August 7, 2013

Homemade Living Week 3: Making A Simple Quilt, Part 1

Welcome to Week 3 of the Homemade Living Series, hosted by Staci at Life at Cobble Hill Farm.

This week I'm doing a rough and quick little tutorial on piecing a simple, square block quilt. Now, I'm totally not an expert at this (ok honestly this is my first one, haha), but I figure if I can do it then ANYONE can do it because I am so not good at sewing.

Step one: Cut out your fabric! I chose a simple square design, cutting my fabric into 4 inch squares. Make sure they are square (i.e. the fabric pattern isn't crooked).

Step two: Lay all your pieces out on the table or floor in the way you want it to look. Move some pieces around if they don't quite look right. 

Step three: Working in either rows or columns of your layout, place two of your pieces right sides together. I chose to start from the bottom right of my layout and work my way up to the top of the quilt (so that would be column 1). Then sew them 1/4 inch from the edge. Basting stitch is fine.

Make sure any directional pattern is going in the right direction!

Step four: Keep working your way through your pieces, one block at a time, and one row/column at a time. You will add the third block onto the first two you sewed together, the fourth block onto that chain, the fifth onto the chain, etc. I did each column separately. Now, you will have strips of squares and all you have to do is sew those strips together! Face them right sides together and use 1/4 inch seem just like before.

Tada! You have a quilt top. (Mine's not done or I would show you... *ahem*)

Be sure to check out the other girls participating this week!

Staci @ Life At Cobble Hill Farm
Amber @ Making A Home

Happy Sewing,


Farm Girl said...

Very nice. I am so glad you are making quilts. They are so much fun to work on and so rewarding when your home made quilts are the ones the kids like best. I really like that blue and white.

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Ok, you've made this look totally doable. I just might be able to venture into this! Can't wait to see the finished product...... :-)

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Kessie said...

I always wanted to make a quilt and never knew how. I hope yours turns out great!

Our Neck of the Woods said...

I like the fabric you chose! Can't wait to see the quilt when it is all completed!

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