Thursday, October 05, 2006

Easy Quilt Pattern

I have created a quilt design that anyone can create. It is simple, easy, and will be a snap to put together.

The first thing you need to do is pick an applique pattern. The small purple rectangles in the picture are designed to house an applique pattern. Pick whatever you like. You could do birds, flowers, or light houses. Once you know what your theme is you can go about picking the fabric for your quilt.

The colors I used are only meant to show where like colors should go. For example, if you did do a lighthouse design, perhaps you would use a sand-colored background block. You would want to use that same fabric for the outside border of the quilt and all of the other small blocks.

From the first color (represented here by purple) you will need to cut out the following:
2 strips that measure 4.25 inches by 83 inches
2 strips that measure 86.75 inches by 4.25 inches
23 rectangles that measure 10.5 inches by 9.25

From the second color (represented here by yellow-orange) you will need to cut out the following:
2 strips that measure 79.25 inches by 4.25 inches
2 strips that measure 4.25 inches by 75.5 inches
2 strips that measure 63 inches by 36.75 inches
2 strips that measure 6.75 inches by 19.25 inches
10 strips that measure 1.75 inches by 9.25 inches (these are the short strips between the rectangles that run horizontally).
12 strips that measure 1.75 inches by 10.5 inches (these are the short strips between the rectangles that run vertically).

From the third color (represented here by white) you will need to cut out the following:
2 strips that measure 19.25 inches by 8 inches
2 strips that measure 5 inches by 9.25 inches
2 strips that measure 72.75 inches by 3.5 inches
2 strips that measure 3 inches by 69.25
2 strips that measure 8 inches by 51.75 inches
2 strips that measure 31.75 inches by 8 inches

This pattern is for a standard queen size quilt that measures 86 inches by 90 inches. You can alter the pattern to better fit your needs. Note that all the measurements provide allot an extra ¼ inch on all sides to accommodate for a quarter inch seam. For example, you will be cutting out 10.5 inch by 9.25 inch rectangles, but once they are sewn into the quilt they will measure 10 inches by 8.75 inches. This additional allowance accounts for the unusual widths and heights. You could simplify the pattern if you have trouble cutting pieces that use half or quarter inch endings, however it will be hard to do that and achieve a true queen sized blanket.

You may find it useful to assign each piece a letter and note it on the quilt pattern. Use a fabric pen or pencil to label the backside of the fabric. This will help if you become confused on where something should go in the quilt.

You will probably have to join pieces together to form the longer strips. When doing this remember to add the seam allowance so that you end up with the correct length. Once everything has been cut out and all the strips have been made, you can really get started. Start by appliqueing the rectangles. Use whatever applique method you are comfortable with or follow the instructions that came with your applique pattern.

Consult your applique pattern for details on what material you will need to create the design. Just be sure that whatever you pick fits within the 10 inch by 8.75 inch rectangles.

Once the rectangles have been appliqued, you can start to put the quilt together. Work from the inside out. Start with the purple rectangle, then move to the white strips, so on and so forth until the quilt is completed. You will note that as you are sewing the top together that some of the strips are covered with those of the same color to finish out the side. For example, the outer edge of the quilt has two vertical purple strips that are covered at the top and bottom by purple strips. You will always want to sew on the pieces that will be covered first; otherwise you will run into problems.

Finish the quilt as you would any other by basting and quilting it.

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