Mini-quilt fridge magnets. Love that idea!! We have seen several over the years and it is time we all now make one.So cool.
Feel like a little sunshine quilting project like this? Here are 11 fridge magnets donned in quilting fabric and patterns to get our creative juices going.
photo credit: Me.. A Mom?
photo credit: A Cuppa and a Catch-up
photo credit: I Heart Linen
BTW. I think that Rashida from IHeartLinen was the originator of this idea, as she wrote about it 5 years ago! Her blocks may not look as tidy but hey, no prototype ever looks as good as the production model which comes out years later.
Quick 1,2,3 Howto
Sorry, none of these three sites provide a step-by-step tutorial. But, as these are miniature quilt blocks, you can use any regular quilt block pattern and size it down.
Or, craft like me:
1. Go to quilting fabric remnant stash, find 2-4 matching fabrics
2. Do some random fabric cutting
3. Sew quilting fabric pieces together in a pretty fashion to make an approximate square
4. Fold work into a perfect square and stitch on a perfect-square back layer
5. Insert your fridge magnet before closing, or attach it on the outside.
- Assess the thickness of the fabric and add padding as needed. If your material real thin and without structure, I might insert a piece of cardboard to keep my fridge magnet quilt looking really neat. To visually explain what I mean: note the difference between the quilting neatness in picture 1 versus picture 3.
- Ensure your magnet is strong enough before you finish off your work of art.
- Be sure to use remnants / recycled fabric. On behalf of Mother Earth: ‘thank you’.
- This mini quilting project can really be a great way for you to design your own original quilting blocks, to be used in further projects.
- Experiment lots as these mini-quilts make original gifts for new home owners, unexpected visits, and creative friends you love.
Quilts are Good at Any Size
Upsize your mini-quilt, add some padding and you have coasters.
Size them up larger, add some padding and you have pot holders.
Size them up larger again, and you have quilted doilies for your kitchen table.
Size them up larger again, and you have a quilted tote bag. Add a few mini quilts to accent the bag details and for embellishment. This will be way cool!
Multiply your quilt blocks, at any size, and you have a quilted blanket. I’d go for larger blocks, because I want things done.
Want a Pattern for Mini- Quilting Projects like this?
This book is written by Rashida Coleman-Hale, who created the above mini-quilt magnets, and who got herself a design degree in NYC. Check out her book.
It’s a detailed book with a wide range of projects to hone your skills and build your creativity in the world of quilting and patchwork.
Click here to learn more and get it: I Love Patchwork: 21 Irresistible Zakka Projects to Sew
Her latest book, Zakka Style: 24 Projects Stitched with Ease to Give, Use & Enjoy (Design Collective) is also worthy of consideration. This one is not for beginners who need very detailed step-by-step, illustrated tutorials. It is however for artistic types like us who want to create artwork out of everyday objects.
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