I finally finished the quilt I've been giving you all sneak peaks of :) This quilt comes together really fast with easy patchwork and cutting, and the design works perfect with this beautiful, fresh and vintage low volume bundle. As mentioned in my last post, I've partnered with my friend Cristi at Whimsy Quilts and Fabrics to do a fabric bundle to go along with a free tutorial (scroll down for my simple 5-step Whimsy Quilt tutorial).
Cristi put together a limited amount of bundles that come with all the fabric you need to make this same quilt top. Click here to get a Quilting in the Rain Bundle, and a special treat just for you - use code RAIN15 at checkout to receive 15% off your entire purchase. :) Enjoy!
Above: Quilting in the Rain bundle from Whimsy Quilt and Fabrics
Also, I've had some people ask what I used for my backing and binding fabric. For the backing I used Delilah by Tanya Whelan which can be found here. You'll need 3.25 yards.
And for the binding I used Old/New 30's by Lecien which can be found here. You'll need 1/2 yard.
Okay, enough pretty pictures for now. =) Here's my Whimsy Quilt tutorial!
Materials (Quilt measures 55.5" x 66.5")
- Quilting in the Rain Bundle or 15 quarter yard cuts (9"x43")
- 3.25 yards backing
- 1/2 yard binding
Step 1: From all fifteen quarter yards, cut five 8" squares from each. This will give you a total of seventy-five 8"squares.
Step 2: Make eight 9-patch blocks as shown below using your 8" squares. To do this, first sew three blocks in each row together for a total of three rows (with right sides facing together, sew a 1/4" seam allowance and the press open). Then, sew all 3 rows together.
Note: I didn't put my prints in any particular order. I just started sewing rows with 3 blocks each, and then later picked out which rows I wanted to assemble to make my 9-patch blocks.
After you've assembled eight of these blocks, fold it in half and press with an iron, and then fold that in half again and press. When you unfold it, there will be lines where you pressed and will look similar to this:
Step 3: Using fabric scissors, cut the folds that you pressed from the previous step. First cut it in half as shown below...
...then cut those in half so that the block is quartered evenly.
Your block will look like this. After you 'quarter' all eight blocks, you will have 32 smaller blocks. To make your quilt top, you will need 30 of these blocks.
Step 4: Arrange 30 of your blocks in a 5x6 formation as shown below, alternating the blocks at random and in whichever direction looks best. I tried to arrange my blocks so that none of the same prints touched, but I think I still got a couple touching. =)
Tip: Press the seams in each row in alternating directions (i.e. first row, press seams to the left; second row, press seams to the right, ... etc.) so that later when you assemble the rows, your seams will nest at the intersections.
Step 5: Take your backing fabric (3.25 yards) and cut it in half so that you have two 58.5"x43" rectangles. Sew these together along along the length (with right sides facing together, sew a 1/4" seam allowance and then press open).
Lastly, baste and bind! If you haven't yet, be sure to check out my binding and blind stitching tutorial for an easy way to bind using an pocket closure.
Thanks for checking out my tutorial. :) And don't forget that you can pick up a Quilting in the Rain bundle over at Whimsy Quilts and Fabrics, and get 15% off using code RAIN15 at checkout. This code is good the whole month of March, by the way.