Learn to Quilt – Lesson 7 -Finish and Photo Shoot!

It’s a wonderful day because today is the finishing of our Pins and Stripes quilting lessons!  Yea!!   This lesson is going to take you several days or even longer.  Don’t stress.  Just enjoy the journey and take it one step at a time.  It’s all good:)

In our last lesson, we finished the borders all around out quilt top.  It looks so pretty, but really, it isn’t a quilt yet.  We need to prepare a back, gather our batting, sew it together, and bind it. Wow! There is a lot to a quilt!

First, let’s talk about our backing. Your backing should measure at least 8″ wider and longer than your top.  This is  to make sure that it still covers the whole quilt after quilting.

You can buy 108″ backing fabric at your local fabric store.  Or you can piece together fabric until it large enough to be bigger than your top.

This is my backing.  I didn’t have enough of the checked fabric in my stash so I added the stripe.  I really like how it looks.  Quilters make do!

  • If you are using  42″ wide fabric, you will need to have 5 yards of fabric.
  • Cut this piece in half making two pieces of fabric 2.5 yards each
  • Sew them together lengthwise making sure to cover the entire selvedge in your seam. You will need to make a 5/8″ seam to do this instead of our normal 1/4″.
  • Iron out all of the wrinkles and press your seam open.

Now for the quilting.  I highly, highly, highly recommend taking your beautiful quilt to a longarm quilter in your area and having them quilt it .

You will get a perfectly backed, fun stitched, no headache quilt in return.  Once again, your local quilt shop can direct you to several quilters in your area.

But if you want to save the money or the packing up of your stuff and heading to the store again, I get it, I have been there too:).   Here is how you can quilt it at home.  You are going to need a lot of safety pins or fabric spray glue.

  • Lay your backing with the right side down or the wrong side facing up on a large hard surfaced floor.
  • With your masking tape, tape it down all the way around
  • Lay your batting on top.  If you are spray basting, spray the backing first and then lay the batting down on top
  • Lay the quilt top on top of the batting.  Once again, spray the batting first if you are spray basting.
  • If you are pinning, now pin through all three layers at the center of every block.
  • Lift your quilt off of the floor and take it to your machine
  • Stitch in the ditch around all of the squares.  Sew one straight line all the way down
  • Repeat for all of the rows, go one direction, then other.

You can add as much quilting as you like.  Just keep sewing in all of the seams:)

Now that our quilt is quilted, the final step is the binding.   Don’t worry, it isn’t hard.  This method is easy! Just remember to take it slow, one step at a time:)

When you get your quilt back, it will look like this:

