It is important to have the basic tools to ease you into your project. There is nothing more exasperating than having your momentum stopped because you’re missing a thing or two.
When I started my first quilt, the only tools I had were a tiny cutting mat, 8.5” quilt ruler, rotary cutter, scissors, pins, thread and sewing needles. I began by hand sewing because I wasn’t sure if this was for me and I wasn’t going to invest on something that I wasn’t sure about. Ridiculous, right? A few years on and I have a room stocked up with quite a bit of gear. And as much fun as hand sewing was, I was pretty lucky to receive a sewing machine that Christmas. It was definitely quicker with a sewing machine!
I guess what I’m trying to say is, you can always start small, get some fat quarters and test the waters to see if this is for you.
Here are the basics that have helped me along the way:
A good sewing machine with interchangeable foot capability.
¼ inch sewing machine foot
Hand sewing and machine quilting needles (change needles for every new project or after 10-12 hours of use)
This is a pretty quick and easy project. You’d be able to get this done in an hour or two, which makes it so gratifying and fun! It’s also a great platform to start and see if patchwork is for you. Let’s begin!
For material, you will need 5 fat quarters (18″ x 22″) and 18″ square batting:
2 fat quarters for patchwork (front and background)
1 fat quarter for the backing for the quilt sandwich (this will be inside of the cover, so you wouldn’t need anything fancy)
2 fat quarter for the cushion envelope
1 square of batting measuring 18″ x 18″
Cutting for patchwork:
Square 1 (cut into squares and then cut diagonally in half to form triangles):
2 square cuts of front fabric
2 square cuts of background fabric
4 square cuts of front fabric
1 square cut of background fabric
Cushion envelope (these are to overlap for the back of the cushion to form an envelope):
1 cut of 11″x 18″
1 cut of 13.5″ x 18″
Batting (my preference is always either cotton or bamboo):
1 square cut of 18″ x 18″
I would love to hear from you and see the projects that you have done. I hope you’ve found this tutorial helpful and perhaps found a new love in quilting!
Scrap cushion cover completed! I got through this half way and noticed that it is another food related patchwork! Food is not just a nourishment, it is an obsession bordering on totalitarian. Based on my compulsion to make quilts and a love of food, I should have been a bear. Snuggle and eat. If it wasn’t for my trusty Labrador who takes me out for a walk everyday, I would be a bear right now. A very cuddly bear with a cool quilted jacket. Yeah!
I finished Leo last week and sent him on his way to his forever home. I didn’t want to put up any photos until his new owner gets to see him first hand. He arrived at his new pad today and I foresee a lot of snuggle time ahead for the both of them. I love making quilts and I love it more when other people love it too! Thank you Jessica for giving me this wonderful chance of making you an animal quilt.
And here is Leo! He is a lap quilt, with his body measuring at 30″ by 70″. He is sewn together using 100% high quality quilting cotton, cotton batting and cotton thread.
I’m looking out my window and I see grey and rain. It seems like Auckland is having a hard time getting herself in gear towards summer. I have a semi-quiet week ahead of me and so I had some spearheading ‘self’ plans mapped out for this Monday. I was going to walk off the 3000+ calories ingested over the weekend at the Auckland Taste Festival (which was and still is the most amazing food fest I’ve been to to-date!), I was going to clear out the fridge and start some clean eating before Christmas, and fix up the garden. Alas, all of that would not be happening today.
However! I can’t complain. Because on days like this, I feel especially grateful that I have a craft room with enough fabric “hoardage” that I can submerge myself in some patchworking. I have always wanted a Missouri Star quilt. Today could be the day!
I find it the hardest to throw away perfectly good scraps of material leftover from previous projects. I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in this one. However, what can be done with scraps which are too small for much, but too big to throw away? I have made a salvage quilt a few years back and I loved every back-breaking second of it. Deep down, I still believe in the quintessential principal of quilt making, and that is to use up whatever that is available. Want not, waste not. I don’t have enough scraps for another queen size quilt, although I do have enough for small projects. I have started to separate my scraps into colour groups and have decided to make modern alphabet patchworks with them. I see another throw cushion cover coming!!