Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Moroccan Quilt

This quilt design I came up with has a bit of Moroccan flair to it. I absolutely love it and I think you will too. This quilt design is not for the faint at heart or those that are just starting out. If you have a few quilts under your belt and are confident in your abilities, then this quilt may be for you. Unfortunatly after about 20 tries I have had to give up on posting a picture of what the finished quilt will look like, however a picture of the block pattern you will be using is above.

The quilt is made of very intricate 10 inch squares and uses five colors. You can alter these directions to make any sized quilt desired but the directions listed are for an oversized queen comforter that measures 86 by 96 inches. You will need to start by buying your fabrics, batting, and coordinating threads. Once the fabric has been bought, wash, dry and iron it before beginning to cut.

From the light brown fabric cut:
144 - 5.25 inch by 5.25 inch squares that will be divided into 2 triangles

From the dark brown fabric cut:
288 - 4 inch by 1 inch strips

From the deep red fabric cut:
144 - 3 inch by 3 inch squares that will be divided into triangles
288 - 2.5 inch by 2.5 squares

From the light yellow fabric cut:
72 - 1.5 inch by 1.5 inch squares

From the gold fabric cut:
288 - 6 inch by 1.5 inch strips
288 - 1.5 inch by 1.5 inch cubes

The tricky part to these blocks is putting them together. If you love sewing, you will love this project. I do promise you there is an end in sight but you will have to work hard at pacing yourself so you do not burn out.

This is only a recommendation on how to start piecing the quilt blocks together. Feel free to explore and see if something else works better for you. Start with the red triangles. Sew on the gold strip then attach the light brown triangle. Now you have a square. Note that there will be some access fabric. Wait to trim it until after you have attached all the other pieces since you would not want to trim too much.

Across from the red and gold section, sew on a small red square in the corner. You could do this like you would if you were appliqueing it. Simply use a zig-zag stitch around all sides or you could notch out the top of the light brown triangle and attach the square as you would any other piece. Once that is done, set it aside for a moment.

Now you will want to attach all the brown strips to the gold squares. Once these new strips are done, add one to each of the squares you have just finished. Always attach it on the same side so you do not end up with pieces that have to have two brown strips or there are squares without them. For example, if you were working on the square in the upper right hand corner and you sewed on the brown strip on the bottom, do that with all off them.

Finally add in the light yellow square. Attach it to one of the newly made squares. Then attach all the others. Work around clockwise or counterclockwise until everything is joined together and you have one solid block.

Now all you have to do is repeat this process to complete 72 more of these. Feel free to experiment and see if you have another way to put the blocks together so that it works better for you. Once all the blocks are down, you can begin to put the quilt top together. Sew the blocks into rows of 8 blocks. Then sew the rows together to form the majority of the quilt top.

Before you finish, add boarder. Use 3.5 inch wide fabric on all sides (it will end up being 3 inches when everything is sewn together). Use any color already used in the quilt for the border.

Next piece together your backing, making sure it is slightly larger then your quilt top. Pin together the backing, the batting and the quilt top and quilt it or tie it together. When all the layers are attached, you can finish the piece off. Trim down any extra length from the backing and batting and add the binding. Now your quilt is done and can be used.

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