Wednesday, June 6, 2012

{Ruffle-Top Quilt Along} Cutting Your Fabric

Welcome! I am sew excited to get going on our quilt-along! If you are here to sew, or to just follow along and watch this round... I am so thrilled to have you! In case you're just joining us, there is still time to get started! Click here for the supply list and inspiration picture of our project.
Let me start by repeating that I am actually quilting along with you. I do not have my quilt finished yet, to me that is part of the fun of this quilt-along! With that said, I do not have a finished product to show you yet, which basically means that I know you are putting a lot of faith in me and this project. I will do my absolute best to provide great detail and help you along the way. This isn't the most difficult quilt to make, but it will definitely take a little time and skill. I hope that my measurements of all the fabric are accurate, I might have erred on the side of purchasing too much, but that all depends on what size of quilt you're making. I would definitely recommend drawing out a map of your quilt, with all the measurements, so you can decipher exactly how much fabric to get according to your desired size. My quilt is going to be a lap sized quilt, just smaller than a twin sized quilt.
(This was just a very rough draft, so don't go by any of my measurements here)!
I just got done cutting my fabric, and I'm excited to show you how I did it, so you can get to work on yours!
You will need a cutting mat, large ruler, and rotary cutter for today. You should have a fat quarter bundle. This is great, because it means that you probably got a great selection of lots of different fabrics, plus it will help cut down on the cutting time, since the blocks measure 18x22 inches (at least in the Riley Blake line). So, group your fabrics into piles by color if you'd like. This will help you keep track once you lay out all your squares to design the quilt top. 
Now lay out your first piece on your cutting mat, and line up at the corner.

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)
Small Border: 
you have: 1 yard
cut: 6 strips 2.5 x 44 inches
final measurement: 2 inch wide border
Large 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!
Here's a quick reminder of our schedule :)

ps- You can go check out the fun being had with the zig-zag quilt over at Mommy By Day, Crafter by Night!

This Quilt-Along is sponsored by:
 Riley Blake 
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  1. Hi! I think this is adorable! Just wondering what setting you used on your ruffler for the blocks? I have a brother, so mine allows me to do every stitch, every 6 or every 12, as well as adjust the amount of fabric it pulls up. Thanks!

  2. Christen- great question! I set it to every stitch. I will definitely explain that in next week's post! So glad to have you!

  3. We're really excited to do this quilt along with you! My daughter took one look at the inspiration quilt, and knew that's what she wanted! Her bed is queen size, so I think this will end up being quite the project! I've got one question before I get these massive amounts o fabric cut out. Do you recommend pre-washing the fabric? I normally do for clothing, etc. But, I've never made a quilt before, so I'm not sure. Thanks for doing this! This will be so fun!

  4. This is looking so great! I love the fabric choices.

  5. Such a FABULOUS idea Rachel!!!!

    Thanks for the cutting tip!!! :)

    You better be planning on sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality! :)

  6. Yay!! So excited to get started!!

  7. I'm looking at everything and it looks great. Just to make sure I understand--each 9x18 piece from the fat quarter will become a 9" square when ruffled? I don't have a ruffle foot, so I'm going to try to start the long process this week :)

  8. I've had one of these on my to do list for a while, thanks for hosting! I will be gathering my fabrics today :)

  9. Hi i love this quilt! I wanted to make one for my daughter`s bed and love the riley blake fabric, do you mind me asking what you spent on your fat quarter bundles? I just started sewing recently and dont know what a good price is for fat quarters. Is there a good site to look at for cheap fabric? I am making a full size so i need 110 squares. :)
    I love your blog by the way.


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