Sunday, November 13, 2011

So...

I finished my quilt top!

Now I just need to get the backing and batting, tie it, and bind it. So... there is still quite a bit left. But the part that takes the longest and is the hardest to do is done!

I'm going to show you how to make crazy quilt squares in case you haven't done it before and are dying to know how it is done. :)

This is how I do it.

1. Cut out all the squares of all your fabrics. You can do them any size you want. Mine are 8 1/2 x 8 1/2.

2. Stack four squares (each one different patterns of fabric) on top of each other.

I do a couple at the same time (keeping them separate until the end so they match up) to make it go a little faster.

3. Line up a ruler diagonally across the stacked squares, leaving about an inch of room uncovered on one corner and one inch covered on the opposing corner.


4. Cut all four squares along the edge of the ruler. (Before I had a mat and rotary cutter, I just cut an approximated diagonal line, without using a ruler, across the squares with scissors. It works just fine. Doing it this way just makes it a little bit more precise and it's a little faster.)


This is what it will look like after it's cut.



5. Mismatch the squares. (Take the top piece of fabric from one side and put it on the bottom of the stack).


6. Place right sides together, and sew together one square at a time. (1/4 inch seam allowance).


Like so.


7. Iron each square flat, then place the four squares of each stack in their separate stacks again. (Like I said before, it's easier to match them up later if you keep the stacks separate when you do more than one at a time).


8. Repeat steps 3 and 4.




9. Mismatch the squares again. I like to mismatch them completely so that each square has four different patterns.

10. Put the mismatched sides right sides together, making sure the seams in the middle of each side match up. (Pin the seam so it doesn't move out of place when you sew it).



11. Sew them together same as before, 1/4 inch seam allowance.



12. Iron them all flat.


See the uneven edges?


13. Cut them off.


So they are even.


And after going through this process many many times, you will have a big stack of squares with which you can construct your own crazy quilt.


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