Making a Quilt from Start to Finish

we’re well into November and do you want to know how many quilts I’ve made this year just one welcome to the Sewing Report I’m Jennifer Moore helping you discover your love of sewing crafts and DIY projects we’re taking it outside in this edition because I want to show you my one and only quilt for 2018 I know I had high hopes I was aiming to finish more than one quilt this year but this is the reality I started this baby triangle quilt several years ago who was originally intended to be a king-sized bed quilt but over time I cut out all these triangles and they are eight and a half inch 60-degree triangles using my creative grids ruler cut out hundreds of these.

I kind of lost steam on this project as you might have know that feeling it’s one of those UFOs that kind of sits around forever and a friend of mine from college had a baby about like4 to 6 months ago so I thought you know why not make a baby quilt these colors match the baby’s nursery so I thought you know why not so we’re outside so I can fully show you the quilt we’re also going to go through the entire proces of making this quilt over the entire year.

I’ve had these 60-degree triangles from Carolyn Slanderer’s Botanic collection forever so let’s finally start sewing these together it’s pretty simple I’m just sewing triangle to triangle and then we’re going to sew them in rows there’s really no pattern I do have a tip for sewing the triangles together though you don’t sew them end to end. best cheap sewing machine you want the points to overlap a little bit by about a quarter inch and then when you press them open everything will be even and I always press to the dark and

I tried to alternate my triangles you know light dark light dark so now we’re sewing the rows together and another tip I have for that is to baste it using Elmer’s washable school glue I start off at the points based down hit it with a dry iron and then I also fill in the section in between the points and that gives you really nice crisp points to your blocks all right now the tops done time for basting I’m using these curved safety pins they work great I’ll link them below I use them for all my quilts I have used spray based in the past but I found that the spray based gets everywhere so I actually prefer the safety pins and then as I’m quilting I’ve removed them as far as the actual quilting I’m just doing walking foot straight line echo quilting at an angle and I’m using the guide arm that comes with the walking foot .

I’m kind of doing randomly spaced outlines this part did take me awhile but not as long as you would expect if you just keep going at it and I kind of alternated which direction I was going in just so that there wasn’t a lot of shifted and that my quilting would be more even so here’sa look at the quilting process that obviously took a lot longer than you seein the video but you get the idea and using a walking foot highly recommended it really helps keep your layers from shifting and everything just looks a lot more even and you don’t get a lot of puckering which is great and my backing is actually a sheet from Target that I got for about three dollars I love using

Target sheets as quilt backing they have a really nice line of organic cotton great for backing I just pre wash it all right here’s a close-up you can see the guide arm and this is really my first time using it I haven’t really used it a whole lot in the past but worked out really nicely for this project and I’m using different colors of thread I thought that would just kind of add to the visual interest I’m using aurifil mostly 40 weight thread now we are trimming the quilt I’m using my creative grids rollers I cannot say enough good things about creative grids and my ging or rotary cutter and I use the edge of the ruler to make sure all my corners are squared let’s talk binding

I’m just cutting two and a half inch strips and I learned this technique and Deb Karasik’s quilt binding class I’ll link to our blog below because it’s a really helpful resource and this technique is all hers I cannot take credit for this so I’m basically just using glue basting to put all my binding pieces together using some chain piecing here all right now we’re just trimming all my threads here and I’m using scissors to cut off the excess and now you have to just break apart these sections that you glue basted and you’re gonna be pressing these seams open and folding all your strips in half lengthwise like I’m doing right here hit it with an iron and this is how you make binding people really easy not very painful

I’m gonna show you how I machine buying the quilt as well and you can use some simple math to figure out how many strips you need obviously it’s about 40 inches for each strip you cut from fabric measure around your quilt to see what the perimeter is and then divide that by 40 and that’s how many strips you’ll need give yourself a little extra though that’s what I would recommend I’m just getting my binding ready all right now it’s time to attach it to the front of the quilts you’re gonna sew it to the front and this is just your typical double fold binding here and a little tip when we get to the corner here you’ll see what I mean all right sonow you’re going to leave your needle down pivot diagonally and you’re gonna stitch off the end of the quilt here there’s a stitch off the end each corner will look at like this fold it over like.

I’m doing and then you’re gonna just start a new row just sewing over that now there’s gonna be a gap between where you started and where you finished and this technique like again I got straight from debka Rasik using this method by opening up my binding pinning it down you’ll be able to know where you need to sew it together and have the length be perfect for the rest of the quilt alright so now we’re cutting it again opening up the part where you glue basted folding it in half and then you’re gonna stitch that to the front of the quilt when that’s all done you want to press your binding flat press the edges flat and then you’re gonna press against the seam and now you’re gonna fold the binding all the way over to the back and use some wonder clips which I love to keep the binding in place now tip.

Because I’m gonna be machine binding and stitching in the ditch I want to make sure that my binding on the back side is even so I’m using the Wonder clips as a guide and making sure that the binding overlaps to the back uniformly all the way around so you can see whenever I’m clipping it it’s going just to the end of the clip there so now that I’ve got that all done you’re just gonna take it to your sewing machine be very careful go slow stitch in the ditch from the front to the back and then hopefully it’ll catch the fabric on the backside sometimes you may miss a few spots and you’ll have to go over them.

you can hand stitch them closed with this one it ended up working out perfectly and it caught the binding on the back the entire way around that’s what it’ll look like when you machine bind I even went a little extra and embroidered a quilt label for the recipient this is a really fun and simple call to make and best of all doesn’t require a pattern just 60-degreetriangles all cut out you can use scrap fabric and if you’re not a procrastinator like me it should take you less than a year to complete anyways I hope you enjoyed this video if you did hit the like button and subscribe to the Sewing Report for everything sewing crafts and DIY projects I’m Jennifer Moore and I will see you again in the next video you.

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