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Pool Tile Mini Quilt Tutorial

Pool Tile Mini Quilt Tutorial


The key to this mini quilt is the fabric selection. To select your own unique fabrics, I suggest auditioning your choices for the fabrics side by side to evaluate the effectiveness of the color value and color gradient between each transition. Taking a photograph of the fabric you are auditioning and looking at the image in grayscale is a helpful method to evaluate the transition in value more effectively.

The fabric requirements and instructions are written with Fabric A being the lightest value, Fabric B being a mid tone, and Fabric C being the darkest value.

Fabric Requirements

Fabric A – Fat Quarter or ¼ yard
Fabric B – ⅔ yard
Fabric C – Fat Quarter or ¼ yard
Binding – ¼ yard | (3) 2 ½ʺ x WOF strips

Backing – ¾ yard | 27ʺ x 27ʺ

Cutting Instructions

WOF = Width of Fabric

Fabric A (Fat Quarter)

  • Cut (2) 5 ½ʺ x WOF strips
    • Subcut (4) 5 ½ʺ x 5 ½ʺ squares

Fabric A (¼ yard)

  • Cut (1) 5 ½ʺ x WOF strip
    • Subcut (4) 5 ½ʺ x 5 ½ʺ squares

Fabric B

  • Cut (2) 5 ½ʺ x WOF strips
    • Subcut (8) 5 ½ʺ x 5 ½ʺ squares
    • Subcut (4) 4 ½ʺ x 4 ½ʺ squares
  • Cut (1) 8 ½ʺ x WOF strip
    • Subcut (1) 8 ½ʺ x 8 ½ʺ square
    • Subcut (4) 4 ½ʺ x 8 ½ʺ rectangles

Fabric C (Fat Quarter)

  • Cut (2) 5 ½ʺ x WOF strips
    • Subcut (4) 5 ½ʺ x 5 ½ʺ squares
  • Cut (1) 4 ½ʺ x WOF strip
    • Subcut (4) 4 ½ʺ x 4 ½ʺ squares

Fabric C (¼ yard)

  • Cut (1) 5 ½ʺ x WOF strip
    • Subcut (4) 5 ½ʺ x 5 ½ʺ squares
    • Subcut (4) 4 ½ʺ x 4 ½ʺ squares

Pool Tile Piecing Instructions: Hourglass Blocks

Half-Square Triangles (HSTs): Two at a Time Method

  1. Place two squares right sides together.
  2. Mark a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of the lightest fabric.
  3. Sew a scant-¼ʺ seam allowance on either side of the marked diagonal line. Press to set seams.
  4. Cut along the marked diagonal line to form (2) HSTs. Press seams open.
  5. Using (4) Fabric A and (4) Fabric B 5 ½ʺ x 5 ½ʺ squares, make (8) A/B HSTs. Leave untrimmed.
  6. Using (4) Fabric B and (4) Fabric C 5 ½ʺ x 5 ½ʺ squares, make (8) B/C HSTs. Leave untrimmed.
Half Square Triangles

Half-Square Triangles

Hourglass Blocks

  1. Place an A/B and a B/C HST, right sides together, matching the direction of the HST seam for both blocks and alternating the colors.
  2. Mark a diagonal line from corner to corner running perpendicular to the HST seam.
  3. Sew a scant-¼ʺ seam allowance on either side of the marked diagonal line. Press to set seams.
  4. Cut along the marked diagonal line to form (2) A/B/C/B hourglass blocks. Press seams open.
  5. Trim hourglass blocks to 4 ½ʺ x 4 ½ʺ square.
  6. Repeat to create (16) A/B/C/B hourglass blocks.

Tip: To get a crisp point in the center of your hourglass block, line up the seams accurately. I use 2 positioning pins (each pin 1″ from the marked center line). Insert a pin from the top layer directly through the seam (seams that are pressed open make this easier). Turn the fabric over to confirm that the pin is passing through the other seam. Adjust if necessary.

Hourglass Blocks

Hourglass Blocks

Pool Tile Mini Quilt Top Assembly

Noting the orientation of the hourglass blocks, follow the assembly sequence illustrated below to sew the pool block together, pressing each seam open. The pieced mini quilt top should measure 24 ½ʺ x 24 ½ʺ square.

Pool Tile Mini Qult Assembly Sequence

Pool Tile Mini Quilt Assembly Sequence

Quilt Construction

  1. Layer backing (wrong side up), batting, and quilt top. Baste the layers together using your preferred method. Quilt as desired.
  2. From your binding fabric, cut (3) 2 ½ʺ x WOF strips and join the strips together using your preferred joining technique to create a double folded binding roll. Trim quilt square and bind using your favorite binding technique.

Congratulations! You have completed a Pool Tile Mini Quilt! I would love to see what you create. If you are on Instagram, tag me (@QuiltingJetgirl) and any images of your quilt using #PoolTileMiniQuilt. Or send an email to jetgirl8(at)gmail(dot)com with a photograph or a link to a blog post about your quilt!

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18 thoughts on “Pool Tile Mini Quilt Tutorial

  1. Michele T says:

    Thank you Yvonne for the measurements and instructions…. I was looking the photo over and trying to figure it out… This will make it waaaaay easier!! Lol

  2. Great tutorial and mini! Very clear and great illustrations.

  3. Cindy says:

    Thanks for a great tutorial.

  4. Jayne Willis says:

    Your tutorial is perfect! I love that you always give a helpful tip! I will have to give this one a try!

  5. Sandra says:

    Thanks Yvonne for this! When I saw last week the mini you’d made Stephanie, I thought it was an absolutely perfect name where you’ve captured the shimmering bottom of a pool so very well. Love this, and now I have to go get some Kona Oasis…

  6. Renee says:

    I love how quick and simple this looks to piece! I’m super tempted to go make one right now, but really it’s just the procrastination talking and I need to stop listening to it.

  7. Good Morning Yvonne! Thank you so much for this fabulous mini quilt pattern and tutorial! I will be making one of these for sure in the next couple of days. Yesterday, I was cutting into some spectacular orange fabrics that I purchased on a quilt run with a friend a few years ago, waiting for the right projects, and now there are two! All smiles and giddy as a school girl….thank you again! Have a fantastic creative day!

  8. Mary Brady says:

    Thanks so much for the tutorial! This is great!

  9. Sally says:

    Great tips with the colour choices, as well as such a clear tutorial.

  10. Lisa says:

    Thanks for sharing this tutorial with us Yvonne. I’m not sure when I’ll get around to making it…but hopefully one day!

  11. Christine Sherman says:

    Great tutorial. Your fabric choices are so pretty!

  12. Lara B. says:

    It’s a beautiful mini and I love the way it seems to sparkle like water. Yvonne, as always, your tutorial looks great!

  13. Paige says:

    When you first posted the quilt, I didn’t even see the hourglass units until now. Yvonne, thank you for the tutorial! You are always so generous in sharing your knowledge!

  14. This is a great pattern. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Such a cute mini and a very straightforward pattern. It’s the fabrics you used that make this shine.

  16. Jasmine says:

    Thanks! I’m saving this for a future project. My list keeps getting bigger.

  17. Excellent tutorial. Very cute quilt!

  18. Nanci Shino says:

    I am impressed with your mini quilt. Can the dimensions be sized down to make a 12″ block for a quilt? Thank you, Nanci

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