How to Turn a Simple Quilt into Something Very Special

Welcome to SewVeryEasy, my name is Laura. And let’s take a very simple quilt pattern and give it some dimension. To start with I’m going to make a quilt that just consists of a four-patch block and a big solid block . From this stack of fabric from Timeless Treasures I am going to need sixty 4″ blocks. And I will take those 4″ blocks and I’m going to sew them together to make a four-patch. And when they’re sewn together it will equal 7½”. And I will need fifteen of these four-patch blocks. You will also need fifteen solid blocks, and they’re going to be 7½”. So you will need fifteen solids and fifteen four-patches. Then you’re going to be able to sew these together in rows. So you are going to have two solid blocks and three of the four-patch in one row, and the next row you’re going to have three of the solid patches and two of the four-patches. I have five blocks per row and I will be able to get six rows long. And the body of the quilt is done. Now we’re going to add some dimension. Now there’s a product out there and it is called Chenille-It, and it looks like a roll of bias tape. And the weaving is very very loose. And when this is stitched on and then washed, it makes chenille. And each roll is about 25 yards. Now I’m going to use the color called Hot Pink. And because I’m using the Hot Pink, I do want matching thread so that I don’t see the stitching on it. And I’m going to use Coats thread color 1840 because it’s a very close match. Now with this roll of Chenille-It I’m going to stitch, just using a straight stitch, down in all of the intersections—not in the four-patch; just all the way along the edges. I’m going to use foot 34D. It has a beautiful center mark in it so that I’m able to see, and it covers a good portion of the tape, so the tape won’t move. So you will set your machine up to just a normal stitch. You don’t have to go very tight. And stitch all the way down the center, following the center lines. I’m going to keep the roll in the bag and leave it beside the machine. That way I can pull out what I need as I go along. So I’m going to stitch all the way down, right over top. And just get as close as you can to the center of your seam. Do not stretch; just let the henille go on its own. And just stitch it down. And when you have finished sewing on four long rows then just sew the five rows. So you’re stitching over top of the seems that you sewed the four-patch and the solids together. Now the 34C is a really nice foot to use because it’s clear and it also has some markings. You could also use a foot that is open so that you can see the stitching as you go along. And I’ve just gone right over the previous row of stitching. So I have all of the chenille tape stitched down. The next thing is to add on a scrappy border and it’s 4″. I’ve used the 4″ so that I can use any leftover fabric from the 4″ squares. Now I did have some leftover 4″ squares, and I have used them for the cornerstones, but it’s not necessary. Just put a 4″ border all the way around. And I have sewn right over top of the ends, so the ends are right into the center. And you can leave them there. You don’t need to trim them down. The next thing is going to add some more chenille tape. And sew that chenille tape just like you did in the cross- sections here, all the way around the edge of the border, coming right off the edge. The next one, you’re going to stitch all the way down the next seam, coming right off of the end. So the Chenille-It is all down and it’s ready to be quilted. And to get this project done even quicker I’m using this Fusi-Boo, and it is from Fairfield. What’s great about it is it’s a batting and you iron your back and your front all together in one step. That way you’re able to get to the machine. You do not need to do any pin-basting or hand-basting. Now I can get this quilted. And now that we have it quilted, we need to trim it down and get it ready for binding. Prepare your binding the way you normally would. If you want it 2″ or 2½”—however you normally like to do it. And then take the binding and iron it in half because you need that fold line. And along that fold line, top-stitch a row of the chenille. And do that for the entire binding. If you haven’t hit the center line perfectly, don’t worry about it because it’ll all look great when it’s finished. Now we’re going to sew the binding on just a little bit differently. Normally we would fold it in half, stitch it here, flip it to the back and stitch it to the back here, flip it to the back, and stitch it to the back. Well we’re going to change it. Stitch it on to the back so the back becomes the front. So you’re going to stitch it on there and you will be able to pull that over to the front. Let’s get it stitched onto the back and just stitch it like you would normally any of your binding/ And when the bindings been sewn on, take the iron and press it going out. So I’ve taken the iron and I’ve just pressed out going in this direction, and it’s taken that little chenille, and it’s pushed it out. Then turn it over to the front and do the same and it will also take that chenille and push it out. And that way, when you go to turn it over it’ll be easier. Now you can turn this over, take this to the machine and stitch right along that edge, stitching the binding right down. And I like to go as close as I can to the edge. So the binding has been sewn on and this has been left loose. The next stage is to put this in the washer and the dryer. Now you can wash it on delicate and dry it on delicate, and what’s going to happen is this is all going to get fuzzy. So from this, with a little help from this, we get this. So all that chenille just went all fuzzy, which is what chenille should look like. Now if you’re wondering how much lint you’re going to get in your dryer, well, not that much. And you can see now that any of the lines that you did not sew over perfectly, you can’t tell, not even in the binding. No matter what you’ve done, it turns out great. So that little thin piece of chenille will equal this. Now this chenille comes in a lot of different colors so you could even sew this right over top of a quilt that has already been pre-made. How about clothing? crafts? hobbies? Well, I think the cuteness of the chenille could go a long way. 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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