Sew ’em small, sew ’em all: 6 mini-quilt tips from Moda designers

Mini-quilts are BIG right now! They’re fast to finish, they provide an easy way to try new techniques, and let’s face it—they’re adorable. Plus, you can display them in so many ways:

Quilts from Mini Marvels
Spread, tucked, hung, or framed—mini-quilts can shine almost anywhere!

Sewing minis can mean a more quickly completed quilt—but there are a few tips that can help you have even more fun and success making them. That’s why we’ve rounded up six smart tips from Moda All-Stars: Mini Marvels for making mini-quilts—and we put them in a quick *little* video for your viewing pleasure!

Viewing this post in email? Watch the video here.

You’ll find lots more tips for making mini-quilts in Moda All-Stars: Mini Marvels, along with 15 beautiful quilts from popular Moda designers, including:

Mini Medallion mini quilt
Betsy Chutchian (Mini Medallion mini-quilt)

Fly Away Home mini quilt
Jen Kingwell (Fly Away Home mini-quilt)

Midnight Garden mini quilt
Lisa Bongean (Midnight Garden mini-quilt)

Spinner mini quilt
Me and My Sister Designs (Spinner mini-quilt)

Moda All-Stars: Mini MarvelsIf you’re inspired to make a stack of mini-quilts, you won’t want to miss Friday’s post, when we’ll be sharing ideas for making your own mini-quilt gallery! We’ve started one of our own in the office and we can’t wait to show you how it’s turning out!

What do you like most about mini-quilts?

  • So speedy
  • So simple
  • So sweet!

Tell us in the comments!





63 Comments (leave a comment)

  • I like how sweet and simple they are.

    —Sherry Sartin on April 5, 2017
  • I absolutely love mini-quilts!! Not only are they simple and quick to finish but I can use them anywhere and anytime. As part of our annual Quiltfest in Jacksonville, quilters donate mini-quilts that we auction off for the Shiner’s Transportation Fund for Children. The variety, the techniques, and the skill these ladies put into creating their mini-quilts is amazing. The pictures in the blog have set my wheels spinning and me headed to my sewing machine!! Thanks!!

    —Kathy Wray on April 5, 2017
  • I love the Spinner mini-quilt from Me and My Sister Designs. I always am drawn to their fabrics, so it doesn’t surprise me at all that this was their design. ~smile~ I used to make a lot of mini quilts, but haven’t for a while. This book just might inspire me to get back into them!

    Roseanne on April 5, 2017
  • I love the idea that they are quick. I also love the look of miniatures, and i have a gallery of my minis in my hallway outside my sewing room.

    —Ruth Newell on April 5, 2017
  • i like minis because i can make lots of different blocks without making large quilts. sometimes a quick little mini is just what i need to get my sewjo working again.

    —carolyn montgomery on April 5, 2017
  • These are so sweet! Makes me want to try one.

    —susan on April 5, 2017
  • I love everything about mini quilts! They satisfy my urge to make a particular design without having to invest lots of time & money. I consider my mini quilts to be my fine art (much better than a Picasso any day of the week!) There is not a room in my home, including the bathrooms, that does not have a mini quilt in it.

    —Janet Espeleta on April 5, 2017
  • They are speedy which means I actually finish them.

    —mary on April 5, 2017
  • "So speedy"- I like projects I can finish quickly AND that don’t take much room to store when I am not using or displaying them.

    —Dottie Macomber on April 5, 2017
  • this looks wonderful. I love that they are quick and there is instant gratification. LOL They are wonderful for so many things.

    —Lori Smanski on April 5, 2017
  • Just love the mini quilts. Our quilt guild has different quilt challenges during the year so I’m always looking for new patterns.

    —Shirley Smith on April 5, 2017
  • Mini quilts are simply sweet. I have a stash of minis that I use as decorations through out the year. In 2013 I challenged myself to make a mini each week and in 2015 I made two minis each month for my sisters…they are adorable!

    —Virgi on April 5, 2017
  • Mini quilts are my favorite size to make. It relaxes me to use the tiny peices and sew them together. It also uses my left over scraps and there’s no waste of fabric. Look forward to seeing your mini quilt gallery!!

    —Teresa on April 5, 2017
  • SO SWEET! Because sometimes these intriguing mini works of art are not so simple or speedy – they are just so sweet and full of love – lots of creativity is added.

    sonja on April 5, 2017
  • I don’t know how simple but they are definitely sweet.

