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Posted by Shari on July 26th, 2015

Mistletoe Lane Quilt Tutorial
We are happy to have Rebecca from Our Busy Little Bunch back for another great tutorial.  You might remember her Laptop Bag Tutorial she dazzled us with the first time.  This time she has a simple festive quilt that resembles dancing candy canes!

Mistletoe Lane Quilt Tutorial
Moda's Mistletoe Lane is a fun new line filled with small-scale prints including ice skates, stars, snowflakes, stripes and plaids.  My first inspiration when seeing it was an over sized lap quilt for the couch, and using a smaller scale block to mix up the fabrics.  The following tutorial is simple to follow, and the finished quilt has become a quick favorite in our house.  It can be made with Mistletoe Lane's fat quarter bundle or a couple jelly rolls.

The quilt I made measures approx 55 inches x 64 inches after washing.

The total number of blocks needed is 72.

I kept aside a strip of each plaid print to use for a scrappy binding later.

Mistletoe Lane Quilt Tutorial
First, you need to cut your fabrics into 2 1/2 inch strips (unless using jelly rolls), and sort by color.

Mistletoe Lane Quilt Tutorial
For each block, select two fabrics that contrast each other, and cut each strip into the following lengths:  two at 4 1/2 inches and one at 8 1/2 inches.

Mistletoe Lane Quilt Tutorial
Now before you start chain piecing all these blocks, do a tester blocks with some scrap fabric to test your finished block size.  I found that a scant seam allowance was needed and moving my needle a touch to the right on my machine made this easy to accomplish.

Stitching up a block requires the following steps:  Take two 4 1/2 inch strips, sew and press.

Mistletoe Lane Quilt Tutorial
Add a second 4 1/2 inch strip to each end of the first unit, sew and press.

Mistletoe Lane Quilt Tutorial
Add the 8 1/2 inch strips to the sides of the unit (be sure to place them as shown below to create the swirl effect), sew and press.  

Your finished block should measure 8 1/2 inches square.

Mistletoe Lane Quilt Tutorial
When you've finished sewing up all your blocks, lay them out in a random fashion, trying not to have two identical prints beside each other. 

The layout should be 6 blocks wide, by 7 blocks tall.  Make sure to lay them out 'on point' as shown below.

Mistletoe Lane Quilt Tutorial
Sew each diagonal row individually and press.  Then sew the rows together, making sure to match up seams.

Mistletoe Lane Quilt Tutorial
Now you will need to trim the blocks around the perimeter to square up the quilt. 

Using a ruler and rotary cutter, cut 1/4 inch away from each seam as shown above.

Mistletoe Lane Quilt Tutorial
As you can see, your cut should leave you with a 1/4 inch seam allowance around the edge of the quilt.  While this does leave you with a nice pile of scraps to make into a coordinating pillow or other project, it also helps all the little points to stay in tact when adding the binding on later.

Mistletoe Lane Quilt Tutorial
So at this point you should have a squared off quilt top, ready for quilting and binding.

Mistletoe Lane Quilt Tutorial
For this quilt, I chose to do straight stitch quilting in one direction only, echoing both sides of each seam.

Mistletoe Lane Quilt Tutorial
The binding is scrappy, made from the strips of plaid prints that were set aside earlier.  For the backing I used a soft minkee in a coordinating color. 

(Batting is not always needed when using minkee but with the light colors in this quilt, I did and it looks and feels great!)

Mistletoe Lane Quilt Tutorial
I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial for a fun quilt that shows off the beautiful fabrics in Moda's Mistletoe Lane!  Thank-you Bear Creek Fabrics for inviting me to share this with you.

Rebecca @ Our Busy Little Bunch
"Mistletoe Lane Quilt" Tutorial instructions can be printed here.
Mistletoe Lane Tutorial was designed and created for Bear Creek Quilting Company by Rebecca Aikema of Our Busy Little Bunch.
Fabric used in this tutorial is from Mistletoe Lane  by Bunny Hill Designs for Moda.
Do you love free fabric?  Do you love to teach?  Want to be a contributor on our blog?  Send us an email at web@bearcreekquiltingcompany.com to get started!
 

Comments

  • 1. Posted by Beth on February 18th, 2016 at 6:56 p.m.
    Can't wait to get started making one of my own. Thanks so much for sharing.
  • 2. Posted by Rebecca on July 31st, 2015 at 9:07 p.m.
    Thanks for sharing.Love it.
  • 3. Posted by (Ms) Leo Schaad on July 30th, 2015 at 3:05 p.m.
    I'm a newer quilter and this looks like something I can do. And love that straight quilting. I'm still daunted by the feathers, etc, that are so beautiful. Thanks for a do-able quilt.
  • 4. Posted by Betty Smith on July 28th, 2015 at 7:22 a.m.
    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing and inspiring a little early holiday spirit.
  • 5. Posted by Sherry B in Sacramento on July 27th, 2015 at 10:03 a.m.
    Thanks lovely and seems easy to accomplish. Thanks for sharing your tutorial.
  • 6. Posted by Maria on July 27th, 2015 at 9:49 a.m.
    Great! Guess what...I already start to cut fabric to do it
  • 7. Posted by Linda on July 27th, 2015 at 6:36 a.m.
    Oh I love it! Thanks so much!
  • 8. Posted by Norah Rice on July 26th, 2015 at 9:32 p.m.
    What a cute quilt! I love it! Thank you for sharing!
  • 9. Posted by Pamela on July 26th, 2015 at 8:56 p.m.
    This is too cute! I adore it! I have to make this charmer! Thank you so much for sharing it!
  • 10. Posted by Lisa on July 26th, 2015 at 5:14 p.m.
    Thank you. I have this fabric and was looking for a fun quilt. This is perfect! I love it!
  • 11. Posted by Kris on July 26th, 2015 at 4:47 p.m.
    Kind of looks like a bunch of candy canes!
  • 12. Posted by Karen of Redbird Quilt Co on July 26th, 2015 at 4:25 p.m.
    Rebecca -- I LOVE this little quilt. Love the fabric, the design, the backing AND the simple quilting. Great job - thanks so much for sharing!
  • 13. Posted by Judy Blinkenberg on July 26th, 2015 at 3:19 p.m.
    Thank you very much!! It's adorable.
  • 14. Posted by Mary on July 26th, 2015 at 2:59 p.m.
    I also love the holiday feel but this could be used with other seasonal fabrics from Halloween, Easter and juvenile prints for larger crib quilts esp. when using mine's fabrics, only limited by our imaginations. It's also easily quiltable (is that a real word?)at home, a real money saver. Thanks so much!
  • 15. Posted by Elizabeth on July 26th, 2015 at 2:54 p.m.
    Thank You ! Lovely!!
  • 16. Posted by Amy DeCesare on July 26th, 2015 at 2:15 p.m.
    What a fun block! The resulting quilt is so festive and lively. Just right for a happy holiday celebration! Thanks for this wonderful tutorial!
  • 17. Posted by Karen on July 26th, 2015 at 2:04 p.m.
    I love it! Thanks for the tutorial.