  • Cut the batting and the backing even with the top.
  • Use your ruler to square up the corners and straighten the edges.
  • Sew 1/4″ all the way around your quilt to keep the edges together as we bind.  Nothing is more frustrating than a shifty bottomed quilt that doesn’t get caught in the binding.
  • From the remaining blues or color #2, cut 8 strips 2.5″ wide.  If you are using smaller lengths, you need 310″ or so.
  • Take all of these strips to your machine.
  • Place one strip horizontally on your table. Place a second strip on top going vertically.  Be sure to match the edges.
  • Sew from the top left corner to the bottom right corner.  Use your masking tape from before as your sewing guide.
  • Chain sew the next piece and the next in the same manner
  • Keep sewing them all together until you have one REALLY long  2.5″ strip.
  • Trim all of the extra fabric at the seam down to 1/4″
  • Press the seams open and cut off all of the little dog ear pieces hanging below the edges.
  • Press your entire strip in half
  • Starting sewing in the middle of a long edge on the back side of your quilt.  Place your folded fabric strip on the edge with the raw edges together. Leave a 12″ tail at the top.  Start sewing with your 1/4″ foot where I have marked with the pin.
  • Sew all the way down the side of the quilt until a little before  1/4″ of the end.  Your presser foot should have a 1/4″ mark on it like in the above picture. Stop sewing a little before that mark reaches the edge of your quilt.
  • Cut your threads and raise your presser foot,
  • Place the edge of your quilt on a straight lined surface.  I use the edge of my machine.  You may need to use your cutting mat if you have a round edged machine.
  • Fold the binding back so it is also on the straight edge of your surface going the opposite direction creating a perfect 45 degree angle fold as in the top left picture above
  • Hold that angled piece as you fold the binding back on itself.  Hold it tight and turn it so you can start sewing down the next side.
  • Sew about 3 inches down, cut your threads and check your corner by flipping it over. It should be nice and crisp. If it isn’t, take out the stitching and start again.  3″ isn’t too hard to fix:).
  • If it looks good,  continue to sew and repeat the same process on the remaining three sides
  • Sew until you are about 12″ away from your beginning stitch.  Back stitch and cut your threads.
  • Take your quilt to a large flat surface like your cutting mat.
  • Fold both ends of your binding back on themselves leaving about 1/4″ space between them.
  • Cut the left piece at this fold
  • Open the piece you just cut and lay it on top of the right piece.
  • Use this as your measurement to cut the top folded part of the right binding. Do not cut through all four pieces of fabric. Only cut the top two pieces leaving a folded piece of binding.
  • Fold the left side of the binding on an angle as in the top left picture.  Really finger press that angle.
  • Place the right binding on to the left side
  • Open the right binding and really hold it there.
  • This next part feels a little awkward, but it’s not too hard, you can do this:)! — while holding the edges together, lift both pieces of binding up and pin them together.
  • Your quilt will feel heavy, but hold that pinned piece together and bring it back to your machine.
  • Bunch your quilt up to the left and sew on the mark you created by finger pressing.   Sew from the top left to the bottom right corner. Use your tape as your guide:)
  • Check to make sure your binding now fits your quilt, and then trim the excess corner off with your scissors.
  • Sew the final 12″ of your binding down to your quilt.
  • Change your threads.  The bobbin thread should match your backing fabric and the top thread should match your binding.   They might be two different colors.  Mine are.
  • Starting in the middle of one side, fold your binding over to the right side of your quilt.  You do not have to fold the entire binding over, just a few inches.
  • Make sure the binding is covering the stitching, and start to sew.  Use the left inside edge of your presser foot as the guide for the placement of the edge of your binding.
  • As you sew, the top of the binding will have a cute little edge stitch and the bottom of your quilt will have stitching that blends into the backing fabric.  Easy!
  • Sew all the way to the edge of your quilt.  Stop right at the edge.
  • Fold the binding up to make a perfect mitered corner.  Just look at your pretty corner ! And how simple was that?!
  • Continue sewing all the way around your quilt repeating the corner technique.

DONE!!  You have finished your quilt!!!  Isn’t it beautiful?!  You deserve a fun photo shoot! And how about a picnic?   SWEET!!

Thank you so much for joining in on this quilting journey.  You are now equipped with the necessary tools and skills to make many more quilts.  I warn you, quilting is quite addictive:)!

If any of you are just joining us, you can find the previous lessons here:

I hate to say goodbye to this fun adventure, but I am sure we will sew together again.

Until next time,

Don’t forget to post your finished Quilt on Instagram #pinsandstripesqal I will be giving away a jelly roll to someone who posts a picture from all seven lessons and a picture of themselves with their new quilt by the end of July 2017!!  Be sure to check that all of your pictures are in the file:)


Learn to Quilt -Lesson #6 – Borders

It has been so fun watching this quilt come together.  I am absolutely LOVING it!  I hope you are too:)

Last time we ended with all of our blocks all sewn together. Those pinwheels are just the cutest things!

Today we are going to add a border all around.  Gather your leftover blue or color #2 fabric.  We are going to cut 3.5″ strips out of it.  At first I used the lighter blue as in the above picture, but took it out because it detracted from the pins.  So word of advice, keep your border dark or all the same color:)

You can cut your 3.5″ strips all from one color, or make your border scrappy by using what you have.  That’s what I did.  Cut 8 – 3.5″ strips if you are cutting the full width of the fabric, or about 300″ if you are using scraps .  Take them to your sewing area.

