Learn How to Make a Quilt – Make Quilt Block 6 – Lattice Block | Fat Quarter Shop


(upbeat music) – Welcome to The Ultimate
Beginner Quilt series by Fat Quarter Shop. In this series, I’m gonna be
showing you how to make a quilt all the way from the start to the finish. This series is sponsored by Moda Fabrics and EverSewn sewing machines. I’m gonna be giving you lots of tips and we’re gonna be building
our first quilt together. In this video, I’m working on block six which is the lattice block. It is much easier than last week’s. So whereas last week’s was a
little bit more challenging, we went a little bit easier this week. We’re gonna be working on
learning how to make corner squares which are the
squares that are gonna go on the outside of the big squares. So let’s get started! So to start, download your free pattern that’s in the description box
and we’re gonna look through what we’re cutting and what we’re making. You’re gonna have four different fabrics and you’re gonna cut one 6
1/2 inch square from each. You’re gonna have four different B fabrics and you’re gonna cut two 3
1/2 inch squares from each. So we’re first gonna cut our fabric As. So I’m just gonna pull my
fabrics and stack them. Make sure you’ve ironed
them before you start. And you can see that you’ve used some of these fabrics before. So I’m just gonna cut from one corner. And I’m keeping my salvages
together right here. You don’t have to do that,
I just like to do that. So nice and flat. And we’re gonna cut one 6 1/2 inch square. So I’m gonna take my 6 1/2 inch ruler. And this is 6 1/2 inches this way and I need to have 6 1/2 inches here. So I need to fit it where that will fit. So what I’m gonna do is just
cut three sides from here. One, two. And then I can pull these to the side and get those out of my way. You can cut one here and then you can just rotate
this and line up the 6 1/2. So you’re just gonna line
this up, this up, and this up. And those are gonna be your A squares. So you can get your design board and put your As on there, k? And then we’re gonna do our B. So from here, we’re gonna
cut two 3 1/2 inch squares. So 3 1/2 plus 3 1/2 is seven. So you really need your ruler
to be to where you can cut 3 1/2 by seven. So I am going to just lay my ruler. There’s seven inches here and 3 1/2 here. And you see that I’ve given
myself at least a half an inch on each side just to
have a little bit extra. And I’m going to just cut
this little section out. Turn my fabrics. I’m gonna cut 3 1/2. So again, when I’m cutting,
line up the top and the bottom. Line up the top and the left. And when I rotate, you see
I just use my finger gently so that I don’t move my fabrics. And we’re gonna cut 3 1/2
using the lines on my ruler. Move that slightly and
then cut the next 3 1/2. K, so we’re gonna take
these to our design board and we’re gonna label these as Bs. And now we’re gonna take the fabric Bs, and on the wrong side, draw
a line from corner to corner on all of them. This is gonna be a corer square technique. I like to use a friction pen. It will disappear with heat later. And so we’re gonna draw
a line on all eight of these squares. And on this quilt, there’s
not a right or a wrong side to each of these solids,
so it doesn’t matter. But if you’re using a print fabric, just make sure you’re on the wrong side. Okay, so now I’m gonna just stack my Bs where I put all the colors together. And then we’re going to
go ahead and pair them with the fabric A that they go with. So here’s my Bs and my As. And I’m gonna follow my pattern
and we’re gonna go ahead and pin everything so that we
can go to the sewing machine and stich all of these at once
because your stitches will be far enough away to where you can do that. So I’m gonna pin this. And when you pin these, you
wanna make sure the corner of your fabrics touch exactly. And I’m gonna pin twice. I won’t pin anywhere near the line. So you actually don’t even
need to remove the pins until after you sew. And you want your line to go
diagonally and not this way. So I’m gonna do this for all of them and then we’re gonna go
to the sewing machine. Green, green. So now we’re gonna go
to the sewing machine and we’re gonna stitch
directly on that line from corner to corner
with a 2.0 stitch length. So now we’re going to stitch
directly on that center line. You’re gonna stitch directly on the line. And I’m gonna chain piece which means I’m just gonna keep piecing. I’m not gonna cut apart. (sewing machine humming) And now we’re just gonna cut
apart the three from the back so we can keep chain piecing. And we’re gonna go to the other side and start stitching the other side. (sewing machine humming) And now you can take this last one off. We’re just gonna keep stitching. (sewing machine humming) We’re gonna cut these apart and
then we’re going to go start cutting the corner
squares back and pressing. So these corners on the end, when you flip them back, those are considered
corner square triangles. But if you iron them just
like this and don’t cut, you’re gonna have a ton
of bulk in your quilt. So what we’re going to
do is we’re going to cut a quarter inch away. So you can use your big
ruler or your small one and you’re just gonna use
your quarter line and trim. Now this is within your seam allowance so it does not have to be perfect. But I do like to get it to
