Quilting Tutorial: Make a Baby Quilt


Hello, this is Ana from MadamSew. Today I have a different
kind of tutorial for you. I wanna show you how you
can put together a quilt top without a pattern. You can really just use
improvisation of piecing and cutting and all you really need is
some fabric, your ruler, and this is MadamSew’s grip ruler and it has all around it, I’m not sure you can see it on camera, but the edge is a little
rougher than the center so it really grips your fabric and it gives you some
really nice, accurate cuts, and your rotary cutter. First thing you need to do is, kind of, choose your color scheme, decide on what fabrics you want to use. I have 12 fat quarters here, six in yellows, and six in grays, but my lightest gray is not really gray. It’s a white so I’m not gonna use that because I think I will probably use some white for my background. I haven’t decided yet but I
might so I’m not gonna use that. I am going to take a print in gray so that’s gonna stand in
as my twelfth fat quarter. So I’ve looked at some pictures, kind of have an idea of what I want. I want some large triangles. I want it to be easy. I thought about doing pinwheels, which, with the gradation,
can look very nice, but I wanted something quick and easy. First thing I need to do is just spread this fabric out a little bit, kind of make some bigger
pieces so I can see how they’re gonna work together. Now, who’s gonna go next to whom, am I gonna keep all my grays on one side and all my yellows on another side or am I going to alternate them? And I think my original idea, I was looking at some pictures, I saw a really beautiful
picture of a really stormy sky with a field of wheat and
really beautiful golden colors, and I like that idea of
having the grays on the top and the yellows on the bottom. I’m having some triangle shapes so I think I’m going to go
for something like that. And I don’t know if I’m gonna
keep them in the same order or if I’m gonna mix them up. I wanna see how that’s gonna play out. Let’s see, I want a
nice, big triangle here and I don’t intend my triangles
to be regular in any way. It’s not the most efficient use of fabric if you really want to conserve fabric, you’re better off with a
pattern or with something where you can make small
cuts like pinwheels or blow cuttings or things like that where you have some
smaller pieces of fabric and you’re not just winging it so much. And you know what? I’m just gonna start cutting those grays and see what happens. I’m just gonna go from corner to corner and because my ruler doesn’t
reach to the other corner, over here, see, my
ruler is not long enough to get to the corner so
I’m just going to get a little help from another ruler. Get, here we go. Now, as always, press down and
see how nicely this grips it? Get the safety off your boyaux and just move your fingers down. Now I’m gonna move this up, oop, looks like I may need a new, yep, I should have changed my blade. So now I’m just gonna use this
line to move my ruler down. (blade cutting) Okay. So that’s one, and it’s a crib-size quilt so it’s gonna be about 40 by 56, 36 by 56, somewhere in there. Here, maybe I’ll make
a shallower triangle. And I know if you’re
a traditional quilter, this is giving you probably
hives already, but it’s okay. (blade cutting) It’s sort of like an improvised puzzle and then you can put
it together at the end. And I’m gonna go change
my blade off camera. Okay. I have this to cut. I’m gonna start putting together, I wanna get an idea of how
this is gonna play out. Something like this, and now I need to fill this up. Let’s see. Think I’m gonna do another
long cut for this one. So let’s see. These are gonna go side by side. And then I think I’m gonna
use that in that corner, so now I need to fill up this space. So I think if I do another 45 degree here, I’ll have it all filled and let’s see, let me move back and see if I like that. Yeah, I think I like it. And just see, I don’t
think this is gonna be white enough for what I want so maybe I need to move
things out a little bit and fill with two new triangles here. You have to remember, also, that once you start sewing together, you’re gonna be losing a quarter-inch on each piece of fabric, so that will reduce your width a little. So yeah, maybe I’ll move
that out and this out. Let’s see. Something like this and then
a thin wedge of the print might look really nice here, actually. Let’s see, yep, I like that. Yep, I’m gonna cut here. Another 45 degree angle and
I’m not gonna be very exact but I wanna show you how it works. Here, on your ruler,
you have several lines and they’re marked with
what degree they are, 30, 45, 60, and then on this
side, again, 30, 45, and 60. You lay down depending on
which side you wanna go. You aligned the angle that you want, the line marked with
the angle that you want against one straight edge, and then this here is your 45 degree angle so you can decide where you wanna put it and I think, in my case,
I’m gonna put it here. Okay, press down, (blade cutting) and I’m actually going
to start piecing together and I’m going to keep my, this is a smaller piece of fabric so I don’t wanna make a
cut that then I cannot use so I’m gonna piece this part together and then we’ll come back
and we’ll cut this piece. Okay, so I’ve sewn my pieces together and I’ve actually gone off plan. I couldn’t remember what I had planned so I did it differently but
that’s the beauty of it. It all fits together. I have my two darker pieces and I ended up going with a spectrum, but I do want my print, I don’t
want another lighter gray, so I’m just gonna fit it in
here and see what I wanna do. Yeah, I like it but, you know what, I don’t like these lines coming in here. They’re not fitting perfectly
and that’s bothering me, but I think I like it
fits, yeah, this is good. And you know what, this
makes it easier actually because I’m using the
