The size of the squares can be adjusted to make it fit any size bed, crib or daybed by simply measuring the mattress top, dividing by 6 and adding 1 1/2 inch per square for seam allowances, i.e. if your square is to be 5 x 5 1/2 inches cut your squares at 6 1/2 x 7 inches.
Approximate Time: 12 - 15 hours
When selecting your fabrics, try to stick to the same weight and type of material. Cotton and cotton blends work best and are usually less expensive than most fabrics.
I found after cutting my squares, that the pink butterfly fabric was too heavy or bulky with the other fabrics and had to make a trip back to the fabric store to choose another material. Also, make sure your fabrics are machine washable to avoid dry cleaning bills on such a large item.
Wash, dry, and, iron all fabrics to eliminate the possibility of shrinkage after your quilt is finished.
Once your quilt squares are cut, lay them side by side - plain, pattern, plain (or vice versa) to determine how you want your pattern to work out. The last color will be the most prominent on the quilt. Once you have decided how you want your pieces to lay in the design, assign each fabric a number from 1 to 6 and set them in order on the table so you only have to move down the line when you pick them up from the pile as they are added to your quilt.
*Note: If you have access to a serger and a rotary cutter and mat, I highly recommend using them as it will save 2/3 of the time you will spend cutting squares with scissors, trimming and pressing seams open during the assembly of your quilt and will provide more uniform squares.
If you must cut your squares by hand, pinking shears are your best choice to prevent raveling because of heavy handling and will reduce raised or lumpy areas under your seams.
Starting on row one and following the pattern sheet below, with right sides together match up edges and stitch pieces together at the 5/8's inch mark making one long strip, beginning and ending each row with the same fabric piece.
As you finish each strip, match it lengthwise to the previous sewn strip. If you are using a regular sewing machine, press seams open first. Pin on seam lines with the seams facing the center of the quilt row.
Once you reach the center strip, which will be the same as the first and last squares, you will pin one facing to the right, the next side facing to the left and continue pinning left to the end of the row.
As you add rows to your quilt, it will become too bulky to manage on the machine.
I recommend sewing strips together until you reach the middle row, which will be a repeat of the very first row you made. Set the piece aside and continue making strips, following the pattern for the lower half of the quilt as you did for the upper half.
Once the bottom half is complete, pin it to the upper half and stitch both halves together. This way you only have to deal with the bulk of the quilt once.
At this point, you can add borders to the sides.
If you don't want to add borders, I recommend you buy a flat sheet. It's more economical than purchasing fabric for the back and you don't have to piece it together. Buy it one size larger than your quilt topper. Keeping layers smooth, layer from top to bottom:
From the center out, tie the layers together at various points (about every 9 squares) with embroidery thread or yarn. My preferred method is to machine stitch using the button stitch.
Check both sides to make sure all layers are smooth. If you encounter bunching, simply remove the tie smooth and retie.
Fold the outer edges of the sheet over the raw open edges, leaving a little hangover for a small border, miter in the corners by folding the point over to meet the border and then folding the edge over the top. Top stitch all the way around.
The last picture shows how your quilt will lay on a double bed with the pattern dropping off the outer edges. On a queen size bed it will all lay on top.
By Sew Crafty from CA
I worked on this project quite a bit during my lunch hour and on a vacation driving trip. I hand stitched the hexagons together and saved the completed flowers. Once they were all made, I then hand pieced the quilt top.
The embroidered flower details were added after the layers were basted. I used a quilting stitch stencil and marked the pattern on the center hexagon.
The final quilting, also hand done, was a simple 1/4 inch outline stitch around all of the full and partial hexagons.
The only machine sewing was when I attached the binding.
The quilt covers a king size bed with a bit of a drape. The DH, to this day still thinks I was crazy. But we both love the quilt.
By Barbara from Bremerton, WA
I cut 5 inch squares (you can use any size you like) serged up 3 sides, stuff lightly, serge up that side. Lay one edge of one square on top of edge of another square and sew down that side. Then add another square to that one and so on until you get a strip. Lay it out on the bed to see how many you need for your size bed. Then just make more strips and sew the strips together. I used the zig-zag stitch to connect the edges together. Don't forget to blow out your machine every so often as this project can create lots of lint and clog up the machine. I did not attach a border but you can if your want to.
