Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Simple 1-2-3 Patchwork Quilt Tutorial
I want to share a very simple quilt that actually packs a wallop presentation wise. This is the 1-2-3 patchwork quilt. Very easy! Very Simple! If you are just starting in quilting...you will love making this quilt.
3/4 yd. of 3 coordinating fabrics I used Airborne, Faded Blue Dottie, and cream chenille
2 yds batting
2 yds backing fabric (I backed this quilt with the cream chenille)
fabric for binding. I just used scraps left over from my squares.
Cut your fabrics into 6" squares. Figure ahead of time how many you need for how big of a quilt you want. We wanted a baby quilt so we went with 7 x 9 grid. This means I would need 63 squares. Divide that by the number of fabrics you have (3) and that will give you how many squares of each fabric you will need...in this case (21).
Next lay your squares out in a 7 x 9 grid. Put them out in a 1-2-3 pattern. Follow that simple pattern and it will lay out very quickly.
Now you want to sew each row together. I start by doing the vertical seam first. Once I have done that, then i sew each row together horizontally.
I love how the chenille adds some texture to the quilt top!
Layer your quilt top, batting and backing fabric together and pin. Now you are ready to quilt your pieces together.
I went with a basic diamond pattern. This is the first round of quilting. It didn't quite look right, so I decided to add more lines...
I like this MUCH better...don't you?
Make your binding. You want to cut strips of fabric that are 2.25" wide. Make one long strip that will go all the way around the perimeter of your quilt. Remember to allow for corners. Once you have your strip, fold it in half and press.
You are now ready to attach your binding. Always, Always, Always finish your binding by hand stitching it down. You will get a much more professional finish in the end.
My quilt finished off at 39'"x 49". The perfect size for a little one to crawl around on. You can make this any size your want. My hubs is actually trying to talk me into making one for our king size bed. I told him it would take a lot of bribery on his part. Let's see if he comes through.
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