Snapshots Quilt-Along Mini Quilt

Snapshots Quilt-Along Mini/Full Quilt Block 1 │Out of the Blue Quilts

I’ve had the most fun digging through my stash of fat quarters and scraps lately. This year, I decided to do some of my BOMs and QALs in miniature. I saw so many mini quilts being made last year that it created an itch that needed scratched. Here is my first block from Fat Quarter Shop’s Snapshots Quilt-Along. After finishing, I ended up making a full size block, too. It was too cute and simple not to. I guess the full size version will either end up a gift or donation when finished.

Snapshots Quilt-Along Mini Quilt Block 1

I adore this quilt; not just for the way it looks, but for the story behind the blocks. According to the Fat Quarter Shop, “Sew twelve novelty blocks that capture and celebrate moments of happiness in our lives. The Snapshots Quilt Along is a free quilt-along program throughout 2015. Each month, we will post free patterns for you to create the whole quilt.”

Snapshots Quilt-Along from the Fat Quarter Shop

“For the use of the patterns, we encourage you to donate to our Snapshots Quilt Along fundraising page benefitting St. Jude. To help advance cures and means of prevention for catastrophic pediatric diseases, Fat Quarter Shop and Moda Fabrics will match up to $10,000 of donations raised for this amazing cause. And, on top of that, we will auction our Snapshots Quilt Along Quilt at the end of the program, and 100% of the auction proceeds will go to our St. Jude campaign.” Beautiful quilt. Beautiful cause.

Snapshots Quilt-Along Mini Quilt Block 1 │Out of the Blue Quilts

The first block was a breeze – big and small! Picking out fabrics to longer than the sewing. Each month I will provide the measurements I use for my MINI block. Anyone wanting to follow along will need to get the original block at Fat Quarter Shop Snapshots Quilt Along for the pattern and directions and substitute the cutting measurements. Please support Fat Quarter Shop and St. Jude Children’s Hospital and start sewing!

Snapshots Quilt-Along Mini Quilt │Out of the Blue Quilts

Check back next month to see my next Snapshot Mini and sign up for my newsletter to receive a reminder!




  1. Thank you for sharing the Mini. I am looking forward to making it. I’ve tried to subscribe to your newsletter but it comes up with an error. Not sure what I’m doing wrong.

  2. I am going to try it. this looks like a fun quilt and i am looking forward to making it. ;0)

    1. Can’t wait to see your results, Cheryl. Fat Quarter Shop has made such a cute quilt with super easy instructions. Making their block and the mini was a breeze!

  3. Hi Sondra.
    Last year I participated in the Wishes QAL with the FQ Shop and enjoyed it so much I knew I wanted to be included in this year’s QAL. However, I didn’t want another full size quilt so I decided at the start of the year that I would make the blocks in miniature. As soon as the Birthday Cake block came out I couldn’t resist and I made a mini version. Like you, I found it so much fun and cute. I look forward to following along with you throughout this year.

    1. Hi Amanda! I saw your block today on Facebook which then led me across the internet to your website. Wow!!! All your miniature BAD (block-a-day) blocks are darling. So excited to keep checking back on your progress!

  4. I love my Mini! Thanks so much for reducing the pattern. I will be making both sizes ^_^

  5. So glad you will be doing the conversions for the mini quilt, I so want to do this. Thanks!!

    1. Thank you, Cathy! I love my mini, so I’m glad I can share it. If you signed up for my newsletter, I’ll be sending a notice as each block is completed, as well as posting it in the Facebook group.

  6. I tried to sign up but the submission button comes up with an error. Let us know when if is fixed. Doing the Snapshots Quilt Along…Chris in Texas

    1. Chris, I’m not sure why it wasn’t working for you, but I just input your email address and you should be receiving a confirmation. Let me know if you don’t, and thank you for subscribing to my email list!

  7. So excited to make my first mini quilt!! I am doing the QAL with FQ Shop as well. Will a layer cake be enough for the blocks? I have a Scrumptious layer cake I have been dying to do something with! I know I will need the background and sashing but that isn’t a problem!

    1. I think a layer cake might be adequate, but I’m not really sure! I’m doing each of the blocks as they’re released, just as you are. I’m using scraps for the mini blocks and bits of fat quarters thus far for the full size blocks.

  8. This is fantastic! I am doing the sew along and will be donating the finished quilt. the mini is perfect so I can hang it on my stairwell wall! Thank you so much for sharing.

    Will you do the mini for each and all 12 blocks?

  9. I love these minis and plan to print these off for later use. I tried to join your newsletter but received an error message each time.

  10. I’m a new quilter and late to the party! Is there any way to get a full pattern for the mini quilt? Thanks!

    1. Hi Mary! As the pattern belongs to the Fat Quarter Shop, I am not able to offer a full pattern for the mini version. I also am quilting along each month with all of you and only offering size revisions to the full-size monthly block patterns, but all instructions are from the Fat Quarter Shop. Just drop in each month and get your mini measurements after you get the pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop. Happy sewing!

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