Type of item: Functional
Style: Casual, Traditional
I used 3 yards each of coordinating fabrics and 2 yards of backing fabric. One spool of coordinating thread.
What was your inspiration?
I wanted to make a personal gift for my son's teacher. I wanted something that she could keep for years to come and remember how much we appreciate her. She is a younger teacher and I wanted something bright and fun, like her personality.
What are you most proud of?
I did not use a batting for this quilt. I think it was great without, as it was summer looking and more of a lightweight looking fabric. If you choose to use a batting, I recommend a light weight blanket. I usually buy a twin size bed blanket from a discount store and these work great. Just make sure to wash and dry it first, in case it shrinks. I pinned my finished quilt topper to the back fabric, right sides together. I sewed around each side and the top. I then turned it inside out and pinned the bottom seam in. I used a zigzag stitch and finished the bottom seam this way. I don't like to do bias if I don't have to and I think this works great for lap quilts. I then pinned the quilt, working from top to bottom, randomly. I ran a zig zag stitch down the center of the solid colored fabric lengthwise. (The pink on my quilt). Overall the project took about 4 hours and it was a nice gift for my son's teacher. Very basic sewing skills for a novice sewer. I think it turned out great and she really seemed to like it when my son gave it to her. I love making gifts for people, The total cost of this project was less then $15 and only a few hours of my time.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Keep it simple. It makes the idea of it being a gift more fun and less stressful to create. Think about the person you are making it for, when picking out your fabrics. This will make the finished project more personal. 1.Cut 6inch squares from the main fabric. I used 7 for each row, for a total of 35 (apple print on my quilt) 2. Cut 6inch x 3inch rectangles from the second fabric. (green print on mine) 3. Sew with a 1/4 inch seam, seven squares and 6 rectangles together, alternaiting. Make 5 long pieces repeating this for each. 4. Cut the third fabic into 5 inch wide strips. Sew the strips together lengthwise. (pink fabric on mine) 5. Sew one of your first strips you made to each side of the long solid fabric strip. Repeat this, alternating untill all strips are sewn together. 6. I took the remainder of the 5 inch wide strip (pink fabric) and cut into in half length wise. I then sewed the now 2 1/2 inch strip to both the top and the bottom of the quilt. I did the same thing on each side to give it a border finished look.