Tutorials? I wish I can write or produce tutorials to share with you on some of our handmade items. But I just can’t ! I find so many beautiful video tutorials out in the internet these days for any thing you wish to learn and they are just easily a click away! Free e-books are also available for subscribe. A couple of resourceful sites which I particularly enjoy and where I have learned so much on how to quilt by watching their tutorials are the Fat Quarter Shop and Missouri Star Quilt Company. Quitmaker.com has lots of freebies and contests which you can enter and that was where I won some beautiful fabric bundles and quilty stuffs some time ago.
Choosing fabrics ( that’s my favorite tho’ sometime it is overwhelming) can be one of the most challenging and fun part part of quilting as you get to play with patterns, designs and colors. There are wide varieties of fabrics you can dream on and fall in love with. Designer fabrics are lovely to have and behold but they are usually expensive and popular designer cotton fabrics like Michael Miller, Robert Kaufman, Amy Butler, just to name a few, are some of my favorites. They are beautiful fabrics to work on.
If you find cutting fabrics for quilt is a struggle, then choosing pre-cut ones might be the thing you need. Pre-cuts are collections of fabrics that are already cut by machine, stacked into piles , rolled up, and tied together of different designs . One of the great thing in having pre-cuts is that they are sometimes stacked and coordinated as sets ready to be sewn as quilt and I like that.
Some examples of pre-cuts available are like :
Fat quarters – 18” x 22”
Charm packs – 5” squares
Layer cakes – 10” squares
Jelly rolls – 2.5” strips
I started working on this quilt blanket a couple of months back and finally managed to complete it in time for a little boy who will turned one soon! The design of this quilt is called Fat Quarter Fizz and a video tutorial by Fat Quarter Shop is available here.
A pdf pattern is also available for download which will show you the fabric requirements and how to join, match and build your quilt. I like this design because it can be quick and simple.
There is no ‘sandwich’ process ( which means no batting filler) for this quit as I wanted it to be light weight, suitable for warmer climate and easier to launder. I just use a soft cotton check fabric for the quilt back and bright red checks for binding. When comes to binding quilt, it is actually quite easy if you have all the lengths ready cut and joined. But when coming to the part of joining the ends , I sometimes get lost. And this tutorial has been helpful.
And coming up NEXT, …….. will be a wedding signature quilt for a young couple friend whose wedding will be in December. So there will I go again, indulging in quilty pleasures !. 🙂