I have a love/hate relationship with sewing. I LOVE handmade, sewn goods. I think they can range from cutsie to stunning. In my opinion, sewing is one of those things that you can't really fake your way through. Either you know what you're doing or you don't. I have enough skill to get myself in trouble. I think I can do something and about halfway through when my back is killing me, my eyes are burning and I really want to give up but I'm bound and determined to no longer start a project and not finish it so I keep on plugging on. That happened to me last Saturday when I suddenly decided to make a quilt for my parents for Christmas. You see, I had been wasting my time on the lovely Pinterest when I saw a pin for a quilt that could be made in one night and it was big and super cute. Hmmmm.....I was pretty disappointed when I watched the video and realized that the tutorial was only for a 36 by 36 inch quilt. But, I really loved the look of it and it did seem pretty easy. I thought, "Yep! I can do that tonight and get caught up on some of my favorite shows." So, down to the fabric store I went (in pj's and no make-up, of course!). I found cute fabrics that will work with my parents home and started sewing around 8:30 p.m. Now, I want to state that I don't know who made the claim that you could make a quilt in one night. I don't remember hearing that on the video. If the 36 by 36 inches is the size you want, you absolutely could make this in one night. I wanted more of a lap quilt/throw type thing. I only made it to about 2:30 a.m. before I finally gave up and realized this was going to be a two night project. lol. Anyway, I think it turned out super, super cute. I followed everything the girls said in this video except I had to figure out the measurements for a larger quilt. Also, my store didn't have the greatest selection of flannel so I used it for the top and bottom but just regular cotton prints for the squares. That said, now that I mastered the first attempt, I actually think I will make this again. I really to love the look and feel of it! Even better, I feel a teeeeensy bit more confident, maybe next time it will only take me one and a half nights...ha ha! Anyway, check out these gals in their super cute video and then take a look at my pictures and hopefully you can make your own!
Gather your supplies:
Wash and press your fabrics...boring, I didn't take any pics of that.
Cut your squares into 3.5 by 3.5 inches
(I think I ended up with almost 170 squares)
Take your fabric squares and center them in the squares you drew on your top piece. Use the fabric glue stick to help hold them in place (I just did a small X in each square). I wanted the quilt to be truly random so I did not follow a pattern. My only rule was that I didn't want two of the same side-by-side, although corners were fine.
Bind the quilt. Here is where I really got into trouble. I'm not quilter. I searched a bunch of you tube videos for binding. I didn't want to spend the time hand binding so I chose to go with the machine binding...GASP...I know I just killed some of the die-hard quilters out there but hey, this was supposed to be a one night quilt remember! P.S. this was my favorite tutorial. I also got sucked into watching about ten more of them...she seems like such a fun lady...
Wash the quilt. And then be prepared with some scissors to trim down all the threads. Now, I know it's meant to look a little rustic and I won't trim them down in the future. The first washing you're going to have more than any other time.
Wipe the blood, sweat and tears away and be happy you're FINALLY finished! ha ha. I'm just kidding. I sure hope my parents like it. Here are a couple more pictures. I love how the back ended up with lots of cute squares.
A couple shots closer up...