Wednesday, September 28, 2011

An Autumn Trip - Tutorial - Part 1

Well .... here is the start of my tutorial for making this quilt (Fig. 1). Writing up this tutorial has made me very nervious as I am terrified of making a mistake. So, with this in mind, my figures and instructions have been checked and rechecked a dozen times. So here goes ....

The quilt size (before quilting) is: 59-1/4" x 79-3/4" Yardage for centre portion:

You will need 3/4 yd. of 5 (five fabrics) (this includes extra fabric in case of any booboos and if you are like me you will need it ... trust me, I made a few mistakes in cutting and was glad to have the extra amount! If you are anxious about not having enough fabric, then buy 1 yd. of each fabric.)

Yardage for borders: (extra fabric has been included here)

For the inner and outer borders (light blue) you will need 1-3/4 yd.

For the middle border (rust) you will need 3/4 yd.


Of each of the 5 fabrics, cut 9 strips 2-1/2" wide x WOF (width of fabric)

For the light blue, cut 14 strips 3-1/2" wide x WOF - these will be used for the borders (you will be using 7 strips of this colour for the inner and outer border).

For the rust, cut 7 strips 2-1/2" wide x WOF - these will be used for the border

Sewing: Referring to Fig. 2, this is the order that the strips will be sewn together using a 1/4" seam allowance. Make 9 sections which will include all of these colours. A section will have 5 fabrics (one of each colour).

Fig. 3 - For this tutorial, press open your seams. For any of you wanting to quilt-in-the-ditch once your top is made up, this method with the seams will not work for you. You will need to chose another quilting idea. You can press your seams to one side, but it gets complicated later when making up the blocks.

Fig. 4 - Cut out 2-1/2" strips from each section. Can you see how masking tape is aiding me for cutting these strips? I had to put it there as too many booboos were happening. Also, when cutting the sections, the open seams are facing up. The section lies flat on my cutting board and it makes cutting easier.

Fig. 5 - After cutting out the sections into 2-1/2" strips, leave 24 of the strips as is; the rest will need to be made into a tube. To make a tube, take the bottom of the strip and bring it to the top and sew those seams together.

If you want a quicker method that eliminates sewing a tube for each 2-1/2" cut strip ...

Fig. 6 - Square off one end of the section, then bring the bottom to the top and sew those seams together. There you have a tube.

Fig. 7 - Place your tube on the cutting board and cut 2-1/2" strips.

Now, it is time for this part of the tutorial to finish. Besides, I have to go play with Miss Ashes. She has been begging for attention! :o)

So, until next week when my tutorial will continue, have fun!


Betweens said...

Hey Great Tutorial!! I know where to find it when I want to make that one we saw at the quilt show.
Poor Poor Ashes not like she isn`t rolling all over the floor

Bren said...

I am so excited to make this quilt. I plan a full day of sewing on it next Thursday. I have all my fabrics bought and washed and ready to cut! Yippee!!! Plus I have 2 friends joining in! The tutorial looks easy to follow and your pictures are wonderful. I am sure it will be a breeze!

Jennifer said...

That's a very well written tutorial. If it were not for the fact that I am trying to catch up with some of my UFOs, I would start one of these tomorrow!

Janet said...

You did well with the tutorial, I'll definitely save the instructions for later. Thanks for your generosity and the time you've put into this.

Ellen said...

I will definitely be making this quilt soon. Thank you so much for the time and effort you put into the tutorial! Love the quilts on your blog header!!

Teresa said...

Good job on the tutorial. I always like to press my seams open and but I never thought of cutting the strips with the seam side up. Makes such good sense when I read your lessons. Thanks for that very useful advice.

Sandra said...

Hmmm...I may need to put a few other projects on the back-burner and jump into making one of these. Love the layout:)

Ullan tilkut said...

Hi! Greetings from Finland! I love your quilts! They are stunning! It's so nice to find other quilters from the other side of the world! :)

Deb said...

Thanks for another great tutorial.