Friday, May 6, 2016

Paint Chip Mini Quilt Tutorial

We've talked a lot about our new Painter's Palette Solids here on the blog. Why? Because we love them and we know you will too! 

Probably our cutest pre-cut packaging is our Paint Chips--a pack of 2-1/2" squares of all 84 colors. It's a great way to get your hands on all of the colors!

We thought it would be fun to come up with a design that features all 84 of these squares. Today, we're sharing that tutorial, taking you from this: 

To this:

This mini quilt measures 24-1/2" wide x 26" tall and uses a Paint Chip pack plus Smoke solid, Lipstick solid, and backing fabric. 

Here's how to make it:

You'll Need
One paint chip pack (eighty-four 2-1/2" precut solid squares)
7/8 yard Smoke solid (121-090)
1/4 yard Lipstick solid (121-066)*
7/8 yard backing fabric
29" x 30" piece of batting

From the Smoke solid:
(20) 2-1/2" squares
(3) 1-1/4" x 42" strips for binding*
(2) 3-1/2" x 24-1/2" strips
(3) 2-1/2" x 24-1/2" strips
(1) 2" x 24-1/2" strip

From the Lipstick solid:
(3) 1-1/2" x 42" strips for binding*

*We used a flange-style two-color binding. If you prefer a traditional binding, cut Smoke strips the way you normally would to finish the quilt. 

Making the Quilt Top
Note that the diagrams don't show the entire row specified; they're intended to provide an example of what part of the row should look like. 
1. Add (4) 2-1/2" Smoke squares to the paint chip pack for a total of (88) squares to use in the pieced rows. The remaining (16) Smoke squares will be used in step 4 to make half-square triangles (HSTs). Select (12) 2-1/2" squares in assorted colors and sew together into a square row. Make (2) rows of (12) squares each. 

2. Select (16) 2-1/2" squares in assorted colors and cut each in half to make 1-1/4" x 2-1/2" rectangles. Sew the (32) rectangles together to make a rectangle row.

3. Select (16) 2-1/2" squares in assorted colors and cut each in half to make 1-1/4" x 2-1/2" rectangles. Sew (2) assorted rectangles together and cut in half to create (2) two-patches. Make a total of (32) two-patches. Sew two-patches together in pairs to create four-patches, and join the (16) four-patches together to make a four-patch row.

4. Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the remaining (16) Smoke squares and (8) additional colored squares. Pair each marked square with an unmarked square and stitch 1/4" on either side of the marked line. Cut apart on the line and press HST units open. Trim each to measure 2" square. You'll have 32 Smoke/color HST units and 16 color HST units.

5. Noting orientation, sew together (16) Smoke/color HST units to make a Smoke/color HST row. Make 2 rows.

 6. Noting orientation, sew together (16) color HST units to make a color HST row. 

7. Referring to the quilt image and measurements listed below, sew the pieced rows and Smoke strips together to finish the quilt top.

1. Layer the backing right side down, batting and quilt top right side up. Quilt as desired. Trim batting and backing even with quilt top. 
2. We used a flange-style binding to add a pop of color along the edge. Use the (3) 2-1/2" x 42" Lipstick strips and (3) 2-1/4" x 42" Smoke strips and follow this tutorial to bind the mini quilt. If you'd prefer a traditional binding, cut strips and bind your quilt as desired. 

A close-up of the flange binding

We hope you enjoyed our Paint Chip Sampler tutorial! See all 84 Painter's Palette Solids colors here and ask for them (and the Paint Chip pack!) at your local quilt shop.

p.s. If this quilt looks familiar, you might have seen a sneak peek of it on Instagram! Sign up to follow us so you see all of the pics we post!