Start With a Charm Pack!
Charm packs are collections of 5" x 5" squares of fabric produced by Moda Fabrics. The popularity of Charm Packs and other 5" square precuts stem from the fact they are affordable, easy to use, and a size commonly used in quilting. I got my definition from the Fat Quarter Shop. They are a great online fabric store that has a lot of fun videos, tutorials and quilt making info.
I like precuts because you don't have to decide on one fabric, you get lots of little fabrics and they all work together nicely!
Sew, Cut, Cut, Sew!
Finish Your Tablerunner
Layer the top, batting and backing, quilt it and add the binding - you're done!
I quilted my tablerunner using straight lines 1/4 inch along each side of the solid fabric and a ribbon motif in each row. You could easily do this type of quilting on your domestic sewing machine; a tablerunner is much easier to manage.
Beginner Quilt Tutorial
This is a great project if you're just starting quilting or want to use up some scraps. I made most of this quilt with leftover fabric from a Block of the Month class at my local quilt store. I may have seen something like this on the internet but I didn't have a pattern and just made it up as I went along. It's actually pretty straightforward and I'll share the steps with you.
1. Cut shapes and make blocks
After cutting all the angled shapes, alternate them so the wide end of one is next to the skinny end of the next one. Then join them, sewing right sides together using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Press the seams to one side.
For variety I used a different number of shapes for each block before trimming the edges straight and adding the short pink pieces. In the picture below, one block has 5 shapes and the other block has 8 shapes.
2. Add sashing strips between each block
Trim the top & bottom of each block straight so you can add the sashing. Since this is for a girl, I used a solid pink fabric (3/4 yard from my stash, yay) for sashing and for the borders. Cut your sashing strips 1 ½” wide and add a strip to the bottom of each block.
3. Sew the blocks into four rows
In the picture below, you see the 4 long rows or columns. I trimmed the rows so they were all 46 1/2 inches long.
4. Sew long sashing strips to join each row
Combine the rows by sewing long sashing strips between them. These sashing strips were also 1 1/2 inches wide. This is what you have so far:
5. Add the outer borders
Cut the outer borders strips 2 1/2 inches wide. I attached the side borders and then the top and bottom borders. Now you're ready to quilt.
The Quilting Motif
I quilted this using an allover paisley design.
Finished size: 36" x 50"
Superior King Tut thread in Harem
Quilting Motif: allover paisley
Quilting Adds Great Texture
My favorite way to express my creativity is with fabric. Join me as I share my journey with you. I hope you'll be inspired to create something too!