    —Joanne O'Neal on April 5, 2017
  • My piecing skills have improved immensely since taking on the joy of creating mini quilts. There is very little room for error, both cutting and piecing.

    —Donna on April 5, 2017
  • Just what you said, they are quick and easy, and you can display them anywhere. I gave one to my daughter and she said "what’s this for?" I said it can be anything you want! And whenever I go to her house, I find it in a different location and it always looks nice and makes me say "what a good idea to put it there"! She says she moves it around all the time.

    —Kathleen on April 5, 2017
  • I just love the look of mini quilts! they are great for scrap busting too!

    —Barb H on April 5, 2017
  • Mini quilts get done so fast and leave quite an impression.

    —Frances Claassens on April 5, 2017
  • I made log cabin blocks which finished at 5″ using a charm pack, having 1″ wide strips cut from each charm. What I didn’t like about the skinny strips was running into the seam next to where I was stitching. I will do this again, but use my narrow zipper foot (husqvarna viking) and mark the 1/4″ with tape on my sewing machine. I love the look of the small blocks. This was my first ever log cabin block. Starting with a 1″square was a challenge. I loved the finished piece.

    —JaniceCarole on April 5, 2017
  • I’ve been scared to work with such small pieces, but these have inspired me! What I would like best is that I could practice my free motion quilting on smaller pieces. Also, smaller works would be easier to store and rotate throughout the year. One only needs so many bed-sized quilts and larger wall hangings 🙂

    —Katherine Cronn on April 5, 2017
  • I like mini Quilts because I can easily hang my art on the walls. Friends and I had an exchange so I have my friends’ art on our walls too. So beautiful! Thanks for showing this book, delightful! I am looking forward to seeing your display.

    —JoAnne T. on April 5, 2017
  • I like having small table toppers on hand to change with the seasons or just my mood.

    —Diena Rodd on April 5, 2017
  • Until I read the other comments, I had forgotten that I had made ten mini quilts for my daughter to put on her desk at work, one for each month of her school year. She is a high school Art teacher. She said the students love them! I make mini quilt postcards for her to give her students.

    —JoAnne T. on April 5, 2017
  • Well, first of all–they are really cute! They are also a nice way to try out a new block or technique.

    —Karen D Martin on April 5, 2017
  • I absolutely love the way mini quilts come together so quickly and how pretty they are once done. Also that you can quilt quickly and not have to fight with the bigger quilts. We do mini quilts to sell at our quilt show and SO many people love them. Always looking for new ideas for mini’s and Mini Marvels would be a great book to own.

    —Tanya on April 5, 2017
  • Mini quilts are the best. So speedy, so simple, so sweet are all my favorites when it comes to mini’s.

    —Wendi Morris on April 5, 2017
  • ¡Tan dulce! Son tan pequeños y bonitos que son encantadores. También los mini-edredones son preciosos para ponerlos en cualquier lugar de la casa. A mí me gusta colgarlos en la pared o usarlos como mini-tapetes encima de la mesilla de noche ¡quedan tan bonitos!. Saludos.

    Translation: So sweet! They are so small and pretty they are lovely. Also the mini-quilts are lovely to put anywhere in the house. I like hanging them on the wall or using them as mini-rugs on the bedside table, they look so beautiful! Greetings.

    —Margarita on April 5, 2017
  • Mini quilts are so fast and versatile!

    —judys on April 5, 2017
  • I’m absolutely hooked on mini quilts! I love how quickly they go together, making it easier to finish more projects. They are a great size for gift giving too!

    —Susan L. on April 5, 2017

    —Angie Little on April 5, 2017
  • I love making mini quilts so much!

    —Kim Brownell on April 5, 2017
  • Mini quilts are super speedy!

    —Kim Brownell on April 5, 2017
  • I would have to say, so speedy and sweet!!

    —Patty on April 5, 2017
  • So speedy, so simple so sweet. That says it all.

    —Holly on April 5, 2017
  • sew Sweet. I have a million places I could use them. Thanks for the great book.

    —stephanie woodward on April 5, 2017
  • I like piecing small pieces!

    —Margaret Dalmer on April 5, 2017
  • Mini quilts are just so sweet! Just because they are smaller, they are not always simple, or speedy… but always cute!

