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Friday, April 19, 2013

Quilting a Masterpiece #atozchallenge





Complete tutorial with photos here : http://www.imperfecthomemaking.com/2012/01/easy-thrifty-pretty-rag-quilt-tutorial.html Credit to Imperfect Homaking blog for the super cute quilt tutorial~


  • Step One. Cut your pieces. I cut mine to be 7 inches square. At this stage you don't have to be particularly precise....you'll see why later. An easy way to cut your squares is just by cutting some strips that are 7 inches wide (or whatever size you need) and then turning an edge over to make a triangle. Cutting along the edge of the triangle will give you a decent square.


  • Step Two: Cut a boat load of squares of quilt batting.  Mine were 6 inches square.  My quilt has 10 rows of 13 squares, so I needed  130 squares of batting and 260 squares of fabric.
  • Step Three: layer a piece of batting between 2 fabric squares and machine stitch a X across it. 


  • Step Four: As you can see my pieces aren't perfectly lined up in the quilted square pictured above.  What I found is that even if you start off with 2 precisely cut pieces of fabric, it can be difficult and tedious to keep the layers nicely lined up.  And, between you and me, I am more likely to stab myself in the eyeball with a seam ripper than complete a project that is tedious and time consuming.

So I solved the problem by cutting the squares fairly imprecisely (as mentioned in step one) and not worrying too much about keeping everything perfectly in place while stitching. Instead I just cut the finished square again with a rotary cutter and a 6 1/2 inch cardboard template.  The result is nicely lined up and precise squares without having to stab myself in the eye out of sheer frustration.


  • Step Five:  Once you've completed steps 3 and 4 with all of your cut pieces, you can begin assembling your quilt.  Remember to sew your squares together wrong sides together.  I had to rip a few seams out because I kept forgetting that I want the seams on the right side!
  • Step Six: Sit down to a few good movies with a sharp pair of scissor and snip all of the edges so that the seams will fray up nicely.  Be careful not to cut any stitches.
  • Step Seven: Wash and dry the quilt to get the seams to fray nicely.  It will take a few washes to get really frayed, but if you're in a hurry (and I was) one wash will be a good start.

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