Loose Change Charity Quilt Top

Project Description

What advice would you give someone starting this project? Since there is no matching involved, this is an easy quilt top for beginners. I cut the patchwork pieces 6.5 inches long by any measurement from 1.5 to 3 inches, depending on the size of scrap available. I stitched them together until I got six sets each 72.5 inches long. Then I cut seven pieces of the gold fabric 5 x 72.5 inches. I seamed strips together, pressed and measured the width before cutting top and bottom borders. Width of top and bottom borders will be approximately 5 x 67.5 if you use 1/4 inch seams. Mine were narrower. (I used 3/8 inch seams as I used my serger on those vertical seams, and I can be more accurate with 3/8 inch on my particular machine. I felt the overlocked seams would be more durable under the rough conditions of use some of the charity quilts get.) You can easily change the dimensions of the patched strips, plain strips, and/or borders if you want a different size quilt.

What you will need

  • cotton fabrics - just using up some donated and some of my own scraps and a chunk of fabric I bought for 72 cents a yard when a fabric store was going out of business. I like it when I can make a charity quilt top for less than $2.00!

Q&A with AllThatPatchwor

evelynk207042946 asked:
I am working on a quilt (double bed size) . My first this large. I am sort of designing as I go, however, I know I will be putting borders and want to cut them out now, before I start cutting smaller strips for borders around my blocks. 1) Do you have any special tips on cutting long borders accurately (I've heard that things can go wrong and end up with loose borders). 2) I am using batiks liberally in my quilt , as I love the colors and designs. I know borders need to be strong, as they get the most abuse. Do you think batik fabrics can hold up?
AllThatPatchwor answered:
(1) When things go wrong on the borders and the borders ripple a bit from being a bit too large, my impression is that it is usually due to improperly measuring the quilt for the borders. It is best to measure the quilt through the center, rather than at the edges, as the edges might have stretched slightly. Then, if need be, ease the edge of the quilt to the border which was cut the same length as the center. With batiks you will not likely have a serious problem with this, as most batiks are made with very firmly woven fabrics that don't stretch easily. I'm sure you have sometimes worked with other fabrics that do stretch readily, and you can see how the edges could easily be longer than the quilt center. Most batiks will hold up just fine for borders - and for the binding, as well.
evelynk207042946 asked:
Thank you for good advice. I bought enough batik fabric to have the border in one piece for the sides of the double bed quilt. So carefully triple fold the fabric, using my rotary cutter, square it off and then being careful to keep fabric aligned, cut through all layers? Sorry, if I seem hesitant....just want to make sure I am understanding correctly.
AllThatPatchwor answered:
Well, I'm afraid I may not understand you correctly. Triple fold the fabric? Why? I don't understand this.