Saturday, 1 March 2014

Charming Liberty Quilt Tutorial




I have a simple charm quilt tutorial for you today. I put this quilt top together using Liberty Tana Lawn from Very Berry Fabrics, to help Ali promote her all-new Liberty Charm Club, which is starting up very soon (you can follow Ali on Facebook if you would like to know when it starts up.) If you would prefer to read this as a PDF document, it will be available as a free download in my Craftsy shop shortly (I'll update this post with the link when it's ready). 

This quilt is the perfect beginner quilt, as there are no seams to match up during the construction. It is also a great quilt for more experienced quilters, as it is quick and simple to put together.

The instructions for either a UK Single size quilt (39" x 72”) or a UK Double size quilt (61" x 77.5") are provided. The construction of both sizes is essentially the same, although the fabric requirements and cutting instructions are slightly different for each size.

All seam allowances are a scant ¼”.

Fabric Requirements:


DOUBLE QUILT:
  • 138 Charm squares (I used Liberty of London Tana Lawn from Very Berry Fabrics)
  • 2 ¼ yards background fabric (I used a range of light value prints, but a solid or single light value print would also be very effective)
  •  ¾ yard binding fabric
  • 5 yards backing fabric
  • 70" x 90" piece of batting

SINGLE QUILT:

  • 79 Charm squares
  • 1 1/3 yards background fabric
  • 1/2 yard binding fabric
  • 3 yards backing fabric
  • 50" x 80" piece of batting

Cutting Instructions:

DOUBLE QUILT:

From your background fabric, cut:
  • 26 strips, 1.5” x width of fabric (WOF)
    • Sub cut twelve of these strips into 5” lengths, to yield 96 (1.5” x 5”) rectangles. These are your SHORT sashing strips.
    •    Take the remaining fourteen strips, remove the selvedges and join them end to end to produce one long strip, 1.5” wide. Sub cut this long strip to yield eleven  49” x 1.5” strips. These are your LONG sashing strips.
  •         16 strips, 2.5” wide across the width of fabric.
    •       Remove the selvedges and join these strips end to end to yield one very long 2.5” wide strip of fabric.
    •      Before cutting these strips, it is a good idea to measure your quilt top through the centre and cut your strips to that length. For extra accuracy, you can measure the width or length of your quilt three times, add these three measurements together and divide the total by three. They should be very close to the following measurements, but you should always cut border lengths to match your quilt dimensions.
    •  Sub cut to yield the following lengths:
      • Two 53" x 2.5" strips
      • Two 65.5" x 2.5" strips
      • Two 61" x 2.5" strips
      • Two 73.5" x 2.5" strips
You will also need to cut some of your charm squares in half, but I would advise leaving this step until after you have decided on a layout for the central panel.

SINGLE QUILT:

From the background fabric, cut:
  • 13 strips, 1.5" x WOF. 
    • Sub cut six of these strips into 5" lengths, to yield 44 (1.5" x 5") rectangles. These are the SHORT sashing strips.
    • Take the remaining 7 strips, remove the selvedges and join them end to end to produce one long strip, 1.5” wide. Sub cut this long strip to yield ten 27” x 1.5” strips. These are your LONG sashing strips.
  •         6 strips, 2.5” wide across the width of fabric.
    •  Remove the selvedges and join these strips end to end to yield one very long 2.5” wide strip of fabric.
    •  Before cutting these strips, it is a good idea to measure your quilt top through the centre and cut your strips to that length. For extra accuracy, you can measure the width or length of your quilt three times, add these three measurements together and divide the total by three. They should be very close to the following measurements, but you should always cut border lengths to match your quilt dimensions.
    •  Sub cut to yield the following lengths:
      • Two 31" strips
      • Two 60"
      • Two 39" strips
      • Two 68"
You will also need to cut some of your charm squares in half, but I would advise leaving this step until after you have decided on a layout for the central panel.

Method:

DOUBLE QUILT:
  •  Take your 5” charm squares and arrange them in a 9 x 12 grid layout. I decided to use a colour wash/rainbow layout for my squares, but the possibilities are endless. Once you have decided on a layout, it is a good idea to take a photo for reference and to label each of your rows so you don’t mix them up later on.
  •  Working one row at a time, sew a short sashing strip (1.5” x 5”) to the right hand side of the first 8 squares in each row (the final square in each row won’t have a sashing strip).

  • Press this seam open. To do this, I gently a finger along the seam to open it, and follow with the tip of my iron, and then gently press the seam open. Liberty fabric has a very fine weave, and can easily stretch and warp, but I find pressing my seams open reduces the warping.
  • Sew these sashing strip/charm squares into pairs, continuing this process until the row is sewn together. You should end up with a row of charm squares separated by short sashing strips, with a charm square at each end of the row (as shown below).

  • Repeat this process with all twelve rows.
  • Sew a long sashing strip to the bottom of the top eleven rows. This works best if the sashing strip is on top of the pieced row, but take care that the seams underneath stay open as you sew along the row.


