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Friday, 23 April 2010
super simple patchwork squares quilt tutorial
I promised you I'd write up a quick tutorial on how I made the so st.croix quilt from last week to help you with the math side of things. So here y'go.
I'm making the assumption you have a basic understanding of quilting and sewing, so it's not a detailed tute, but if you have any questions give me a shout and I'll answer them here or by email.
First of all you need to decide how big you want your quilt top to be. Mine is approximately 47 x 58 inches and comprises 11 rows of 9.
Each square is 5.75 inches unfinished (that's before it's sewn together) so you will need 99 squares for a quilt the same size as mine. When sewn together they lose 0.5 inch each so the finished squares are 5.25 inches. Use this measurement to work out your preferred size. (mine is 9 x 5.25 = 47.25 wide, and 11 x 5.25 = 57.75 long)
Each fat quarter of fabric will yield 9 squares, so for 11 rows of 9 you will 99 divided by 9 = 11 fat quarters.
For a smaller quilt, say 8 rows of 8 (which would be approx. 42 inches square) you will need 8 x 8 = 64 squares. With 9 squares in a FQ it would be 64 divided by 9 = 7.1 so 7 and a bit.
The basic math equation is this; total number of squares divided by 9. Round up the number to the next whole number. You can use any leftover squares on the back.
Ready? Let's go....
I have my 11 fat quarters ready. They are a variety of the new Alexander Henry Willow fabrics in the orange/brown colourway, Amy Butler full moon dots, Michael Miller Ta Dots and a couple of other bits out the scrap box.
First up you need to press all your fabrics, and fold selvage edge to cut edge - like in the picture below
trim a little bit off one side of your folded fat quarter to make it nice and even
cut each fat quarter into 3 strips, each 5.75 inches wide
cross cut your strips into 5.75 inch squares
rinse and repeat until you have your desired number of squares
arrange your squares on the floor or a design wall, switching things around until you have a layout you're happy with.
Sew it all together, 1 row at a time.
I like to number my rows with a post it note, stack 'em up next to my sewing machine so I don't have to keep walking over to where I've laid them out.
give the top a good press and make sure all your seams are nice and flat ready for basting and quilting. Hang on a fence, stand back and admire your half a day's work.....
Is that clear? If it isn't, let me know and I can clarify any bits you don't understand. If you want me to do a more detailed description of the sewing together of squares/rows just shout. My camera battery gave up on me yesterday just as I was doing that bit so I couldn't get pictures until it recharged...which meant I had finished the top by then.
Now, go and grab some FQs and sew them into a simple squares quilt!!!
Posted by Katy Jones at 10:02
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