What Are Little Quilts
There are many different kinds of little quilts and you can easily learn how to make little quilts. Mini quilts and art quilts are beautiful small pieces to hang on your wall to enjoy. They may be abstract or intricately designed with many tiny patterns. Even a coaster, mug rug, place mat or table runner can be considered a little quilt.
How To Use Little Quilts
My little quilts are the functional ones used at home, in the car, or outside. You can use these little quilts to protect your sofa or back seat from spills or pet hair. A set of lovely matching little quilts make perfect seat covers around the dining room table. Little quilts also make a nice mini picnic blanket for a special tea party.
Little Quilts are a perfect solution to keep furniture tidy. Does your family enjoy lounging on the sofa playing games or watching TV? Do your little ones have sticky fingers that touch everything? Does food get spilled on your sofa or chairs? If you have pets, where do they sleep? Where do they sleep when you’re not home? Maybe you can use a little quilt too.
Why Make Little Quilts
My First Little Quilt
We all realize how much our furniture gets used and how difficult it can be to keep clean. That’s what prompted my first little quilt.
I’m allergic to cats. Unfortunately the adorable lost kitten that found and adopted us last year didn’t know that. I’m sure he still doesn’t understand. Regardless, Toby is now a full-time resident in our home. He also rules the house and especially the seating arrangements when we’re all together. Does this sound familiar? Do your pets think they own the place?
My solution was to make him a quilt for his favorite spot on the couch. It kept the hair off the furniture and off me so I wouldn’t be sneezing all the time. It worked perfectly and he loves it.
Toby’s quilt used left over blocks from my son’s Wild Rails quilt. Little quilts are a perfect way to use up leftover blocks. They look nice as a matching chair cover next to your beautiful quilt. Little quilts are simply a small and easy quilt project with endless ways to use them.
A Gifted Pair of Little Quilts
Then Toby got sick. He got very sick and required a lot of attention from not only our vet, but also from our vet’s office cat. As a gift for all they did to take care of Toby, I made them a pair of little quilts. They loved them.
A Little Quilt For Me
My desk chair is very comfy. Toby thinks so too. Instead of keeping it covered with beach blankets when not in use, I decided to make a little quilt for my chair. This little scrap quilt has the brightest fabric scraps I could find. It’s the wild looking little quilt pictured up top.
My little quilt looks great, brightens up the room, and keeps me and my chair free of cat hair. That’s what it’s all about.
A Coordinated Little Quilt
With blocks left over from a recent Double Rail Fence Quilt, I decided to make a matching little quilt. While the fabrics are the same, the layout of the blocks is turned a bit to make a completely different look. This pinwheel pattern also produces a secondary pinwheel with the light colored rails.
The original Double Rail Fence Quilt measured 42″ x 48″ and was intended to be a baby quilt. BUT, the size is perfect as a lap quilt for a desk chair. Now pair that with a coordinating little quilt to cover the seat cushion and your desk chair never looked so good!
How to Make Little Quilts
An Easy Patch Quilt
This little quilt is made with 5″ blocks. You may know this pattern as a 25-patch because it’s 5 blocks wide by 5 blocks high. Follow along with the photos and instructions below to make your own little quilt.
You can vary the number of blocks you use or the size blocks you make your quilt with. However you decide to design your little quilt, enjoy making it. Then perhaps you’ll even decide you need another!
Start By Cutting 25 Blocks Measuring 5″ Each
Now It’s Time To Chainstitch Your Little Quilt Top
Sew Your Rows Together And You’re Nearly There
Get Ready To Quilt
Try This Easy Quilting Method
Bind Your Little Quilt And You’re Finished
You can use any quilt pattern to make your own little quilt. Or use a simple block pattern like mine. Little quilts provide nearly instant gratification as they are so quick to make. They are a perfect opportunity to use up your scraps and create a fun quilt for a multitude of uses. Don’t forget to make a couple to have on hand for last minute gifts. But once you get started, you might get hooked!