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How-Tuesday: Granny’s Delight Mini Quilt

Aug 3, 2010

by Julie Schneider handmade and vintage goods

I have a quilt made by my grandmother that often adorns my bed in winter. When I came across the “Granny’s Delight” quilt in Kathreen Ricketson’s new book, Whip Up Mini Quilts, it struck a little chord in my heart. I love the idea of quilt making as a way to pay tribute to grandmothers everywhere, whether they are grandmothers who are savvy with a needle and thread, or not. Kathreen is the driving force behind one of my favorite craft websites, Whip Up, and her new book is an inspiring resource for quilting pros, as well as the tentatively quilt-curious.

You can purchase Whip Up Mini Quilts from Amazon or an independent bookseller.


This mini quilt explores childhood memories of “Nanna” — of toast and tea served on mismatched china, of false teeth and handmade doilies on the dresser. This quilt is a cheeky homage to grandmothers everywhere. It is designed for you to create your own version with different design elements — teacup, false teeth, and granny silhouette — to embroider or stencil. It’s a perfect project for personalizing, so feel free to make your own templates that reflect your memories of your grandmother.


  • Seam allowances are all 1/4 in (6 mm).
  • Use the photograph as a guide for placing the design elements — or place them as you like!
  • Dye the doily, the binding fabric, and embroidery floss using the tea-dye if you want that vintage look.
  • Decide which method you will use for the design elements — stenciling or embroidery or both. If you are embroidering, use three strands of embroidery floss.
  • Instructions are given for finishing this quilt in two different ways. However, the materials list is just for making one quilt.

Difficulty Level:

This quilt is nice and easy. It requires simple piecing of the quilt background, along with just enough embroidery to add a little bit of a challenge. The quilt also requires some screen printing or stenciling.
How much hand quilting you do and the type of binding you choose will depend on your level of skill and enthusiasm.

Supplies You’ll Need:

1⁄3 yd (30.5 cm) patterned quilting cotton fabric
1⁄3 yd (30.5 cm) solid quilting cotton fabric
1⁄2 yd (46 cm) muslin for backing and binding, either tea-stained or unbleached
16 x 20 in (40.5 x 50 cm) 100 percent cotton quilt batting
16 in (40.5 cm) mini rickrack braid in complementary color
Embroidery floss, or thread, in contrasting color
1 or 2 skeins white and tea-stained, or variegated beige, embroidery floss
Doily, either vintage or new

Rotary cutter, transparent ruler, and cutting mat
Iron-on transfer pencil or carbon paper
Embroidery needle
Freezer paper, craft knife, fabric paint, and sponge brush for stenciling (optional)
Hand-quilting needle
Chalk or embroidery transfer pen

Download Templates:
Granny silhouette
False teeth

Decorative elements: Tea dyeing and stenciling.
Hand stitches: Backstitch, chain stitch or stem stitch, running stitch, split stitch, French knots, and whipstitch or blanket stitch.
Binding:  Pillowcase method or mitered corner binding.



For the yellow quilt:

  1. Cut one 13 1/2 x 7 1/2 in (34 x 19 cm) piece of patterned fabric.
  2. Cut one 13 1/2 x 10 1/2 in (34 x 26.5 cm) piece of solid fabric.
  3. Cut one 15 x 20 in (38 x 50 cm) piece of backing fabric.
  4. Cut one 15 x 20 in (38 x 50 cm) piece of batting.

For the brown and pink quilt:

  1. Cut one 14 1/2 x 10 in (37 x 25 cm) piece of patterned fabric.
  2. Cut one 14 1/2 x 9 in (37 x 23 cm) piece of solid fabric.
  3. Cut one 16 x 20 in (40.5 x 50 cm) piece of backing fabric.
  4. Cut one 16 x 20 in (40.5 x 50 cm) piece of batting.

For both:

Cut 2 in (5 cm) strips of the binding fabric to make approximately 2 1/2 yd (2.3 m) of double-fold binding.

