Easy Fall Mini Quilt Tutorial

Its starting to get cooler outside. I am ready for Fall!

This mini quilt or mug rug is the perfect for the season. It is quick and easy, and it looks harder than it is!

Fall Mini Quilt

To make this quilt I started with 6 strips of fabric that measured 2 1/2 inches by 15 inches each. I picked out some fun Fall colors for this mini quilt.

Fabric Selection

Then I sorted them by value. (A quick way to do this is to look at them through the camera on your phone with a gray scale filter.)

Arranging strips of fabric

Then I sewed the strips together in that order.

Sewing Strips of fabric together

I cut them apart into 2 1/2 inch strips. There should be 6 of them.

Cutting apart strips

Then I laid them out so the colors went opposite ways and that they were offset by 1/2 inch on each side. 

Arranging strips together

Here is a closer look of the offset strip ends. 

Offset edges of the strips

I sewed them together. It created this cool look with the light green going down the center. 

Strips sewn together

After I layered it together with a backing and batting, I machine quilted it by lining up the edge of my walking foot with the seams. I stitched down both sides of each seam. 

Machine Quilting

Here it is after quilting.

Quilted Top

And here it is completely finished. 

Completed Fall Mini Quilt or Mug Rug

The back shows the straight line quilting really well. 

Back of Fall Mini Quilt

I also made a second one with the same method, except it only has 4 fabrics and they are not sorted by value. 

Alternate Fall Mini Quilt

It reminds me of apple picking season. 

Close up of Alternate Mini Quilt

I hope you enjoy making these fun and simple quilts! 

Both of the Fall Mini Quilts

Have a great Fall! 

Have fun quilting!


  • What a pretty little quilt. I had to look at it a couple times to see how it was constructed. It seems to be a very versatile pattern. Thank you for the tutorial.

  • Great idea with the offset strips! Thanks for sharing your process.

    Connie Wolfe

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