Tuesday, November 5, 2013

TUTORIAL - BED QUILTS - MAKE DO'S MINI STRIP QUILTS #2

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I am sure that you all know how to
make a miniature quilt. I am just showing
you with a rotary cutter. A rotary cutter
and a mat makes cutting so much faster
and easier. Just be careful because the
rotary cutter is sharp!!!
Make-do quilts in my opinion is when
everything is slightly off. Maybe the
back is too small and you must improvise.
Perhaps the front is crooked or short on
one end. Its okay - just make the quilt anyway
and live with life's imperfections.
If you want quilts that are perfect then that is great
also. But these little quilts here are not meant to
be put into a quilt show. They are just meant
to be loved by their makers and those artists
around them.

So have fun while making these
small mini MAKE-DO QUILTS!


MINI-STRIP QUILT #2

I made a total of 5 little quilts before I got sick.
All of the little quilts are different.
This make-do quilt is hand stitched.
The backing and the
pillows are made from baby clothes.
The print
is just the right size for these quilts.
The best things about using baby clothes
is that you have a tendency to use them up
quickly so no repeat fabrics.

This is a cute quilt - my own design.
I named this quilt top - One Two.
I had the fabric so this little quilt became
coordinated. 
It is backed with a shabby looking baby pajama
top.
You can see how I quilted it.
Quilt it the same or not. Your choice.
Really cute from the side too!
Isn't it so cute!
I even made matching pillows and just
stuffed them with polyfil polyester filling.
Oops I forgot to stitch the pillows closed!!
This is the back.
Might be hard to see my hand stitching.
A rotary cutter and a mat makes it
quicker.
I used 8 of these strips, a little over 1 inch wide X 6 inches.
The width is entirely up to
you really.  Use what you have
for the colors.
Place 2 right sides together and take them
to the sewing machine. Sew them back to back
and place on another strip so as not to
waste any thread.
When you have sewed all of the strips together,
open them up, finger press open.
Close them back up and measure the size you see
here.
Make a pencil mark and mark the rest of the strip.
Cut them on the pencil marks and re-open them.
These are your little blocks.
Now I had a small piece of this burgundy and I decided
to cut it into strips and use it. I laid it out like I wanted
it to look.
Match up or sideways, it does not matter and take
it over to the sewing machine. 
Just remember your pattern.
Stitch together all the blocks.
Continue to sew until one strip is finished.
Replace it to your table.
NOW BE CAREFUL,
DO NOT GET CONFUSED
OF YOUR BLOCK PLACEMENT.
Cut the strip from the sewing machine and place
it back in the row where it belongs.
Continue sewing
each row until the entire mini quilt top is sewn together.

Take the remainder strips and sew
them to the sides to make the borders.

Quilt as you see I have done, or
quilt how you choose.
To finish the quilt - bring the excess backing
fabric over towards the front of the
quilt. Turn under and stitch down.

All of these mini strip quilts have imperfections.
That is what gives them their charm.
 
Thank you for visiting me!
Conny

13 comments:

  1. Thanks for showing how, with this clear tutorials. It looks so easy, when you show how. I think, however, that I will have a hard time, getting the corners to meet. But one day, I have to try it. It comes on my "to do" list. Your beds blanket is so wonderful.
    Hugs
    Wyrna

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  2. una colcha preciosa Connie, y tu lo has explicado mas que bien , muchas gracias

    besitos

    Mari

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  3. que bueno el tutorial, gracias

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  4. Great work, Conny! It's beautiful!

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  5. This looks like a really snug bed! Beautiful work. x

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  6. Great tutorial! Thank you for sharing. The bed is very beautiful.
    Hugs, Drora

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  7. Thanks for this great tutorial. The bed is wonderful.
    Greetings, Faby

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  8. Hi Conny!

    The bed and quilt are very cosy and look like they would be nice to curl up with :-) Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

    Susan

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  9. Wonderful tutorial thank you Conny for sharing. I love your bed and bedding.
    Hugs Maria

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  10. That quilt is so sweet.
    Catherine

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  11. This bedding is very cute! I plan to make a quilt for my bed, but I haven't got started.... Will look at this great pictures later for inspirations!
    Hannah

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