I made a new quilt for the recent Stitches and Craft Show and promised I’d write about it here. A little tutorial if you will.
The point of this quilt was to showcase this amazing fabric by Rashida Coleman-Hale – the line is called Tsuru, 100% Organic cotton – heavenly. And also to be able to put something together fairly quickly. It’s simple and effective, my kind of quilt!!
The requirements are:
10 Fat 1/8s – 9 x 22inches
50cm linen (140cm wide) – I used Essex Wide in Flax – 140cm wide
40cm binding fabric
3m backing fabric
1.45m x 1.45m piece of batting
1/4 inch seam allowance used throughout.
1. Sub cut each fat 1/8th piece into three 3 x 22 inch strips. You will have 30 strips in total.
2. Take one of each kind of fabric (10) and lay out as desired. Sew long end to long end. Then, cut this in half along the length so you have 2 rows, each 10 strips x 11inches approx. and sew together on the long ends so you now have a long row consisting of 20 11 x 3 inch strips. Press well.
3. Repeat step 2 two more times.
4. Sub cut the linen so you have 2 long 25cm strips.
5. For the layout, select one stripey panel, followed by a linen strip, another stripey, then linen and then the last stripey panel – as pictured. Sew strips together, press well and there you have your quilt top!
6. Cut backing into two pieces, each 1.5m long and sew together along the selvedges. Press.
7. Baste and quilt as desired. I just used straight line quilting at 1 3/8th intervals (very arbitrary!)
8. Lastly, bind your quilt. Cut the binding fabric into 2 1/2 inch strips and then take a look at this tutorial if you’re unsure how to complete the binding – it’s my favourite tutorial for binding, simple to understand.