This Alison Glass Design Tessellation Mini Pattern will be a lovely addition to your Valentine’s Day décor!
Mini quilts are growing in popularity! Quilters, including myself, enjoy them because they offer a quicker way to complete a project for the home or gift giving – and maybe try a new technique.
The Alison Glass Design Tessellation Mini Pattern has templates and instructions for five variations. I was drawn to the heart-shaped mini quilt for Valentine’s Day. I enjoy paper piecing but thought, while I was making it, this pattern would be a perfect beginning project for someone who wants to learn this technique.
Here are the supplies I used:
- Alison Glass Design Tessellation Mini Pattern
- Fabrics per pattern requirement
- Piecing foundation paper – I used some newsprint type foundation paper
- 60-degree triangle ruler (optional)
- Rotary cutter
- Cutting mat
- Square acrylic ruler
- Scissors – I used Tim Holtz Scissors
- Thread for piecing, quilting, and binding – I used Aurifil
- Wonder Clips (optional)
- Hand sewing needle for binding – I used Clover Black Gold Applique/Sharps Size 9
- Needle threader (optional) – I used my favorite Clover Desk Needle Threader
- Thimble for sewing binding (optional) – I used Clover Open Sided Medium
I chose some batik fabrics from my stash similar to the ones show on the pattern. As the designer points out, the fabrics need to be tone-on-tone fabrics that blend together without a lot of bold, high-contrast patterns that would stand out from the other fabrics.
The pattern includes a few different ways to paper piece each triangle. I wanted only triangles, so I chose to use the larger, non-pieced triangle mixed with Template C which makes four smaller triangles. The pattern provides a template for the larger triangle, but I cut them using a 60 degree triangle ruler.
Unlike some scrappy projects, I decided on the fabrics for each triangle as I created each row. This enabled me to plan the fabric placement for a balanced scrappy look.
Down to the last row!
Note: For those interested in learning to paper piece, detailed step-by-step instructions with photos are provided at the end of this blog.
The back shows the paper piecing papers still in place before they were removed.
Pulling from my supply of Aurifil thread, I chose the bright red for machine quilting. My free-motion quilting skills are a bit rusty, but I managed a combination of loops and small hearts to complement the heart-shaped project.
Since the heart project was small and had some odd angles, I cut 1-1/4″ binding strips for single fold binding. After sewing the binding on the front, I made small sleeves for hanging. I secured them in place with Wonder Clips before sewing 1/8″ from the edge along the raw edges of the sleeves; they will be covered by the binding later.
The Wonder Clips helped again while sewing on the binding by hand on the back.
I was pleased with the final result! I plan to order the Ackfeld Craft Holder 12 in. Heart soon to hang it on.
Note: For those interested in learning paper-piecing, here are detailed step-by-step instructions with photos for constructing one pieced triangle. Follow these steps to complete one pieced Template C from the pattern.
The triangle to be pieced is the last one shown above.
Here are the fabrics; the purplish fabric will be in the center. The four triangles are numbered 1 to 4 indicating the order in which they are sewn. It is important to understand that the fabric placement will be reversed from the front of the paper. The fabrics end up as they appear on the back of the piecing template.
Place one edge of the square for the center right side up and 1/4″ over the line between space 1 and 2. Align the square for space 2 on top with its right side down.
Holding the paper and two squares of fabric as a unit, check that the fabrics were about 1/4″ over the line between spaces 1 and 2. Sew on the line between spaces 1 and 2 starting and stopping on the line without going into the grey seam allowance area. Note: For easier removal of the paper, it works well to use a 90/14 needle and smaller stitches. Backstitching at the beginning and end of stitching is also recommended.
Press toward the space 2 fabric. I have a well-used Omnigrid FoldAway Portable Cutting & Pressing Station and Clover Wedge Iron next to my sewing machine for convenient pressing between each step.
Finger-press the line between spaces 1 and 3, fold the paper back, and trim leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance using a Add-A-Quarter ruler and rotary cutter. Usually, I finger-press all lines before I start.
Align the square for space 3 with the trimmed edge, flip over the whole unit, and sew on the line between spaces 1 and 3.
Press the space 3 square away from the center. Trim the fabric 1/4″ from the line between spaces 1 and 4.
One more square to go… place it right side down aligned with the center square.
Sew on the line between spaces 1 and 4. This time it is okay to sew from edge-to-edge of the paper. Press open.
Trim all three sides of the triangle along the outer edge of the grey seam allowance area. The paper-pieced triangle is now ready to sew into the project.
Hope these instructions and photos help if you are new to paper piecing or need a refresher. The designer of the Alison Glass Design Tessellation Mini Pattern also has instructions on her website.