You First Quilt: Sew Simple...It's Just Squares!

Fabric

Where to begin? Let's start with the fun stuff 'fabric'! If you have never done Patchwork before go out and buy a thing called a 'Charm Pack' at your local Quilt Store, to play with.

You do not need to go out and buy an enormous amount of fabric to make a beautiful Quilt. In the early days it is all about becoming confident in your Sewing Skills and learning some basic Patchwork Skills in the beginning.

 

 

What is a Charm Pack? 

It is a pre-cut fabric collection, which provides you a sample of each fabric featured in a Fabric Designers Collection. In most Charm Packs you get a good variety of colours and print designs. If your new to Patchwork a Charm Pack is a great way to start your own fabric collection.

The 'Sew Simple...it's just Squares' Project- What Fabrics will you need?

 

Firstly decide what size Quilt to make! Really the only difference between the three Quilts is 'size'. They are all put together using the same basic Patchwork steps. Think about what purpose your Quilt is going to be used for. Below each image is the finished size of each Quilt, grab a tape measure and have a look at the sizes.

 

The Baby Play Quilt or Cot Quilt are a easy size to work with if you have absolutely no sewing experience. The Large Throw Quilt is a good size to suggle under on the lounge or drape over the end of a single-bed. It just means that you are working with more fabric.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In your Quilt you will need a mix of colours which are dark and light in Colour Vaule. What is a Colour Value? 

 

 

 

 

For the 'Large Throw Quilt', you are going to need a total of 110 squares. Each square is a 5 inch square in size.

Finished Size: 116 cm X 126cm

(If your finished size is slightly different to mine by 0.5cm -1cm, please do not stress, as the foot on our sewing machines all differ) 

 

You will also need:

Backing Fabric: 170 cm

Batting: Single-Bed Pack will do and we will cut it to the size required. If you buy Batting on a roll, it will need to be enough to cut down roughly, 130 cm X 140 cm

For the 'Baby Play Quilt', you are going to need a total of 42 squares. Each square is a 5 inch square in size.

Finished Size: 67 cm X 79 cm

(If your finished size is slightly different to mine by 0.5cm -1cm, please do not stress, as the foot on our sewing machines all differ) 

 

You will also need:

Backing Fabric: 80 cm

Batting: Hobbs Polydown- Crib-Size  (45 X 60 inches) Will do and we will cut it to the size required. If you buy Batting on a roll, it will need to be enough to cut down roughly to 83 cm X 94 cm.

For the 'Cot Quilt, it has the same amount of squares as the Baby Quilt- 42 squares. The difference here is that I added a boarder. You will need 35 cm of Quilting Fabric for the boarder.

Finished Size: 81 cm X 92 cm

(If your finished size is slightly different to mine by 0.5cm -1cm, please do not stress, as the foot on our sewing machines all differ) 

 

You will also need:

Backing Fabric: 94 cm

Batting: Hobbs Polydown- Crib-Size (45 X 60 inches) Will do and we will cut it to the size required. If you buy Batting on a roll, it will need to be enough to cut down roughly to

 

93 cm X 105 cm

Click on the image to find our about Batting. The fluffy stuff' that goes inside a Quilt.

Once you have made a decision about what size Quilt you are going to make, take a look at the number of 5 inch squares you are going to need to make your Quilt (see above).

 

I used a Charm Pack called 'Color Me Happy' by Moda, it has 42, five inch squares in it. I did my best to create a Quilt using only the squares in that Pack see the result pictured left in the image below. Do you see a couple of squares 'screaming' at you! This proves the point that just because they came with the Pack doesn't mean that they should go together.

 

So experiment, use fabrics from a couple of different Chram Packs or grab a few prints from your own fabric collection if you have one. In the end, the Quilt squares pictured on the right of the image below is the new arrangement I came up with using 'some' fabric from my own stash and I think it works better. Which one do you prefer? 

Let's begin by arranging your Squares

 

In the Quilt you are going to make you are going alternate light and dark colour squares.  Organise your squares into two piles of 'lights' and 'darks' so that when you begin arranging them you alternate taking a square from each pile. This is going to be a Quilt made up of squares of 'colour value' with contrast with each other. We want 'contrast' in our design.

 

Begin arranging your squares with this principle in mind. Remember light, dark, light, dark ...etc.  

 

 

How many do I need across? How many do I need down?

 

Large Throw Quilt: 10 squares across & 11 squares down

 

Baby Quilt/Cot Quilt: 6 squares across & 7 squares down

Once you have arranged all your squares can I suggest you put yourself in 'time-out' for a little while. Then go back and just 'LOOK'. If there is a square or a group of squares screaming out at you "don't put me here!" try them in another place or take them out of the arrangement altogether.

 

There is no right or wrong way to arrange the squares. At the end of the day it is a matter of personal preference. Now can I suggest you take a photo of the square's arrangement. Why? Just let me say four kids, a cat and an indoor bunny!

 

 

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