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!
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
Jewell, Morgan & Karen Sewing Away
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!
So here are the details for making the quilt yourself!
(UPDATE: This quilt is now available as a FREE PDF Tutorial on Craftsy!)
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)
Thin yarn/embroidery floss for tying
Chenille hand sewing needle
Rotary cutter & mat
Rotary ruler a minimum of 7″ wide (or combination of 2 rulers to achieve width)
- Cut one 7″ strip x the width of your fabric from each of your 6 coordinating fabrics.
- Cut each strip in to six 7″ squares.
- Lay out the squares in the desired format putting 5 squares across and 7 down.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Finish as desired with the envelope method and ties or layer, quilt and bind (additional fabric needed if you choose to make & use binding).