We are going to sew them all together into one long strip.  Sew them together by butting the ends together for a straight join.

Just sew the short end of two pieces right sides together, and press

Now we need to measure our quilt. — Please don’t ever skip the measuring part of adding a border.  If you just start sewing your long border strip around your quilt, you will end up with a wavy border and a wavy edged quilt.

Ok. The pictures I took of the folding of the fabric didn’t look like anything but a piece of fabric. So I will try to be clear with directions

  1. Fold your quilt in half.
  2. With a tape measure or your ruler measure the folded part of your quilt.  In other words, measure the length of the fold, this is the middle of the short side or the long side of your quilt.
  3. Cut two pieces of your long fabric strip to this size
  4. Fold one strip in half and place a pin to mark the center. Fold it in half again and place pins to mark those centers as well.  So… we are dividing our strip into quarters.  Do the same with the other strip.
  5. Now divide the edges of your quilt into quarters the same way.   Make sure you are working with the sides that you measured your strips for — long sides or short sides. Fold the edge your quilt in half and then in half again.  Mark  the quarters with a pin.
  6. Place your border strip on your quilt with the right sides together.
  7.  Pin them together where you marked the quarters.  This is VERY important!  If you don’t match these points, your edges will not match in the end.  Believe me, I know from experience, and then you have to become well acquainted with your seam ripper!
  8. Sew the pieces together using your 1/4″ foot.  Hold the pins and remove them just before they get to the foot.  You may need to pull slightly on the pin as you sew if your fabric is a little longer in the bottom than the top.   The feed dogs will do the work of taking up the extra ease.
  9. Press the border strip open and repeat for the other side.  Yea! Now we have two of our borders sewn on!
  10. Repeat steps 1-9 for the other sides of the quilt.

Woo hoo!!!  Our quilt top is finished!!!  Aren’t you proud of yourself?  You should be:)

I am excited for our quilting, binding, and grand finish next time along with a SWEET photo shoot!

Until then:)

If any of you are just joining us, you can find the previous lessons here:

Don’t forget to post pictures of your fabric and progress on Instagram #pinsandstripesqal I will be giving away a jelly roll to someone who posts a picture from all seven lessons and a picture of themselves with their new quilt by the end of July 2017!!


Learn to Quilt – Lesson #5 -Lay Out

Hello again!  Today is going to be a fun day. We are going to be laying out all of our blocks and sewing them together to make our quilt! Fun!!!:)

We have a lot to do so let’s get started.

Take all of your finished blocks to a place in your house that has a large enough floor space to lay out about 70″x80″.  Start laying each block down with one block having the stripes go vertically and the next block having the stripes go horizontally.

Look at how the pin wheels magically appear!  Lay your blocks into 12 rows of 10 blocks each.  Lay them out and arrange the blocks so the colors are the way you like them.

Woo hoo!  We are ready to sew:)!!   It is a little tricky to make sure all of these blocks are sewn exactly in the place we have put them.  But don’t worry, if you are patient with walking back and forth from your machine to your laid out blocks, you will have no problems at all.

The first thing we have to do is mark the left side of the first block of each row.  I like to use clover clips, but you could use stickers, safety pins, or bobby pins.  Whatever you have to mark that side of that square is fine.  In fact, if you use stickers, you could even write the number of the row.   That would be the BEST way:)

Starting on the top #1 row,  place the left square on top of the square to the right.  Place those squares on top of the next square, and those on top of the next. Keep placing your squares on top of each other until the whole row is in a pile.  Take this pile to your sewing area.

  • Move the top square to the left of the pile
  • Flip the next square over on top of that square like turning the page of a book
  • Sew the right edge of these blocks together.
  • Open the blocks up and add the next block to the right side of the last block
  • As you are sewing, check to make sure the flipped cream pieces are snug together tightly or as I like to say, “kissing” each other. You can feel this with your fingers as you go, or you can pin them if you need to.
  • The half  pinwheel should have the point 1/4″ up from the edge and look like this:
  • Repeat this process until all 10 blocks are sewn together.
  • Take your row to the ironing board and press the seams flat and smooth.