    —Georgina on April 5, 2017
  • I like that I have the time to actually complete | finish a mini quilt. I like decorating with mini quilts as they don’t take up too much space.

    —carol on April 5, 2017
  • I like how speedy making a mini quilt is.

    —Vickie on April 5, 2017
  • I can try a different pattern or style without committing a ton of time or funds.

    —Pat on April 5, 2017
  • They look more complicated than the bigger versions, so my non-quilting friends are more in awe of my work!!!

    —Cathy Smith on April 5, 2017
  • The last two quilt shows I attended had a mini quilt category. The pieces are so tiny but the quilts impressive in their intricacy. I have so many large quilts or should I say quilt tops. I want to start making mini quilts so that I might actually get some quilts finished, they don’t take up as much space (and I don’t have many walls to hang large pieces on), and it would be fun to enter some small quilts in shows.

    —Sandy Scott on April 5, 2017
  • I love mini-quilts, they are so sweet.

    —Denise Campbell on April 6, 2017
  • I have always loved miniature things, so mini quilts really delight me. I confess to taking offense when I’ve labored over a very precise bit of tiny piecing only to have someone say, "what a nice potholder!" I want to scream and cry!

    —Elizabeth Bolton on April 6, 2017
  • I like that they’re speedy. They also make great gifts. I have plenty of big quilts.

    —Sharon S on April 6, 2017
  • So Sweet!
    I have made several mini quilts and I simply cannot get enough! They are so much fun! One of the things I really love about them is the ease of basting and machine quilting them, plus you can work with tons of new designs and get them done super quickly!

    —Amanda Best on April 6, 2017
  • It is all of the above. I have a lot more room for mini quilts than I do for large quilts. They also give me a chance to make a quick special gift.

    —Amy W on April 6, 2017
  • They are so cute. Most importantly they stitch up quickly and are super easy!

    —Tammy on April 6, 2017
  • so sweet 🙂

    —palmiero corinne on April 6, 2017
  • I love that I can find plenty of nooks and crannies in my house to display mini quilts in!

    —Mary Smith on April 6, 2017
  • Love the look of mini quilts.
    I love the speed which you can get them done. They are a fabulous way to decorate your home in your style.

    —Denise R on April 7, 2017
  • There are so many reasons that I love mini quilts. I am a person that likes to finish things quickly before I come across something else I want to make. A large quilt seems to go on forever and I begin to grow tired of it, often never finishing it. Mini quilts, however, seem to always get to the finish line.
    I like making seasonal ones and changing them around according to the time of year.

    —Sue Smith on April 7, 2017
  • What I like best about making mini quilts is that they are finished in a reasonable time – much quicker than larger ones. Also I get to try a lot of different techniques by making more quilts. I have more room for the small ones instead of the larger ones. Also I make the small quilts for ME. The larger quilts I make mostly for family and friends. ;o)

    —Margie on April 7, 2017
  • I love everything about them, the finished size, less work, more time to try different patterns. Less expense, quicker reward! And because of all of the above, it’s easier to give them away!!

    —Renee Welton on April 7, 2017
  • I think mini quilts are just sweet. I love them.

    —Frances Claassens on April 7, 2017
  • I love them because you can use many different lines of fabric, buying small amounts. Of course you can also use your scraps. Never get bored. Also small quilts can be done like doing a gauge for knitting. Developing into larger quilts.

    —marywallis soetebier on April 7, 2017
  • I like the speed. Sometimes it is nice to finish a project all in one day.

    —Renea Yarolim on April 7, 2017
  • I just created a mini quilt gallery. It was so much fun deciding how to hang and seeing the final result. I love my little gallery. 🙂

    —VickiW on April 7, 2017
  • OOPS! Hit submit too soon!

    I enjoy making mini quilts … I like how quickly they come together … I can’t help it … those little pieces are just so darn cute!!!

    —VickiW on April 7, 2017
  • So sweet, and just beautiful to look at. Perfect for the office to brighten up the space and easy to switch around.

    —Sandra Eddy on April 17, 2017
  • speedy

    —Peggy MacMichael on April 26, 2017
  • Mini quilts are a sweet surprise when you walk through the house. They are quick to finish, and a great sense of accomplishment.

    —Karen B. on July 14, 2017

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