Materials Needed to complete quilt:
5/8 yard Bright print for binding
1 1/2 yards Coordinating Print for Border
2 yards Backing fabric for this project
Cutting mat, Ruler, & Rotary cutter
Sewing machine, thread
Iron & starch spray
Batting of your choice
8- 2 1/2" X WOF strips for binding from "Bright Print" or another totally unrelated fabric
5- 4 1/4" X 50" strips for Border from coordinating fabric that is not your "Bright Print" and not your Coordinating Solid, this can be a fabric that was used in scrap materials in the String block-making. This fabric will be cut parallel to the salvage.
Assembling the Quilt Top:
1. Pick a layout or create your own. Once you have the HST Strings on your design wall you can figure out if you need to make any modifications to ironing the seams one way or another. For some, they prefer to just Iron them open to keep from the guesswork.
2. Sew your blocks in rows, then sewing the rows together.
|Choose your design, then start joining 2 blocks at a time|
|Connect each 2-block segment together to form rows|
|Once you have all your rows together, it is time to sew your rows into 2-row segments|
|The other benefit to assembling two rows at a time in the design I have chosen is that it would be easy to flip the direction of the zigs or the zags or whatever design you have chosen|
|Next you connect the 2-row-segments together|
|In this particular quilt I only have 6 total rows, so this is the completed center measures 32.5" X 48.5"|
Here is where each quilt will vary. As I shared yesterday you have several ways you can arrange your blocks. Lets look at some layout ideas for the whole quilt.
|9 options for arranging your HST String Blocks, there are more!|
|Finish quilt top measuring 40" X 56" for toddler bed or crib quilt|
1. If you have not already assembled your backing, this is the time to do so. There is of course several methods to this process, just be sure that your backing is 2 inches larger than your Quilt top on all sides. Also, check out Craftsy's free class on Creative Quilt Backs!
2. Layer a sandwich of: Quilt top, batting and then backing fabric on the bottom with wrong side facing down, towards the batting.
3. Baste using traditional thread basting, pins or spray basting. There are several tutorials out there so I will not cover that today. Check out: Crazy Mom Quilts (Pin Baste), or Stitch in Color (Spray basting) for more information.
4. Once you have basted the three layers together it is time to choose your quilting process, please consider checking out the Free Motion Quilting Project out, which has literally hundreds of different stitches. She also has excellent tutorials via video that has been posted to Youtube.
5. Once you have the Top stitching complete, it is time to trim your quilt and add the binding.
(Check out: Carolina Fair Designs, Crazy Mom Quilts, Cotton Creek Sewing, or Jaybird Quilts for tutorials on Binding prep)
I made this quilt top as part of my "A Scrapful Life" Scrap challenge. I want to make projects using my scraps and stash, learning to make do with what I already have on hand. If you would like to see my February post, look HERE. I have a link up each month and Flickr group: A Scrapful Life, if you would like to join me, but no pressure, its just a change in mindset for me.