Yea!  Our first row is done!

Take it back to our layed quilt and lay it in its place and repeat the process for all of the rest  rows.  Whew!  That is a lot of walking back and forth.  But believe me, you won’t get lost in your quilt this way.

Now let’s take row #1 and #2 to our sewing machine.  Be sure to mark #1 row with an extra clip or sticker to be able to keep them in the right order.  Here is why the stickers with the row # written on it would be the best method of marking that left edge.

Sew the bottom of row #1 to the top of  row #2.  Make sure that the blocks are kissing each other at the seams as you go.

Sew the whole row together and press it open.

Just look at this beautiful, magical pinwheel! SWEET!!

Sew and press all of the rows together in this same manner.

Woo hoo!!!!  Your quilt is all sewn together and it looks FANTASTIC!!

We are almost done with our quilt.  In our next lesson we will add the border.  See you then:)

Don’t forget to post pictures of your fabric and progress on Instagram #pinsandstripesqal I will be giving away a jelly roll to someone who posts a picture from all seven lessons and a picture of themselves with their new quilt by the end of July 2017!!

If any of you are just joining us, you can find the previous lessons here:

Learn to Quilt- Lesson #4 -Stitch and Flip 

Hello again and welcome back!  We are really moving along on our beautiful quilt.  Last lesson left us with our 1.5″ blues and reds all sewn together.  They are so pretty:)

Today we are going to tackle the 2″ reds and cream squares.   So let’s take them all over to our sewing space .

For this step, we need to change back to our regular sewing foot.  The 1/4″ one will get caught on the fabric.

We are going to be learning a technique called “stitch and flip”.   It is very easy and you are going to LOVE how it looks in the end!  But first we need to mark our machines.

  • Raise your presser foot and lower your needle.  
  • Place a ruler or straight edge right up against the needle.  The arrow in the picture above shows the needle against the ruler.  Make sure the ruler is straight.
  • Place a piece of painters tape right against that edge of the ruler to give you the center line of your needle mark all the way to the edge of your machine.

Now we are ready to stitch and flip!

Place a square right sides together on the edge of your  rectangle as shown above.  We are going to be stitching from the top left corner to the bottom right corner.   

Some people like to draw a line to help them sew a straight line.  

But we don’t have to do that because we have marked our machine. All we have to do is line the bottom right corner on the masking tape and sew from corner to corner.   Perfect!!

Sew all 240 rectangles and squares together this way.

Yep, that’s what I said.  Chain sew all of them together.  Just keep adding another rectangle/square pair under your presser foot until they are all sewn together.  You will have a very large bundle of fabric behind your machine when you are done. Yea!!  You are doing fantastic!!:)

Cut them all apart, and take them to the ironing board.

Now for the flip part of the stitch and flip.  Flip the bottom left side of the square up and press it even with the top right edges.  How easy is that?!  No trimming is needed. 

Don’t worry if the flip isn’t EXACTLY up to the corner.  As long as it is CLOSE, within 1/8 of an inch or so, it will be covered  when we sew them together:)

Now we are ready to sew them to our blue stripped pieces.  Take everything to your sewing area and set them up as in the above picture.  We are going to sew the right red piece to the middle blue piece first.

Change back to your 1/4″ foot.

Fold that right, red piece over on top of the blue piece and sew them together.  Chain sew all 120 of them this way.  Cut them all apart and bring them to the ironing board.

  • Place the fabric with the larger piece on top
  • Lift it up and press it open.  This makes the seam allowance go to the blue fabric and away from the bulky part of our stitch and  flip piece.
  • Make sure that the seam is very open before you press

Take these blocks back to your machine. 

Place the block on your space with the free blue side on the right with the rest of the red flipped pieces also to the right as shown above.  Sew these just like we did on the other side,  

Cut them apart and press open.

Remember to put the larger piece on top and then press open.

Congratulations!  We have 120 pretty, finished blocks.  SWEET!!

They are absolutely gorgeous!

