Wednesday, May 6, 2009

I have got to get moving on this...

I found this great --and easy -- quilt project at Crazy Mom Quilts and it is definitely something to keep and make. I've seen the flannel ones done like this and they ravel so nicely after a few washings. I just love the pinks she chose...but I can see blues, lavenders...all sorts of colors. And more blocks. Wanna guess what the project of summer will be around this homestead????

Last week Jeanie asked me how to make a ragged squares quilt. Several weeks ago I had also gotten a request to show the basics of assembling a quilt top, so I'll try to incorporate both of these in this tutorial. This would be a great beginner quilt, but fun for any skill level.

select your fabrics: I used 13 fabrics in my quilt. (some were fat quarters and some were half yards.) 14 are shown, but I omitted one along the way.

cut 30 squares of each size:
3", 6" and 9".
for the 3" squares I cut a few extra just to help with the randomness.

take one 9" square, lay a 6" square on top, just centering it by eye, no measuring necessary,
and then lay a 3" square on top of that. pin.

using a 1/4" seam allowance, sew around the perimeter of the 3" square

then sew around the perimeter of the 6" square
you will leave the raw edges exposed.

and now your squares should be attached.

the center square is a little crooked, but no worries.

I think most people would cut out the back of the squares at this point to reduce bulk, but I don't bother. a bit of the polka dot showed through on the flower print in this block, but it's barely noticeable, so I just leave it as is. plus, I like the extra weight of the quilt by leaving the multiple layers in tact.

attach the squares on all 30 blocks.

once your blocks are assembled,
layout your blocks in a pleasing arrangement,
5 blocks across and 6 blocks down.

at this point, take a digital photo and view your quilt on your camera screen to look for any color clumping. re-arrange squares if necessary.

using a 1/4" seam allowance, sew your blocks together to make 6 strips.

press the seams in every other row to the right....

and the seams in the alternating rows to the left.

place 2 long strips together and line up the seams. the seams should be pointing in opposite directions. they should sort of notch together.

first pin at all the seams where they notch together, then place a pin in the middle of each block.
sew one long seam (again using 1/4")
open and press the seam to one side
at this point it doesn't matter which way you press the long seam
now you can see the bottom two rows are together.

repeat the process until all rows are attached.
and your quilt top is done.
next, baste your quilt (there is a tutorial here)
and you are ready to quilt.
this quilt is easy to quilt because it is on the smaller side and you are just doing straight line marking required.
using a walking foot, stitch in the middle of the center (6") block, and quilt a square. back stitch a bit at the beginning and ending of the seam.
quilt another square in the largest (9") square
and quilt a little square in the smallest (3") block.
in this photo the center square is the quilting, the next line is the stitching that attached the 3" square to the 6" square. the next line is quilting, and so on.
repeat this quilting for all the blocks. so in the end you will quilt 90 squares. 30 quilted squares in the large blocks, 30 quilted squares in the middle sized blocks and 30 little quilted squares in the smallest blocks.
here it is all quilted....
but, then I washed and dried it....
and had some strings to trim....
so it looks all tidy....
and here's the back. many thanks to Frieda for sending me this fabric. it was perfect for this quilt!
and it's complete!

if you have any questions, I'll try to answer them in the comments. and if you make one of these quilts, I'd love to see it!

No comments:


Jeremiah 6:16
Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.

Blog Archive