Vote Mini Quilt Tutorial

Wednesday, September 23, 2020


Hello! I have a little tutorial to share today, for this VOTE mini quilt.

I posted about my mini quilt last week on Instagram and there was interest in a tutorial so here we are! This is going to be short and sweet, since I didn't take photos while I made it. It's pretty straight forward though. The cutting instructions are to make a mini just like mine, but feel free to add the "Vote" blocks to anything you'd like! Maybe a tote bag? Could be cool.


We live on a pretty busy street here in Connecticut. It's not a big neighborhood, but a lot of cars cut through it to get from one main road to another. This means a lot of cars drive past our house on a daily basis. This had me thinking a lot lately about how to help get out the vote this election. I ended up going with a mini quilt that I hung on our glass storm door! This way it isn't exposed to the elements, so it doesn't need to be made of waterproof materials or brought in when it rains.

I encourage my fellow Americans to register to vote (or check your registration is still valid) and vote this November 3rd. Our democracy works best when we participate! I'd recommend checking out Vote.org or Vote411.org to start if you're looking for more information on voting.

Finished Size: 17"x19"
Sewing Level: Beginner Friendly

Materials:
- 1.5" wide blue strips (or any color you'd like)
- 1.5" wide white scraps
- 21"x23" piece of batting
- 21"x23" piece of backing fabric
- 1/4 yard of binding fabric

Cutting:
A - 5.5”x1.5”
(3) White
(15) Blue

B - 4.5”x1.5”
(9) White
(9) Blue

C - 3.5“x1.5”
(15) White
(3) Blue

D - 2.5”x1.5”
(9) White
(6) Blue

E - 1.5”x1.5”
(3) White
(6) Blue

Final sashing strips*
(4) 17.5"x1.5"

From binding fabric
(2) 2.5"xWOF strips

*I recommend waiting to cut these until you've finished the "vote" blocks. With all those seams it's likely they won't measure exactly 17.5" (mine didn't!). Waiting to cut means you can cut them to fit your blocks.

Instructions:
*Use a 1/4" seam allowance unless otherwise noted.*


1. Each letter is pieced as it's own block. Use the diagram above for how each block goes together! I pressed all my seams open since the strips are pretty small, but feel free to press your seams however you like.


2. In between each letter block is a sashing strip (A), plus one on either end. Sew blocks and sashing strips into one long strip to complete word. Make three blocks total.


3. Arrange three vote blocks with four final sashing pieces. Sew rows together, press seams however you'd like.

4. Baste, quilt, bind, enjoy!

As I mentioned, I hung my mini quilt on my front door. I used fishing line to attach mine to some screw on the inside of my storm door. Seems to be working pretty well so far!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Share your progress and finished project photos using #jenibaker hashtag on social media, and be sure to tag me @jenib320 too!

Happy Quilting!

11 comments :

Sharon T said...

Thank you!!!

Cyndi said...

Thank you for such a cute pattern! Voting is something we all need to do!

Linda M said...

Cute mini quilt! I always enjoy seeing pictures of George, too! What town do you live in, in Connecticut? I’m in Fairfield.

CandyR said...

Yes, this is the most important election of our lives.

Jeni Baker said...

We're in the New Haven area!

Marty said...

Awesome! I love this! I’m going to sew up a bunch this weekend for family and my neighbor! And one for myself if course. I’ll try a scrappy red-white-blue, scrappy red, and scrappy blue like you too. Than you Jeni for sharing!

Sharing is caring. 💖😷🥰

Linda Nelson said...

That is beautiful!! Thank you for sharing, and displaying on your door!

carolyn said...

Love this, Jeni! Thanks for sharing!

Naomi said...

This is wonderful. Can’t wait to make one!
Thank you for making it available!

Glenn said...

Thank you so much for sharing your pattern!!

Lorrie said...

Thank you for this free pattern I made 3! One for each of my daughters and one for me!