For Christmas last year my kids all were asking for lots of electronic toys. Fearing a Christmas morning full of noise and beeping, I decided they needed something soft and snuggly to balance out all of the technology.
I made each of my 3 kids a quilt, you can see the one I made for my oldest here. This quilt I made for my younger daughter and I was thrilled with how quickly it stitched up.
These have been the best quilts. The kids drag them all over the house, take them in the car and otherwise use and abuse them and they have held up great. I just throw them in the wash and they come out clean and even more snuggly than before!
This quilt pattern uses fat quarters, and I’ve said before that I really really LOVE fat quarters! You get just a taste of a lot of different fabrics, kinda like a quilt made of only appetizers,
It’s backed in Minke, and bound in satin binding. I would not use the satin binding if I did it again, but hey live and learn.
For this quilt you will need:
– 12 Fat Quarters
– 2 yards Snuggles
– 100% cotton batting
Cutting Guide for the Fat Quarters:
To begin, cut your fat quarters into 6.5″ x 9.5″ blocks. You can get 4 blocks per fat quarter, use the cutting guide below for reference.
You will end up with 48 rectangles, you only need 45 for the quilt, save the extra for something else.
After you’ve cut out all of your pieces, you’re ready to begin sewing your pieces together by rows.
The rows are staggered which gives the quilt the look of bricks stacked up on a wall. One of the great things about sewing quilt blocks together this way is that it is super forgiving. If your seams aren’t matched up perfectly, it doesn’t’ matter.
Sew 9 rows of blocks. Each row has 5 blocks sewn together.
On the odd rows sew 5 blocks together along the short edges.
For the even rows, sew 4 blocks together, then cut your 5th block in half (so that it’s 6 ½″ x 4 ¾″) and sew half to each end as shown in the diagram above.
To Assemble the Quilt Top:
After you’ve sewn 9 rows, then sew your rows together. The blocks should be staggered like a brick wall.
Trim edges even if necessary. Make your quilt sandwich and machine quilt. If you’d like to see how I make my “quilt sandwich” click here, it’s explained on my table runner tutorial.
For the quilting, I used a walking foot and did a stitch in the ditch over each seam.
Bind & Enjoy!!!
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