Mini Quilt Mum, A Free Log-Cabin Mini-Quilt Pattern To Celebrate The Fall Season

Some of my Mums

Fall Mums are so pretty and represent the fall season so well with all their color palettes. These Mums are my inspiration for this little mini-quilt today. I used to buy so many Mum during the fall season because I wanted to get every color there was, and then the florist would put three colors in one pot. I had to have those too.

The Log-Cabin Mini quilt that I have designed today is four 6″ blocks put together and arranged so that the orange is in the middle to mimic a Mum. This pattern is a paper piece pattern, don’t be intimidated though. Once you get passed the first two squares the rest of the pattern is built the exact same way!

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Step 1

Material lists for the Fall Mum Log-Cabin Mini Quilt is as follows:

  • Print 4 Pattern pieces at actual size from our Free Resource Library
  • Gather your colors – I used Orange Batik – 5 colors ranging from light to dark AND Green Batik – 6 colors ranging from light to dark
  • Next cut your fabrics as follows – these cuts will make 4 – six inch blocks.

Orange Cuts

  • Orange cuts from light to dark and per Piecing numbers on the pattern.
    • A1 : 4 – 1 1/4″ squares
    • A3 : 4 – 1 3/4″ x 1 1/4″ pieces
    • A11, A10 : 4 each – 2 3/4″ x 1 1/4″ pieces
    • A14, A15 : 4 each – 5 1/4″ x 1 1/4″ pieces
    • A18, A19 : 4 each – 6 1/4″ x 1 1/4″ pieces

Green Cuts

  • Green cuts from light to dare and per piecing numbers on the pattern.
    • A2 : 4 – 1 1/4″ squares
    • A4, A5 : 4 each – 2 1/4″ x 1″ pieces
    • A8, A9 : 4 each – 3 1/4″ x 1″ pieces
    • A12, A13 : 4 each – 4 1/4″ x 1″ pieces
    • A16, A17 : 4 each – 5 1/4″ x 1″ pieces
    • A20, A21 : 4 each – 7 3/4″ x 1 1/4″ pieces

The following are items I also used during the construction of this paper piece mini-quilt.

Step 2

Assemble the first block and the rest will be exactly the same!

IMPORTANT – set your machine to a small stitch between 1.5 and 2 to perforate the paper and make it easier to pull the paper off in the end.

First thing is to decide which paper piece pattern you are going to use, just the lines or the color piece with the lines. If you use the piece with just the lines, then it is a good idea to mark the numbers with their corresponding colors.

Separate your pieces out from smallest to largest by color too, we will use them in this order.

We are going to start with the small 1 1/4″ squares for pieces A1 and A2. We are also going to be placing the pieces on the back of the pattern and sewing on the printed side of the pattern.

Place the Green square on the back of the pattern over the A2 space and make sure that it is overlapping all lines by 1/4″ for the seam allowance. Then place the yellow square on top of the green piece. We will be sewing these pieces together an then ironing the yellow piece open. I tape these squares on the back of the pattern for these first pieces to keep them in place. (FIGURE 1 below)

IMPORTANT – set your machine to a small stitch between 1.5 and 2 to perforate the paper and make it easier to pull the paper off in the end.

Now turn your paper with the fabric pieces over to the printed side and sew the line between the A1 and A2 squares. To a small backstitch to start and stop to make sure it stays in place. (FIGURE 2 below)

Turn it back over to the fabric side and iron your yellow piece open and it will now be covering the A1 square.

From this point on we will follow the same procedure for all pieces until we get to the out pieces of fabric.

  1. With the printed side up turn the pattern so the next piece is facing you. Fold the paper on the A3 line, this will expose the fabric from the pieces you just placed. Use a ruler or the Add A Quarter ruler to cut the fabric down to a 1/4″ seam allowance. See FIGURE 3 and 4 below, we are using A 12 as our example here.
  2. Unfold you paper, take the next corresponding color piece for the pattern number you are working on, match raw edges with right sides together. FIGURE 5 below
  3. Carefully keeping your fabric in place, turn it over so that we can now sew the line of the corresponding piece we just placed. (See FIGURE 6 below, in this case it is the A12 line).
  4. Iron open the piece you just sewed and it should be covering the pattern piece.
  5. Repeat in numerical order for all the pieces through A18.

To Finish the block with the last three pieces, you will follow the above steps, but make sure that your pieces are covering the outer seam allowance line.

Step 3

Your block is all sewn together on the paper now! And should look like the picture below.

Now we will trim the block down using the outer seam allowance line on the paper.

Step 4

Make the 3 other blocks in the this mini-quilt exactly like in Steps 1 – 3. You will now have four blocks that look exactly the same.

Arrange the blocks so that they have their orange sections in the center to make the mum. This will be your layout for the quilt.

Sew two blocks together. Line them up with the outer green pieces to make sure they are lined up. Sew along the outer line of to create the seam between the two.

At this point, pull the seam allowance paper off and press the seam you just make open.

Now that you have the two sections left, line the two sections up by matching the center seams and the outer green pieces. Sew these together on the outer line of the pattern.

Before you press this seam, we can pull all the papers off of the back of the quilt.

Papers pull from the back

Step 6

With your papers pulled off, press open your last seam, turn over your quilt and give it a press and sit back and enjoy your masterpiece!

At this point you can put a border on and bind it, or you can make several of these to make a bigger quilt. You could even use different colors in the middle for the different colors of Mums there are.

Quilted and Bound

If you should have any questions regarding this pattern, please post them in the comments below. I appreciate you going on this log-cabin mini-quilt journey with me. Let me know you made it with different colors since there are so many colors of Mums!

Below is a video tutorial of how to put this block together.

The Colors of Mums!

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