quilt pattern

Mid-season quilt

This super simple quilt pattern uses a pack of pre-cut layer cakes and is perfect for boys or girls and with a few short cut methods you can make it in a weekend.

Materials:

  • 42 squares of 25 x 25 cm fabric / 10 inch square (pre-washed if you are worried colours might run) (use a pack of pre-cut layer cakes if you have one)
  • Cotton batting (1.5 x 1.7 metres / 60 x 67 inches)
  • Backing fabric (Feel free to recycle something from your linen closet that you don’t use very often) (1.5 x 1.7 metres / 60 x 67 inches)
  • Neutral coloured cotton thread for sewing and quilting
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors
  • Rotary cutter, cutting mat and quilt ruler (or scissors)
  • Basting spray

Notes:

  • - Use 1/4 inch seam allowances throughout
  • - Ensure your backing is 10 cm / 4 inches larger than your quilt top all the way around – don’t cut it until after your quilt top is finished.
  • - Cut your batting to the same size as your quilt top – again after you have finished sewing it.
  • - Only use basting spray in a well ventilated space and read the manufacturer instructions before using.
  • - When machine quilting on your sewing machine – remember to take regular breaks and stretch your back.
  • - If using all cotton you can wash this quilt in the washing machine.

Step 1. Sewing

  • - Lay out your fabric squares and arrange into 6 rows of 7 squares, then sew the rows together. Press seams in one direction.
  • - Pin your rows together, matching up your seams and sew your rows together. Press the entire quilt top.
  • - Now measure it – and cut your batting 5 cm / 2 inches larger on all sides, then cut your quilt backing 10 cm / 4 inches larger on all sides.

Step 2. Basting the quilt

  • - Lay your quilt backing right side down onto your surface in a well ventilated space, and tape down the corners with masking tape – ensuring it is evenly taught all around.
  • - Lay your batting centred on top and lay your quilt top right side up centred on the top, tape down the backing and quilt top at one end.
  • - Have your basting spray ready and roll or fold back your quilt top carefully from the non-taped end to the taped end. Spray your batting evenly all over, then carefully roll your quilt top back, a little bit at a time, smoothing as you go. Repeat for the batting+quilt top so that all three layers are stuck together with the basting spray.
  • - Remove the masking tape and turn your quilt over and starting from the middle smooth the wrinkles out of the back. You are now ready to quilt.

 Step 3. Quilting the quilt

  • - Get comfortable, this is going to take about 2-3 hours to stipple quilt, ensure you have good lighting, music, a comfortable chair, plenty of filled bobbins and a new needle in your machine. Choose a big stipple design and practice with pencil and paper first.
  • - Lower the feed dogs on your sewing machine and an use an embroidery foot.
  • - Start stipple quilting in a random design from one corner of the quilt, gradually making your way over the entire surface, bunching or folding or rolling (whatever works for you) the quilt under your machine as you go. 2-3 hours later you have finished quilting your quilt. Take a break and have a cup of tea (or a slug of the stipple of your choice – you deserve it).

Step 4. Binding the quilt

  • - Lay out your quilt and check the quilt top and backing are even – you may need to measure and trim so that your quilt backing overhang is an even 4-5 cm / about 2 inches all around. You will use this to self bind the quilt.
  • - Fold the edge of the backing over to the quilt top edge and then fold the backing over again so it cover the quilt top and folds over to the front of the quilt. Pin around the entire quilt edge. When it comes to the corners you can make a neat mitred corner or square it off. Take this to your sewing machine and machine sew this down using a straight stitch or zigzag stitch. Now you are done – congratulations! Wash and use.

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Today I want to welcome back to Whipup for this guest blog series Weeks Ringle. Weeks is a full-time professional quiltmaker and co-founder of FunQuilts, a contemporary quilt design studio in Oak Park, Illinois, USA. FunQuilts’ work is widely seen in the press (O:The Oprah Magazine, Country Living, The New York Times, American Patchwork & Quilting magazine and Quilts & More magazine). In their appearance on The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims they discussed how to find color inspiration for quilts. Weeks Ringle’s art quilt Tankini toured with Quilt National 2007. Weeks also writes a craft blog Craft Nectar, where you can get an insight into her life as a quilt and fabric designer. As well as running a quilt studio with her husband and business partner Bill Kerr, they have also written a couple of books: The Modern Quilt Workshop, The Quiltmaker’s Color Workshop and most recently Quilts Made Modern. In addition to designing home textiles and quilts for Crate & Barrel, Weeks and Bill have designed more than 130 quilting prints sold in 15 countries. Weeks and Bill also design and sell Many Hands Blankies, a line of blankies that provides job training opportunities to developmentally disabled adults in Chicago.

I have appointed myself a special ambassadorship. The UN has its hands busy with turmoil in Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan and Yemen so I thought I’d just solve this issue on my own. Here’s the problem: those beautiful large-scale prints that we all fall in love with are trouble-makers. You buy them thinking that they’ll get along because they have similar palettes but I’ve fallen for their deceptive ways too many times. They start fights with one another, blending into one another to create visual chaos. Bill Kerr (my husband and partner in FunQuilts) and I teach workshops in how to work successfully with large-scale prints but every now and then they fool us too – we included a special section in our new book Quilts Made Modern with guidelines for working with large-scale prints.

Window Shopping

Bill and I thought we’d whip up a quick free pattern for this post. I wanted to design something simple, deadline-friendly and a layout that uses large-scale prints that many people love but find hard to use. The quilt also needed to be easy enough for novice quilters to make without a hitch.

Download the PDF pattern for Window Shopping

I laid out the fabrics and thought that they’d keep to themselves enough to see the forms of the pieces. I had some doubts and considered placing long white strips between the rows but decided against it because I worried that it would look too rigid. But once I actually pieced it together I realized that visual chaos had broken out once again.

Determined to keep my diplomatic cool I ripped out all of the squares (sigh), cut them down 1/2 inch (1.5cm) and added a 1/2 inch (1.5cm) finished strip of white all the way around. The “fringe” at the top and bottom is optional. I added it because I liked the scale change and it used up the scraps leftover from the main quilt. It’s a bonus that the white binding of the quilt is kept away from the white squares so each of those elements would be clear visually. Détente at last!

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love emblem quilt

by kath_red on December 27, 2010

in Quilting

what a perfect new year quilt – a love emblem quilt.

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super cute and simple quilt from Cheryl.

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Indigo star quilt

by kath_red on July 16, 2010

in Quilting

indigo star quilt design and pattern from Alabama Chanin [thanks ina]. This is not technically a quilt since its not quilted – but a gorgeous double sided throw or blanket.

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