Life, Love & Liberty Mini Quilt Tutorial

Life, Love, Liberty a mini quilt tutorial by Angie Wilson of www.GnomeAngel.com using Sizzix Big Shot Pro and Dies with Liberty and Ella Blue Hanky Linen.

Today I’m going to show you how to make this fabulous Liberty inspired Mini Quilt using your Sizzix Big Shot Plus and Dies. When I was in Sydney last month (read all about my adventure by clicking here) I was lucky enough to spend some time laughing, dancing and scheming with Robyn and Graham from The Strawberry Thief.  Robyn gave all of the Instagram Meet Up Attendees one of these cute little mini jelly rolls of Liberty. It was such a lovely gesture and something I really appreciated. I kept my little roll of awesome in my sewing room just looking at it and planning until inspiration hit and I decided to make a fabulous little mini quilt to remember my time in Sydney.

I had a lovely little pile of Ella Blue Hanky Linen taunting me in my sewing room so I decided this would be the perfect excuse to dig into this pile of loveliness. I love teaming different types of fabrics together and this linen is just so vibrant and fun. I made this entire mini quilt using my Sizzix Big Shot and Dies. If you’re not familiar with Sizzix click here to find out more and see what’s possible. I love the Sizzix system because it’s so easy to use (great for those with arthritis), it’s consistent (great for those that struggle with accuracy) and the variety of dies is so great (fabulous for those with crafter ADD).

I had so much fun making this little mini and it looks fabulous on my wall of minis. Keep reading for just how I did it!

Mini Jelly Roll of Liberty from The Strawberry Thief. Photo by Angie Wilson of www.GnomeAngel.com

Materials

Construction

Please read instructions before commencing. All seams 1/4″ inch unless otherwise stated. Press seams either open or to one side. 

1. Cut 15 2.5″ squares using the Sizzix Big Shot Plus and the Sizzix Bigz L Die 2.5″ unfinished squares in Liberty. These will be for your letters.

2. Following the product instructions apply fusible web to the wrong side of the liberty squares to be used for your letters.

3. Using the Sizzix Big Shot Plus and Sizzix Bigz Alphabet Set 9 Dies cut the following letters: 3 x L, 3 x E, 2 x I, 1x F, 1 x O, 1 x V, 1 x B, 1 x R, 1 x T, 1 x Y. Put aside.

Tip: You can cut up to 6 layers of fabric backed with fusible web in the Big Shot Plus machine so be sure to cut all the versions of the letters you need (like the 3 L’s) in one go. Remember, the letters are in reverse so you will need to lay the fabric right side down to get the letter to face the right way.

4. Cut 45 2.5″ squares using the Sizzix Big Shot Plus and the Sizzix Bigz L Die 2.5″ unfinished squares in a mix of hanky linen and Liberty. In my version I cut 6 Raspberry, 8 Lime, 7 Peacock, 7 Birch, 7 white and 10 Liberty.

5. Arrange the 2.5″ squares in a 9 x 5 row formation placing the squares in an order that you find appealing. If you would like to follow the version I’ve made then just match the squares against the full project photo.

6. Sew the squares together to make a mini quilt top.

Tip: You can chain piece this step and save yourself some time. Just be sure to pay attention to the order you are sewing the squares together.

7. Lay out your letters to spell LIFE, LOVE and LIBERTY on top of your mini quilt top. Once you’re happy with your placement of the letters follow the product instructions and attach your letters to the mini quilt top.

Note: I just eyeballed the placement of the letters, but if you’d prefer use a non-permanent fabric marker to measure and mark where you’d like the letters to be placed.

Optional: You can stitch around the edges of the letters to secure them in place, but I opted just to heavily quilt the mini quilt so that the letters are well and truly secured to the quilt.

Finishing

Layer, quilt and bind as desired.

Tip: You can use the Sizzix Big Shot Plus and Sizzix Bigz XL 25″ Die, 2.5″ Strips to quickly and easily cut binding strips.

If you’re looking for a great tutorial on binding then this is the one I use every time I add binding to something. Click here to read Sunflower Quilting’s Perfect Binding Tutorial.

I don’t tend to do a lot of quilting, but the little I do I use the skills I learned in the Creative Quilting with Your Walking Foot class from Craftsy (click here to purchase). It’s a great class if you’re looking to learn how to be more adventurous with your quilting without feeling like you need to have mad Free Motion Quilting sills.

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Disclosure: Sizzix are a sponsor of GnomeAngel.com. Sizzix provided promotional products in exchange for this tutorial. All opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced by the sponsor. This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase those items through my links I will earn a very small commission. You will not pay more when buying a product through my link, in fact in some cases I can offer you a better price via an affiliate link. I will not recommend something that I do not use myself. These commissions help me keep being able to provide you with great content for free. Thank you, in advance for your support!

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