I used this stack but exchanged the solid gray for more of the red tonal for the binding. I think it was the right choice. Anyway, some details about the quilt ...
Quilt Name: "Tifton Tiles" - my mother-in-law is from a town called Tifton and the blocks reminded me of tiles. And I like alliteration. :-)
Finished size: approx. 49 x 59 inches
- 9 FQ for the top. I used Etchings by 3 Sisters for Moda. (* I used 7 prints - 5 FQ and 2 half yards. I would recommend 9 prints as it will be easier to spread out your prints in the quilt.)
- 3.5 yards for the backing (you may feel more comfortable with 4 yards if you need more extra around the top for longarm machines, etc.)
- 0.5 yards for the binding (Note - I used the bias binding tutorial linked below.)
- General sewing supplies - thread, rotary cutter, ruler, pins, etc.
Step 1: Cut Your Blocks.
Subcut one strip into two pieces - Block A - 6 x 6 and Block B - 6 x 15.
Subcut another strip into two pieces - Block C - 6 x 9 and Block D - 6 x 12.
Leave the third strip alone as Block E - 6 x 21.
Continue cutting until you have 9 of each size piece.
Lay out all the blocks and move them around until you are happy with the layout and distribution of fabrics. (This is where I wished I had 9 different prints instead of 7.)
(Click to enlarge.)
You should have 9 columns, each with one of each block A, B, C, D, and E. (See diagram above.)
** Note - I have two extra A blocks since I had a cutting *incident* and ended up cutting two of my E (6 x 21) blocks and adding an A block to get the length. Whoops!
Step 3: Join Your Blocks.
Start by joining all the blocks together in each column.
Step 4: Sandwich, Quilt & Bind
Prepare your backing by cutting your fabric in half. I sliced mine at 55" and then joined the two pieces along the selvage so there was one horizontal seam running the width of the quilt on the back. (Sorry I didn't take any photos of this part.)
Layer your quilt on a flat surface, backing face down, batting on top, then the quilt top face up on top of the batting. Pin the layers together. (Elizabeth Hartman of Oh, Fransson, has an awesome basting tutorial and this illustrates the method that I use.)
basic tutorial here for quilting and binding from another project.
For this project, I did a free motion meandering design. It was pretty fast to zip around the quilt and I think it complemented the fabrics well. If I was using more modern or geometric prints, I may do a straight line or "edgier" design for my quilting.
tutorial here from Tracey.
I also handstitched my binding to the back. I briefly thought about trying machining it on since it was only about 36 hours until Christmas, but was concerned about trying something new in a time crunch and then possibly wishing I had handstitched it. :-)
Step 5: Wash, Take "Zombie Photos" and Enjoy :-)
I held my breath when I threw this into the wash. I also threw in FIVE Shout Color Catcher sheets just. in. case. And it came out beautifully with no bleeding. Thank goodness. :-)
The back (so glad I changed my mind and went with the red binding) ...
Hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial. I know I don't have as many pictures as I normally do, but hopefully its clear as mud. If you have any questions, please email me or leave a comment below. This pattern is great for a quick turnaround project or one with fabrics that are just too pretty to cut up in super small pieces. I'd love to see your version if you make one. :-)
Happy Sewing! :-)