Sunday, October 11, 2009

Peek-a-boo finished and tutorial

I have finished the quilt from the last post. I was able

to use some fabric that I had purchased for another
baby quilt.  I had to use two fabrics for the border,
but that worked out ok.  The quilt finished 44" square.  A great size for a baby quilt.
To make the quilt you will need 3/4 of a yard of 3 different fabrics. This will make a quilt with a border that is all the same fabric.  If you like the two color border 1/3 yard of two different colors will work.  For the explaination I will use the fabric colors I have used in my quilt.

This block will finish 12" in the quilt and you will need the following

2 blue squares at 6 7/8" for each block.  You will be making 5 blocks for the quilt so you need a total of 10 squares.

Cut them in half diagonally, for a total of 20 triangles.

Now you need to cut 5 squares at 9" each.  Using the technique described here on my other blog. Sew the blue triangles to the 9" squares.  Make your 5 blocks.  They should measure 12 1/2" at this point.

Now for your other block, you will need 4 of these. 

You will be cutting your rectangles at 4 1/2" by 12 1/2"
You need 8 from the fire truck (focus) fabric
and 4 from your blue fabric.

Assemble blocks as pictured above.

Your block should measure 12 1/2"

Assemble your 9 blocks as shown in the center of this picture.

For the borders you need to cut 4 - 4 1/2" strips from the border fabric, they will need to at least measure 40 1/2".  The center of the quilt should measure 36 1/2".  Since most fabrics are narrower than 44 1/2",  I chose to use a little different technique to sew on the borders to eliminate having to piece two of the borders.

You will start to sew your first border on as you normally would.

Stop sewing the border about 5 inches from the end

Press the border as you normally would.  Now leaving the border you just sewed on at the bottom, add the second border to the right side of the quilt.

As shown here, continue stitching

when you have finished stitching the second border on it should look like this before you press the border.  After you have pressed the border leave it at the bottom of the quilt top and sew your next border on the right side again. Continue until you have sewn on all four borders.

Once you have sewn the 4th border on and pressed it, your quilt top should look like this.

Fold your first border back over and finish sewing the seam you started when you first added the border.  Press and trim.

You have now finished your quilt top.  It should measure 44 1/2".  Finished top is pictured above.

I used a 1 1/3" piece of fabric that I had for the backing.  I made a cut parallel to the selvage about 15" from the selvage.  I used left over 4 1/2" wide pieces from the front to add a strip to the backing to make it large enough so that I had the extra I needed for quilting.

Here is a picture of the back.

Here is a close up of the quilting.  I used a simple loop de loop meander.

The binding was cut at 2 1/2" and sewn on completely by machine.  I needed 5 strips to complete the binding.

If you have any questions or I need to make something more clear, please leave me a comment.

I hope you enjoyed the first of my renditions of blocks from the Key to 1000 quilt patterns.  That means I have 999 to go. I have been playing with some 2 inch strips and have a few more blocks in the works.  This will be scrap oriented, so check back soon.  If you make any projects from my blog please link back to my blog.  I also ask that you honor my copyrights and not publish these works as your own.

1 comment:

  1. Too, Too, cute!!! What a great gift that is. I'll be following your next 999 quilts. Keep up the good work!