right angle of the fabric so that’s gonna be my top. You know, I really like it! Everything is sewn with
the quarter-inch seam and the only thing you need to remember is if you are doing points, you wanna be mindful that they
coincide at the tips there and this one didn’t and it’s
actually bothering me enough that I’m going to undo this seam and just make it match here at the tip. So I had it here and see
that little end there? If it was larger, it would
look intentional but this way, it just looks sloppy so it’s
better to fix it and anyway, I should have trimmed this
selvage so I’m gonna do that. I’m gonna start trimming this end and it’s gonna be a
quarter-inch from the angle here and that’s the first step. And that’s a quarter of an inch, okay. Safety off, just walk your fingers down, and actually, something else you can do is
you can use this handy grip and up, now it’s really… Okay, so this seam is good. Now to the next one. Let me just make sure this
is a right angle and it is, so going to align it right here and again, I’m right at
the tip here and slide it so that I have a quarter of an inch. Recheck here and cut. We’re ready to attach this back on. We’re just gonna line it up here and I’m actually just going
to go over a little bit, give myself a little safety on this end. Make a quarter-inch seam, press it, much better as you can see. Nice quarter-inch seam and I
cannot recommend enough that quarter-inch foot with the guide that comes with the 32 presser foot set. Okay, so on the other
end, I’ve left myself, I’ve stopped my seam a quarter of an inch from the edge right there,
so I’m gonna do this seam, then I will just square
it off once it’s sewn, and I’ll sew this seam. For the yellows, I need
to decide whether I want, if I do only triangles,
this is not gonna be, it’s gonna be a little
smaller than I want it so I am thinking, maybe I will actually
just do the gradient, just do some vertical rectangles here. I could do a really skinny piece here. They don’t have to be all the same size and I’m sure you know I’m gonna
say that I like that better when they’re not all the same. Going to make some longer strips so I’m just gonna cut them in half and then I’m gonna sew
one end to the other and that will give me longer strips so I can build the rest
of the length of my quilt, and that is the easiest thing to do, especially with a good ruler
and a good rotary cutter and I’m gonna do two pieces at a time so I am matching the selvages, make sure I have a nice, straight line. I am going to align one of
the straight lines in my ruler with the selvage, and actually, let me finger press the rough center. As you can see, they’re
not exactly the same so I’m just going to roughly
fold it down the center and that will move my
cutting mark right there. I’m aligning this line
here and press down gently, and see what a nice grip
this ruler gives you? It really is nice. Move your fingertips down, (blade cutting) and finish your cut and then we’ll just make a quarter-inch seam and that will give us a
really nice, long strip that we’ll square up at the end. Okay, so I’m gonna do that
with the rest of the pieces and I’m gonna go ahead
and sew those long strips. This is what I’m thinking,
and I don’t want them, one thing that I don’t want is I don’t want them all the
same size, the same width, and I do not want a seam
coinciding with this. What I’m going to do, I think
it’s gonna be the easiest way, is I’m going to sew the first two together without trimming anything,
and then the last two, and then I’ll trim them
and then I’ll decide what I wanna do with the center one, okay? And that way, I can trim
one wide and one narrow and decide how I wanna do it. Let me just show you
one thing to think about when you’re doing your seams is here’s where I join them together so when I sew these two together, I want to make sure that these seams are not pointing in the same direction. I want them like this so that the fold on this one is going down and the fold on this one is going up. Do the whole seam and
these edges at the ends don’t need to match because
we’re gonna trim that off. Alright, so I’m looking at this and now, I just need to decide whether
I want my gradation to go dark to light or from light to dark. And I like the contrast here but I don’t think I’m liking
the contrast here so much with the lighter fabric so
I’m gonna turn it around and see if I like that better. Oh yeah, yep, I do like this better. Gonna start by making this
first strip narrower and okay, so I’m not gonna
make it super narrow but I’m just gonna use the width of my ruler, just gonna make it easy on myself. I’m gonna line up the edge
of the ruler with the seam, and I’m just going to press
down on this, safety off, (blade cutting) and what am I gonna do with the next one? Actually, I’m gonna make it
just a little bit narrower. I think I’m going to leave these two at their full width. So we’re just gonna sew them together and then I’m gonna trim this up. And also, I wanted to show you that when I sewed these first strips together, I made sure that this strip and that strip that
are gonna frame my center one have the seam going up so then I can do the same kind
of seam-matching here, okay? Just be mindful of that when
you’re putting strips together. Okay, here it is! So I went ahead and did the central seam and then just trimmed
everything around to size, made sure all my angles are
square so I can bind it easily. Not bad for a few fat quarters
and rotary cutter work and the handy-dandy ruler. The gripping ruler; I really,
really love this thing. Alright, well as always, if you have any questions, let us know. I do hope you give
improvisational quilting a try. It really is a lot of fun to do. Just go with the flow and try
to figure it out as you go. As always, any questions,
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