How to make a mini quilt with your quilting stencils!

Issue 76 quilting stencils

Add the perfect finishing touch to your quilts with our brand new set of quilting stencils! Issue 76 of Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine comes with seven exclusive designs by Karlee Porter, to stitch your quilt sandwich together in style.

How many times have you stared at a quilt top wondering how on earth you’re going to quilt it?  Well delay no longer because we’re setting you up with seven striking geometric quilting stencils to help stitch intricate patterns with ease. And the good news is that they’re super easy to use!

Read on to find out how to make a Flying Geese mini quilt to practise your new quilting skills.

How to make a Flying Geese mini quilt

You will need

  • Fabric A (teal) 7in x 612in
  • Fabric B (turquoise) 7in x 612in
  • Fabric C (light blue) 7in x 612in
  • Fabric D (grey) 14in x 612in
  • Fabric E (background fabric) 12yd
  • Backing fabric: 22in x 20in
  • Batting: 22in x 20in
  • Binding: 14yd
  • Quilting stencil

Finished size

  • 19in x 18in


  • Seam allowances are 14in, unless otherwise noted.
  • Press seams to one side, unless otherwise instructed.
  • RST = right sides together.
  • WOF = width of fabric.

Cutting out

Step one: From each of Fabrics A, B and C cut:

  • Two (2) 312in x 612in pieces.

Step two: From Fabric D cut:

  • Four (4) 312in x 612in pieces.

Step three: From Fabric E cut:

  • Twenty (20) 312in squares.
  • Two (2) 1512in x 314in strips.
  • Two (2) 18in x 214in strips.

Step four: From the binding fabric cut:

  • Two (2) 212in x WOF strips.

Piecing the Flying Geese

Step five: Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the reverse of every background fabric 312in square.

Step six: Arrange a background fabric 312in square at one end of a Fabric A 312in x 612in rectangle, RST. Sew along the drawn line, trim with a 14in seam allowance and press. Repeat on the opposite corner to make one Flying Geese unit (Fig 1).

Step seven: Repeat step 6 with each Fabric A, B, C and D 312in x 612in piece and all the background fabric 312in squares, to make ten Flying Geese units.

Assembling the quilt top

Step eight: Arrange the Flying Geese units in two columns of five, referring to the photography for colour placement. Sew the units into columns, then sew the columns together.

Step nine: Join the background 1512in x 314in strips either side, press, then sew the background 18in x 214in strips at the top and bottom to finish the quilt top.

Quilting and finishing

Step ten: Press the quilt top and backing well. Make a quilt sandwich by placing the backing fabric right side down, the batting on top, then place the quilt top centrally and right side up. Baste the layers together using your preferred method.

Step eleven: Quilt as desired. We used one of the templates by Karlee Porter from issue 76 to quilt a repeat free-motion design (check out our video guide to using quilt stencils + Karlee’s top tips post). Place the stencil on top of your quilt sandwich in the position you want. We started in the bottom left hand corner. 

Step twelve: Use a fabric marker to draw through the gaps in the stencil, making sure that your marks are clear.

Step thirteen: Move the stencil to the side of your markings, joining the lines to create one continuous design (the packaging shows how the stencils join together). 

Step fourteen: Continue in this way, matching up the pattern until your quilt is covered. Use the lines as a guide while you quilt. We used a bright blue thread to make the quilting pop. Trim off the excess batting and backing fabric and square up the quilt.

Step fifteen: Sew the binding strips together end-to-end using diagonal seams. Press the seams open. Fold in half lengthways, wrong sides together, and press. Sew the binding to the right side of the quilt, creating a neat mitre at each corner. Fold the binding over to the back of the quilt and hand stitch in place to finish.