Monday, October 15, 2012

First Quilt

This is the first quilt I have made. As you can see, I really love reproduction 30's fabrics. The quilting is done by hand.

Basic Supplies

  • Sewing machine
  • Cotton thread in a neutral colour
  • Sewing machine needle- 80/12 or 80/11
  • Rotary Cutter
  • Self healing cutting mat
  • Ruler 6" x 12"
  • Ruler 6" square
  • Pins, seam ripper, pencils 

Fabric

  • 1 fat quarter of each of 5 colors- a, b, c, d, e
  • 2 fat quarters of background fabric- f
  • 1/4 yard inner border
  • 1/2 yard outer border
  • 1 1/2 yard backing
  • 1/2 yard binding
  • Crib size batting

What To Do

Fold fat quarter in half and then cut 3" strips as follows:
  • Fabric A = 1 strip
  • Fabric B = 1 strip
  • Fabric C = 1 strip
  • Fabric D = 1 strip
  • Fabric E = 1 strip
  • Fabric F = 5 strips
Using a 1/4" seam allowance, sew a strip of fabric f to each of your remaining cut strips. Sew right sides together and press seams towards darker strip.
Sub-cut each strip set into 3" segments. Sew 4 patch units by matching 2 patch units of the same color. Rotate these pieces to make sure that like colors do not touch each other.
Measure several of your 4 patches. This will determine the size you should cut your large squares. Figure out how you want your quilt to look then cut large squares according to that.

Example:
A (4 patch c) B (4 patch d) E
(four patch c) B (4 patch d) E (4 patch a)
B (4 patch d) E (4 patch a) C
(4 patch d) E (4 patch a) C (4 patch b)
E (4 patch a) C (4 patch b) D
(4 patch a) C (4 patch b) D (4 patch e)
C (4 patch b) D (4 patch e) A

Center large squares on the 4 patches. Make sure right sides are together. Sew (with 1/4" seam allowance) the pieces together. Sew the newly made rows together to make the quilt top.
For the first border, cut 4 1/2" strips. measure border from the middle of the quilt and cut the border fabric length. Sew length border to quilt top. Measure the width of the border using same technique as the length. Cut and sew the top and bottom border to quilt.
For the second border, cut 4 3 1/2" strips. As with the first border, cut and sew onto the quilt top.
Attach the batting and backing. Quilt any design you like. Cut the excess batting and backing. Cut the binding fabric into 2" strips. Attach together and then fold in half wrong sides together down the length and press. Attach to the quilt.
I hope you enjoy my tutorial!

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