Minty Fresh Sewing - Nature Lover Mini
September 19, 2017
Hi Color Lovers,
What is your favorite color and why? All shades of green is my favorite color! So when I found out mint was the AGF Color Fun color for September I got super excited! I get to mix two of my favorite things, the color mint and mini quilts to create the Nature Lover Mini! I was inspired by the views outside my window on a beautiful summer day to find the birds chirping and the flowers in full bloom with butterflies floating about. Nothing gets better then that! I found that the prints in the mint Color Fun bundle was absolutely perfect for fussy cutting! I framed my lil works of art with varying sizes of strips and corner triangles. From there I created the window and voila the Nature Lover Mini was born!
Fabric G -SCC-88601
Fabric H- DEN-S-2005
Fabric I- PE-408
Fabric J- PE-433
Two (2) 4 1/2" squares from Fabric A
One (1) 4 1/2" square from Fabric B,C, and E
One (1) 3 1/2" square from Fabric E
One (1) 1 1/2" x WOF strips from Fabric D and F
Two (2) 5 1/2" square from Fabric G
Two (2) 2" x WOF strips from Fabric I
Two (2) 1" x WOF strips from Fabric J
One (1) 2" x WOF strip from Fabric H
(note our denims are wider then most quilting cottons, if you plan on using different fabrics
you may need to add more fabric)
Backing- 22" x 22"
Binding- 1 1/2" x 86" strips long
Featured fabrics in our Nature Lover Mini:
CAP-P-1007 | Afternoon Tea Plaid | Mad Plaid Fabrics by AGF Studio
FAN-3072 | Krokos Sprites Iris | Fantasia by Sara Lawson
GRD-89900 | Sprinkled Peonies Serene | Garden Dreamer by Maureen Cracknell
HME-80405 | Remastering Aqua | Heart Melodies
JOI-79127 | C'est la Vie Spring | Joie de Vivre by Bari J.
NTF-77904 | Labyrinthine Dawn | Nightfall by Maureen Cracknell
SCC-88601 | Trailing Agave | Succulence by Bonnie Christine
TAP-82494 | Catalyst Minthe | Tapestry by Sharon Holland
PE-408| White Linen | Pure Elements by AGF
PE-433| Snow | Pure Elements by AGF
DEN-S-2005 | Frosted Sage| AGF Denim Studio
DEN-S-2002 |Cool Foliage | AGF Denim Studio
Sewing your Borders
Take your 1" x WOF strips from Fabric J and sew to all your squares from Fabric B, C, and E. Place your blocks right side together to your WOF strip and with one stitch attach them to one side of your square. Leave a little bit of room in between each block before sewing the next square.
With a rotary cutter or scissors cut in between each block. Repeat this same process with the remaining WOF strip, sewing the other sides of your block and trimming as you go.
You should get four framed blocks! To both of your flower blocks you will repeat the same method attaching the 1 1/2" x WOF strips from D and F to the sides of your block.
Attaching the Corner Triangles
For your butterfly block, take your 4 1/2" squares from Fabric A and cut them in half on the diagonal. Find the midpoint of your triangles and your framed block by folding in half and creating a crease mark. Pin your triangles to the side of your block matching up midpoints and sew into place. Next attach the other set of triangles. Trim all your blocks to 7 1/2" x 7 1/2".
Repeat this same process with your humming bird block and a 5 1/2" square from Fabric G.
Attaching the Corner Borders
Sew the two outer sides of your blocks to a 2" x WOF strip from Fabric I, repeat the process you used above.
Attaching the Center Strips
Sew your 2" x WOF strip to to sides of your inner block and trim. Sew your top and bottom blocks together. Last step is to sew your middle strip to each row of blocks.
Make sure to attach both sides of your mini quilt to the remainder of your middle strip making sure center seams are lined up.
Your quilt top is complete! I decided to quilt this mini with a free motion loop-de-loop meander. It's my go to for quilting because it's fun , easy and I love a heavily stitched quilt! I Have fun recreating your Nature Lover mini ! We would love to see your version so make sure to use the #agfcolorfunmini when sharing on your social medias!
Have a Refreshing day,