Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Surprise Birthday Quilt Tutorial

Surprise Birthday Quilt.

Doesn't this look like lots of blocks joined together. I have news for you it is one piece of fabric. How easy is that most of the work has already been done for you.

These instructions will help you turn two pieces of quilting fabric into a simple quick quilt.
Cut the top fabric first to the size you want then cut the backing fabric 3 inches longer, you need to give it a good press with an iron before starting.
Lay the backing fabric out, right side down; lay your wadding/batting on top. Lastly lay the top fabric on making sure you line up the selvedge edges with the backing fabric as they are roughly the same size. If you are a little off with lining up, don’t worry we will be trimming the sides up before binding. Make sure you smooth out any creases as you lay out each layer. Pin bastes the layer together or you can spray baste your layers.

Quilt as you like but I kept it simply and quilted along the thick red lines to create the illusion on blocks where there is none.

Now when I bind a quilt I use the edge of the quilt top to line my binding up with but with this type of quilt it is a little harder. As it is hard to line up the top and bottom fabrics exactly with wadding/ batting in between I choose to trim an inch or two off the sides just to tidy up the sides before sewing the binding in place.

Cut 4 x 2 1/2 inch strips from the green chevron fabric for your binding and join the strips end to end for a very long 2 1/2 inch strip. Sew on the quilt using your preferred binding method.

These instructions will work for any two fabrics you choose to use to make a quick quilt or you can purchase a fabric kit at Cynthia's Ark.

Enjoy Keep Stitching

These instructions are written for a quilter who has some quilting and piecing knowledge. 
Cynthia’s Ark PO Box 24 Mallala SA 5502 Ph 08 8527 2120

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