This blog post follows on from Part 1, which covered making the central design for a disappearing nine patch quilt top. Part 2 will cover stitching all the pieces together, adding borders and layering.
For these steps you will need:
30cm fabric for the inner border (ideally at least 114cm wide)
70cm fabric for the outer border (again, ideally 114cm wide)
2.8 metres of backing fabric
At least 1.4 metres square of wadding. I used a 97cm wide wadding so bought 2.8 metres and joined it.
Quilting safety pins
You should have your blocks laid out in six rows of six and in the order desired. Now stitch the blocks together and you will have six rows. Stitch these together and your central design is complete.
Now to add the borders. First, cut your inner border fabric into four strips which should measure 6cm by the width of your fabric. Ideally your fabric width should be at least 114cm, otherwise you will need to join pieces together.
Cut two of the strips down to 100cm each and stitch to the top and bottom of your quilt.
Now cut the remaining strips down to 110.5cm each and stitch to the sides of your quilt top. Your inner border is now done!
For the outer border, you will need to cut 5 strips measuring 13cm x the width of your fabric. Again, trim two strips to 110.5cm each and stitch to the top and bottom of your quilt.
You are now left with three strips -cut one of these in half and stitch one half to each of the two remaining strips.
These longer strips then need to be trimmed down to 133.5cm and sewn to the sides of your quilt top.
Your whole quilt top is complete!
Before layering you will need to mark your quilting lines on the quilt top using the marking tools you have.
Now it’s time to layer your quilt top with the wadding and backing. An important note here – your wadding and backing fabrics should always be at least 5cm bigger than your quilt top around all sides
My backing fabric is a plain craft cotton with a width of 112cm. As the backing fabric needs to be the size of the quilt top plus 5cm bigger on each side, cut your 2.8 metres in half so you have two pieces of 1.4m. Then join these together at the width and you will have a finished piece that measures 1.4m x 2.2m. Press your joining seam to reduce bulk.
If your wadding is less than 2.4 metres wide you will need to do the same again.
Once these are ready, start by laying the backing fabric right side down. It should be completely flat with no bumps so take your time and use masking tape if needed!.
Now lay your wadding fabric on top, again making sure it is smooth and flat.
Finally, lay your quilt top right side up in the centre of the wadding and backing fabric. Once the whole thing is smooth and flat, it’s time to baste the three layers together.
Some use long ‘tacking’ stitches but I prefer quilting safety pins which are curved for ease of use. It’s up to you how many stitches or pins you use, but they should be at least 20cm apart.
Now it’s time to quilt! This is all your choice – some like to keep it simple (I have limited space and a basic machine so I fall in to this category) and others like to quilt with more detail.
I stitched the lines of my borders and then a big cross through the middle.
That’s it for this blog – the next (and final) part covers binding and completing your quilt – we are nearly there!!
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