Last week we got started on a basic patchwork quilt. If you followed along, you should have stacks of 6-inch squares that are ready to be laid out.
The nice thing about a basic patchwork quilt is that you can lay it out in any way you like. A basic patchwork creates diagonals with each design of fabric. I recommend laying down each square as it will look on the quilt, so you can get a clear visual of how your pattern will look.
Start going across – alternating each fabric. If you have four fabrics and 15 rows, you can figure out how much of each square you’ll need. For the 2nd row, alternate each fabric again, but make sure the colors are staggered from the previous row to create the diagonal look.
Do this until you’ve completed your quilt layout. If your quilt is 15 x 17 squares, you should have at least 255 squares, and 64 of each color. Feel free to get creative and make interesting patterns – or select colors at random for a non-patterned look.
Now it’s time to sew your rows together.
- Sewing Machine
- Thread (choose a color that blends well with the color fabric you have)
- Masking Tape
- Hot Iron
- Starting at the bottom of your laid out quilt, stack your squares in each column. Start with the last one in your hand – and stack one whole row behind it. When you’ve finished, pin the #1 to the first stack, #2 to the second and so on. So you remember which order your columns go in.
- With one stack in hand, begin pinning the squares together like the column you laid out. 2-3 pins per square is fine. Pin them pattern sides facing in.
- With a piece of masking tape about an inch long – tape over the small measuring hole on your sewing machine. This way, when you begin sewing your squares, you can align the fabric along the line of tape.
- Sew the squares of each column, leaving them labeled 1-15 (or however many rows you have)
- When you’ve sewn all your columns, you’ll want to iron each strip so that your seams lay flat. If you iron #1 down, then iron #2 up – and alternate the direction the seams face. This makes the finished product lie flat and even.
Stay tuned for next week’s Part 3 edition of How to Start a Basic Quilt! We’re almost finished =)
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