Assembling the Quilt Top

  1. With right sides together, sew the two pieces of fabric for the quilt top together with your sewing machine and press seams open. Machine or hand sew the mini rickrack braid over the seam you’ve just sewn.
  2. If you are embroidering your motif design elements, trace your teacup, granny, and false teeth motifs from the templates onto the quilt top. You could use an iron-on transfer pencil or carbon paper to do this. Embroider around the perimeter of the designs with the embroidery needle using an outline stitch of your choice, such as back stitch, chain stitch, or stem stitch. Alternatively, if you are stenciling any of the motifs, then trace the template with freezer paper, cut out the design carefully using a craft knife and iron the design in place. Once the stencil is in place, sponge your fabric paint over the stencil, using thin layers and waiting for them to dry in between, until you have a result you are pleased with. You may need to set the fabric paint with an iron — please be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions first.
  3. At this point, decide whether you will do a pillowcase binding or a traditional binding. If you are using the pillowcase finishing method, as on the yellow quilt, follow the instructions here. Once you are finished, hand sew a simple running stitch in a contrasting thread or embroidery floss color around the perimeter of the quilt.
  4. If you are using a traditional binding, as on the brown and pink quilt, assemble a quilt sandwich (backing face-down, batting and quilt top face-up) and safety-pin baste the layers together. The binding will go on at the very last step.

Finishing the Quilt

  1. For either quilt, the next step is to add any additional hand quilting or embroidery and
  2. Using the tea-stained or beige floss, embellish the patterned fabric with running stitches, split
    stitches, French knots — whatever suits the pattern on the fabric.
  3. Pin the doily to a corner of the solid fabric, and attach it to your quilt with a whip stitch or blanket stitch around the edge to hold it in place. Sew on your button.
  4. At this point, if you used the pillowcase finishing method, press with an iron set for hot steam, and
    you’re done.
  5. If you chose to do a traditional binding, then you still need to attach the binding. Follow the double fold mitered corner binding instructions here.

Thank you to Kathreen Ricketson and the good folks at Chronicle Books for sharing this project with us. For more small scale quilting projects, check out Whip Up Mini Quilts.


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  • bellaandbeya

    bellaandbeya said 7 years ago

    What an adorable project - LOVE it!

  • Jusadreamin

    Jusadreamin said 7 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL article BEAUTIFUL quilts my mom makes quilts also I have one in my etsy store at I also have a few encouraging keep up great work an much sucess thanks for sharing

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 7 years ago

    SO so cute!! My mother was amazing at making little miniature quilts. I remember her offering them for sale too; she was always so proud when one of them sold. I must try this! Thank you for the tutorial!

  • beautifulanodyne

    beautifulanodyne said 7 years ago

    Love the different styles of quilts.

  • birdie1

    birdie1 said 7 years ago

    This is so sweet ~ thank you for offering the tutorial.

  • yaelfran

    yaelfran said 7 years ago

    cuuuuuute!!!!!!!! Thanks so much!!!!

  • LeafandInk

    LeafandInk said 7 years ago

    Gorgeous & Heartwarming! Quilting is such an amazing art form! Intricate designs with emotion. We invite you all to come and view our designs here at LeafandInk. Please check out our new blog too at SUBSCRIBE! We want to get to know you!!!

  • jalsiku

    jalsiku said 7 years ago

    Thank you- these are the cutest little quilts... much less daunting starting with a pillow than a quilt!

  • jalsiku

    jalsiku said 7 years ago

    Love it, thank you!!!

  • LuRuUniques

    LuRuUniques said 7 years ago

    This is wonderful. Love to try it.

  • SCI2010

    SCI2010 said 7 years ago

    love quilts! pic so cute

  • mkirana

    mkirana said 7 years ago

    Yayy quilts are making a comeback! if anyone else lives in london, check out 'the first ever exhibition of British quilts' at the V&A cos it was pretty amazing :) here's a link for anyone who's interested in reading about it: and i'm definitely gonna make my own mini quilts after this haha

  • PassionFlowerVintage

    PassionFlowerVintage said 7 years ago

    cute idea!

  • twirlaway

    twirlaway said 7 years ago

    Really wonderful! Quilts remind me of my Granny too, no matter the size!

  • eclecticarmadillo

    eclecticarmadillo said 7 years ago

    Great ideas! The women in my family have made many, many quilts, and I never get tired of seeing them in all sizes, shapes and colors! The possibilities are seemingly endless. And then...there's the whole comfort thing. Quilts are just quite simply really, really comfortable for practical purposes, and home decor.

  • LuBluDesigns

    LuBluDesigns said 7 years ago

    This is great! Thank you!

  • Floreal

    Floreal said 7 years ago

    Very cute and colorful. Love'em.

  • Waterrose

    Waterrose said 7 years ago

    I adore quilts and quilting....wonderful article!

