts in fabric. I had always enjoyed a cute print, but until I started making covered buttons and more hexagons, I felt like I was wasting fabric to get a certain picture cut out.
But, after sewing these sweet hexagons, and looking at my fabrics more closely, I’ve realized that I actually love fussy cutting the cutest parts out!This little girl with the flowers is one of my very favorites! I used this print for the back of Norah’s Toddler Scrappy Trip Around the World Quilt, so it seemed fitting to have on the front of this quilt too, since it is hanging in the girls’ room with the other mini quilts.
For the back I used these cute kittens from Heather Ross’s Tiger Lily fabric, because my children all love cats so much! I put hanging triangles on it too, as usual. I also bound my mini quilt with a single fold binding, and I wanted to share a mini tutorial of that:
I cut a 1 1/2″ strip of fabric and sew it flat, right sides together, to the front of my mini quilt, just like I’d sew regular binding. Then, fold it around to the back and fold the raw edge down to the edge of the mini quilt. Next, fold the folded edge to back, it should line up with the stitching line that you used to sew the binding on. And just hand stitch (or machine if you prefer) your binding in place. I love this technique because it uses less fabric than regular, double fold binding, and since mini quilts won’t get the wear of a larger quilt, it’s perfect!
I have been collecting some new hexagons too, so I am hoping to make a second of these quilts soon, so each of my girls can have one!
What is your favorite thing to make with fussy cuts?