Wednesday, 22 February 2012

How to Make a Basic Quilt

Be Inspired:
 Finished 2m square quilt 

Materials required:

81 Squares of fabric of similar weight each measuring 25cm x 25cm
(You can get 4 squares out of a fat quarter so need 21 fat quarters)

4m polyester wadding or 2m X 2.3m width cotton wadding
2m x 2m Backing fabric for the wadding such as calico or muslin
2m sheeting

Pre wash all the main fabrics (except the polyester wadding if using) before use to shrink to size.
Arrange the cut squares into a 9 X 9 square on a flat surface in a way that you are
happy with the pattern that emerges.
Pin the squares in strips of 9 before stitching 1cm from the edge.
Press the seam allowance flat. Repeat for the other 8 strips.
Then pin the strips together and stitch in place.
(Optional extra why not place a border around your quilt in a single fabric to frame it)

Prepare the wadding. Cut the wadding by first creating a 2m x 1.5m (width of polyester wadding) and then a 0.5m x 2m strip and lay together. Stitch together with a herringbone stitch but do not overlap then. This stops the quilt having extra bulk in some areas.

If you are using cotton wadding trim down to match the size of the quilt.

Place the wadding under the patchwork quilt and pin together. Then pin the backing fabric under the wadding. This stops the wadding catching when stitching. Depending on how confident you are feeling you could design a stitching pattern that is very different to the square design onto the quilt, or if this is the first time patch working why not stitch the wadding to the quilt by using the squares as a guide. Note- you can either stitch the quilting pattern to secure the wadding by hand or machine if your machine is able to use a “Running” foot.

To join the sheeting to finish off (Hiding the stitching) Pin the sheeting to the right side of the quilt leaving a 1m opening at either the top or bottom of the work.

Stitch in place.
Turn the quilt right way out and pin the open end closed  turning in the seam allowance. Stitch closed either by hand or machine as preferred.

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