Friday, January 6, 2012

My new "thing"...a quilt! {with tutorial}

So, there's this little quirk about me that my husband loves to tease me about.  I always have "things" that I get obsessed with and do nothing but that for a while.  It can be foods that I get obsessed with, hobbies, books that I like to read, etc.

For instance, I had a spurt for about a year where I ate tons of spaghetti.  It was my favorite go-to food.  Then there was my stint with couponing.  Yes, I still use coupons, but I was borderline extreme couponer for about 6 months.  I'll get obsessed with reading a certain author...and read every book they have ever written.  I made and sold hair bows for a bit too. 

Well, my newest "thing" is quilting!  I love it.  I love that there are so many different phases to it and you don't get bored doing one thing.  You cut, then you piece it together.  Then there's the basting the top, quilting, and back.  Then the quilting, and last the binding.  I've already completed my first two quilts and I have three more on my "to-do" list. 

The first real quilt {not counting my bed quilt} that I started working on is for my new niece that will be arriving any day.  She will be sharing a room with her big sister, so my sister asked me to buy extra fabric so that she could make her a quilt that matches.  I decided to go ahead and do it myself for her Christmas gift.


I drew my inspiration from Pinterest {Link to Inspiration Quilt}...where else! And I acutally have a Quilt Lovin' board if you are interested.  But I didn't use a pattern or tutorial, I kinda just drew it out myself.  I knew it needed to be twin sized, so I made sure it was the right dimensions.  {roughly 64"x80"ish}

Caution:  This will probably not be a good tutorial for a brand new quilter.  I'm not going to be the best person to tell you the methods to use for basting the quilt, quilting, or attaching the binding.  I'll try to direct you to some good tutorials though :)
You'll need:
3/4 yd solid fabric {white pieces in my quilt}
5 fat quarters of different fabrics {for the other prints}
1 yd for outer border {lavender outside border}
fabric for backing of quilt {I used $5 twin sized flat sheet from Walmart}
3/4 yd binding fabric {green polka dot above}

Step 1:  Cut all of your fabric!  I like to do this all at once, it seems like it makes the piecing and quilting go faster.
Cut fat quarters as demonstrated below.  You only need 8-9 4x8 pieces from each fat quarter, but I recommend holding onto all 10 pieces....just in case :)

Cut the white fabric into 44 4x8 pieces as well.  You'll have some of this fabric left over, but 1/2 yd isn't enough.

For the 1 yd outer border, I cut the fabric into 6 6" strips of fabric. 

Last part of cutting!  For your 3/4 yd binding fabric, cut fabric into 8 2.5" strips. 

Step 2:  Quilt top piecing!!

You should have 50 squares of patterned 4x8" pieces and 44 white 4x8" pieces.  Sew one white and one patterned piece together on the long side.  You'll have an 8" square {or close to it!} when you are done.  Do this with all 44 white pieces.  For the patterned pieces, you will use 9 of 4 patterns and 8 of 1 pattern.
The next step is to sew the squares together.  Sew them as demonstrated below.  Make sure to keep the Patterned pieces consistent.  It was easiest for me to ALWAYS have them on the left or top.  You will sew them in 8 rows of 11.
Next, sew your 8 rows together.  Make sure to keep the pieces going in the same direction.  {I sewed one row upside down and didn't realize it until the VERY end!  Out came the seam ripper!}

Next, add your border pieces. 

This was my method:
It was easiest for me start with one strip of fabric and sew it along the left side of the quilt.  Stop approximately 4-6" from the end of the strip.  Sew a second strip to the first strip with a straight stitch.  Sew to almost the end and stop 1-2" from the end.  Starting with a new strip, attach it to the bottom edge and sew.  You can now go back and finish the left side of the quilt.  Continue to finish adding the border to the quilt.

Step 3:  Baste the top, quilt batting, and back piece together

I am the first to admit that I was horrible at this. 

So far, I tried to hand baste around the entire edge of the quilt.  fail. {lay out quilt and sew with long stitches along the edge}
And I've tried safety pin basting.  fail.  I wish I'd have taped like she instructs in this tutorial.
Next, I think I'm going to try spray basting!

Step 4: Quilting! 

I simply quilted along the zig zag pattern created by the colored and white pieces of fabric.  While it turned out good, I really love how Red Pepper Quilts {my inspiration} quilted her version.  I just ran out of time :-/

{Don't look too can see lots of mistakes!}

My biggest mistake here was sewing along the entire outer edge where the border meets the patterned quilt part.  {And my basting method} My back wasn't taut and I had big puckers.  I'd recommend starting in one corner and sewing your zig zags as you go across. 

Step 5:  Attach your binding!


I did tons of research {aka blog reading} to figure out the best binding method.  I loved this Binding 101 tutorial round up by Luv in the Mommyhood.

I started by sewing all of my 2.5" strips together with diagonal stitches.  I read that it's less bulky that way.

I ended up using the combination of several tutorials.  I machine stitched the back of the binding and handsewed the front.

I liked this tutorial best for explaining how to attach to the back.
And this tutorial explains the handstitching the front great. are finished. 


This may seem somewhat easy, but no joke, my quilts take me months.  I only have small snippets of time to work on it at a time.

Stay tuned for the matching baby quilt (Quilt #2) and pictures of their finished bedroom :)  It'll be coming in the next few weeks!


  1. Wow what a great job! This quilt is awesome! I'd love to have you come link this up at my party going on all week!

    Have a great weekend!

  2. Great job! I go through "phases" too where I'm totally into a certain thing. Right now it's jewelry making and The quilt is gorgeous; love the colors. Quilting has always intimidated me! Thanks for sharing at Shine on Fridays!

  3. Quilting is such an awesome "thing" to have! Great tutorial!

  4. Looks great. I tend to have "things" too~ keeps life interesting :)

  5. I LOVE your new Josie Quilt! It has such great colors and that baby girl is going to love cuddling with it for years! :) I'm pinning this!

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  7. Great quilt! Thanks for linking up the tutorial!


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