Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Colors Patchwork Quilt Tutorial


Warm & Cool Colors Quilts, originally uploaded by jenib320.
After receiving such positive feedback from all of you on my Cool Colors Quilt, I decided to write up a little tutorial for making your own Colors Patchwork Quilt. I've included measurements, some basic instructions and a quilt map template.

In addition to viewing it here in this post you can also view and download the instructions in pdf form here: Colors Quilt Tutorial.


Colors Quilt Tutorial, originally uploaded by jenib320.

Sewing Level: Beginner Friendly


Basic Measurements and Supplies
Size: 165 blocks, 15 rows, 11 columns, 61” x 83” finished
Top: 61” x 83”
Back: 69” x 87”
Batting: 69” x 87”
Binding: 300” of binding
Block size: 6” unfinished, 5.5” finished.

40 fabrics, at minimum you will need a little over half a fat quarter or most of a ¼ yard cut of each different fabric (this does not include the backing or binding).

The Quilt Map (which you can download here)

Instructions

1. First and foremost, you will need to choose 4 colors for your quilt. You may choose to use warm or cool color schemes, but this method would also work with any color scheme you’d like! Use the Quilt Map to lay out your colors!

2. After you’ve chosen your 4 colors, rank them in order of importance. You will need a main color, secondary color, and two additional colors. Now, choose 20 fabrics from your main color, 10 different fabrics from your secondary color, and 5 different fabrics from each of your additional colors. This will give you a total of 40 different fabrics.

Fabrics

3. After choosing your fabrics and ironing them, decide how many squares you need to cut from each fabric. I suggest labeling your fabrics so that you don’t forget! Cut out your squares according to the following:

(1) – 83 blocks of your main color. Use 20 different fabrics.
5 squares from 3 fabrics, 4 squares from 17 fabrics.

(2) – 40 squares of your 2nd color. Use 10 different fabrics.
4 squares from 10 fabrics.

(3) – 21 squares of your 3rd color. Use 5 different fabrics.
5 squares from 1 fabric, 4 squares from 4 fabrics.

(4) – 21 squares of your 4th color. Use 5 different fabrics.
5 squares from 1 fabric, 4 squares from 4 fabrics.

All the squares are cut!

4. A 6” square rotary ruler is really handy here. The other nice thing about 6” blocks is that most standard rotary rulers are 6” x 24”. This allows you to use your ruler as a template and then cut 4 squares from your ruler piece.

5. You will end up with a total of 165 squares. With your quilt map in hand, lay out your squares on a clean surface, 15 rows and 11 columns. This process requires a certain amount of patience depending on your preferences. I decided I did not want any one fabric to appear in the same row or column. While this may not seem possible, it indeed is! It takes a while to get it just right! I suggest working on it for a bit and then coming back to it later if possible. If this issue doesn’t bother you, don’t worry about it! Fiddle with the block placement until you like it!

Laying out my quilt!

6. Now that you’re done with your placement, you’ll want to stack up your rows so that you sew them up in the correct order. I choose to stack the squares moving from left to right, starting at the top of my quilt map.

7. You should now have 15 stacks of 11 squares each. Label the top of each row with a slip of paper attached with a safety pin.

8. Sew your squares together for each row. Depending on your preference iron your seams open, or you may choose to press towards the right or left. I suggest doing this after you have a few rows completed. This breaks up the sewing a bit and doesn’t leave you with a ton of ironing at the end!

9. Now it’s time to sew your rows together! I suggest sewing your rows together in pairs, 1+2, 3+4, etc. You can then sew your pairs together and continue until you’ve finished. This system helps minimize the amount of bulky sewing you’ll have to do. Just like with your rows, don’t forget to press your seams.

Finished Back

10. Time for the backing! For my two quilts, I choose to try and use up leftover fabrics that I used in the front.

11. I would suggest making your backing about 4” bigger on each side to allow for some shifting during quilting. This makes your backing piece 69” x 87”. I’ve done two different backings, the first is to split it down the middle using various sized pieces that are 35” wide, just making sure you end up with two 35”x87” pieces that are then sewn together. Another option is to piece stripes. Each pieced stripe needs to be 69” long, and the stripes sewn together need to add up to 87”.

12. There are a lot of great tutorials our there for quilting as well as making and sewing on your binding. You’ll need around 300” of binding. This includes some excess. I choose to use up scraps from cutting up the squares and do a patchwork binding.

It's Finished!!

Quilt, bind, wash, and enjoy!

21 comments:

  1. Love the quilts. Thanks for the how-to...can't wait to give it a go!

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  2. Your quilts are lovely! Now I just need to learn how to quilt :)
    Jana

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  3. This looks great, thanks. Not too challenging for a newbie!

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  4. This is a wonderful insight into something new for me... I was kind of wondering how you get the 'random placement, multiple fabrics' look whilst still putting thought into it and making sure it would work. Thanks for doing all the math for us :)

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  5. Those are just lovely...I especially like the blue one. I'm a little pattern-phobic, but I might just try this one. Squares seem pretty do-able to me! Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Oh wow. I love this! Your quilts are so beautiful. I just clicked over from WhipUp and I'm so glad I did. I would love to link to this post if you didn't mind.

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  7. Hi this is beatiful, may I ask what did you use for batting? Thank you

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  8. Very pretty quilt. I just tried to download the quilt map and it appears the link is no good. Is there any way to obtain this now?

    Thank you for the help and great tutorial.

    vburr at charter dot net

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  9. Hi Jeni, I found your tutorial on "One Pretty Thing", I have made three quilts now, using your layout and instructions. I am delighted with how they've turned out, such a brilliant stash buster! Thankyou thank you thankyou.
    Lynda, Cornwall, UK

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  10. just came across this on pinterest...your colors are absolutely perfect. love.

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  11. you make quilting look so easy!!! I'm really wanting to try it but I'm sewing challenged!!

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  12. I have always wanted to do the quilt thing and since it is the beginning of a new year, I do believe I will give it a try for a few Christmas gifts for 2012. Just one thing, I don't seem to be able to find anything about the batting. Please advise. Love your gift to all, the tutorial. Thank you. Harriet monsolete@yahoo.com

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  13. Gorgeous and fresh. Thank you for sharing

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  14. Thanks for the great lesson. I plan on making one of these this summer.

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  15. Loved your pattern..needed one for spring or summer..Used a prewashed piece of flannel(good quality) and layed both pieces right sides together. sewed around all four sides leaving an opening to turn right side out. sew closed. no binding needeed and used embrodery thread to make ties to hold together..My grandaughter loves it. Thanks again..will keep watching.

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  16. Thank you for this I have a new machine, and I want to try my hand at a quilt.

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  17. Could you let me know how many blocks I would need for a full size quilt? I need it to be big enough for it to hang down about 6 to 8 inches on each side. Thank you.

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  18. How big was the finished quilt? I want to make a baby quilt and thinking I could half this one?

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