If you want to get started on making a quilt but don't really know which quilt to make, how about joining in with my new Quiltalong. What is a quiltalong? Well it's where a whole crowd of us from all around the world are all making the same thing (more or less) at the same time (more or less) and we all tell each other how we're getting along and support each other's choices and work. It's a lot of fun and a great way to motivate yourself to really get on and make a quilt. So what quilt are we making?
It's called the Dead Simple Quilt. Why? Because it's dead simple to make. That's right. It is suitable for a complete beginner although all levels of quilter are welcome. The idea is that the palette is the star in this quilt, not the quilt design.
So what we are each going to do is to go off and choose a palette and then go and rummage in our stashes for fabrics to match the palette, head to our local quilt shops for fabrics to match that palette or find a shop who will do the matching for us (Sew Fresh Fabrics are happy to provide this service) and get ready to start. I have ordered my fabrics and we will get making the quilts as soon as they arrive. We will be making one of four variations of the same Dead Simple Quilt. There is a 50" X 70" small squares quilt.
Or a 50" X 70" big squares quilt.
Or a 70" X 90" small squares quilt.
Or a 70" X 90" large squares quilt.
For today's post, I'm going to pick a palette and show you how to make an 18" Dead Simple Palette Pillow. I have chosen this palette.
I have colour macthed these Kona solids from my Kona colour card: aqua, robin egg, green tea, tarragon, pink, baby pink, woodrose, deep rose and plum.
Then I have rummaged in my stash to find some prints to mix with these solids. You will need 18 strips of fabric, one 18" zip, some wadding, some fabric for the backing (about 20" X 22") and some strips of fabric for the binding.
1. To make the pillow, cut 18 strips 1 1/2" by about 20" long (they are longer than needed because long strips don't always line up perfectly at the ends when you sew them so it's good to have the extra length to trim to size). Sew these together into a square about 19" X 19" (you can trim to 18 1/2" X 18 1/2" once you have quilted it_.
2. Baste the pillow top to a piece of batting about 1" larger all round. At this stage, I mark quilting lines on the pillow top with a hera marker.
3. Quilt as desired. I have quilted with straight lines in Aurifil 40wt in a lime green.
4. Now, trim to 18 1/2" square.
5. To make the backing you can either use a heavier fabric like a linen, denim, shot cotton or decorating weight fabric or you can quilt your backing fabric. I am going to quilt the backing fabric to add weight to it as I am using a quilting cotton for the back. For this you will need a piece of fabric about 22" X 20". The extra length is for the insertion of the zip and the extra width is just to give a bit of waggle room in case your quilting slightly distorts the shape of the backing fabric. Baste and quilt the backing and then cut a strip 2" - 3" from one end. Re-attach this piece to the main piece of backing using a seam with a 1" seam allowance.
6. Sew an 18" zip onto the back of the seam, aligning the zip with the seam. Trim the back to the same size as the front of the pillow.
7. Using a long wide zig zag seam, attach the front of the pillow to the back along the edges, right sides out.
8. Make a binding approximately 80" long and 2 1/2" wide. Attach the binding to the pillow as you would with a quilt. Then unpick the stitches of the seam over the zip.
Stand back, admire and then mail to someone very special (well you don't have to do this last bit but I am going to).
If you're interested in making a Dead Simple Quilt, head over to the Quiltalong starter post here and find out all you need to know. All subsequent posts are linked from the starter post so you can find out how to pick a palette and how much fabric to find / order. And if you do decide to make the Dead Simple Quilt or the Dead Simple Palette Pillow, I would love to see them in the Lily's Quilts Flickr group.
Editors note: and yes I use that term sew loosely...
what editor does not know how to spell sew...lol
This is about LYNNE...yes my dear...gosh I love this
and I can hardly believe who it is going to...wow!
Anyway since you are sew filled with color, heart
and vitality...I thought is only befitting to honor you with
this delightful giveaway today...ohhh look....
OUR giveaway today in honor
of LYNNE's youthful spirit....
is for Quilters....
Yes you lucky quilters
( and to our Wantobes we have some
for you in the near future too)
2 winners...let me know
which one you would prefer
you will get 3 yards of your choice
it is 60 inches wide. CUDDLE fabric...you can make
2 quilts with that much
These BRAND New collections are not even available
yet...Shannon Fabrics will be showing them at the Fall Market..
They were very generous...we have a few more collections
in the near future to giveaway....
Would you like one these?
I see all your hands up...
( I have a romper room magic mirror) lol
Romper, bomper, stomper boo.
Tell me, tell me, tell me, do.
Magic Mirror, tell me today,
have all my friends had fun at play?
Please go visit LYNNE and be her new follower..
( gosh you will be sew delighted she has many amazing
things going on all the time)
Ohhh be a follower here..I will be watching through my magic
mirror...and please those of you who are NO -REPLY blogger
please leave your email in your comment..
Yesterday we had over 24 who we could not connect ...
And big thanks goes out to LYNNE for an inspiring post...
To Shannon Fabrics for these lovely plush over the top soft
fabrics and YOU for letting your inner child come out to play
today...YOU are smart, you are kind and you is
IMPORTANT to us....