20 June 2011
19 June 2011
Well, I am an amateur quilter. A few years ago I decided that at some point in my life I would make a quilt and the adventure began last summer. I started making a super easy quilt with tons of different colors and fabrics and no apparent pattern and never finished. So this summer I am determined to finish it. The reason why it has taken me soooo loonnnnggg to finish this quilt is not because it is difficult, but because I spend about three hours every couple weeks quilting. I wish I could spend more time on my quilt, but I just have tons of other time commitments. Here I will attempt to guide you through the process of making a 4 square quilt. Actually, really this is just a step by step process for how to make each 4 square block, because I have not gotten beyond this point yet.
Step 1: Collect fabric. My mom used to be a quilter before I was born and used up all her time and energy, so I found the majority of my fabric in our basement. This is awesome because not only I am being environmentally friendly, but I didn't have to spend buckets full of money on new fabric. I did stop by the local quilting store in my town (which is quite impressive for a town of 7,000) and spent 10 bucks on five different [small] pieces of fabric. My mom also found some batting (the inside padding of the quilt) for me at a yard sale for $0.25. Also awesome. And most awesome of all- Joshua, my boyfriend, brought me some fabric from Africa.
Step 2: Cut three inch wide strips of two different fabrics.
Step 3: Pin the strips together.
Step 4: Sew.
Sew in a straight line and remove the pins. I made a 3/8 inch seam.
Step 5: Iron with the seam pressed to the dark side.
Step 6: Cut smaller strips three inches wide.
Place the strips side by side with opposing patterns next to each other, as shown above and...
Step 7: Pin.
Step 8: Sew.
Step 9: Iron.
And there you have it, beautiful 4 square quilting blocks. I made three blocks from the original two strips I cut.
Sidenote: please excuse the poor quality of the pictures. They were taken in my basement sewing are where the lighting is terrible and I don't yet have an awesome camera that takes good pictures anywhere. (It is on my wishlist, though.)