pay forward mini quilt

I was inspired by a tiny little stack of seven fabrics a quilty friend gave me a few weeks ago from her stash just because they reminded her of me. That is pretty sweet. Quilty friends are awesome. I thought I would showcase them with some simple white fabric and make a mini for another quilty friend who will be on bed rest for a few months, thinking it might brighten her space. So I decided to call this mini “Pay It Forward”. Let’s get on with it.

Finished Size: 21″ x 21″


  • Sewing Machine: DreamCreator™ VQ2400
  • Quilting Frame: THE Dream Fabric Frame
  • (7) of your favorite fabrics cut into 3.5” squares
  • ¾ yard of white background fabric
  • Binding fabric
  • Batting
  • Fabric for your Mini Quilt Back
  • Basic Sewing Notions (Scissors, Pins, Thread etc.)

Step One

Cutting your background fabric & fabric lay out.

Each row has a 3.5” x 3.5” colored square. Cut 7 of them, each a different color.

Rows 1 & 7

(2) 3.5” x 18.5″ white strips

Row 1: 3.5” colored square / white strip 18.5”
Row 7: 18.5” white strip / 3.5” colored square

Row 2 & 6

(2) 3.5” x 3.5” white strips
(2) 3.5” x 15” white strips

Row 2: 3.5” white square / 3.5” colored square / 15” white strip
Row 6: 15” white strip / 3.5” colored square / 3.5” white square

Row 3 & 5

(2) 3.5” x 6.5″ white strips
(2) 3.5″ x 12” white strips

Row 3: 6.5” white strip / 3.5” colored square / 12” white strip
Row 6: 12” strip white / 3.5” colored square / 6.5” white strip

Row 4

(2) 3.5” x 9 ¼” white strips

Row 4: 9 ¼” strip / 3.5” colored square / 9 ¼” strip

Once you have your mini laid out sew together with a ¼” seam allowance. Press your seam allowances toward the colored squares not the light color background.


Sew all the rows together. I like to square up my mini at this point.


Layer top / batting / quilt back and load it onto THE Dream Fabric Frame


Quilt as desired. I used a variegated grey thread and decided on some simple loops. If you are new to free motion quilting on the frame this is a perfect choice. Loops mimic your handwriting. It’s also easy to get into a rhythm with making loops.


Once finished quilting, remove the quilt from the THE Dream Fabric Frame and square the quilt up.


Choose your favorite method of applying your binding and enjoy your mini.