My friend and DIY genius Chris Wrobleski made a beautiful quilt for Hattie with vintage Dior cashmere squares, along with a bunch of other gorgeous fabrics. It’s amazing! I love it so much, I asked him to share instructions for those of you who would like to make your own.
- Miscellaneous fabrics: Several patterns (a quarter yard of each)
- Quilting batting (available at most fabric stores)
- One pieces of fabric approximately one foot longer and one foot wider than you want your final quilt to be
- Sewing machine with thread
Select several fabrics to use for your quilt. Nine or ten different patterns works well (for example dots, solids, stripes, floral, etc). Remember, if you are doing a baby quilt, you will want the softest materials you can find. It can be a lot of fun to use vintage clothes.
Machine wash (cold) and dry your fabrics. If you have some delicate fabrics that cannot be washed, then exclude them from this step.
Trace your squares on the back of the fabric using a ruler and a pencil or chalk, then cut them out with scissors or a rotary tool.
For Hattie’s quilt I used 4 inch by 4 inch squares. You should cut the squares about 1 inch larger than you want them to be on the final quilt to allow for the hem.
Lay your squares out in the order or pattern you want. I usually try to avoid having the same fabric side by side.
Sew the squares together. This needs to be done in an orderly fashion to maintain the pattern you laid out.
Start by sewing two squares together at a time. Flip one square over on to the one next to it, and sew along the edge the two squares were touching. Repeat this until each square is sewn to another.
When this is completed, repeat the process with the two-square pieces, and so on. You can do this in any order that makes the most sense to you.
When you are finished you will have the top of your quilt.
Cut the batting slightly larger than your quilt top to allow for a border. For a two inch border, cut the batting 4 inches longer and 4 inches wider than your quilt top.
Place the material you chose for the back of the quilt face down on the floor or table, center the batting over the backing, then center the quilt top over the batting. Trim the backing to be large enough to fold about a one-inch hem over to touch the quilt top.
Fold the small hem over on the backing; then fold the hem over to overlap slightly on the quilt top, and pin it down.
Continue this all the way around the quilt.
The corners will overlap, but by stitching a simple box, you can make the corners look clean and finished.
Step 8 (Optional):
You can now hand stitch patterns in your quilt, or do simple tufts with yarn. To create patterns, use a simple needle and thread and stitch all the way through your quilt. You can draw patterns with chalk if you have something specific in mind. For the yarn tufts, use a large needle and yarn. Decide whether you want the tufts on the corners or the centers of the squares.
Sew large stitches with the yarn on the top of the quilt, but very small stitches through the back of the quilt, leaving the large stitches on the front very loose. You are going to cut the large stitches to tie the tufts. Simply sew in succession on the corners or in the centers of the squares until the quilt is covered, then cut the middle of the large stitches on the top and knot them with the other end.
Thank you Chris! Have you received a handmade gift you love?
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