You may recall my BFF Kirsten posting on my blog a few months (?) back about the basics of quilting. A lot of you commented that you had never done a quilt, but would like to! Well, as I was finishing up my Make Life baby quilt top, I thought to myself, “This is a great quilt for a beginner. It is simple, colorful, and can be easily quilted with a regular sewing machine foot. Why not show how I did it for those thinking about dipping their toes into the world of quilting?” So I took some pictures :).
Begin with your basic quilting materials: A Cutting Mat, Rotary Cutter, Ruler, and… fabric! I had already used up my first charm pack I won from Sew Dang Cute, so pictured is the second pack. You will also need 3/4 yards white sashing fabric… or whatever color you want. I am a big fan of white. For the picture, I had already cut my white sashing fabric into the necessary 1 1/2″ strips. Leave 10 strips untouched, and the remaining strips cut into 5″ pieces.
Arrange your charm pack pieces into 7 rows x 7 columns. Place the 5″ sashing pieces between the charm pack pieces in each of the 7 rows.
Sew the charm pack pieces to the sashing pieces. Iron seams toward the charm pack.
Now that a row is done, add a long sashing piece to the charm row. Make sure you either cut off the selvedge of your sashing first, or start sewing a few inches down the sashing piece, like I did. See? Bottom left?
Now keep going! Sew the charm row to the sashing row, then to the charm row, then the sashing row, etc. In order to keep your sashing nice and even, carefully line it up with the piece above. I place my pieces right sides together as if I were about to sew it, and then fold it back a little to peek and see if the seams are lining up ok. Then I pin it to make sure it doesn’t wiggle around! Always make sure your charms on the edges line up nicely too, that way the quilt will stay nice and square.