Now, did I forget to mention that I have NEVER made a quilt before? Oh, yes...I've never even attempted anything like this before. So the reason I am making this confession is to hopefully inspire you (if you are so inclined) to give this a try yourself. (For you avid quilters, please be kind to me! I'm sure there were things I could have/should have done differently, but in the end, I have a quilt we love!)
- Determine the size of your finished project. As I was using a queen-size 90x90" blanket as my filler/batting, that was the size I was aiming for.
- Choose style of block. As this was my first (and unsupervised) attempt at making a quilt, I decided to go easy on myself and just make squares for the quilt top. On the bottom where I was using the denim, I decided to piece together long strips.
- Determine size of quilt block and number of blocks to be cut. For my quilt top, I chose 10" squares. Giving myself a 1/2" seam allowance, the blocks to be cut were 11" square. Since my finished quilt was 90x90", I needed a total of 81 squares.
- Cut blocks. Using my rotary cutter, quilting ruler and self-healing mat, I was able to quickly and accurately cut my blocks.
- Lay out blocks on the floor to choose placement. I didn't want to have any of my blocks that were made of the same fabric line up each other, so it was important to lay them out on the floor first.
- Stitch blocks for quilt top together. Although using a rotary cutter made the blocks a uniform size, it is important to pay attention to match up your corners.
- Iron seams. Although there are differing opinions, I ironed my seams open. (If you are going to quilt along the seams, aka stitch in the ditch, you would be sure to iron your seams in the same direction.)
- Sew quilt bottom. I cut my denim in long strips and pieced together. I had some scrap denim from a couple previous projects as well as the old jeans. I did still need to purchase additional denim to finish. Iron seams.
- Sew quilt top, right-side facing out, to blanket or whatever you are using for batting. I used safety pins to hold my quilt together.
- With right-sides facing each other, sew together quilt top and bottom, leaving enough room unsewn to be able to turn right-side out.
- Turn quilt right-side out. Using a ladder stich, stitch open seam closed.
- Pin quilt so it lays flat. Using a surgeon's knot, tie quilt. I chose to tie every-other block.
- Enjoy your handiwork!