This is a really simple quilt to make, especially for anyone who is a beginner quilter or wants a quick project. The finished size measures 47"x45.5". It makes a great lap quilt.
Materials for quilt top:
- Quilt border - 1 yard
- Corner pieces - 1/4 yard (or one fat quarter)
- Main quilt top - Twenty 10" squares. There are several options for this:
You can buy 10" pre-cut squares, aka layer cakes. These packs come with forty pre-cut squares, so save the other half for another tutorial I will be posting that will use the remaining 20 squares.OR
You can buy 10 fat quarters (cut two 10" squares per fat quarter).
For this quilt I used a layer cake pack which came with about 10 different prints. If you don't want this many prints (i.e. if you just want a blue and white quilt), you can buy fabric by the yard. You can cut twelve 10" squares per one yard of fabric.
Okay, let's get started :)
Divide your stack of twenty 10" squares into four stacks of five squares each. In each stack, layer the squares so they're perfectly aligned. Using a quilting ruler and rotary cutter, make four uneven cuts from each stack (simply tilt the ruler so it's not square with the edge). The photos below are an example of cuts made from one stack.
Repeat this process with the remaining strips until you have all 5 strips sewn together to form a 10”x8” block. Assemble a total of 20 finished blocks.
Tip: Slow the machine down while sewing across seams – especially when the seams are going in opposite directions as shown above. When sewing too quickly over a seam, the needle may catch the seam, folding it over and creating a bump.
After you’ve sewn all 20 blocks together, all that’s left is sewing on the borders! Use the diagram below for cutting the border fabric. [Click the image to make bigger].
Start with sewing the left and right borders (A) using the same method as above: with right sides facing together, align the fabric and pin along the length to keep it in place, and then sew a ¼” seam. Press open. Lastly, sew on the top and bottom borders (C) after you’ve sewn the corner pieces (B) on each end.
In my next tutorials I will show you how to finish the quilt (i.e. how to baste, quilt and bind your top).
Let me know if you have any questions and I'll try to get back to you promptly. :) If anyone makes this quilt, please send me a picture (if you let me, I'd love to post it)! It's so interesting seeing a single pattern done but with personalized color schemes.