  • kloseknit

    kloseknit said 7 years ago

    Love this idea! Now I know what to do with those fat quarters I just HAD to buy!! YAY!! I knew there was a reason why they called to me... :-)

  • Fairyfolk

    Fairyfolk said 7 years ago

    I soooooooooo want to make a quilt!!! But, it's one of those things I have to realize I'll have all the time for one day. I'll bookmark this for that day... might be 20 years from now but here it'll be waiting for me - thanks!! Blessings and magic for sharing.

  • bylynnkrestel

    bylynnkrestel said 7 years ago

    nostalgic and sweet!! i love this how to!! thank you so much!

  • chocolatecreative

    chocolatecreative said 7 years ago

    This are so gorgeous, different and beautiful!!

  • Vanittas

    Vanittas said 7 years ago

    They look so beautiful on the wall! Wonderful project, congrats!

  • teedle

    teedle said 7 years ago

    Mini quilts are most favorite type of quilt!

  • ChristiesStuff

    ChristiesStuff said 7 years ago

    Oooo... mind is buzzing with personalization ideas... I could silhouette each of my grandmas from old photos, add bits that made each one unique- parsnips & tea, 45 records, oak trees & olives... off to collect fabric!

  • funkeyfinds

    funkeyfinds said 7 years ago

    oh wow, so much fun! I have to try one of these out!

  • EverybodyElse

    EverybodyElse said 7 years ago

    They don't remind me of my grandmothers at all, but I still think they're super adorable.

  • CrazyAngelArt

    CrazyAngelArt said 7 years ago

    Quilting is a craft I've never had the gift for... but have always admired those who do. My mother-in-law made beautiful quilts during her lifetime...every new baby born received one of her mini quilts...Our son (27) and daughter (17) still have theirs. They are wonderful reminders of the amazing woman that was their grandma.

  • poplovedesigns

    poplovedesigns said 7 years ago

    Love this! <3 Andrea

  • EnchantedAcresDesign

    EnchantedAcresDesign said 7 years ago

    I love these, thanks for the tutorial! So cute:)

  • rarebeasts

    rarebeasts said 7 years ago

    This is cool, I'm going to try it out. Thanks for teaching us.

  • mialareine

    mialareine said 7 years ago

    Such a cute idea! I want to make one for my sister...we used to pretend we were grandmothers when we were kids. Strange I know!

  • mysweetstitch

    mysweetstitch said 7 years ago

    Oh love it, they are so cute! What a great way to use up all those scraps too!

  • littleloveblue

    littleloveblue said 7 years ago

    i love this!

  • inaluxe

    inaluxe said 7 years ago

    Awesome post - just reminded me how much I miss my sewing machine and that I would really like to make a quilt ASAP! :)

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 7 years ago

    I have a 100 year old quilt on the bed in my guest room. I'm so glad people have the patience for this - I sure don't. Beautiful quilt selections.

  • connectthedotscrafts

    connectthedotscrafts said 7 years ago

    I have this book, and absolutely love all of the ideas and inspiration inside!

  • WoolnFelt

    WoolnFelt said 7 years ago

    I say it all the time and never get around to it but this one I reeeeeeeeally want to try

  • Pamelaquilts

    Pamelaquilts said 7 years ago

    I'm putting this book on my wish list! Love the modern yet traditional look of these little quilts.

  • QuiltSewPieceful

    QuiltSewPieceful said 7 years ago

    Great article and cute ideas. Thank you for including one of my quilts!

  • beevintageredux

    beevintageredux said 7 years ago

    Fabulous article and tutorial!

  • Artistico

    Artistico said 7 years ago

    What an adorable project .....julie Awesome post...Such a cute idea!

  • andreaingram

    andreaingram said 7 years ago

    Beautiful idea! I would love to do this using my Grandmoher's clothing. Thank you for inspiring me!

  • FabricFascination

    FabricFascination said 7 years ago

    Love quilts, and these are some beauties.

  • tomatored

    tomatored said 7 years ago

    need to try this! great concept,thanks for sharing!

  • uniquelynancy

    uniquelynancy said 7 years ago

    Wonderful article. I want to try this too.

  • MoranArtandQuilts

    MoranArtandQuilts said 7 years ago

    Great project, beautiful quilts!

  • FlowerPot

    FlowerPot said 7 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing this! I've always wanted to make a quilt and a mini quilt is such a great idea for a beginner!

  • cassidycay

    cassidycay said 7 years ago

    I love quilts! The nostalgia in them instantly takes me home. I think that that is why I started making quilts for crib bedding in my etsy site. There is nothing like passing on "home" (and to me home is love) to the next generation.

