BAM! Quilt! Part 2

I told you this would be long….

If you haven’t read Part 1 of this post, click here.

So now that you have all the pieces cut out, it’s time to start assembly.  Start with the “bottom” row.  Lay two blocks right sides together and pin and sew up the shared edge.  Continue for the other half of the row and then sew the two pieces together.

I found that if I started by making block of two, and then put two together to make a row, then put two rows together to make half, and then sewed the whole thing together, it was more organized and less, you know, mind-bending.

Once you have the whole front sewn together…

Wait, did you miss the part when I said to do that?  It’s cool, I’ll wait.

Done? Good, back to it.  When you have the whole front sewn together, lay out your backing fabric on the floor, right side down.  Add your batting and your tee shirt front, right side up.

Then, pin.  Seriously, pin everything.  Pin the top, the bottom, the sides, the middle of the squares, the edges, the corners, EVERYTHING.  The better you pin it now, the less carnage might occur later.  Trim the edges of the backing fabric and batting so that they are flush with the edges of the front.  During this time, you will be sweating and bleeding (from the pins…I don’t know what you’re talking about) and your cat will be laying on your couch looking completely nonplussed.

So cute.

Now comes the quilting.  I actually didn’t take an photos of the quilting…so that’s my bad, but what you want to do is use masking tape to mark off a diagonal 45 degree line across one corner, and then sew along that line, careful NOT to sew on the masking tape.  A basic running stitch is fine for this.  When the first row is done, remove the tape and mark the next row.  If you look at the packaging your batting came in, you’ll see instructions on how far apart you can place your rows.  Mine were 4″ because I used a relatively thin batting.  About half way through, you might find that you have too much fabric bunched up under the sewing machine.  In that case, just turn it around keep going.  No biggie.

When your quilting is done, pin a quilting tape to the edges to bind.  I used a lime green pre-made tape, but if you’re brave, you could attempt to make your own.  Quilt binding is double folded to give a really nice clean edge, and comes in a variety of widths.  A simple, straight stitch would be sufficient, but I decided to use a zig-zag for added interest.

Finish off the binding and BAM! Quilt!

Just lovely.  See the quilting?  Good.

It really isn’t a difficult project, just time-consuming.  If you’d like to start quilting, but are terrified of the tiny pieces involved, this is a great starter quilt.

Happy Crafting!