Update: This Giveaway is now closed. Congratulations Margaret!
Rainbow Rotary is one of the most popular mini quilt that I have shared this year, and now the
pattern is available on Craftsy! For Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day, I am happy to offer a PDF pattern of this quilt in three different sizes!
Inspired by my love of the Courthouse Steps quilt block, this quilt reinterprets the traditional block into a wedge shape to create a ring of color. This is the perfect project to show off all of the vibrantly colored fabrics in your scrap box, and a great opportunity to share fabric with friends.
Templates are included to create this pattern in three sizes:
- Micro Mini: 9.25″ x 9.25″
- Mini: 18.5″ x 18.25″ (this size is pictured above)
- Macro Mini: 24″ x 24″
I am currently offering this pattern as a “template only” pattern, which allows for a relatively low price of $4. General instructions are offered, but detailed written directions and step by step diagrams for foundation paper piecing are not included. I believe quilters with previous experience paper piecing will enjoy constructing this mini quilt. (My free block pattern, Summer Starburst, does include detailed instruction on foundation paper piecing if you are interested in learning the technique!)
How to Enter
- This giveaway is open from Wednesday, December 9 to 11:59pm Eastern on Sunday, December 13th. I will notify the winner both by email and on the blog by Wednesday, December 16th.
- This giveaway is open internationally
- The winner will receive a PDF pattern (Foundation Paper Piecing templates for three sizes of the Rainbow Rotary Quilt and general directions) via email
- To enter please leave a comment on this post. I have spent much of the year making mini quilts, and I would love to hear your thoughts on this particular type of quilt. Love Minis? Hate them? Have you made a mini? Is there a pattern you would like to try? Have you participated in a mini swap? Have you ever made a rainbow quilt of any type?
- The winner will be determined by a random drawing.
Good Luck! Please be sure to check out all of the other fantastic giveaways going on this week on Sew Mama Sew!
Kamila@ Work-With-PatchesDecember 9, 2015 at 6:49 am
I had some mini quilts from the 2014 year. It was a big fun to try sewing in a mini scale pattern of Twisted Log Cabin and quilting was so much easier too 🙂
Thx for hosting – beautiful design 🙂
Greetings from Poland
CindyDecember 9, 2015 at 7:26 am
I like minis, they are a good way to try out a new technique or idea.
CherylDecember 9, 2015 at 7:49 am
I like making mini quilts though mine are usually about the size of a fat quarter so they are mini but not micro. They are a fun way of trying something while not having to commit the time and fabric to an entire quilt.
judi crespoDecember 9, 2015 at 8:51 am
I’m a beginner quilter and have never made a mini…but I’d love to try one with this beautiful pattern!
Joanna @ Midwestern BiteDecember 9, 2015 at 9:22 am
I adore mini’s. It’s my favorite project to make. I’ve done a few mini mini quilt swaps and I’m doing a private mini swap in January. I’ve really enjoyed watching your mini’s this year!
Paige @ Quilted BloomsDecember 9, 2015 at 9:35 am
Love mini quilts! Love your rainbow colors!
RoseDecember 9, 2015 at 9:48 am
I haven’t made any mini’s yet however the walls in my sewing room could really do with some brightening up
JayneDecember 9, 2015 at 9:53 am
I was in love with this mini the first time I saw it and even more so every time I see it! I adore minis and love making them!
AudreyDecember 9, 2015 at 9:56 am
I would like to make more minis, but they kinda stress me out. I’m always worried that the ones I make are too boring! (This pattern would be totally perfect–it looks like a sweet mini!) That being said, I do love me a good rainbow quilt.
marilynDecember 9, 2015 at 10:02 am
I am not a fan of mini quilts but I am looking forward to using this pattern to make a full size quilt it is stunning!
JennieDecember 9, 2015 at 10:23 am
Love minis! Big enough to try a new technique bit small enough to finish before I get bored with it!
Linda PawlakDecember 9, 2015 at 11:09 am
I LOVE minis! They give me a chance to try a new technique with little investment of materials and time. Thanks for the giveaway!
ArletteDecember 9, 2015 at 11:09 am
I absolutely love mini quilts specially if they are paper piecing, I have made a few, I am up for all kind of mini paper piecing, I have participated in mini swaps, they are all fun, I never made a rainbow quilt before…
JanequiltsslowlyDecember 9, 2015 at 11:11 am
I love all the mini quilt exchanges I see on Instagram. I just signed up for one using Blueberry Park fabrics. This would make the perfect quilt for that exchange.