I’m looking forward to next time when we will be putting them all together:)

If any of you are just joining us, you can find the previous lessons here:

I hope you all are having as much fun as I am!  Until Thursday, –Happy sewing:)

Don’t forget to post pictures of your fabric and progress on Instagram #pinsandstripesqal I will be giving away a jelly roll to someone who posts a picture from all seven lessons and a picture of themselves with their new quilt by the end of July 2017!!

Learn to Quilt -Lesson #3 – Chain Sewing

So here we are at Lesson #3 of this 7 part Learn to Quilt series.  We are almost halfway done with our Pins and Stripes Quilt. Yea!  

After our last lesson, we finished cutting all of our rectangles and squares.  It always makes me so happy to look at neatly stacked fabric that is patiently waiting to be all sewn together. They are so pretty!

We will be sewing the center three strips of our blocks together today.  We will use all of the blue and red  1.5″ rectangles.  

Go ahead and take all of them over to your sewing space. But  before we start sewing, we have a few things to get ready ready first.

  • It is always a good idea to wind a few extra bobbins before sewing.  You will be happy you took the time to do this at the beginning.  When your bobbin runs out, you can quickly pop in another and keep right on sewing:)
  • Thread your machine
  • Place a 1/4″ sewing foot on your machine.

Now we are ready to sew!  Take one rectangle of each color and place them right sides together. Make sure the edges are even all the way around.  

  • Place your layered fabric under the presser foot with the long edge butting up against the 1/4″ marker plate on your foot.
  • Chain sew all of the red or color #1 rectangles to a blue color #2 rectangle. You do not need to stop after each rectangle.  Just ease another fabric set under the foot at the end of the previous set.  
  •  There will be a very large bundle of fabric pairs all chained together at the back of  your machine as you sew along.
  • Cut all of these apart and take them to the ironing board.
  • Place the lighter or red fabric on the bottom with the darker or blue fabric on the top.
  • Press the blue fabric up which will cause the seam allowance to be towards the darker color.  Be careful here.  It is easy to not open the fabric completely.  Use your left hand to finger press the seam open as you go.
  • You will have 120 blue and red rectangles. Now, back  to the machine!
  • Match the remaining blue rectangles to the other side of the red rectangle.  This will sandwich the red between two blues.
  • Chain sew all of the 120 blocks the same as before using the 1/4″ foot as your guide.
  • The center piece should have a 1/4″ stitching line on both sides.
  • Pressing is a very important part of quilting.  It is imperative that the seam is fully opened.  If it isn’t, your finished block will not be the right size.  
  • So once again, finger press the blue up and iron press it open.

Done!!  Just look at how perfect these turned out:). You are doing a fantastic job!  Isn’t this fun?!

We will be sewing the squares and larger rectangles next time.  I can’t wait!

Until then, 

Don’t forget to post pictures of your fabric and progress on Instagram #pinsandstripesqal I will be giving away a jelly roll to someone who posts a picture from all seven lessons and a picture of themselves with their new quilt by the end of July 2017!!

Here are the links to the lessons if you are wanting to join along:

Learn to Quilt – Lesson #2 – Cutting Fabric

Hello!  Welcome back! Let’s talk about fabric and cutting today.  For a long lasting, quality quilt, high quality fabrics are a must.  The best fabrics come from reputable quilt shops either in your home town or online.  The easiest way to choose fabric is by using a designers precut fabric line such as these.

The nice thing about using a precut bundle is that you get high quality fabric with a nice mix of coordinating fabric.   While these cuts aren’t inexpensive, they are worth buying for the ease of having all of the matching fabric in the line already there for you.  If you had to buy yardage of all 42 pieces, it would cost much more.

Here are some of the common fabric cuts available:

  1. Jelly roll-  This is a beautiful roll of 2.5″ fabric.  There are usually 42 strips that have been cut the width of the fabric
  2. Fat Quarter Bundle-  The fabrics in this bundle have been cut by opening a yard of fabric and cutting it in half and in half again going the other direction.  In the shape of the above picture.  This creates four pieces or fat quarters.  Working with fat quarters instead of just 1/4 yard of fabric is nice because you get a big block of fabric to work with instead of a small strip.
  3. Layer Cake-–  Layer cakes are squares of 10″ fabric
  4. Charm Packs-– These are 5″ squares of fabric.  We will be using these in our next project in this series.

