Recently, I told you guys that I was making a new quilt. Remember this fabric?
Well, that fabric doesn’t look like that at all anymore!
A few people have asked me about the process of making a quilt. I took the time, while I was frantically cutting and sewing, to take pictures so I can show you all of the steps that go into a quilt. It is a fascinating metamorphosis. Feel free to ask questions at the end! I’m sure I’m going to leave some steps out.
First you cut and piece the top of the quilt. The pattern I am using is called a Coin Quilt. It was easy and came together quickly; I highly recommend it for a beginning quilter. (If you are interested, the free pattern is available here from CluckCluckSew.) When I finished piecing my top, it looked like this:
Here’s a close up of what it looks like now. This is going to change soon!
The next step is to make the quilt sandwich. You tape (with blue painter’s tape) the fabric for the back of the quilt onto the floor. You tape it so the print is facing down on the floor. The batting – the warm part of the quilt – is laid on top of that. Then you put the pieced top on top of that with the right side up. Once they are all lined up, you pin through all the layers with safety pins.
And this is what the back looks like:
The next part is what is technically called quilting. It involves sewing through all three layers. This is free motion quilting in a stippling pattern. Here is a close up picture.
And when it’s done, it looks awesome!
You’re not quite done yet! Now you cut the excess fabric from around the outside.
For the last step, you need to bind the quilt. I pieced my binding on this one, which is a first for me. I like the way it looks!
And then you hand sew the binding to the back.
Voila! All done!
Pat yourself on the back; you made a beautiful quilt! It’s all ready to snuggle a sweet baby boy.
Whew! I hope you enjoyed all the pictures. Have a great weekend, everybody!