  •  Press this seam open. It should look something like this.

  •   Begin sewing your rows together. Starting at the top and working your way down, sew your rows into pairs, then sew these pairs together and so on, until all twelve rows are joined. The completed central panel of your quilt should look something like this. 


  •  Take your 2.5” x 65.5” strips of background fabric and attach one to each side of the quilt top. Press this border away from the quilt top.
  •  Take your 2.5” x 53” strips of background fabric and attach these to the top and bottom of the quilt. 
  • You will have 31 charm squares left over from piecing the central panel. Cut these squares in half, to produce 62 2.5” x 5” rectangles. 
    • Sew 16 of these together to produce on long strip, 2.5” x 72”. Repeat to make a second 2.5” x 72” strip. These strips are slightly longer than needed. 
    • Sew 13 of these together to produce a long strip, 2.5” x 59”. Repeat to make a second strip 2.5” x 59”. These pieced strips are slightly longer than needed. 
  •  Measure the length of your quilt, and trim the 2.5" x 72" strips to this measurement (it should be about 69.5" long). Attach these strips to either side of the quilt top. Press these borders outward (away from the quilt top). 
  • Measure the width of your quilt, and trim the 2.5" x 59" strips to this measurement (it should be about 57" long). Attach these strips to the top and bottom of the quilt top. Press these border away from the quilt top. 
  • Take your 2.5” x 73.5” strips of background fabric and attached these to the sides of the quilt top. 
  • Take your 2.5” x 61” strips of background fabric and attach these to the top and bottom of the quilt top.
And that's it! You should have a completed quilt top, measuring 61" x 77.5".

SINGLE QUILT:


  •  Take your 5” charm squares and arrange them in a 5 x 11 grid layout. I decided to use a colour wash/rainbow layout for my squares, but the possibilities are endless. Once you have decided on a layout, it is a good idea to take a photo for reference and to label each of your rows so you don’t mix them up later on.
  •  Working one row at a time, sew a short sashing strip (1.5” x 5”) to the right hand side of the first 4 squares in each row (the final square in each row won’t have a sashing strip).

  • Press this seam open. To do this, I gently a finger along the seam to open it, and follow with the tip of my iron, and then gently press the seam open. Liberty fabric has a very fine weave, and can easily stretch and warp, but I find pressing my seams open reduces the warping.
  • Sew these sashing strip/charm squares into pairs, continuing this process until the row is sewn together. You should end up with a row of charm squares separated by short sashing strips, with a charm square at each end of the row.
  • Repeat this process with all 11 rows.
  • Sew a long sashing strip to the bottom of the top ten rows. This works best if the sashing strip is on top of the pieced row, but take care that the seams underneath stay open as you sew along the row.


  •  Press this seam open. It should look something like this.

  •   Begin sewing your rows together. Starting at the top and working your way down, sew your rows into pairs, then sew these pairs together and so on, until all twelve rows are joined. The completed central panel of your quilt should look something like this, but with the smaller Single quilt layout (5 squares wide by 11 squares long). 

  •  Take your 2.5” x 60” strips of background fabric and attach one to each side of the quilt top. Press this border away from the quilt top.
  •  Take your 2.5” x 31” strips of background fabric and attach these to the top and bottom of the quilt. 
  • You will have 24 charm squares left over from piecing the central panel. Cut these squares in half, to produce (48) 2.5” x 5” rectangles. 
    • Sew 15 of these together to produce on long strip, 2.5” x 68”. Repeat to make a second 2.5” x 68” strip. These strips are slightly longer than needed. 
    • Sew 9 of these together to produce a long strip, 2.5” x 41”. Repeat to make a second strip 2.5” x 41”. These pieced strips are slightly longer than needed. 
  •  Measure the length of your quilt, and trim the 2.5" x 68" strips to this measurement (it should be about 64" long). Attach these strips to either side of the quilt top. Press these borders outward (away from the quilt top). 
  • Measure the width of your quilt, and trim the 2.5" x 41" strips to this measurement (it should be about 35" wide). Attach these strips to the top and bottom of the quilt top. Press these border away from the quilt top. 
  • Take your 2.5” x 68” strips of background fabric and attached these to the sides of the quilt top. 
  • Take your 2.5” x 39” strips of background fabric and attach these to the top and bottom of the quilt top.

And that’s it! You should have a 39" x 72” quilt top, ready to be basted, quilted and bound!

Any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me at theelvengarden@gmail.com.

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts

xx Jess
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7 comments:

Janine said...

This is a lovely way to showcase such a pretty collection of fabrics :)

Benta AtSLIKstitches said...

Love love love this quilt! I didn't realise you'd used LV in the sashing, what s good idea

Catherine Pritchard said...

I love this. the design is simple but the subtle use of colour is wonderful

Katy Cameron said...

So pretty, and I bet so strokeable too!

Lorna McMahon said...

Very lovely quilt, Jess. Sweet choice of fabrics and nice design!

Newbie Jen said...

What a great quilt. Thanks for the tut too!

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