Sew and Tell: We made some quilts!

Sew So I’m not sure if ya’ll know this about me, but I make quilts. Not regularly, but whenever I get the stitch itch. I learned how to make this particular pattern in one of my 7th grade classes at school and I’ve been making them for myself, family and friends ever since. They’re super simple to make but just a little time consuming. Over the years, my mom and I have discovered a few tricks and tools that have saved us mucho time in producing them. I’ll share those a little later. I’m not sure how many quilts I’ve made in all (a lot), but I’m going to share 3 of the most recent few I’ve made. I even taught my husband how to make one and he sewed his very first quilt for our daughter while I was pregnant. He picked out his fabric, cut out all of his pieces and sewed it up himself. He made me proud.

Now, I do apologize about not having step-by-step photos on how to make my quilt. With the next quilt I make, I plan on taking photos of the whole process, timing myself and making a post with detailed instructions so you can decide for yourself if you’d like to make one, too. Here’s a quick rundown of it, though.

We place this rectangular stencil (I have no idea what it’s really called) on the fabric, with it’s edge lined up with an edge of the fabric. We then use this rotary cutter (I think that’s what it’s called) to quickly cut a strip of fabric by just following up the side of the stencil. Of course, a cutting mat is underneath the fabric so we don’t ruin our table with the blade.

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A square plastic stencil is placed on the rectangular strip of fabric we just cut. We use the cutter to follow the edge of the stencil to cut a straight line down the fabric, making squares that are the same size as the stencil. This rotary cutter has saved us SO MUCH TIME! We used to draw every square on the fabric before cutting each one out individually with scissors.

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The front of the quilt is made up of alternating squares from two different fabrics. To sew it together, take a square piece of fabric from both prints and face them together, front sides touching. Sew a seam down one edge of the joined pieces and repeat this until a row is sewn. I create each row (I believe there are 10) and then I sew the rows together.

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The back of the quilt is one large piece of fabric, different from the front fabrics. It gets sewn onto the finished front of the quilt, then the whole thing gets stuffed with fluff leaving the hole that you stuffed it with to be sewn up by hand.

Again, a much better and more clear post with instructions will be created at a later date. Here’s the one you just saw me put together. I made it for Mia.

butterfly quilt5 butterfly quilt4 Here’s Daddy Dom’s quilt that he made for Mia.

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dom's quilt

     Here’s the most recent quilt I made from Dr. Seuss fabrics. I’ve been wanting to make one for the school that I work at for years but just kept putting it off. My original thought was that the kids who go home sick or who need a nap would use it when they’re lying on the cot in the office. However, when I presented this to my boss a few weeks ago, she fell in love with it and wanted it for herself. She’s expecting her first grandbaby soon and thought this quilt would be perfect for the baby room that she’s designating in her home. She wants to incorporate bright colors and images from children’s literature in frames on the walls. It’s kind of perfect how the timing and the theme worked out so well. I’m happy to let her use it in her home rather than at the school. It will be appreciated and loved more with her and her family.Dr. Seuss Quilt1 Dr. Seuss Quilt2

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Okay, readers. Now I’ve got a question for you…

I’d like to make more quilts and get them up on my Etsy store (which is currently empty) for sale. They’ll most likely range from $50-$75 depending on the cost of materials. Would you buy one? Be honest. Any feedback is appreciated.

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