You gotta love the internet. I saw this little video about making a quilt in 90 minutes. Well who WOULDN’T be tempted t give it a go? There is a book, which presumably has a lot more info in it, but I felt like there was enough info in the video to have a bash.
Basically you cut all the squares then sew them in columns. Then you do a Quilt as You Go method, by sewing the middle column and one to the side down to your backing and batting sandwich then flip the outer one out. You carry on sewing the columns, just like you would making a log cabin or strip block – the NEXT column holds the loose edge in place. Does that make sense? Watch the video and it will all be clear!
I use some polar fleece for the batting/backing rather than have three layers. Even easier and very cuddly. I seem to have a LOT of polar fleece, from back when DS and DD were younger. There seemed to always be a reason to buy it, but often before I got around to satisfying their obsession, the obsession had passed. I have a huge piece of cheetah print fleece that I have NO IDEA what I am going to do with!
Anyway, the video also shows a shot of the quilting map, so I did a little screen grab or two and used the printouts to mark the corner-to-corner lines.
I used a hot pink thread which totally disappears on the back (I mean, you can see the quilting lines but not the colour at all) and have some maroon-ish fabric to bind it with.
Humm. The seams look more wonky in the photo than they do IRL. And where I usually don’t pre-wash, I did this fabric and I was astonished at how PINK the water became. Glad I did, and glad I DIDN’T put anything else in with it!
As this was a bit of a lark when I began, I used some spare fat quarters I had from a pack that had OTHER FQs that I actually wanted to use. These were a bit country and twee for my taste. I had the solid brown also from doll-making in the past (DD liked her dolls to reflect reality so not for her row upon row of pinky white faces) so really none of it cost me a dime. There are two SLIGHTLY different colourways f the fabric, one more pink/maroon, one more brown-y beige.
I have no idea if it will become a LillyBo one or not – just the other day DDs escort asked about something for her soon-to-be-born great-grand daughter. She said her GD was very traditional and didn’t like anything modern so this may just fit the bill for her. We shall see.
Anyway, the point is there is a lot of info out there, if you go looking for it. While I doubt I would have ever seen this book on the shelf at a bookstore and though Gotta have that! I was interested enough in the PROCESS to see if I could make something JUST based on what I saw in the slide show. I am 100% sure the book has loads of tips and tricks that the video doesn’t cover, and while it was NOT 90 minutes (probably down to me – I would say maybe 3 hours) it was blinkin’ quick to do. So I would def. flip thru it and see if I need to add it to my collection. For a quick charity quilt I would say even the most inexperienced seamstress could manage it. The ONLY “difficult” thing was manipulating the full quilt thru my home machine, and again that is down to my inexperience with machine quilting more than anything else! Oh, and as I did not have a backing fabric, I can’t do the “fold to the front” method to bind it, so may have to do a more traditional binding. The fabric is merrily tumbling in the dryer as we speak so I will think on it, watch another video or two, and see what I find.