TishDecember 9, 2015 at 11:29 am
I love minis! I actually prefer making them over larger quilts. They are easier to finish quilting on my machine and tend to take a bit less time to finish.
JoyateeDecember 9, 2015 at 11:35 am
I am unsure what to do about minis. I completed the patchwork for one, but never quilted it because I wonder if I should just make several more blocks into a full quilt or if I should make it into a pillow. Thanks for the giveaway!
MoniqueDecember 9, 2015 at 11:39 am
I have just joined my first ever mini swap and it is a rainbow mini swap. I am looking forward to giving it a go and this pattern is one I had my eye on as a possible pattern for that swap! It’s kismet. monique dot belmer at gmail dot com
CathieDecember 9, 2015 at 11:43 am
I love them! I am making a wall in my sewing room just for minis
Jessica HartDecember 9, 2015 at 11:52 am
I adore mini quilts!!!! And this pattern is breathtaking! Even if I don’t win, it’s going on my to-buy list! =)
Doris McCartyDecember 9, 2015 at 11:57 am
I like mini quilts,so fun to decorate with. I’d like to make one!
Barbara O.December 9, 2015 at 12:43 pm
I so admire mini quilts but I have never made one. Your pattern is tempting me to finally try a mini. If I don’t win it, I’ll just buy it. Thanks for the chance!
PatDecember 9, 2015 at 12:46 pm
I enjoy making mini’s. This year I began making a monthly mini for my son and my daughter and for myself. I gave each a tabletop quilt stand and prepared each quilt with a hanging sleeve. I managed to get 9 months done for us all. I will finish the other 3 this year. It has been fun and I will make more in the future.
Jen BeattyDecember 9, 2015 at 12:48 pm
I love mini’s. It’s a great opportunity to try new techniques w/faster results.
LindaDecember 9, 2015 at 1:10 pm
Hello, I am a beginning quilter and have never made a mini. Something to try in the new year. Thanks for the chance to win.
Ariel HuffmanDecember 9, 2015 at 1:14 pm
What a beautiful mini! I’ve really enjoyed making a few minis over the last year for a few different craft swaps I participated in. I only have 2 that were given to me from others (through those swaps) but I haven’t kept any of the ones I’ve made for myself. I love minis because its just one more way to be crafty and show off your art style. Hoping to fill a wall with minis someday 🙂
sharonDecember 9, 2015 at 1:36 pm
I have yet to make a mini quilt
I always think big–very big when I make a quilt
but, since I would like to home machine quilt this year– maybe one mini a month would help to create some skills with home machine quilting
LiaDecember 9, 2015 at 2:07 pm
Mini’s are awesome. Wether or not it’s mugrug size or bigger, but I really like them, I have received several in swaps and made just as many in return, but not just for swaps, also for challenges and myself. I currently have 6 of them on my wall, one is downstairs in the living room. I just love how creative you can get with them and I love a rainbow theme. I’m actually currently in a pillow swap group, where I have just made anoher inspirational mosaic with lots of rainbow themed ideas for my furture partner. I think I need to make a second one and add this. So gorgeous!
Terry DDecember 9, 2015 at 2:14 pm
I Love mini’s!! I use the word “palette cleanser” for them ’cause they don’t take a lot of time and can be done quickly in between large projects. This mini is beautiful and I would LOVE to make one. Thanks for the chance.
MiriamDecember 9, 2015 at 2:23 pm
I am a swap addict and am kind of in Mini heaven. Its a fun way to try out new more complicated techniques without having to commit to an entire quilt in that style
LauraDecember 9, 2015 at 2:33 pm
I love this quilt and would be thrilled to win the pattern – I’ve only made one mini but enjoyed it, and I’m participating in the current round of rainbow min quilt swap so more rainbow minis are in my future! Thanks for the giveaway!
SarahDecember 9, 2015 at 2:47 pm
I love the idea of mini quilts and I’ve made a few but I never put them up and the end up in a pile somewhere. I love your pattern. It and the quilting are just gorgeous. Thanks for the chance to win.
GillDecember 9, 2015 at 2:47 pm
I love minis –
Julie VDecember 9, 2015 at 2:48 pm
I did the S&B mini quilt swap this year, and it was super fun. Didn’t think to do minis before, but now I’m hooked. Oh, and pillows… they count as minis right? 🙂 Thanks for the opportunity!
erinDecember 9, 2015 at 3:09 pm
I think mini quilts are adorable, but pretty much stick to full size projects, because I love using them as blankets too
LouDecember 9, 2015 at 3:11 pm
Have made a few smaller wall hangings and am seeing that I really do enjoy them! Faster satisfaction!
