Patchwork quilt top

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Create a quilt as a gift or get involved in our December charity sewalong for Ronald McDonald House.

Materials

  • 45 pieces of 6 ½ x 6 ½ inch squares - see picture to the right (we used various novelty fabrics)
  • Grey piecing thread
  • Batting 44” x 52” (112cm x 132.5cm)
  • Backing 44” x 52” (112cm x 132.5cm)
  • Quilt binding 12” (30cm)
6½ squares

Fabric preparation for Ronald McDonald House Quilts

  • Use only new materials
  • Fabrics should be prewashed, clean from chemicals, smoke and pet hair
  • No choking hazards – like beads, buttons, gems or rhinestones

Patchwork piecing tips

  • Use a shorter stitch length when piecing for a stronger seam e.g 2.0
  • Piece with a ¼” foot to ensure exact seam allowance
  • Press seams to one side, seams can be nested together when stitching the rows.

Making the Nine Patch block

A “Nine Patch” block is made of 9 squares stitched in 3 rows of 3 squares. Select 9 x 6 ½” fabric squares and sew together to create the block. Make 5 of these Nine Patch blocks.

To vary up our quilt and make it more interesting, we will make these Nine Patch blocks disappear by cutting them in four!

Nine patch
Nine patch

Disappearing Nine Patch

Using a large ruler, cut through the centre of the nine patch square aligning the 3” line on the ruler with the left-hand seam of the centre square. Rotate the block pieces and cut them in half again. This yields 4 x 9 ¼” blocks.

The Nine Patch block has disappeared and a new set of blocks has been created!

Nine patch
Nine patch
Nine patch

Piecing the quilt top

Stitch the blocks together in rows of 4 x 9 ¼” blocks. Then piece the rows together matching the seam lines where necessary.

Stitching the rows

Preparing your quilt for machine quilting

What you need:

  • Batting 44” x 52” (112cm x 132.5cm)
  • Backing 44” x 52” (112cm x 132.5cm)
  1. Batting and backing measurements provided are approximately 4” bigger than the quilt top.
  2. Quilt top and backing should be square.
  3. Trim all threads from quilt top and back
  4. Press the seams ensuring they are flat with no seam twists.
  5. Layer the quilt top onto the centre of the batting and backing (quilt sandwich)
  6. Choose your method of basting together the 3 layers
  7. Quilt using your walking foot or embroidery machine.
Stitching the rows
Stitching the rows

Quilting binding

What you need:

  • Quilt binding 12” (30cm)
  1. Cut 4 x strips 2.5” wide across the width of your fabric
  2. Join together using a diagonal seam to make one long strip
  3. Fold in half and iron
  4. Attach to the edge of the quilt with your walking foot
Binding strips
Binding strips
Binding strips
Binding strips

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