If you are reading this, you may be considering making this quilt. Of course, most quilt designs can be made from an existing stash of fabric, so before you go any further, I just want to give you a heads up that the making of this quilt requires a purchase at my Spoonflower shop (see below).
If you're up for that, read on! If not, please check back at some point in the future - because I have some designs brewing in my sketchbook that won't require a Spoonflower purchase...
This tutorial explains how to make the quilt pictured on the right, but it doesn't teach how to quilt. If you've quilted before, this will be no problem for you. If you've never quilted, check out the amazing tutorials you can find on YouTube, or better yet, take a class at your local quilt shop or community school (and then come back here!) Finished size of quilt is approximately 28"x38".
1 yard of turquoise 100% cotton fabric (I used KONA - turquoise)
1 yard of batting (I used Warm & Natural)
self healing mat
basic sewing supplies
The first thing you'll need to do is purchase the "In the Beginning" quilt top fabric which is available in my Spoonflower shop. You can do that here.
When making your selections from the pop-up menus in the shop (see screenshot below), make sure you select as below:
1. Choose Fabric: Kona Cotton Ultra ($19.00/yd)
2. Choose Amount: 1 (quantity), Yard (42" width)
When the fabric arrives from Spoonflower, machine wash, dry, and iron it.
Cut a piece of batting several inches larger than the fabric on all sides and smooth it out flat on the floor or a table top.
Take the fabric outside and spray the back with quilt basting spray.
Bring the fabric inside, center over batting, and place directly on top of batting.
Starting from the center of the fabric and working your way out towards the edges, use a circular motion to smooth the fabric out over the batting. The two layers will adhere.
Flip so that the image is facing down, and from the center
Using a quilter's ruler, rotary cutter and a self-healing mat, trim the edges of the fabric and batting. Leave a 1/4" white border around the entire perimeter.
Turn trimmed piece over (so that the image is facing down) and place on a large flat surface. Pat down (rather than smooth out) any areas that aren't lying flat. Spray with basting spray.
Lay backing fabric (wrong side up) on a large flat surface. Center quilt top with batting (image side up) over the backing fabric and place directly on top.
Flip entire sandwich so that image is facing down. Starting from the center of the backing fabric and working out towards the edges, use a circular motion to smooth the fabric out over the batting.
Trim the edges of the backing fabric. Leave a 1" border around the entire perimeter.
At this point you can quilt the three layers together by hand or machine. I did some light free motion quilting and just followed along the lines of the illustration, but you can do anything your heart desires!
To bind the quilt, follow the steps below...
Hand sew along the edge of the binding using a slip stitch to secure it to the quilt top.
I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial and that is was helpful for you!