KarenDecember 9, 2015 at 3:22 pm
I’ve never made a mini quilt but would like to try one. Your quilt pattern is beautiful and I’d love to try it.
MelissaDecember 9, 2015 at 3:26 pm
I think mini quilts are cute and beautiful and I love a quick finish project. But, my husband won’t let me hang them on a wall, so I would rather make a mug rug or lap size quilt. If I won this pattern, I would enlarge it to lap size. Its a beauty.
Sherry V.December 9, 2015 at 3:28 pm
What a wonderful quilt!
I love small quilts. I have been in several doll quilt swaps over the years both through cyberspace and real life. My goal is to have a collection large enough to cover an entire wall in my house (which will, hopefully, be in my sewing studio).
I have not yet made a quilt using the rainbow. . . .but you have piqued my interest in checking out my stash to see if I have enough colors to do one.
Lesley GriffelDecember 9, 2015 at 3:35 pm
I have not made many mini quilts but I am curious and may start!
KristenDecember 9, 2015 at 4:14 pm
I love mini quilts! I just run out of room for displaying them. I have been following your mini quilts this year and they are all so beautiful!
LauraDecember 9, 2015 at 4:56 pm
Lovely pattern. I do mini quilts, but am not really keen on the really tiny ones (5″).
Allison CBDecember 9, 2015 at 5:03 pm
Love mini quilts – i usually finish them as opposed to the hulking big bed size quilts which languish for years as UFOs!
Emily KDecember 9, 2015 at 5:29 pm
I love minis! I’ve only made one (and received one), but I love that you can put so much intricacy in such a small quilt. Sometimes I would never finish a BIG quilt for a certain pattern (too much work or detail or whatever), but a mini gives you a little taste of the pattern without wearing you out!
T HaysDecember 9, 2015 at 5:49 pm
I love seeing all the minis on IG but I have never made one myself. I would love to make one someday…
AlliDecember 9, 2015 at 6:11 pm
I love other people’s minis! I don’t generally make them though, because I like using full-sized quilts. 🙂
Susan BrennandDecember 9, 2015 at 6:45 pm
Oh I love love minis. I am actually wanting to find some mini block to put around a little panel. It’s called the Quilters Alphabet and its 9 1/2 by 16 inches. So I want to find a couple of mini blocks so the proportions would look nice. Do you have any ideas, and do you pp all your minis?
Charlene SDecember 9, 2015 at 7:05 pm
I have never made a mini but would love to try. Your mini looks fantastic.
LoriDecember 9, 2015 at 7:32 pm
I love minis. I finished five or so this year.
KatheGDecember 9, 2015 at 8:36 pm
I’d love to hav ethis – I don’t have the room to make anything larger than a lap quilt – beautiful!!
KariDecember 9, 2015 at 9:50 pm
Minis are my favorite type of quilt to do (maybe because I live in a small condo) and rainbow is my favorite color, so this quilt is pretty much perfect to me! 🙂
karen bDecember 9, 2015 at 10:43 pm
I like mini quilts but I have not made very many. Usually just when I’m doing something for a class that i don’t like enough to make bigger, or that I don’t have time to make bigger. I don’t have room at home to hang them, so I take them to work to cheer up my office.
STHDecember 9, 2015 at 10:53 pm
I love small quilt projects! Most of my quilts are wall quilts–just so much easier to make and quick to finish.
BarbaraDecember 9, 2015 at 11:18 pm
I am just in the middle of my first mini quilt. I’m constantly amazed at how much I like the blocks as I go. So fun!
Shari BorgerDecember 9, 2015 at 11:26 pm
I love mini’s – as a beginner, they are so much easier to fmq 🙂
Margaret SchindlerDecember 9, 2015 at 11:36 pm
I really have not done any minis. I love the look but all my things tend to be larger
JessZDecember 10, 2015 at 1:22 am
I love minis! I recently finished my first mini quilt swap last month, and it was so fun!
MaraDecember 10, 2015 at 1:28 am
I like making micro minis and have gathered several minis in IG swaps, but seriously I have no idea of what to do with them.
DianeDecember 10, 2015 at 1:38 am
I have not made a mini yet but think I should to try different designs before jumping into a big project. Thanks!
ChrisDecember 10, 2015 at 4:24 am
Minis only work for me if I paper piece them. I find them difficult.
