My Favorite China – an English Paper Pieced Mini Quilt

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This is the second mini quilt done in the upcoming Charming fabric collection by Planted Seed Designs.  I was in the midst of doing the All Over the Octagon Block of the Month by Sue Daley when I was asked to come up with a mini quilt.  So I took my inspiration from the pieces I was using in the Block of the Month project.

Fabric and EPP papers you will need for this mini quilt:

  • Center print:  6″ square of floral print or fabric of you choosing
  • Border #1 around center medallion:  1 fat eighth – enough for fussy cutting
  • Tan border #2 :  1 fat eighth – 1 fat quarter
  • Blue/white fabric : 1 fat quarter
  • Outer border (quilted), backing, and binding:   1 yard of solid off white fabric
  • EPP papers and acrylic templates for each shape:
    • 8 octagon tumbler shapes for Border #1
    • 4 – 2″x1″ rectangle shapes for Tan border
    • 4 – 2″ elongated hexagon shapes for Tan border



Cut a piece of floral print – 5″ x 5″ square – I fussy cut a large floral design (have fun with this and highlight a pretty section of your fabric).  Set this square aside.


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Border #1 (the print that will surround your center square): using the octagon tumbler shapes:

  • You will need to cut the tumbler shapes from your fabric choice using the acrylic template.
  • Glue baste your fabric to the paper shapes.
  • Whip stitch the 8 tumbler pieces into a frame shape – see picture.  Press the frame shape with a dry, warm iron.  Do not remove the papers at this point.
  •  Lay the tumbler frame piece over the center medallion piece.  do this on a flat surface.  Center your design behind the frame.
  • Glue baste the frame in place by placing small dots of glue on the underside seam near the inner part of the frame.  Don’t put glue in the area where your needle passes through when you applique.
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  • Applique the inner edge of the tumbler frame to the center piece.
  • On the back side, carefully cut away the excess fabric of the center piece leaving a 1/4″ seam.100_2021
  • Don’t remove the frame’s paper pieces yet!!

Tan Border

  • Cut shapes from fabric using the acrylic templates.  Glue baste to paper shapes.
  • Whip stitch pieces around the first octagon-shaped piece created above to create another frame layer.  I alternated the rectangle and elongated hexagon shapes to create this second frame.
  • Press your piece with warm, dry iron.
  • Remove the papers from the tan frame and press again the set the seams.

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  1. Cut the fabric for the background behind the tan frame into a 10-1/2″ x 10-1/2″ square.  Fold your square in half lengthwise and then widthwise to create crease lines to help you with the centering.
  2. Center the octagon-shape piece on the square and applique your piece in place.  I glue basted my frame piece on the background piece, then appliqued.  This is what your piece should look like at this point:

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Outer borders (quilted in picture):

  1. Cut 2 strips:  3-1/2″ x 10-1/2″ for side border pieces.
  2. Cut 2 strips:  3-1/2″ x 16-1/2″ for top/bottom border pieces.
  3. Attach the border pieces, starting with the side border pieces, then adding the top and bottom.  Press seams towards borders.
  4. Cut a piece of fabric 18″ x 18″ for your backing.
  5. Cut a piece of batting 18″ x 18″ .
  6. Layer your top, batting and backing – quilt as desired.
  7. Square up your quilt to 16″ square.
  8. Bind.
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Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that you have a lovely mini quilt to display.

Until next time……..happy quilting,



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