Now that you know what is out there, feel free to use a fat quarter bundle for our Pins and Stripes Quilt project.

But I know that many of you want to start quilting because you have a lot of fabric that your mother gave you, or you have a lot of scraps that you want to use up from old sewing projects.

I feel you.  I have been, and still am there quite often.  So for that reason, I will be making my quilt from scraps and some yardage.  Not all quilts are heirlooms.  Most quilts do not make it to a quilting show or a competition.  There are no quilt police.  Use what you have.  It’s ok.

Some of my pieces look like this.  I bet some of yours do too.

We need to get our scraps ready for cutting into strips.

  1. Iron your fabric
  2. Lay it out
  3. Fold it small enough for your ruler to go from top to bottom
  4. Stand up.  Hold your ruler tightly on top of the fabric with the part you want to cut to the right of the ruler.  If you are left handed, it goes to the left.
  5. Open your Rotary Cutter and place it right against the ruler while still pressing the ruler down tightly with your left hand.  Start at the bottom of your fabric and using quite a bit of pressure, roll your cutter against the edge of the ruler to make a nice, straight cut.  Don’t worry, you will get the hang of it by the end of today’s lesson:)

Just a note on cutting strips– it is very important to make sure the grain is straight before you cut a folded piece of fabric.  Here are a couple of exaggerated pictures of fabric that is crooked or not on the grain

Make sure the bottom edges line up with no wrinkling or waving along the top.  A good way to check is to lift your fabric up, fold it, and look to see if it is hanging nicely and the bottom edges line up.

Ok.  Now that our fabric is ready,  off we go!!

Color #1 fabric cutting requirements:

  • Cut 240 rectangles that measure 2″x6.5″
  • Cut 120 rectangles that measure 1.5×6.5″

  • Fold your fabric if needed and square it up by cutting a small amount off of the right edge.
  • Holding it neatly together, flip it the opposite direction so the fabric is going to the right of the cut you just made.
  • Cut the fabric into 2″ strips.  Be sure to check that the edge and the top or bottom of the ruler are lined up neatly with the edges of the fabric.   Sometimes after cutting a few strips, the cuts can get a little bit off. Square the fabric again. And keep cutting.
  • If you are cutting full width of fabric strips, you will need to cut 40 strips.  You will need to cut more if you strip is less than 42″ long.
  • Once your strips are cut,  you can cut them individually or stack them in groups of three or four like I have done.
  • Align your stacks of fabric strips in groups of three with no more than four strips of fabric per stack.
  • Cut the selvedge and uneven edges off.
  • Use the width of your 6.5″ ruler to cut the strips into 6.5″ lengths.  Make sure the left edge perfectly lines up with your cut edge.  Remember to press the ruler tightly with your left hand.
  • Cut 240 rectangles 2″x6.5″

Repeat this process for the 1.5″ strips of color #1. Make 120 rectangles that measure 1.5″x6.5″ 

Fabric requirements color #2–

  • Cut 240 rectangles that measure 1.5″x6.5″

Cut this fabric the same way as color #1.

  • Square up your fabric
  • Flip it the opposite direction 
  • Cut strips 1.5″ wide. 
  • Cut these strips into 6.5″ length

Requirements for fabric #3 or Cream Stars:

  • Cut 240 squares that measure 2″x2″
  • Cut 12- 2″ strips if you are cutting the width of the fabric
  • Cut the same as above except  instead of cutting the strips to 6.5″ rectangles, you will cut them into 2″ squares.

So that is it for today.  Whew!  Look at all we have done:)!  These strips and squares look fantastic!

Learning how and where to measure and cut takes patience and practice. Don’t worry if you have to cut a few extra strips as you are learning the technique.  It will come, just keep trying:). It’s all good!

Please don’t hesitate to comment if you have any questions.  In fact, I  love comments so just comment to to let me know you are having a SWEET time along the journey:).

