Hello! So today we are starting the Mini Charm Medallion Cushion Tutorial. Have a read through the instructions first, and if you want some tips on choosing a colour scheme, do check out this post.
It’s a fun little project that doesn’t need much fabric – just one mini charm pack and a Fat Quarter, or you could raid your scrap bin to make it!
It also uses a lot of the basic quilting skills that were covered during the #QuiltingTheory series, so is a great way of trying out patchwork if you are new to it.
- 1 (one) mini charm pack or 41 (forty-one) 2.5″ squares
- 1 (one) Fat Quarter of background fabric
Finished Cushion Top Size – 16.5″ square
You can read more about these on my Essential Tools post!
Press fabrics before cutting (excluding pre-cuts!).
Using the planner sheet as a guide, for border 2 cut 13 (thirteen) mini charms in half to create 26 (twenty-six) rectangles (so 1.25″ from the edge).
TIP FOR CUTTING PRE-CUTS: generally, pre-cuts measure between the inner cuts of the pinked edges. Therefore, for accurate cutting, line up the cutting guides on your acrylic rules with the inner points of the pinked cuts.
For the background, you will need;
- 24 (twenty-four) 2.5″ squares
- 4 (four) 2″ high x 6.5″ wide strips
- 4 (four) 2″ high x 11″ wide strips
- 12 (twelve) 2″ squares
- Use this diagram for the most efficient cutting of a Fat Quarter!
Centre Star (Making HSTs)
When working with small pieces such as these, the key to accurate piecing is careful cutting and seam allowances. Over such small pieces, a slight inaccuracy can make a big difference over the whole border.
For this cushion, I have used a scant 1/4″ seam allowance when sewing the HSTs together (read this post for how to work it out on your machine if you are not sure).
To make the Half Square Triangles (HSTs);
- Pair 4 (four) mini charm squares Right Sides Together.
- Pair 4 (four) mini charm squares Right Sides Together with 2.5″ background squares.
- Using a pencil, draw a diagonal line on the Wrong Side of the top square (you can use a pin to hold the squares together).
- With a Scant 1/4″ seam allowance, sew either side of this line on each pair of squares.
- Cut along the pencil line to create two HSTs, for a total of 16 (sixteen).
- Press the seams open (this will help to reduce bulk in the seams).
- Trim the HSTs to 2″ squares – a rotating cutting mat can really help with this task!
- Arrange the trimmed pieces to form a star and sew together in to rows.
- Press the seams open before sewing the rows together.
- Use pins to keep the matched seams together whilst sewing
- By pressing the seams open, you are able to see where the diagonal seams join, which acts as a guide for the sewing line.
Finished size: 6.5″ including seam allowance.
- Take 2 (two) 2″ x 6.5″ strips. Place Right Sides together on opposite sides of the Centre Star, and sew. Press border pieces away from centre block.
- Take 2 (two) remaining 2″ x 6.5″ strips and 4 (four) 2″ squares.
- Place a square either end of each strip, and sew Right Sides Together. Press.
- Place strips on the remaining side edges of the star and sew. To help with accuracy, nest the seams.
Finished size: 9.5″ including seam allowance.
Border Two – Mini Squares
- Sew the rectangles together Right Sides Together in to;
- 1 (one) strip of 12 (twelve) pieces
- 1 (one) strip of 14 (fourteen) pieces
- Press the seams open.
- Cut each strip in half to give a total of 4 (four) strips.
- Attached the strips to the block and press;
Finished size: 11″ including seam allowance.
Join me in the next post when we’ll add Borders Three and Four to complete our cushion top!
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