Foundation paper piece Section E:
1. Smear a dab of glue from your glue stick against the E1 section on the back of the paper. Center the E1 fabric strip against it to adhere.
2. Use the cardstock strip to crease the E1/E2 line. Trim away the fabric 1/4” past the crease as before.
Place the E1 square of fabric along the edge, right sides together. On the paper side, sew along the E1/E2 line. Press the E2 fabric back against the paper.
Repeat Step 2 along the E1/E3 line. Trim the extra fabric away along the light gray lines.
Sew the moth pieces together:
1. Arrange the A, B, C, D, and E sections as seen above. Note the rotation of the wing segments.
Tip: leave the paper on the back of these pieces until they are sewn together. It helps stabilize all of the edges.
2. Place the A and B sections together and sew 1/4” from the edge (along the solid line). Repeat with the C and D sections.
3. Press the seams open.
4. Sew the wings to the moth body in the same manner and press the seams open.
5. Before removing the papers, sew the 2” x 6 1/2” border strips to the sides and the 2” x 11” strips to the top and bottom.
Then crease and tear away the paper along all of the seams. You can lightly dampen the paper with a sponge if it is not tearing away easily.
Trimming the mini quilt:
Feel free to stop now for a beautiful 9 1/2” x 11” mini quilt. But I wanted to trim mine at an angle so my Summer Creature was a bit more Wild. 🙂
1. Lay a long ruler against the mini quilt top at an angle as seen above and below.
The top edge of the ruler should intersect the top right corner of the quilt.
On the left side of the quilt, the top of the ruler should be about 1 1/2” below the left corner and 1/4” above the seam in the border.
2. Trim away a long skinny triangle.
3. Turn the mini quilt upside down and lay the ruler in the same exact way so the two cuts will be parallel.
4. Turn the mini quilt so that the top and bottom edges are horizontal. Now square it up by trimming the sides at a 90 degree angle.
The finished mini quilt top should be approximately 8” x 10”.
Sandwich the mini quilt top with batting and the backing piece and quilt as desired. I used the dual feed walking foot on my Janome Memory Craft 14000 to quilt wavy lines about 1/4” – 1/2” apart.
Bind it up and you’re done. For mini quilts like this, I use a 2-step machine binding. See how in this tutorial.
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