This mini quilt is a fun and cheerful reminder to be kind to yourself and others around you. If this will result in giving yourself a piece of chocolate every time this mini quilt reminds you to be kind, that’s OK with me ;)
The Bee Kind mini quilt is made with the free Bee block pattern from the Sugaridoo blog, and the Funky ABC pattern. First a list with everything you need:
- Happy Bee quilt block [free pattern]
- Funky ABC letters [PDF pattern in the shop]
- 5 x 10″ yellow (bee)
- 3 x 10″ black (bee)
- 2 x 4″ blue (bee)
- 4 x 10″ for each letter
- 20 x 20″ Background (bee + letters)
- 4″ x WOF for binding
- 24 x 8″ backing fabric
- 24 x 8″ batting
1. Make the Happy Bee block
First step in making this mini quilt is making the Happy Bee block. This block should measure 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 inch including seam allowance. That is also the height of the whole mini quilt.
2. Make the K I N D letters
When you’re done with the bee block, you can start with the letters. Make the letters K I N D from the Funky ABC pattern in size 4 x 3″ (finished size 4 1/2 x 3 1/2″). For this you print the letters to 66,66% of the original size.
3. Tilt the letters
Now it’s time to tilt the letters. For the you need to cut two pieces of background fabric for each letter measuring 4 1/2 x 3″ x 5 1/2 x 3 1/4″. The first letter is leaning to the left.
Place your fabric right side facing up. Cut the two pieces of background fabric like the schematic below. The measurements are including seam allowance.
To lean a letter to the right you need to cut the mirrored image of the schematic below.
Now sew the two pieces you cut from the 4 1/2 x 3″ rectangle, with the 4 1/2 inch side to the sides of your letter with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Then take the two pieces to cut from the 5 1/2 x 3 1/4″ rectangle and sew them to the top and bottom of the letter. You’ve now created a new rectangle. Don’t worry if the sides don’t completely match up. We will now trim the sides.
For the Bee Kind mini quilt we will cut the tilted letters to 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inch, including seam allowance.
Different letter projects
You can of course also use this method to tilt your letters for a different project. In the illustration you see that the biggest block that you can make like this measures 5 1/4 x 6 3/4″. Cut your block at least 4 1/4 x 5″ to have enough room around the letter for a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Just play around with the size of the rectangles that you started with to make the block bigger or put the letters under a bigger or smaller angle.
4. Assembling the quilt
Yay! Everything is now ready to assemble the mini quilt. Start with your Happy Bee block on the left. Sew a strip of 1 x 6 1/2″ background fabric to the right side of the bee. Then add the K, and all the other letters.
Aaand then your top is done! Whoohoo. That already looks great doesn’t it? Now it’s time for some tea and time to get your quilt top ready to be quilted.
5. Quilt your mini
Your completed mini quilt top now measures 22 1/2 x 6 1/2 inch including seam allowance. Only thing left to do is quilting your mini quilt and adding a binding.
I use a piece of batting and background fabric of about 24 x 8 inch to make a quilt sandwich. Just make sure that they are a little bit bigger than your quilt top.
In this YouTube video you can see how I quilted the Bee Happy mini quilt and the Bee Kind mini quilt. Two different methods, both will look great on your mini.
For this quilt I picked one of the fabrics used in the letters for my binding. A bright orange by Sassafras Lane.
I cut two strips of 2 inch wide (or 5 cm) of the width of my fabric for this mini quilt.
Attach them with your preferred method of binding to your quilt. Here is a video of how I like to do my binding:
And you’re done. Awesome! Don’t forget to post your mini on Instagram and tag @sugaridoo or use #BeeKindMiniQuilt so I can see what you made.
Hope this quilt will put a big smile on your face every time you look at it.
Just wondering how I sign up for your blog. I can’t find it anywhere. Love your modern style by the way and I was introduced to you by Karen Brown of Let’s Get it Done Quilting. Many thanks.
Hi! Waiting for the bee pattern. Hope it’s still available.
Just LOVE your videos! Your style is so perky and sweet! Enjoy the cup of tea! Love, Linda