Michelle of Factotum of Arts creates a new design every day and shares inspiration with her QDAD (Quilt Design a Day) group. We asked Michelle to bring her Quilt Design to Reality with finished projects here each month. Here are Trapped, Peach Melba, Succulent and Mod Squares.

Learn more about Michelle’s QDAD designs in her introduction and at Factotum of Arts.


With the weather we recently had in North Carolina, Spring seems further away than we thought. Some of the trees were already showing pink blossoms, and then we got our first snowfall and cold snap for the season. Needing a reminder that warmer days are to come, I knew I had the perfect mini quilt design for this project.

I was in love with this design immediately. I loved the simplicity and vibrancy of the pinks and oranges. It is easily adaptable to a larger quilt of any size, and you can really make it your own by choosing a different color or a different layout.

In the design I only used four prints (one of each color) for all the blocks; however for the actual mini I used 24 prints (six prints per color). The fabric requirements below are for the finished mini quilt.

Fabric Requirements:
6 Orange Prints (each print):
– 2 3.5” x 1.5”
– 1 3.5” x 2.5”
– 1 3.5” x 4.5”

6 Pink Prints (each print):
– 2 3.5” x 1.5”
– 1 3.5” x 2.5”
– 1 3.5” x 4.5”

6 White on White Prints:
– 2 3.5” x 1.5”
– 1 3.5” x 2.5”
– 1 3.5” x 4.5”

6 Grey Prints:
– 2 3.5” x 1.5”
– 1 3.5” x 2.5”
– 1 3.5” x 4.5”

Batting: 26” square
Backing Fabric: 26” square
Binding: 2 ¼” x 120”

Preparation:
It is important to plan your layout for your blocks. Here is the layout I used for the above fabric selection. You can use this PDF to color and plan your quilt.

Individual Block Assembly:
(Finished Block Size 6” x 4”)
Always use a ¼” seam allowance while piecing.

Each block is constructed with the following pieces. Measurements in the below figure include seam allowance.

The individual blocks are easily constructed. Start with the smaller pieces in the block, sew the two 3.5” x 1.5” (1 to 2) pieces together, and press. Note: I prefer to press my seams open for a flatter appearance.

Then sew the 3.5 x 2.5” (1, 2 to 3) piece to the bottom and press seams.

Lastly sew this side to the other side 3.5” X 4.5” (1, 2, 3 to 4).

Continue until all blocks 24 blocks are complete. Tip: to save time I chain pieced all my pieces. This means I sewed all my 1 + 2 pieces first; then did all the 1, 2 + 3, etc. The only caution with chain piecing is that you must be aware of which pieces are being added and keep them in order.

Quilt Top Assembly:
Once all blocks are complete, you can sew each block together to make each row.

Once your six rows are complete, sew each row together. Make sure you line up each block seam and pin, so your blocks are aligned throughout the rows. Once all six rows are joined your quilt top is complete.

Final Quilt Assembly:
Create a quilt sandwich using your completed top, your batting and the the backing fabric. Baste using your preferred method; as this is a mini quilt I spray basted my quilt.

Choose how you would like to quilt your mini quilt.

Once quilting is complete, square up your mini quilt. The final size of this mini quilt is 24” square.

Take your prepared binding and bind your quilt in your preferred method.

Finished Details:
Size: 24” x 24”

Fabrics:
(Select six prints of each color; these are some of the options I used.)

Pink:
– Les Points in Rose, Cherie, Frances Newcombe
– Fuchsia Haystack, Madrona Road, Violet Craft
– Orni in Incandescence, Utopia, Frances Newcombe
– Nature Walk in Magenta, Wee Wander, Sarah Jane
– Word on the Street in Pink, Jungle Ave, Sarah Lawson
– Trassel in Rubine, Mormor, Lotta Jansdotter

Orange:
– Abacus, Mod Designs, Jay-Cyn Designs
– Daisy Chain, Meadow, Beth Studley
– Periods, Comma, Zen Chic
– Branches in Tangerine, Botanics, Carolyn Friedlander
– Circle Dot, Aunt Edna, Denyse Schmidt

White on White:
– Crosshatch in White, Architextures, Carolyn Friedlander
– Text in White, Sun print Text, Alison Glass
– Sunprint, Alison Glass

Grey:
– Full Circle in Shadow, The Shape of Spring, Eloise Renouf
– Spirodraft in Carbon, Indelible, Katarina Roccella
– Crosshatch Sketch in Smoke, Timeless Treasures
– Dottie, Cotton + Steel Basic
– Stellar in Moonlight, Nordika, Jeni Baker

Quilting Method:
I used my walking foot and quilted a circular design that is off-center, with lines approximately 1/2“ apart.

Quilting Thread:
Aurifil 50wt; White