be about a quarter inch away. And now we’re going to press. So now first you’re gonna set your seam. Setting your seam just locks your seams. And we’re gonna press one to the outside. So first we’ll finger
press towards the outside. Put the edge of your iron right on there. And then we’re gonna press
one toward the center. So you’re pressing them opposite ways and I’m gonna show you why in a second. It’s gonna make all of your seams nest which will help it. It’s gonna make all of your seams nest. So when you look at the back,
one goes towards the outside and one goes towards the inside. It doesn’t matter which one you do ’cause they’re gonna look
the same if you turn it. So now I’m gonna follow my pattern and to lay my pieces out. And the first thing you wanna make sure is you’re creating an X. So all of your corner squares
ae kind of on the outside. And then we want to lay
it where our seams nest. So this one goes towards the outside. We need this one to go towards the inside. So when you lay them
together, they’ll nest. And so this one goes towards the outside. This one needs to go towards the inside. And so you’re just gonna
make sure they nest before we start pinning. So now they should all nest. So we’ll put these right sides together and right side together. And we’re going to pin. So the first thing we’ll
do is pin the very outside. Both outsides. And then we’re gonna pin this intersection where the seams nest. And you can see that if you push this, it will just stop. And you’re gonna pin right there and that should be enough pinning. Do the same thing on the other one. And you can just kind of feel it. It’ll just pop in place. I’m just gonna pin once. And then we’re gonna go
to our sewing machine, change our foot to a quarter inch foot, and stitch all the way down. We’re gonna chain piece and
leave this stitch there. So we’re gonna change our foot to a quarter inch foot. And now we’re gonna just stitch. You’re gonna leave your pin in right here until you get right to it. (sewing machine humming) Pull it out right before I get to it. We’re just gonna keep
sewing, keep chain piecing. We’re gonna leave that pin
in until we get right to it. And I can see right here, the
green is kinda popping out. I’m gonna just pull that under
so that it’s nice and flat on the edge. And now we can go iron. Now we’re leaving this connected. We’re gonna set our seam. We’re gonna press them
in opposing directions. So I’m gonna finger
press towards the yellow. Put the iron right on that crease. And then we’re gonna
press toward the green which is the other way. Finger press that down. And you can see all four
of the pieces together. And you can see at each
intersection, my points match. And now we’re going to put this together and you can see that it’s
still connected by that thread and that’s great because then
it keeps it all in place. And now I’m gonna pin right in the center. So same thing. It’s gonna nest when you
put your fingers here, you should feel it nice and firm. You will feel that
there’s no gap in there. And I’m gonna put a pin on each side to keep it nice and straight. We’ll pin at each end. And pinning really is
the key to this block. If you pin really well, all of your seams will
come out nice and perfect. So here, you just put
your finger and move it until it nests. Do the same on the other. And we’re gonna stitch down
this final seam of block six. (sewing machine humming) So again, I’m gonna pull
that out right when I get to the pin. Try not to sew over your pins. Sometimes if you sew over your pins, you might break a needle. You could hurt your machine. So I just try not to do that. And now we can press our block! And before we do that,
we can look and make sure that all of our intersections meet up. And they do! All of my points match so we can go iron. So we’re gonna set our seam. And one thing that I
think is pretty important when you’re ironing is to
really get your seam flat so that you don’t have bulk in your seam. So get it really nice and flat. And now, we’re gonna just
trim the little slivers off and we will be done with block six. So I can see that all of my points match. And you can be a total
perfectionist and fix that, and if they’re not, you can leave them. It’s totally up to you
if you want your quilt to have a couple mistakes or no mistakes. Whatever you wanna do, it’s up to you. Mine just happen to match up. I’m gonna turn that
over and now you can see how all of the seams nest. You can see the seams going opposing ways. And right here I have a little pucker. I’m gonna iron that out so
that doesn’t show through on the front. And now, we can go cut
all of the little slivers off the edge of our block. So you can see on the edge of this block, I’ve got a lot of little slivers. You can leave your block just like this or you can trim them off. Again, totally personal preference there. I like to make my edge
really nice and straight. And it just takes the little threads off and it evens up the edge of your block. And so I line up the
top line and the side. And this one seems to
have a little bit more than my previous ones and that’s okay. And this is your beautiful block six. Make sure to subscribe
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and check back next week for block seven. See ya then! (upbeat lighthearted music)