This is the final section of the Hot Air Balloon Mini Quilt tutorial, plus I’ll give you some finishing instructions. You can find instructions for the first two sections here:
Finished quilt size: 22″ square. All seams are made with a scant 1/4″ seam allowance.
Materials for entire quilt:
- Background: 1/4 yard white fabric
- Balloons: assorted scraps of rainbow-colored fabrics
- Flying geese, trees and baskets: black, gray, tan, brown and green scraps
- Binding: 1/4 yard fabric
- Backing: 3/4 yard or 25″ square of fabric
- Batting: 25″ square
Section 3 Cutting Instructions:
Hot Air Balloon:
- Yellow: (1) 1 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ rectangle
- Orange: (1) 1 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ rectangle, (2) 1 1/2″ squares
- Red: (1) 1 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ rectangle, (1) 1 1/2″ square
- Dk. Red: (1) 1 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ rectangle, (3) 1 1/2″ squares
- Pink: (1) 1 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ rectangle
- Dk. Brown: (2) 1″ x 2 1/4″ rectangles
- Brown: (1) 2 3/4″″ x 3″ rectangle
- White: (4) 1 3/4″ squares, (2) 1 3/4″ x 2 1/4″ rectangles, (1) 2″ x 2 1/4″ rectangle, (2) 1 3/4″ x 2 3/4″ rectangles
- Dk. Green: (1) 3″ x 5 1/2″ rectangle
- Lt. Green: (1) 3″ x 5 1/2″ rectangle
- Brown: (1) 2″ x 3″ rectangle
- White: (4) 3″ squares, (2) 2 1/4″ x 3″ rectangles
- White: (1) 1 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ rectangle, (1) 4″ x 5 1/2″ rectangle,
Hot Air Balloon Construction:
- Sew the pink, dark red, red, orange and yellow rectangles together to form a strip set. Press all seams in one direction LIGHTLY. You will need to re-press some of them in the opposite direction in a later step. Straighten one edge, rotate, and cut into (5) 1 1/2″ wide strips.
2. Lay out the strips as show below. Add the red, dark red and orange squares to each strip set as shown. Remove (un-sew) the bottom yellow square from the center strip set.
3. Re-press the seams of strip sets #2 and #4 in the opposite direction so that you have nesting seams. Sew the strips sets together. Press the seams to one side (or open). Square up the unit, if necessary, to 5 1/2″ x 6 1/2″. The ruler in the far right photo (below) is NOT lined up with anything – it’s just a photo prop (apparently – not sure what I was thinking).
4. Draw a diagonal line on each 1 3/4″ white square. Sew a square to each corner of the balloon on the drawn line. Trim and press. The balloon should measure 5 1/2″ x 6 1/2″.
5. Assemble the basket as shown below and attach to the balloon unit. You can see that I could have eliminated one seam on each side of the basket section. My apologies. The completed hot air balloon should measure 5 1/2″ x 10 1/2″.
Large Tree Construction:
- Create two flying geese units using the 3″ x 5 1/2″ rectangles and the 3″ squares. I used the stitch and flip method. The unfinished size should measure 3″ x 5 1/2″.
- Assemble the tree using the flying geese units from step 1 and the remaining tree pieces as shown below. The large tree should measure 5 1/2″ x 8″, unfinished.
Section 3 Assembly:
Arrange the background pieces, hot air balloon and large tree as shown below. Stitch the units together.
Arrange sections 1, 2 and 3 as shown below. If necessary, trim them along the bottom edge so that they are all the same length. Stitch the sections together and press towards section 2.
Your Hot Air Balloon Mini Quilt is complete! This would make a great wall hanging for a baby’s room, especially if you personalize it with a name in the center section. I think it would also make a great graduation gift with an embroidered quote just above the middle balloon. Hmmm…. Who will I give this to? You’ll have to wait and see. I’m working on personalizing it right now!
If you’re following along with this series, I would love to see pictures of your finished quilt top. It’s so fun to see what it would look like in different fabrics. Remember, you can use the “Print Friendly” button below. Thanks for joining me and have a great weekend!