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Need a quick and simple Valentine, but want it to still be unique? The Letters quilt pattern is made up of open envelope blocks showing off little letters, and a single block makes a super quick and unique little Valentine. It even doubles as a mug rug!
The ombré color way of the pattern automatically makes 4 spare envelope blocks to play with. Or, you can simply follow the instructions to make a few one-off blocks. I like to play around with my scraps since it doesn't take much fabric. Low-volume prints make great "letter" fabric.
What You Need
- 1 spare envelope block from the Letters quilt pattern
- (1) 5.5" x 10.5" fabric rectangle for backing (I recommend a light solid)
- (1) 5.5" x 10.5" piece of Pellon 101 or batting (Amazon or Fat Quarter Shop)
- Optional: about 40-50" quilt binding
- Permanent fabric marker (Amazon or Fat Quarter Shop)
Write Your Love Note First
I like to use a white or other light color backing so that I can write a message. You could stitch a message if you've got the time, but it's hard for me to imagine having that much time! :)
I prefer to use a permanent fabric marker. Write your love note before you begin sewing so that it doesn't bleed through the block (especially if you are using Pellon and not batting).
How to Make a Mini Quilted Valentine
You can either stitch your pieces together right sides together and turn right side out, or you can layer your pieces just like a quilt and bind. The first option is faster, but it's not practical to quilt it. The second option takes longer, but has a nicer finish and can easily be quilted.
- If you're using Pellon 101, fuse it to the back of your envelope block according to the package instructions. If you're using batting, just layer it behind the block.
- Stitch the block and backing together, right sides together, with a 1/4" seam allowance leaving a 2" opening along one long side. If using batting, make sure the batting is not between the block and backing. I prefer it on the block side, but it can also be stitched on the backing side. (Too many b words! Just make sure the right side of the block and backing are touching.)
- Trim the corners.
- Turn right side out.
- Top stitch 1/8" from the edges, enclosing the opening as you stitch.
- If you're using Pellon 101, fuse it to the back of your envelope block according to the package instructions. If you're using batting, just layer it between the block and backing.
- Layer the backing face down, then batting (if using), then block, face up, just like a quilt sandwich.
- Quilt as desired.
- Bind the edges according to your preferred method.
Get your copy of the Letters Quilt pattern HERE! And have fun with bonus projects like this one!