Fat Quarter Friendly Pansy Quilt

Welcome to SewVeryEasy, my name is Laura. And fat quarters are a lot of fun to collect. They’re sort of like potato chips: You just can’t have one. The problem is, when you get home you need to make something with them. I have a very quick pattern to make a quilt using fat quarters. For every two fat quarters you will make three 12″ blocks. When you buy bundles of fat quarters, what’s really nice about them is you know this entire collection is going to go together, so there’s no guessing involved; they’re going to match. I often will buy the bundles and then I’ll buy a large amount of some kind of a solid, maybe a white or, in this case, maybe a dark or a light purple because it’s going to go with this. So I would buy a meter of at least one of these, and that’s going to give me a chance to do a border or the binding all in the same color. These fat quarters are from Timeless Treasures and they have these beautiful little pansies and butterflies. With this block, two fat quarters is going to make three blocks. What you need to do is match them up so that you have a contrast between them. So you’d have a light and a dark; something with some kind of a contrast. Even if you do two solids together, as long as you have a contrast this block is going to turn out great. The other thing you need to do is look at thread. When you have a large selection of different colors, you have to take thread into consideration. If you use a white thread it’s a little too stark; a dark thread, it’s a little too dark, so a medium line usually works out well. And if you get one that has a bit of a dusty color to it, it will blend really well with all of the fabrics so you won’t have to change the thread throughout the project. In this case I’m using Aurafill 2562. It seems to be a perfect match, so I’ll put this in the bobbin and the top. You’re going to be able to work with one set at a time. Depending on the size of the fabric, the fat quarter will equal somewhere between 18″ and 22″, so you’ll need to take both of your pieces that you have matched up: The light and the dark. Match them right sides together, give them a good press and a starch. If you have a selvage end, you must cut the selvage off because it will shrink different than the rest of the fabric. When you have the one edge squared up by taking the selvage off, you need to square up the one long edge. I have one side and the top squared up. We need to come down 7″ and cut a 7″ strip right along the top. With that 7″ strip you need to cut three 7″ squares. With the three 7″ squares you’re going to need to make half-square triangles, so you’ll draw a line from corner to corner, and you’ll stitch to each side of that line at a quarter inch. But before I take this to the machine I’m going to do all the cutting for the quilt first. So I’ve cut the squares, I’ve drawn the line because it’s flat and already here. I’m going to pin them and stack them all, and bring them all to the machine at the same time. So I’ll move my stack and cut the next piece. I’m going to need to cut two rows at 3½”. You are going to have some leftover so you can put this aside. Maybe we can use it for the border. You have the two pieces at 3½”. You still have your right sides together. You need to stitch both those rows together. Because you cut the fabric together with the right sides facing, you do not need to match them; they’re already matched for you. When you have a quarter- inch seam done you’ll need to press the fabric towards the dark side. When the two strips have been pressed you’ll be able to take them and match them up together. You’ll be able to feel to see that that seam is matching up, so you’re going to have one seam going in this direction; one seam going in that direction. And match them up. You will need to cut six of these sections at 3½”. Having them stacked as you cut them means they’re already matched up for you, so you can take them to the machine and sew a quarter inch right down the edge. And when those seams are sewn together and you open it up, you have a four-patch. To press it, you’re going to press it to the opposite color. In this case it’s going to go to the light. So one side is going to go to the light and the other side is also going to go to the light. By doing that, you will notice that that little center is going to want to open up and it will make a tiny little four-patch. When you press that it’s going to keep that nice and flat. You now have six 6½” four-patches. Now you can take your half-square triangles, bring them to the machine and finish them up. When you’ve stitched a quarter inch from that diagonal line, you’re going to be able to cut it apart. Then you will be able to take this and press it towards the dark side. Then this is going to need to be trimmed to 6½”. There are many different ways you can square them up. Today I’m going to use a ruler called Bloc Loc. What I like about it, it has a little groove or a little piece that has been cut out of the ruler. That little groove sits right along that seam. Where you’ve pressed all the fabric over to that dark side, that is where it’s going to sit right in there. You’ll be able to see what side it goes on, but sometimes I will put arrows so that I know that is where the seam allowance is going to go: The dark side. This particular one happens to be 6½” so it’s really convenient for this size. That seam allowance is going to fit exactly into that little groove or that little piece that’s been cut out. Once it’s in there it sort of stays put, so now you can trim two sides. Then I like to turn the ruler and the fabric all in one motion, going towards the dark. I’m going to take my hand and just turn the fabric and the ruler all the way so that I’m able to trim off this edge. And I’m going to be able to see exactly where I’ve trimmed off here and I will be able to finish trimming it off here. If you find you’re not getting enough fabric to do a 6½” square, you can do a little bit less than a quarter inch from each side of the line: Just do a very scant quarter inch. It’s going to give you a little bit more to trim off. So from those two fat quarters I was able to get six half-square triangles, six four-patches, and I still have a little bit left over. These are going to make the blocks. You’re going to put three half-square triangles into each pile and have it so the light is going towards the light. Divide your four-patches up and the dark is going to come down the center. And that is your block. I’m going to do this for all the blocks from that entire pile of fat quarters. To sew these together we’re going to sew the two seams on both the edges, and then sew the center. That’s going to equal a 12½” block. When you’re going to do the final pressing you’re going to be able to press these seams going in one direction, and these seams going in the other, so they’re all going around in a circular motion and that will open up that little square in that center to remain flat. When the three blocks are done I’m going to be able to start the next two fat quarters. Make them exactly the same way as you did this. When all of the twelve fat quarters are done, I will have a total of eighteen blocks. Now I’m only going to need sixteen for the quilt because I’m going to do the quilt with four blocks by four rows, giving me a total of sixteen blocks. This is going to be a square. I am going to have two blocks left over. So now we need to put them in an arrangement that we like. So you have four rows with four blocks and all blocks are going in the same direction. But what will happen when you switch up those blocks? We get another pattern. And if we switch them up even more, you get another design. There are many many different options that you can lay this out. Once we have decided on a placement that we like we just need to sew them together in rows and then sew all the rows together. When you have them all sewn together you can either quilt them that way or add a border. You can also take the leftover pieces you have from the fat quarters and make a scrappy border. Depending on how many fat quarters you use will determine the size of the quilt. You can use just a few and make a table runner or you can use a lot and make a very large quilt. If you’ve used twelve fat quarters you’re going to get a quilt about 54″. It’s a quick and easy way to use up the fat quarters. Thank you for joining me today on SewVeryEasy. Feel free to subscribe and, as always, come on back. Let’s see what we’re sewing next time
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