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts said 7 years ago

    It is a great idea to make mini-quilts while learning to make larger ones! Making quilts is certainly paying tribute to grandmothers but also to those women in the pioneer days who made quilts as a way to share and use up materials they had on hand and for socializing. Quilting is a true art.

  • jcisco112

    jcisco112 said 7 years ago

    Great and Cute Idea! Makes me think of my wonderful Grandmothers!!

  • jbeaudet

    jbeaudet said 7 years ago

    I wish I could make this! There are so many beautiful quilts on here!

  • jillmccp

    jillmccp said 7 years ago

    so sweet. Nothing satisfies the heart more than busy hands.

  • Whimbrella

    Whimbrella said 7 years ago

    A lot of emotion and memories are tied up in in the art of quilting -- both in the process and the end product. Thank you for featuring this art form.

  • dragonhouseofyuen

    dragonhouseofyuen said 7 years ago

    how sweet! a mini quilt! what a great idea, thanks Julie and Kathreen

  • Quiltville

    Quiltville said 7 years ago

    I love the little Mini Quilt. All the Quilts are Beautiful. Thank you for choosing one of my quilts to feature.

  • BambuStudio

    BambuStudio said 7 years ago

    awesome! i adore tutorials. thanks for this one! ♥

  • PiecesOfPine

    PiecesOfPine said 7 years ago

    Great article! Thanks for including my quilt!

  • TheSewingGin

    TheSewingGin said 7 years ago

    What a quick fun project. I like easy and quick. Thank you for sharing.

  • xobellaaimox

    xobellaaimox said 7 years ago

    ooh i definitely want to try making this :)

  • PaperPicker

    PaperPicker said 7 years ago

    for someone like me, who is new to quilting, a mini quilt would be a great start.

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 7 years ago

    Looks like fun! I've never tried quilting before thanks for sharing : )

  • MrsCraftyRVing

    MrsCraftyRVing said 7 years ago

    My husband 2 years ago made his first quilt and out of all things a KING size quilt. It was beyond beautiful. And then his second quilt was also a king size but this time it was made in our 24 ft motorhome - so if you do the math it is mouth dropping. We both quilt and we envy you for having the gift in your backround - both our GrandMums never quilted or crafted for that matter. So we understand the history and the importance to keep the art alive. You did a wonderful blog - I just loved it!

  • artsyflorist

    artsyflorist said 7 years ago

    Thanks for a great idea. Soooo cute and love that you're keeping this art form alive!

  • themarketintheglen

    themarketintheglen said 7 years ago

    Excellent article! Thanks so much for the detailed instructions and all the links! I can't wait to make my granny a Granny Quilt.

  • thenewblackmarket

    thenewblackmarket said 7 years ago


  • jewellerytreasures

    jewellerytreasures said 7 years ago

    i love the idea of the quilt making. a nostalgic read!

  • electricbluebird

    electricbluebird said 7 years ago

    I've been reading the website for ages. Its one of my very fave craft blogs. Now that both my girls are in school, I had decided to make a quilt this fall - inspired completely by whipup. I love this book.

  • AndisAccessories

    AndisAccessories said 7 years ago

    How sweet is this project? In a world where people have not time for anything, let alone quilting, what a good idea to make a mini! Satisfaction comes from creating, whether the end result is big or small.

  • mwgregory

    mwgregory said 7 years ago

    This is a great idea...I see christmas presents in my future! :o)_

  • aileenrae

    aileenrae said 7 years ago

    Cute!! Another creative idea to take note of. Thanks!

  • designMatter

    designMatter said 7 years ago

    Very nice!!!

  • LouBeeCrafts

    LouBeeCrafts said 7 years ago

    Have just discovered quilting and embroidery. These are lovely ideas.

  • cindyrquilts

    cindyrquilts said 7 years ago

    I really like the Cabin in the Woods Bargello. Very novel way of doing a Bargello. I also like doing landscapes, but I do applique and impressionist work. Thanks for sharing. Cindy

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    Charlene Owens from charlenesembroidery said 4 years ago

    My mother didn't make quilts, knit, or crochet. She was a home seamstress. She made all of our clothes - Dad and my brother's shirt, hers and my dresses, shorts, and Capri pants, which is an art in itself. I learned to sew from her, but I taught myself to knit and crochet. I love your treasury collection. Thank you for sharing your story.

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