Combine fabrics with a variety of textures to create a one-of-a-kind quilt.
When using a wide variety of fabric types as you will to make this quilt, polyester batting works better than cotton, and large seam allowances make for easier sewing. And if you go with minky for the quilt back, you can leave out the batting and skip the quilting altogether.
Materials and Tools:
¼-yard each of nine assorted fabrics (cotton, flannel, chenille, pique, minky, minky dot decorator-weight, etc.)
1. Wash and machine-dry all fabrics before sewing and cutting. Note: If you cut and sew the fabrics before washing, they'll shrink into a lumpy mess.
2. Cut the fabrics into 6-inch squares. To make a 35-by-45-inch crib-size quilt, you'll need 63 squares.
3. Lay out the cut squares on the floor or on a design wall and arrange them in a pleasing pattern, with seven squares in each of nine rows. You want a random look consisting of a good mix of all your fabrics.
4. Lay the second square in row 1 facedown on the first square in row 1. Pin the squares together along the right side where you'll be sewing. Using a ½-inch seam allowance, sew the squares together. Place the third square from row 1 face down on top of the square set you've just sewn together, matching the raw edges on the right side. Pin and sew, continuing this process until the row is all sewn together. Note: The more consistent you are with your seam allowance, the more flattering your quilt will be when finished.
5. When the row is completed, gently press the seams open. Be careful not to stretch or pull the fabrics.
7. Cut a piece of fabric about 40 by 50 inches for the back of the quilt.
8. Lay the backing right side down on a large flat surface, preferably a table. Tape the backing fabric down, pulling it slightly taut, to make sure there are no wrinkles. Place a 40-by-50-inch (or slightly smaller) piece of polyester batting on top of the backing fabric. Smooth the batting and center it on the backing fabric. Center and lay the finished quilt top right side up on the batting. Secure the three layers together with a safety pin in the center of each square, starting in the center of the quilt and working your way to the edges and keeping everything smooth and wrinkle-free as you go.
9. To machine-quilt this project, quilt in the ditch (along the seams) or diagonally across the squares, removing the safety pins before stitching. Or you can tie the quilt at the corner of each square.