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Mardi Gras Mini Quilt

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The table stand needed something colorful for Mardi Gras, so time to bring out the scraps and make a new mini quilt.  The colors of purple, green and gold are gathered in this small quilt based on a single block.  The diamond shape created with the color placement is reminiscent of the harlequin designs used in the colorful and wild costumes of the Mardi Gras parades.  The pattern is based on the classic Corn and Beans block, just with some different coloration.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Here is what you need to make one for your table stand, or wall hanging.  Finished size 12 inches square.

2-1/2-inch squares

2 purple
6 background

3-inch squares for HSTs
6 purple
6 green
6 gold
10 background

Backing fabric for a 12-inch finished square, plus two pieces 4 inches x 1-1/2 inches for hangers.

Batting.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Pair up the following and make HST units.
4 purple with 4 background to make 8 HSTs
2 purple and 2 gold to make 4 HSTs
2 gold and 2 background to make 4 HSTs
4 green and 4 background to make 8 HSTs
2 green and 2 gold to make 4 HSTs

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Square up all the HST units to 2-1/2 inch squares.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Assemble the units into this block.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt

I start with laying out the individual units.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Then sew in twos. Lay out again.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Sew units together by row.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Press seams in opposite directions to nest rows. In other words, do all the even numbered rows to the left, and odd rows to the right.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Sew the rows together in units of two rows.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Then sew the final seams.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Quilt as you like.
Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

I used a looping freehand to mimic the necklaces thrown by float riders in the parades.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Attach the hanger units to the back. These are 4 inches by 1-1/2 inches, sewn right sides together into a tube 2 inches x 1-1/2 inches.  turn right side out.  Fold the raw edges up to meet the raw edge of the quilt and stitch down.  The binding will go over them.  When they turn up, they fit the table stand hanger at about 3/4 inch circumference without showing over the top.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Bind using one of the colors in the quilt.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

As a final embellishment, I added some seed beads in a necklace shape to the middle of the quilt to bring to mind the colorful bead necklaces that revelers often wear. The clear, green and gold seed beads will be alternated with the gold bugle beads and the pale purple beads.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

I started with basting a dark purple thread to provide a guide for where to place the beads.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Then, I loaded the needle with white thread, and began placing seed beads.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Working around the thread pattern, I kept adding seed beads in a pattern.  Between each set of beads I took a stitch in the quilt to hold them in place.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

I used 5 clear seed beads, then a grouping of gold-green-gold, followed by five more clear seed beads.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

A gold bugle bead was next, then five more clear seed beads followed by the pale purple bead.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Then the entire pattern was repeated several times.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Amazingly, the end was exactly at the end of the pattern, so you cannot tell where it started and stopped.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Here’s another close up view.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

All done!

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

Hanging on its stand for display until next week.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

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Author: Carole @ From My Carolina Home

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26 thoughts on “Mardi Gras Mini Quilt

  1. Hi, was thinking of working on this today, in the directions you specific only 2 – 2 1/2 background squares, but don’t you need 6? 2 in the center and one for each corner? Thanks!

  2. I love it, I love it, I love it. These colors are so rich. The beads add a happy spark.
    I have never celebrated Marti Gras, but as a kid our family did attend a Fasching event in Deutschland 😀
    Very bright happy Chaos

  3. Love it and I am definitely going to make this. I love green, gold, and purple together. I have Mardi Gras beads that I have had for years. I need to purchase a stand like yours and they can hang with the block. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Wow you are a fast worker! You get an idea (seems like LOTS of constant ideas!), and run with it! I ponder a while (tooooo long!) & take my time making sure it is what I want, & often the moment passes. Will try to do better! You are inspiring.

  5. Very pretty, and the bead necklace accent is a great added touch!

  6. Love it and it works up so quickly…..

  7. Super cute!! I just love your blog!

  8. Good Morning Carole! Of course I like it! It is a quilt, it has purple fabric and it has loop quilting and pretty beads, plus it was made by you! Seriously though, I truly do love it for each of the reasons listed and many more. I think the main reason is that it a big and bold individual quilt block that is turned into something special. Which makes me look closely at the block itself and discover what I like about it or do not like about it. Truly a fun way to decorate with. Thank you for sharing and have a fantastic creative day!

  9. How clever you are! I enjoyed looking and reading about this project.

  10. Excellent tutorial, Carole. Love the mini quilt, the colors, the beaded “necklace” (so clever a technique!), and the quilting is nicely done and simple, which adds just the right finish.

  11. I love this mini quilt and I love the beads, so perfect for Mardi Gras! I think I may have to make one for my Aunt who lives near New Orleans!

  12. Lovely colourful hanging. Isn’t it great to sometimes do a quick project that ends up so lovely!

  13. I do like the colors, and that’s a pretty block for them. Especially with your wonderful beading, it’s a very Mardi Gras look!

  14. oh my goodness, you are going all out for Mardi Gras Carole! This mini quilt is just beautiful and I love the bead like swirls you created, and the beaded necklace on top! Wow!
    Jenna

  15. What a great mini! Thank you for taking the time to make and share the tutorial, too!

  16. Carole your mini is adorable. And a great tutorial. Thank you for sharing and for linking up! xo jan

  17. I love your mini and those candles–I love your idea of displaying the block too

  18. Very pretty. I love your free motion pattern. It really adds life to the quilt.

  19. What a cute block, I really like the addition of the beads.

  20. Being from South Louisiana, my question is there any other perfect color combinations except purple and gold(LSU), black and gold (Saints), and red, black with white(ULL).

  21. Awesome! I love minis and I just bought a stand similar to the one you have. I must get started sewing these!

  22. I love that stand idea! The mini is super cute and your tutorial is wonderful!

  23. A lovely mini quilt. Your instructions are so clear that I hope to make one of my own (maybe this year?)

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