Free Mini Quilt Pattern: Sunshine by Jennifer Heynen!


Sewing mini quilts is instant quilting gratification! Sew up this darling sunshine on a quilt to brighten any room.

This quilt likes to have plants nearby, don't you think?

This quilt likes to have plants nearby, don’t you think?

This wonderfully delightful (and easy) Sunshine Mini Quilt was designed by Jennifer Heynen of I was totally happy to see it because I LOVE sewing applique on my machine and I am going to show you my simple method. But feel free to make your mini quilt however you want!

Jennifer's Sunshine Mini Quilt

Jennifer’s Sunshine Mini Quilt

My Sunshine Mini Quilt

My Sunshine Mini Quilt

As you can see, I did my best to capture Jennifer’s whimsical style in my fabric selections.

Click here to download the free applique templates to sew this mini quilt.

Feel free to use your favorite applique method to make this quilt. The background square of the finished quilt is 10 1/2” – 11” (depending on how much you trim it). I will share how I made mine below in case you are new to applique.


You will need:

1. Trace all of the applique shapes onto the paper side of the fusible web (3 circles and 8 ‘beams’). The applique templates are already reverse-image for tracing. Cut around them roughly.

2. Fuse each piece to the back of a yellow scrap of fabric. It’s okay to repeat some (or maybe all???) of the fabrics. Have fun!

3. After fusing, cut each shape out around the lines.

4. Arrange the applique pieces on the 11” quilt top square and press to fuse.

5. Sandwich the mini quilt top, 12” piece of batting, and 12” piece of backing together with the wrong sides of the fabric against the batting. Spray baste the layers together or use pins.

6. Quilt the top by sewing around all of applique pieces close to the edge.

No more quilting is required, but it’s fun to add more – like Jennifer’s spiral pattern that I just had to try using my walking foot.

All done! Do you want me to see your gorgeous mini quilt? Upload a picture to Instagram and tag me @sewcanshe or #sewcanshe.

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