PennyDogDecember 10, 2015 at 5:13 am
I join mini swaps to decorate my sewing room wall, I don’t make them for myself, maybe I should.
ReneaDecember 10, 2015 at 8:22 am
I love to make mini quilts. Thanks for the great giveaway.
JoyDecember 10, 2015 at 9:00 am
I like minis and have made several this year. There are so many quilts I want to make, but I don’t necessarily want to make full sized examples of each one. A mini is the perfect choice for some.
I can use a colour, tip or technique that’s new to me without having to spend all that time required on a full sized quilt.
KerseyDecember 10, 2015 at 10:01 am
My goal for 2016 is to make several minis. Your pattern looks wonderful.
ShaynaDecember 10, 2015 at 10:12 am
I’m making my first mini for a secret swap with my knitting friends right now. I’d love to get one of your patterns as my quilt!
BelindaDecember 10, 2015 at 12:00 pm
I love minis! This year I took part in at least 7-8 different mini swaps on Instagram, and have found mini quilts to be fun and satisfying to make 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win your lovely pattern!!
Joyce HennesseyDecember 10, 2015 at 12:35 pm
I started making mini’s this year and love them. I have a 5ft stuffed butler bear that is holding a tray in front of himself. I took away the tray and replaced with a mini. It looks like he is showing off his handiwork. Of course this needs to be changed often, so the more mini’s the better. I’m sure Griswald would love to show off the rotary rainbow mini. Thanks for the chance to win.
Sarah GoerDecember 10, 2015 at 12:47 pm
I love this pattern and the way you’ve quilted it is perfect! I really like minis… I’ve enjoyed doing mini swaps and using that size project to try out a new skill. It’s a great, non-intimidating size to try something new.
VerDecember 10, 2015 at 1:16 pm
I haven’t made any mini quilts yet but it’s on my to-do list for 2016, to decorate my new sewing room!
TinaDecember 10, 2015 at 1:24 pm
I love minis, I just need to master making them and have the patience for accuracy.
SarahDecember 10, 2015 at 1:30 pm
I love them, but I haven’t made them because I don’t know what to do with them when they’re done.
Cassie GribbleDecember 10, 2015 at 2:42 pm
My goal for 2016 is to make a mini, haven’t made one yet. Would love to make this mini!
Southern GalDecember 10, 2015 at 3:26 pm
I love mini quilts. I’ve never attempted one, but would love to try. Yours is gorgeous! I actually have a fat eighth bundle of rainbow colors that I would love to dig into for something like this.
KateDecember 10, 2015 at 3:36 pm
I’ve never made a mini but everyone’s always look adorable!
Sandra AllredDecember 10, 2015 at 5:05 pm
I haven’t made one yet but want to. I think it will be fun to do. I bought a book of itty bitty quilts that I plan to start on this month.
Michelle SmithDecember 10, 2015 at 5:30 pm
I like mini quilts since I don’t have time to make a full size one.
lorraine mabbettDecember 10, 2015 at 5:44 pm
I love Minis for usage as a purse.
I don’t hate but I think one has only so much wall space to hang a quilt(s)
I have never made a mini.
Is there a pattern you would like to try? Yes the rainbow
I have never participated in a mini swap,
I have never made a rainbow quilt of any type.
Susan the Farm QuilterDecember 10, 2015 at 7:26 pm
I have never made a mini quilt…the tiny pieces scare me!!! But your quilt is so awesome, it makes me want to try!!! Never participated in a swap or made a rainbow quilt, but a rainbow quilt is on my bucket list!
Elizabeth McDonaldDecember 10, 2015 at 7:48 pm
I just started making mini quilts this year with McCall’s Mini Madness, and then began to make Bitty Blocks with the Quiltmaker quilt along. Now I love them! They are fun to make, and fun to display. I love your quilt!
AmberDecember 10, 2015 at 8:32 pm
I LOVE mini-quilts. I find them a great way to try new techniques or to get creative (I like free-form art quilts) without committing the time and resources to a larger work.
DeniseDecember 10, 2015 at 8:47 pm
I have never made a mini, but your pattern is so pretty it may be my first.
Cindy WeaverDecember 10, 2015 at 9:23 pm
I have never made a mini quilt yet, but love them and would love to try one,
JenniferDecember 10, 2015 at 9:44 pm
I would love to try a Mini-Quilt. In my mind it means “quicker” but I am not so sure about that 🙂 I think it is a great way to try out new things.
