Do you know the secret to your patches being perfect squares? Its nesting the seams. I still remember when I was complaining to a quilting friend that I couldn’t get my intersections to be square and she said, “Its all about how you iron the seams on the back. Iron one row this way, then the other that way.” It was the best thing ever.
This is a quick baby blanket if you’re a beginner or if you just want something that will come together fast. I’m going to try to use a lot of pictures and few words. Let me know if you have any questions!
- 2/3 yard solid fabric
- 2/3 yard coordinating fabric (mine has the little flowers on it)
- 1/3 yard binding fabric
- Backing a Binding measuring 40″ x 40″
If you’re getting backing that is from a 42″ bolt (the normal kind they have at fabric stores), you’ll need 1 and 1/5 yard
Cut your fabric into 5″ strips. You’ll have 4 strips from each kind of fabric.
Sew 4 strips together with a 1/4″ seam.
Then, iron the seam towards the solid fabric. So like this:
Do Not iron the seam open like this: Uh uh.
Iron all the seams to the solid fabric:
Now, cut your 4 strips into chunks 5″ wide. Once you’ve cut all of them, grab two and lay them out just like I have pictured. You’ll want the patterned fabric in the top left.
Flip the bottom one so the solid is on the left.
Place these pieces right sides together. When you do, the seams should look like the picture below. See how the they oppose each other? That helps it “lock” into place and have the point really sharp when you’re done.
Pin each intersection and sew along the top.
When you’ve sewn the seam, you can now peel apart the seam to reveal a little four patch. This is hard to relate with pictures, you can see the whole process on a tutorial I like here.
Press the seams:
Repeat until you have 8 blocks this size:
Now join two of the blocks to make 4 big blocks. Join these four blocks to complete your quilt top!
I decided to hand stitch mine, but even if you’re using a machine to quilt it, I suggest drawing lines on the quilt top to ensure that you do it straight. You think you’d be able to eye-ball it, but its not worth it. First I marked 1/4 inch from blocks on the edge of my quilt. This is because you’re going to put a binding on, which will use up 1/4 of the fabric there. You want your diagonal line to intersect where your 1/4″ mark is.
I was going to sell this one, but I think I’m going to have to hang onto it for a while. After I did the hand-stitching, I love it too much to part with it (for now).