The mini quilt is finished. It's big brother is half way there, but I'm ready to show you how I did it, and how you can, too!
Now, this is a long post with lots of pictures, so if you want to stop reading now, I totally understand. Otherwise, continue on.
The fabric: Top: Kona Cotton 1999 (joanns?)
Bali Circles - Keepsake Quilting
Brown Leaf Batik - Hobby Lobby
Orange swirls Bali - Keepsake Quilting
Purple Bali - Keepsake Quilting
Cut out lots of 1" squares. The mini version is 13 x 13 = 169 squares.
Now get yourself some Grided Fusible Interfacing! This piece is from a place called Quiltsmart. They sell by the panel, and have multiple sizes. You can get some by Pellon at your regular fabric store - cheaper, but only 1" size. Pellon does however make a version that is 'on point'. I will be using that in a future quilt.
I use a Clover Mini Iron to iron my squares in place. You could use your regular iron, just be super careful of your fingers, and not moving those squares!
Pick a side to start on. Fold along the first grid line - right sides together. I like to pin. Pins give me a feeling of control. If you want to fold and sew along the way, go for it. It would probably be faster! Sew a 1/4" seam. Consistency is the key here. A perfect 1/4" seam isn't crucial, as long as all your seams are the same size. The most important thing here is straight lines.
Continue folding and sewing until you have all the seams done in one direction. I would recommend alternating which side is 'top'. When we sew, there is a tendency to 'pull' in one direction. If you do that over may strips, you will end up with a crooked piece. Alternating directions can help keep things lined up.
That way, when you start sewing the other direction, the seams will nest together.
From here on out, its like finishing any other quilt.
Edited: You can now see the other 1" quilt HERE.