My daughter, Alicia and I sewed a quilt these last two days. She liked a Turning Twenty quilt hanging on the wall at Always Quilting in San Mateo and asked if the fabric pieces she’d been collecting would be right for a quilt like that. She had about 10 pieces that worked together, and we looked through my stash and supplemented a little and we had plenty to work with. Then, I tore my bookshelf apart looking for the Turning Twenty booklet. No luck. But this is why they say necessity is the mother of invention.
Alicia and I talked about what she remembered about the quilt she saw that she liked. Lots of fun fabrics, and a diagonal aspect to the quilt. Plus Turning Twenty is easy and quick. Hmm, we can make something like that up, right? Yup. So we made up a pattern and got to work.
It’s going to be a great quilt. I’ll show pictures of it tomorrow and the next day as we get it quilted and bound. I’m on a deadline. Alicia goes back to college after her winter break on Tuesday and she’d like it finished by then. Yikes.
If you want to make a quick scrappy quilt that’s 57-1/2″x80-1/2″ out of stash you have around, here’s how in a general kind of way.
A bunch of fabric ( I think we had a pile that was about 4-1/2″ yard worth of fabric total) divided in two or three piles of different tone or value or hue. You’re making diagonal stripes so pile those piles next to each other and squint and hopefully you will see a difference between the piles. If you don’t, the quilt will be a moosh mosh.
You’ll use your fabric more efficiently with full width yardage in the case of this quilt. We used full width stuff.
A Sewing Machine
An Iron and Board
Pair up and cut fabric strips width wise across to equal 13″. That means if you cut a fabric strip of one, say, light colored fabric 4-1/2″ wide, you want to cut it’s mate 8-1/2″ wide. If you do one 6″ wide, the mate is 7″ wide. You don’t necessarily have to only use two strips per big strip but we did. You will be sewing 12 big strips that are 12-1/2″ wide. If you’re using more than 2 strips, do the math. It still needs to end up at 12-1/2″ after it’s sewed.
If you have two piles of different colors, you want 6 strips of each. If you have three, then you want 4 strips of each. Sew and press your mates together. That’s what Alicia is doing above. Press the strips.
When you’re done with the stripping, cut the big strips into 12-1/2″ squares. Pair one color with another color right sides together. Draw a diagonal line across with washable ink on the back of the lighter colored fabric. And stitch 1/4″ away from either side of the line. Rotary cut along the drawn line, press triangles open, and ta-da, you have squares. Big ones.
Lay out the squares to your satisfaction. For the measurement of the quilt we made, we used 5 x 7 blocks. Perfect to fit the size of the 2-1/2 yard of Minkee fabric I had stashed away. And a good size for a nice throw.