I came across the tutorial for this on one of the blogs I follow. I’ve only dabbled in quilting a couple of times before, making small cot quilts for friend’s when they have babies. I wanted something fairly quick to make and that used large pieces of fabric to showcase some of the fabric that I have in store.
- For the front – at least eight coordinating fabrics: 6 x long quarters and 2 x 0.5m (of fabric measuring 44″ / 112cm wide)
- Twelve 5″ squares (or approx. 13cm square) for the centres of the blocks – the amount of fabric you need to buy will depend on the design you pick and how you choose to fussy cut these squares – you can change the size of these to suit your fabric if necessary.
- For the back – the equivalent of 1.5m of fabric at least 44″/112cm wide
- For the wadding – the same as the back – 1.5m of fabric at least 44″/112cm wide (or the equivalent pieced together)
- For the binding – 0.25m (long fat quarter
I used fat quarters rather than the 3/8 yard strips recommended, and if I were to make this quilt again I’d use long quarters instead as this would be easier. I was able to use some left over fabric from the front to piece strips together for the back and combined these with some additional fabric from the same range.
Fabric choice:My quilt was made using the Hello Bear range of fabrics designed by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics. I really love the quality of the Art Gallery Fabrics and the woodland animals on the Oh, Hello Fog and Oh, Hello Meadow designs were pretty much the perfect size for the centre squares. They were quite spaced out though, so from a fat quarter of each colourway I was only able to get the 12 required squares without having too many of the same animal, and having an even split between the green and the grey backgrounds.
Piecing the front and back:You can be completely random with the strips as suggested, but I did try to make sure that I had a reasonably even mix of the colours/patterns, and I laid out the squares before adding the final strips just to try and avoid having too many adjacent pieces of the same fabric. Given the style of quilt I don’t think it really matters though! I also wanted to try and make sure that the animals were not all sitting in the same place in the squares so I could see what side of the square needed added to.
For the back I was able to use up any of the larger strips I’d cut for the front, and any animals I had left over from fussy cutting the centre square. I made the strips 5″ wide and just joined together what I could. I used some more fabric from the same range to complete the back.
Assembling the quilt:To assemble the quilt I used the instructions given in Elizabeth Hartman’s book ‘The Practical Guide to Patchwork’. I was keen to try stipple quilting rather than stitch in the ditch – I’m pretty happy how it all turned out given it was my first attempt, but it was hard to get the tension right. I resorted to wearing my washing-up gloves to help move the quilt around more smoothly and have since learnt that two rectangles of the non-slip matting you get to put under carpets is a good alternative.