Now you will trim off 4 inches, making this an 18 x 18 inch piece.
Next, you will cut this piece directly in half, creating 2 pieces that are 9 x 18 inches.
Here is another view of the process. You can discard the 4 inch strip, or save it in your fabric stash. (If you're feeling really creative, you could totally use this in your quilt as your small border, or even the binding. But I want all my borders to be of the same fabric, so I will save them for something else).
Here are my 3 piles of rectangles, 9 x 18 inches.
Cut your muslin to 9x9 squares. (This is the backing that you will be sewing the ruffled squares to next week).
If your muslin is 36 inches wide, that is perfect. Just cut strips that are 9 inches wide x 36 inches long.
Then cut those in half (9 inches), and cut the fold. This will make 4 squares. If your muslin doesn't measure 36 inches wide, just do your best to cut accurate 9 inch squares!
Cut enough to equal the amount of quilting squares you will have! In my case, this is 44 squares.
Binding, Borders, and Backing:
I've decided not to cut these fabrics until I'm ready for them. I am planning on these measurements.
you have: 1/2 yard
cut: 7 strips, 2.5 x 44 inches
final measurement: 1 inch (on front and back)
you have: 1 yard
cut: 6 strips 2.5 x 44 inches
final measurement: 2 inch wide border
you have: 2 yards
cut: 6 strips 7 x 44 inches
final measurement: 6.5 inch wide border
you have: 4 yards
cut: I am going to wait completely for this step
Ok, that's all for today! Good job!
This week's job of cutting the fabric was the easy part. Next week, we will be piecing the quilt top, which will involve ruffling each square, sewing it to the muslin backing, then sewing all our rows and columns together. If you want to get a head start on the ruffling, here is a picture of one square. You will basically ruffle each long side of your rectangle, (which can be done easily with your ruffle foot, or by basting each side and pulling the top thread the gather them), then sew all 4 sides to the muslin. I will go into more detail next week, but if you have any questions at all, leave a commennt or email me at familyeverafter at gmail!
See you next week to piece the quilt top!
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