Beginning Quilting

Kids Clothing Week starts today! Do you have any plans to participate?! You can see what I’m planning here and follow on Instagram and Facebook to see my progress.

This past Saturday, I offered a class for a few local friends to get them started in quilting! The project was a 40″ x 60″ lap quilt – a great introduction to rotary cutting,  simple piecing and finishing by the envelope method and tying.

UPDATE: This quilt is now available as a FREE PDF Tutorial on Craftsy!

Beginner's Quilt | JaimeSews

Here are some photos of our day and be sure to scroll to the bottom for fabric requirements and basic instructions. This would make a great project for someone just starting out, for prayer quilts, kids, a quick gift, etc.

Becky cutting her squares

Quilting Day | JameSews

Jewell, Morgan & Karen Sewing Away

Quilting Day | JaimeSews

My dd “helping” Becky lay out her quilt

Quilting Day | JaimeSews

Morgan’s Ombré Chevron Quilt (Morgan’s not a beginner, she just came for the sew day!!) No pattern, just 3″ strips made into 6″ squares and a little layout planning!

Ombre Chevron Quilt

More of the adorable baby lol

Little Quilter | JaimeSews

So here are the details for making the quilt yourself! UPDATE: This quilt is now available as a FREE PDF Tutorial on Craftsy!

Supplies
1/4 yd each of 6 coordinating fabrics
5/8 yd border fabric
1 1/2 yd backing
Crib size 45″ x 60″ Warm & Natural batting (or equivalent)

Cotton thread
Thin yarn/embroidery floss for tying
Chenille hand sewing needle
Sewing Machine
Rotary cutter & mat
Rotary ruler a minimum of 7″ wide (or combination of 2 rulers to achieve width)

Instructions

  1. Cut one 7″ strip x the width of your fabric from each of your 6 coordinating fabrics.
  2. Cut each strip in to six 7″ squares.
  3. Lay out the squares in the desired format putting 5 squares across and 7 down.
  4. Use a 1/4″ seam to sew squares together row by row. Press seams in row 1 all one direction, then row two seams in the opposite direction, alternating each row.
  5. Pin row one to row two, butting up each row one seam against each row two seam. Sew rows together with a 1/4″ seam, removing pins as you go. Press seams to one side.
  6. Cut five 4″ strips by the width of your fabric from your border fabric. Cut one strip in half and attach each half to two of the longer strips.
  7. Measure the length of your quilt through the center and cut the joined strips to this measurement. Sew these to each long edge of your quilt using a 1/4″ seam. Press seams to one side.
  8. Measure the width of your quilt through the middle and cut the remaining border strips to this length. Sew to he top & bottom edges of your quilt using a 1/4″ seam. Press seams to one side.
  9. Finish as desired with the envelope method and ties or layer, quilt and bind (additional fabric needed if you choose to make & use binding).

Beginner's Quilt | JaimeSews

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9 thoughts on “Beginning Quilting

  1. Thanks Jaime. This is a fun and easy quilt to make. I made two of these today for our church. We donate quilts to several hospitals for their chemotherapy clinics and a few charities in town. I love your blogs.

  2. I sew very much enjoyed myself and the great company of women!! young women!! go girls!
    thank you for a great day and keep at it. blessings to each of you.

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  5. Seems like we don’t cut enough squares at the beginning. You have us cutting 5 x 6 = 30. And we arrange 5 x 7 = 35??

    • Ooh! Good catch and so sorry about that! Yes, you will cut six 7″ squares from each of six fabrics. That’s 36 squares and you only need 35. I will fix the post now!

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