Sew Can She hosts a series of Monthly Mini Quilt tutorials and I was so honoured to kick off 2018 with my latest design. The ‘Flora Mini Quilt’ was created especially for Caroline’s readers. It’s a simple and straightforward sew, but it’s also a great way to learn more about the addictive art of English Paper Piecing.
This Flora Mini Quilt tutorial is a wonderful introduction to sewing hexagons, and to basic quilting too. To learn more about hexies, head to my beginner’s tutorial.
You can read all about the mini quilt at Sew Can She, and then download the free PDF pattern from Caroline’s Craftsy store. It’s all so easy!
The mini quilt has the prettiest little details. I loved hand stitching this darling little bow!
Caroline enjoys hand stitching too. She sewed her version of the Flora Mini Quilt entirely by hand! What a great idea for when you are travelling or wanting to try some slow sewing. Head to her blog to see more.
I was so lucky to have some help with the materials and notions for this mini quilt. Alice Caroline Fabric very kindly gifted me this beautiful bundle of Liberty fabric and I designed the quilt with this gorgeous lawn in mind.
The entire quilt is sewn with Aurifil Thread. As an Auriful Artisan, I’ve been sent a whole range of their cotton threads and flosses to try. The hexies are hand stitched and then appliquéd to the backing fabric with Aurifil 80wt cotton thread. I also use this thread for hand sewing my binding down. I love it!
The quilt top is pieced with Aurifil 40wt cotton thread, which is the most popular weight for machine sewing. Sewing with cotton thread is a dream!
The hand quilting details are stitched with Aurifloss, which is Aurifil’s version of six stranded cotton embroidery floss. It comes on a wooden spool instead of a skein. And I just love to work with it!
Once you’ve started English paper piecing, you’ll find it’s really addictive! My Hettie Hexie Mini Quilt pattern gives you a wonderful overview of not only sewing hexagons, but quilting and quilt binding too. You can find the instant download pattern in my store, along with a range of other pretty patterns that include quilting, patchwork, appliqué, working with wool felt and more.
I love writing and designing for beginners. Even it you haven’t tried a technique before, my patterns will explain every stage of the construction process, using lots of easy to follow instructions and clear step-by-step photos. To get an idea of my writing style, check out my other free tutorials. Or take a look at my book, Pretty Handmades. There’s a few English paper piecing patterns in there too!
Thanks for stopping by today. If you have a go at the Flora Mini Quilt, please be sure to share it on Instagram or Facebook, using the hashtags #mollyandmama and #sewcanshemonthlyminis. We’d love to see your gorgeous work. And it’s always fun to share our favourites on social media!
Happy stitching, Lauren xx
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