November 28, 2011

Rockin' Simple Quilt

Size 39.5 x 48.5 inches.  A great size for a baby or lap quilt.

  • This quilt can be made from large scraps or Fat Quarters.  Choose 5 prints to be your focus fabrics and at least 5 more that are complimentary.  I used a total of 12 different prints.
  • {Alternatively, you could use the same print for your focus rectangles and 10 to 20 complimentary prints for the squares.}
  • 1.25 yards solid background fabric, for the sashing.  The sashing takes every bit of one yard, so 1.25, gives you a safety net.
  • 2.75 yards backing fabric.  Less, if you're going to piece the back.  I love pieced backs, myself.
here's my pieced back:

  • From each "focus" prints, cut (1) 5.5" x 14.25" strip, and (1) 5.5 x 5.5" square.
  • From the complimentary prints cut a total of (15) 5.5 x 5.5" squares, you'll have a total of (20) squares.
  • Cut the background fabric into (12) 3" x wof (width of fabric) strips. Set (6) pieces aside; sub-cut remainder as follows - (6) pieces 14.25" long, (24) pieces 5.5" long.
  • Attach a sashing strip to the right side of each long and each square print.  This is a great time to chain stitch.
  • Press seam allowances toward the print.
  • Lay your pieces out, on a design wall, floor or table, to decide the final placement.  (If you have directional prints make sure they are correctly orientated.)
  • Attach a sashing strip to the left piece of each row, press seam allowance toward the print.
  • Join the five pieces in each row.  Press seam allowances toward the print.
  • Add the set aside pieces of sashing between the rows, and at the top and bottom of your quilt top.  Press toward sashing strip.
TA DA, you're finished.
May your bobbins always be full

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