Don’t forget to post pictures of your fabric and progress on Instagram #pinsandstripesqal I will be giving away this jelly roll to someone who posts a picture from all seven lessons and a picture of themselves with their new quilt by the end of July 2017!!

I look forward to starting the sewing part of our journey next time.:)   Until then, happy cutting!

Here are the link to the lessons if you are wanting to join along:

Learn to Quilt- Lesson #1 -Preparations and Supplies

I have had several of my readers mention that they wish they could quilt, but didn’t know how to begin.  So I am happy to start this 7 part series in beginning quilting.

I will be posting a new lesson each Monday and Thursday  for the next 3 weeks.  We will be learning how to make a beginning quilt that I designed just for this series. It will introduce easy, beginning techniques that will ensure success. We will Quilt Along or QAL together:).

So, if you are ready, let’s get started!

Since it is summer here in the States, I thought it would be fun to make a Stars and Stripes type of quilt.  I have named it Pins and Stripes because of the obvious pinwheels and stripes:). It finishes to 66″ x 78″.

Mine is red, white, and blue, but you can make yours in spring colors, fall colors, Christmas, scrappy happy, or even black and white.  It will look great in any color scheme you choose.

Step 1-  Choose a Pattern —   Pins and Stripes

Step 2-  Gather Your Supplies —

  • A Good Cutting Mat –   Invest in the nicest mat you can afford.  It will give you years of service.  I have several boards in different sizes.  Look at your space and buy the largest one that will fit in the area you have.  Always store it flat.  If a mat is stored upright, on an uneven surface, or in the heat, it will warp.
  • A Rotary Cutter – It has been many years since quilters have had to draw shapes on fabric and cut them out with scissors. Rotary cutters make life so easy.  There are different sizes from large to small.  A nice medium 45mm one will work fine.
  •  A Clear Quilting Ruler If you can only get one ruler, make sure it is 6.5″x 18.5. That size will work for most projects.  I like to have a 6.5″ square and a smaller ruler as well.  As you get going, you will learn that there is a special ruler available for almost EVERY type of block:). It is easy to spend a lot of money on rulers!
  • Thread-  Choose an all cotton thread that matches your fabric.  I like to stock up on creams and grays because they tend to match almost everything.
  • A Seam Ripper– “un” sewing is a necessary part of any sewing project.  It is never the favorite part, but plan on it and don’t get too worried about it if you become good friends with your seam ripper like I have with mine:)
  • Pins–  You may find that pinning your seams together helps match those points.  As you get better, you will be able to feel the matching seams and finger pin them as you sew.
  • A Quarter Inch Sewing Foot–  This is really a must.  A lot of machines come with this foot as a standard accessory.  If yours didn’t, you can find one online or at your local sewing shop.
  • Painter’s Tape— We will be using this to mark our machines to help with a few stitches.
  • Fabric-  There are so many beautiful precut  fabric lines out there.  It is easiest to get a perfectly matching quilt by using one of them.  I use them all of the time.  If you have a large fat quarter stack, go ahead and use it.  But I know that many of you want to start quilting because you have a bunch of old shirts or dresses from grandma or fabric that your mother gave you that you want to use.  So for this project I will not be using pre-cuts.This is my fabric.  I had some of it in my  stash and I bought a few of them at my local store.

Here are the amounts you will need to make our quilt:

  • 3 yards of assorted reds- color #1
  • 2.5 yards of assorted blues- color #2
  • 1 yard of cream- color #3
  • 5 yards of coordinating fabric for backing
  • A twin size batt (the soft warm stuff in the middle)

This is all that is needed for our quilt.   You now will have a few days to gather all of your supplies before we get started on the cutting of our fabric.   I can’t wait to see what scraps and colors you all choose!

If you are just starting, here are links to all of the lessons:

Post your the pictures of your fabric and progress on Instagram #pinsandstripesqal.   I will be giving away a jelly roll to someone who posts a picture from all seven lessons and a picture of themselves with their new quilt by the end of July 2017!!

We are going to have so much fun!!!    See you on  Monday!