Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Making Practice Quilts


I really need some smaller quilts that I can practice free hand quilting on so I think some donation quilts for kids will be just the ticket. I do have a lot of children's fabrics so this will allow me to get some of them out of my stash and into hopefully welcome arms! 

I had made this pretty pink quilt for a good friend's granddaughter in 2013 and it was such a simple and easy block to make so I thought it would be a good candidate. I plan on making two quilts but in different colour ways - one with red fabric and one with blue.

I washed and ironed the fabric and then cut it into 1.5" strips. I started working with the red quilt first and I sewed the strips into strip sets of four that alternated the red with the yellow background strips.

I used my Easy Angle rulers to first cut a half-square triangle off first and then continued with quarter-square triangles. At the end of each strip set it worked out that I had enough to cut a second half-square triangle. I did stack/match two strip sets together for quicker cutting.

The blocks for these quilts are bigger so I will need fewer than in my original quilt. I'm thinking a 4 x 5 layout at this point but of course it could change.