MinnDecember 10, 2015 at 10:31 pm
I have not finished my first mini yet, but it is all pieced! It’s a paper-pieced circle of geese.
usairdollDecember 10, 2015 at 11:45 pm
What a beautiful pattern! I do love minis and have made a few. Would love to win, fingers crossed!
Thanks for a chance to win!
AftonDecember 10, 2015 at 11:45 pm
I love minis. I think I’d like to participate in the mini-mini swap. That wouldn’t be as much of a commitment as a regular mini.
RochelleDecember 11, 2015 at 2:03 am
I’ve been participating in Focus through the Prism through Persimon Dreams this year and made nine 20″ quilts – two were extras. I’ve also belonged to an art quilt group (I’m totally outclassed there) and we use a 12″ format. Last year I made a color wheel from a pattern by Jacqueline deJonge. I think that having small quilts to work with allows me greater freedom to experiment without the expense entailed in a large quilt. Additionally, it is very hard to machine quilt a large quilt on a domestic sewing machine. My shoulders and neck tell me that all the time.
Thank you for the opportunity to win this pattern.
SandraDecember 11, 2015 at 3:40 am
Minis are quick to finish and I like that.
JoanGDecember 11, 2015 at 8:53 am
I have a small house, so I’ve made a number of mini quilts. It lets me display quilts around the house with no large blank wall spaces! Love you quilt and would be delighted to win the pattern.
sarah cDecember 11, 2015 at 10:25 am
I love mini quilts sometimes they can be fiddly and quilt time consuming but a great way to try new skills
SallieDecember 11, 2015 at 6:01 pm
I love minis. I have made a couple – 12 Days of Christmas and a Bingo card.
HayleyDecember 11, 2015 at 7:10 pm
Wow! Great mini. I love minis. They are a great way to scratch a quilting itch without committing to a whole quilt
Jessica FDecember 11, 2015 at 8:28 pm
With third kiddo just born I’m beginning to realize I don’t have the time needed to make full quilts as much as I’d love to make them. So I’ve been looking into minis and am dying to try so many. The rainbow ones are particularly inspiring. Eventually I want to join a swap but haven’t been able to find one to join before sign up is over. But, it also looks intimidating because I want to make something remarkable but not sure my skills are quite there. Thanks for the giveaway!
BonnieDecember 11, 2015 at 8:51 pm
I have never made a mini quilt, but I do love them. Your colorful Rainbow Rotary is beautiful. Thanks for the great giveaway!
Stephanie DanielDecember 11, 2015 at 9:08 pm
I love mini quilts! prob one of my favorite projects.
GeorgiaDecember 12, 2015 at 9:01 am
While I haven’t made a mini in quite some time, I like them because they don’t seem to require the commitment of time required by a full-sized quilt.
stanleybeagleDecember 12, 2015 at 2:59 pm
I love minis! The only problem is that they multiply!
MCDecember 12, 2015 at 4:35 pm
I just started making minis this year after signing up for my first swap, and I have to say they’re pretty addictive! Considering that I only really finish about one regular sized quilt a year, there’s so much satisfaction in actually getting a whole project finished in a shorter time!
TashaDecember 12, 2015 at 11:36 pm
I love making minis! I have been wanting to make a rainbow quilt for awhile, I really like this pattern-nice work!
Lisa EDecember 12, 2015 at 11:44 pm
I have never made a mini before, but I’ve made a rainbow quilt. Thanks for the giveaway.
Carla GDecember 13, 2015 at 3:25 am
I’d love to try a mini! I would like to try the Rainbow Rotary pattern — it looks fabulous! 🙂
Karrie SmithDecember 13, 2015 at 10:46 am
i like Minis. THey make good gifts and wallhangings
tacDecember 13, 2015 at 3:13 pm
I have not made any mini quilts but love your pattern. Might get me started. Thanks for the opportunity to win.
SherriDecember 13, 2015 at 3:57 pm
I love mini quilts and I especially love rainbow ones. I envision having a wall full one day. I love your pattern.
MarilynDecember 13, 2015 at 5:36 pm
I like making minis almost always using paper piecing. The great thing about a small quilt is that you (or if gifted, that person) can usually find a spot to display it. thanks for the chance to win. Happy Holidays!
Brenda HulseyDecember 13, 2015 at 8:43 pm
I have made mini quilts before and do love them!
Lori SmanskiDecember 13, 2015 at 9:22 pm
this is gorgeous. thanks for the chance. also thank you for the free pattern.