My bestest friend in the whole world is due to have her first baby any second now… In honour of the impending arrival, I set about making my first ever small quilt which I hope will be used to keep the little one snuggly and warm.
To make the quilt, I used all of the designs in my favourite Nature Walk range by Cloud9 which I purchased from the lovely Seamstar, together with one other remnant I had with some owls which matched the woodland theme perfectly.
Step 1 – Cut out the fabric squares
The dimensions for my patchwork squares were 4″ x 4″ to make a final quilt that measured 31 1/2″ square. If I did it again I would allow for 1/4″ seam allowance, cutting out squares 4 1/2″ by 4 1/2″ to make a quilt that measured 36″ square.
I cut out nine squares from each of the nine fabrics using a fabric cutter.
Step 2 – Sew the squares together
Place two of the squares right sides together and sew using a 1/4″ seam. I bought a special 1/4″ sewing machine foot to make sure my seams were as accurate as possible.
My design was based on creating nine sets of nine square panels (3 squares by 3 squares). I sewed together 21 strips made up of three squares each and then joined three of these together to create nine square panels. I then stitched together the panels into three strips of three panels, before finally sewing the strips together to create the front on my quilt. I have detailed these steps below.
This is a very simple method of construction which you may want to vary for your own design.
2. Spray the backing fabric with 505 adhesive and lay the quilt batting on top gently, taking care to smooth out any creases. The batting should again be cut slightly larger than the finished quilt (33″ square).
3. Spray the quilt batting with more 505 adhesive and then carefully lay the patchwork panel on top (right side facing up). Once the newly formed quilt sandwich has dried, trim the edges of the backing fabric and batting to the same size as the front patchwork panel.
Step 4 – Quilting the quilt
As a beginner, I learnt that the easiest option when it comes to quilting is to ‘stitch in the ditch’ – which in other words means to sew along the seams. I did this along every vertical and horizontal seam.
Step 5 – Binding the edges
- The first stage is to choose and then cut out your binding fabric. You will then need to cut this into 2 1/2″ thick strips. I cut mine on the bias (i.e at 45 degrees to the grain of the fabric) but does not need to be done in this way as there are not curves or corners accommodate.
- Join the binding strips together to create four longer strips, which are just slightly longer than the sides of your quilt.
- Attached the first strip to the patchwork side of the quilt using pins (right sides together)
- Sewing the binding to the quilt using a 1/4″ hem
- Repeat stages 3 and 4 on the opposite side of the quilt.
- Now fold back the binding fabric so the right side is showing, then press
- Attach the third and fourth binding strips to the remaining two edges of the quilt, again using a 1/4″seam. At each of the corners, continue the seam over the folded back binding on the first two edges.
- Fold back and press all of the binding so the right side of the fabric is showing.
- Then fold the binding over the edge of the quilt, onto the backing fabric and tuck the remaining fabric underneath the fold to create a neat edge.
- Pin in place and sew in place by hand using a whipstitch.
Your completed quilt
Once all the edges have been neatly sewn into place, you will be left with your finished quilt. Happy snuggling!