Everyone that has seen them really liked the idea. I hope you do too.
By Marian from Danville, VA
By Maria from Somerville, MA
I love the tip submitted about making a quilt out of old clothing. I would love to make a quilt for my daughter out of some of her baby clothes. I know nothing about quilting though. Does anyone know of any websites that have easy to follow instructions on how to make a simple patchwork quilt?
That was my tip for the clothes quilt. It really isn't at all hard, BUT, it takes common sense and some time to cut a little beyond the seams so one has the excess to fold under and stitch down....OR, you can cut right up to a double edge and just machine stitch it down to the quilt base, not the backing which comes last. Or, do not cut a thing, and make it warm enough with the whole garment, stuffing a little quilting within each garment.
When piecing things together, even cute matching baby socks can fill in the odd places and be stitched down. I've wondered about washable cotton hats, caps, too.
Take your time, save only the better garments that aren't stained, and are of similar cloth, such as all cotton, or cotton/poly blends for the whole quilt. Use
velveteens or corduroy fabric clothes for their own separate quilt. Smocked dresses look good but seem to have too much cotton threading/gathering
to trust to last in tact. I'd fear they'd come loose and present a real problem after several washings or
Denim garment quilts are especially heavy and should be made of the lightest weight denims, or should be mixed in with other "textured" fabrics sparsely.
All the same age/size is o.k., but if not too wide a spread, it will all work together fine. Don't get too frustrated unless the clothing design has lots of ruffles, or pleats, or excess fabric, which is more work. Keep it crisp and simple, laying it all out first, of course, once enough clothing has been saved.
Little jackets/vests/aprons/spring coats are really cute sewn right with the companion piece.
Sunbonnets are a focal piece, as are cute appliqued garments placed well, say in each corner?
I believe one important point, too, is to place mostly pastel colors on one quilt, mixed only with a few light to medium colors; then all medium darker colors together.
Avoid obvious newly unwashed rich colors like the primary colors, red/green/blue/gold, because of the fading possiblities. Wash all colors to see what they might do, if they are new or unworn. Not to do this would also not keep with the theme of what/why one is trying to make a quilt.
For the added interest, you could use colorfast embroidery thread and make wide blanket
stiches around a few or even all of the garments, using different colors, but be careful to make it tasteful and not too mismatched to the garment.
If a girl, the edges could be made scalloped with
all dresses, hem-side out toward the edges of the
quilt. If a boy, the pant legs could be used in the same way, creating a shallow square edging pattern
if the legs are not out too far.
Remember to button and zip, snap and tie, hook and close anything that is loose, even stitching it down if there is ANY chance of it coming loose and ruining the overall pattern you have designed.
Poly/cotton blend soutache, braid, rickrack, or biased hemming tape could be used for a garment edging that is contrary or too plain, but wash the trim first to see how it will hold up should you need to ever wash the quilt.
Avoid knit items since they might stretch and warp when used this way, UNLESS you are so good that you could quilt across them several times, and
have enough pieces to make a quilt? Most mothers
Flannel isn't a good item to use, either, since it pills
so badly. Fleece does also. But ruffle pullups, sassy unusual items can sometimes be layed out in the center and worked away from, if using enough to form a center. However, always try to use the same thickness of garment, and it's respective stuffing material, so the quilt is reasonably level to the feel and the eye.
Logically, if one is going to use the quilt rather than hang or store it, it needs to be of practical fabrics. If
of fancy things, it really should be just hung/stored
and dusted several times a year. I'd even shadow-box frame an especially nice quilt, signing and dating
it, for posterity.
The best thing I can think of is that if one garment doesn't work out as well, take it off and replace it with another. It's a very forgiving craft and lots of interesting fun that everyone and anyone will greatly appreciate if done well.
God bless you. : )
I am going to be a grandma, and I am looking for an easy patchwork quilt for a baby.
This will depend on if you want to make a quilt with the tiny little pieces that make a fancy design or if you want to use just plain squares. If you want to use just plain squares, google "Around the World" quilt patterns. I would probably add for infants or something like that. I'm sure you will be able to find something.