Hi! I'm Jana, and I blog over at Adventures of a Cross-stitch Drama Queen. A little something fun about me: I have lost about 50 pounds over the past 18 months. Without my previous layer of fat, I get a little cold in the AC. So I decided I needed a new quilt. For me. So I'm no longer freezing. I also wanted to showcase the large prints of the Sugar and Spice collection. The flowers and large polka dots need to shine!
Let's get started.
Fat Quarter stack of Sugar and Spice
1 yard white solid
1/2 yard blue solid
1/2 yard blue sugar argyle
1 yard blue sugar main
3/4 yard red sugar stripes for binding
4 yards for the back
1. Using the larger scale prints, cut 15 10" blocks.
2. From the other prints, cut 15 5" square blocks.
3. Now we're going to cut strips out of the solids. From each (blue and white), you'll need 6 strips 3" wide. Take 2 white strips, and subcut into rectangles 3x5. Take the other 4 strips and subcut into rectangles 3x10. Do the same with the blue fabric.
4. Sew the 5" strips to the sides of the 5" squares. You'll sew 8 squares with the white strips and 7 squares with the blue strips. Then press.
5. Sew the 3x10" strips to the top and bottom. Then press. You'll have 8 with the white border and 7 with the blue border.
6. Now it's time to lay out your quilt. Alternate the 10" large scale squares with the 10" bordered squares. It helps to have your baby stand on it for scale. For a long time, I had my fridge in the living room while they repaired my kitchen floor. It made a great space for laying out quilts.
7. Once you have the layout how you like it, sew your blocks into rows, and then sew the rows together. I made one change to the layout. 10 points to the person who can guess what it is.
8. Cut the blue argyle fabric into 2.5" strips. Sew to the sides and top of quilt, then press.
9. For the second border, cut the white solid into 1.25" strips. You'll need about 6. Sew to the sides of the quilt, then press.
10. For the final border, cut the blue sugar main fabric into 4.5" strips. Again, you'll need about 6. Sew to the sides of the quilt, then press.
11. Quilt as desired.
12. Prepare the binding. I like to cut mine on the bias, because bias cut bindings last longer. I also like my strips cut into 2.25" strips, because I like a tight binding. If you need help with this step, just google "binding tutorial." There is a wealth of knowledge out there.
Don't be jealous of my lawn. It hasn't rained much here in Maryland. Also, the day I took these photos, it was over 100* and very humid. In most of my pictures, you can see the air. That didn't stop me from snuggling with the quilt while I watched TV that night. I used Warm and Natural batting from Joann's. It's really light and a good summer weight, but also gives it a nice loft when you quilt it.
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