Last year I shared this sweet Black and White Neighborhood Mni Quilt in Homespun Magazine and I’m so excited to be sharing it here! It’s such a fun way to use different scrap fabrics for whole different looks.
It’s a quick little mini to sew up too – the finished quilt is 11″ x 16″! I love the little touches of embroidery too – the little flower window boxes are full of French Knot flowers plus there’s a little birdie in the neighborhood too!
Here’s what you’ll need to make one of your own!
- 1/2 yard white fabric for background
- 1/2 yard fabric for backing
- Small amounts of black and white print fabrics for houses, roofs, shutters, trees, and doors
- HeatnBond Lite
- Thermoweb Fusible Fleece
- 1/4 yard fabric for binding
- Assorted colors of embroidery floss for flowers and bird
- Coordinating sewing machine thread – black and white
- Neighborhood Patterns and Layout
Note: Read all the instructions thoroughly before starting this stitchery project. Three strands of floss are used for all embroidery stitches.
- Print out all patterns. Decide what fabrics you’d like for the doors, windows shutters, roofs, houses, etc. Cut out your fabrics slightly larger than the pattern pieces and iron pieces of HeatnBond Lite on the wrong side of the fabrics. Cut out the pattern pieces from your fabrics.
- Cut out your front mini quilt background piece at 11” x 16“. Place the houses on the background piece according to the pattern layout. Remove the paper backing from all pieces and press all fabric for houses and details in place.
- Using opposite color sewing thread, stitch along a straight line for the ground level between the houses and to the edge of the fabric. Stitch around each detail on the houses and trees two or three times to sew
down all the fabric pieces. Start with the houses, then do the roof, window and tree details.
- Embroider an assortment of French Knots at the base of the windows on each house, scattering the flowers along the top of the window boxes or along the bottom edge of the window piece. Use the photographs as a guide for placement.
- Trace the bird pattern on top of the left tree. Embroider the bird with a back stitch for the body and lazy daisy stitches for the tail. The eye of the bird is a French Knot.
- Cut your background fabric and the Fusible Fleece to 11” x 16”. Iron the fusible fleece to the wrong side of the front fabric piece. Layer together the front and backing fabrics with the fusible fleece between them.
- Quilt your mini quilt however you’d like. I used straight line quilting 1/2” apart, except through the houses. I sttiched around each house and roof.
- Once your quilt is quilted, trim to make sure all edges are straight. Cut your binding in 2 1/4” x 70”. Piece together the binding if necessary. Press the binding in half and sew to the mini quilt using your preferred method.
I hope you like it! I’d love to see your versions of the Neighborhood Mini Quilt!