I made quite a few of quilts from this quilt throw pattern that I’m going to share the pattern with you.
This one is for a purple fairy loving, little niece, aged 11.
I always spray starch my fabric before cutting. You must be asking why. Well, it actually stiffens the fabric and allows the fabric to hold a crease. It gives you a crisp, sharp edge and the seam will lie flat to the side that you want it to lie to. It is also like a muscle relaxant for fabric and helps to straighten the grain of the fabric. The end result makes it one of the most helpful things you can do to achieve a perfect quilt. Here is how I do it.
Lightly spray the piece of fabric on wrong side, wait a few minutes to let the starch saturate the fabric fibre, then press until dry with a dry iron on a cotton setting. You do not have to drench the fabric, a fine/light mist will do. Press gently otherwise you can distort the fabric. Do not even attempt to spray starch already cut strips, it will be disastrous!!!
I normally buy spray starch in a tin @ my local supermarket, but you can make your own:
Recipe for Stray starch
50ml starch powder (I use Robins)
Mix to a paste with a little cold water
Add 6-7 cups of BOILING water and stir well
¼ cup white vinegar (helps to press out any creases)
Rose water (should not contain any oil) you decide what smells good to you. A good quality spray bottle with a very fine nozzle it has to spray a fine mist
Here is the PDF file of the Quilt throw pattern.
Here are a few tips
I place 4 fat quarters on top of each other when cutting. My first cut is:
5” strip to cut the A’s – cross cut strip into 2 x 8” pieces (5” x 8”)
8” strip to cut B & C – cross cut strip into 2 x 6½” = B (8” x 6½”) and 1 x 3½” = C (8” x 3½”)
6½” strip to cut D & E – cross cut strip into 1x 5” = D (6½” x 5”) and 1 x 6½” = E (6½” x 6½”)
Now follow instructions on pattern sheet.
When it comes to the quilting I cheat a little here. I photostat my quilt design onto overhead transparency paper (you can trace with a black marker) then cut it out, make about 6. Then I spray the back with temporary spray adhesive, now randomly place the templates onto the basted quilt top before I start free motion quilting around each template. Easy!
Have good weekend!