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You will be able to wash the quilt in the washing machine and dry it in the dryer without mishap.
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Cheating? Would it be cheating to buy a yard of fabric and sew squares and such on to that and call it a quilt? Is this even a craft?
I think it sounds like a good project. I am curious why you'd be worried about it being a "cheat". If you make it, it is hand-crafted! Don't let anyone make you feel like it is less than marvelous! If you learn from making it--fabulous. If you are happy with the result, all the better. Our ancestors all did with what they had, and techniques varied person to person. Even as a child, a friend's mom made bed quilts for all the kids by piecing a top, using a sheet for the bottom, and putting an inexpensive blanket in between.
Call your finished project a "folk art quilt" and I bet you will impress people! Good luck, learn much, and have fun!
The old folks use to use a large piece on the back and sew remnants together. They then stitched the handmade part to the front part but it was turned wrong side out. After you sew about 3/4 of it turn it right side out and finish off the seam. They called them bag quilts. Creating crafts are in your mind's eye. There is no right or wrong in most crafting items. You'll amaze yourself sometimes at what you can think up to do with practically nothing.
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It's my mother-in-law's birthday. I can't say that I am her favorite, but you know. I have been making quilts. You can say I am a "quilting junkie". So I decided to make her one. This pattern I haven't seen before, I'm sure it's out there, but I call it the "T-quilt" (my name is Tracey.)
I wanted every time she sees it to think of just how wonderful I am. : ) If you look closely I just cut strips and sewed them together, then cut into squares. I sewed each row together which made the front (lots of Ts), making sure the pattern made a T. I used batting and brown fabric for the back. I do believe when I gave it to her I may have seen a smile.
This is a page about making a block quilt. A basic quilting motif is made up of simple square blocks of fabric in various colors and prints.
Rather than creating a patchwork top, you can simply make a whole cloth quilt using a single piece of fabric and tying the layers. A fun alternative to a bias binding is the use of ric rac as trim. This is a page about how to make a whole cloth tied quilt with ric rac trim.