|These are the fabrics I used for the front and back.|
Kona Ash was also used but not shown.
2. If confident, stack several fat quarters in a pile so you can cut several pieces at a time...to save time! Or just cut it one fabric at a time, row by row then square by square.
6. Place a bottom piece of fabric right side down (so you can see the wrong side facing you).
7. Place a piece of wadding in the centre of this square.
8. Place a top piece of fabric (with the 'X' drawn on it) right side up over the wadding and pin all three together so it is a sandwich of fabric--wadding--fabric.
|Picture shows my three layers with the bottom layer with the right side facing towards the table. |
Notice that I have used different tops to bottoms - it is easier to keep them both the same!
As my dad would say 'do as I say, not as I do!
11. Design your quilt by laying your blocks out in a pattern that you like. Here are a few of the options I considered for my quilt:
12. Once you have decided your layout, pin each square to the one beside it so you have rows held together by pins, like this:
13. Mark your sewing machine with a 1/2 inch mark for easy sewing. I used the sticky bit of a sticky note. Draw a line in pencil instead if you want to.
14. Now sew the blocks, with 1/2 inch seam allowance, to join them together into rows. At this stage I sew block to block within a row and once all 9 are sewn together I label that row with a number which helps later when sewing the rows together. REMINDER: you will be sewing each block with its back to the other back when sewing this seam.
15. Press all seams open.
16. Take two rows of joined blocks and place them back to back (smooth sides together). Pin at each junction so they will line up visually on the back once sewn. Keep the seams flat and sew these two rows together using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Continue to sew neighbouring rows together until all rows are sewn.
17. Now your quilt blocks and rows are all sewn together - yay! Next step is to sew around the whole perimeter/outside edge using a 1/2 inch so the outer squares have a finished edge and an edge to cut towards as well.
Shaggy frayed edge and finishing
18. Take a sharp pair of scissors and clip/cut ALMOST to the seam on every seam allowance. Be careful NOT to cut your stitching. I suggest cutting every 3/4 inch. Clip the outer edges as well.
19. Remove as many loose threads off the quilt that you can. Shake it outside to remove even more! Now put the quilt into a pillow case or duvet cover (depending which one it fits into best) and tie shut. This helps contain the threads from all of the cut edges so they don't clog up your washing machine! I don't pre-wash my fabrics so I use a Colour Catcher in my first wash as well.
20. Wash the quilt in the duvet cover at 30* on a gentle cycle.
21. Remove quilt from the duvet cover and shake it out OUTSIDE to get rid of any more threads. Then tumble dry low heat on a gentle cycle. Be sure to clear the lint catcher a few times during the dry cycle.
22. Repeat 19 to 21 again t make the edges more frayed.
23. You are now done - yay! Enjoy your frayed edge/shaggy quilt!