Five more Quilting Projects – Quilting for Beginners
Five quilting project that will add a bit of a challenge
This chapter offers five more quilting projects at, of course, the beginner level. At this point, you have already learned the basics of quilting as well as created five projects all on your own! Great work! Continue reading to learn even more and create even more fun quilts!
Quilting Project #6: Color Patchwork Quilt
Welcome to the second half of your quilting projects! For this project, you will need to choose four different colors for your quilt pattern. These colors should technically all be the same but they shouldbe four different variations.For example, navy blue, sky blue, indigo and baby blue. You will want to rank these color variations into your main color, second color, third color and fourth color. You will want 83 squares of your main color, 40 squares of your second color and 21 squares each of your third and fourth colors. Each square should be exactly 6”. You will also want to select the batting, needle, thread and fabric for the backing of your quilt.
Now, to get started, lay all of your squares out as you want them in your finished quilt. It is suggested to do a layout of 15 rows by 11 columns and this will take 165 squares total. When you have all the squares laid out like you want them in the completed quilt, stack them up by row in order from left to right. This should give you 15 stacks of squares containing 11 squares each. You can now begin sewing your squares together!
After all of your squares are sown together, you now want to work on the batting and backing of the quilt. To make the back, cut whatever fabric you have chosen about 5” wider than the finished side. Lay the two sides out together. You can now cut down the back to match with the front perfectly. Once both are cut to match, pin them together and sew! If you choose to add batting, put it inside right before sewing up the last bit of the two sides of fabric. You are nowfinished!
Quilting Project #7:Pinwheel Quilt
For our seventh project, we will be making a pinwheel quilt, so you will need to choose two different colors of fabric. You will also want to select the needle, thread, batting and backing of your choice.
To begin, we will be making ten 6” block pinwheel designs. To do this, you will need to cut out 3” half square triangles from each of your fabric colors. You will need to cut out 40 half square triangles for each fabric color, so 80 triangles in all. Start by taking two triangles of the opposite color and first pinning them together. You will want to pin together two triangles of the opposite color that will then make a square. You need four squares to make one of your ten blocks. When you have all of your smaller squares sown together, put them together in groups of four to make the blocks. Then pin these together and sew them! After sewing, you will have ten blocks!
Now, you want to sew together all of your blocks into one mass, thus completing the front part of your quilt. Finally, to finish, you want to sew on the backing and also put in whatever batting you have chosen.
Quilting Project #8:Triangle Quilt
Welcome to your 8th quilting project! You will need three different fabric colors or patterns. If you would like to use patterns, it is suggested that you use two different patterns and a solid color fabric. You will also need to select the needle, batting and backing of your choice.
Let’s begin! First, you will need to cut your fabrics into acute triangles of all the same, identical size. You will want to cut these triangles with a 2” base. You will need at least 120 of these triangles and you should have 60 triangles of your main (or solid) color fabric and 30 triangles each of your other patterned or colored fabric. In the end, the quilt will be 6×20.
Once you have all of your triangles cut out, you will want to lay them out in groups of three (see right). Make sure, as you are laying out your triangles into the pattern that you are spacing the colors apart correctly. You don’t want two triangles of the same color touching, this will ruin the pattern of your quilt.Now, you will want to overlap them slightly, pin and sew them together. Then, once all of your triangles are sown into groups of three, being sewing two groups of three together to make groups of six.
Finally, once you have completed this task, the front of your quilt is finished! You can now add the batting and backing. Project eight is now complete!
Quilting Project #9:Polka Dot Quilt
Here in the 9th project, we will be getting a little bit more challenging while still sticking to the promised beginner level. This project also differs from the others in that you will now need to create and use two simple templates to complete this quilt. The first being a quarter circle shape and the second being the paper material around the quarter circle template. You will make these two templates out of one piece of paper.
You could also make these templates out of some type of studier material if you so choose. For example, you could use cardboard or plastic. This quilt will be made from twenty different blocks. That means, you will want 80 of the shapes shown to the left. Each block will look like the picture to the right. Once you have these shapes cut out, you will want to conjoin the odd shape to the quarter circle shape. To do this, You need to pin the two together and then sew. This can be done by taking the point of the odd shape and pinning it to the center of the quarter circle. Now, you will want to round the edges of the odd shapes to form around the other shape. As you do this, make sure you are pinning it down to avoid any sloppiness of confusion. After pinning, you can then sew!
Your shaped should not be four different squares. These four smaller squares will make up one of twenty blocks. Next, you will need to sew these squares together to make the block. Now, you can continue to make the other nineteen squares. When the 19 squares are finished, you can sew them together and then the front of your quilt is finished! Simply add the batting and the backing and your 9th quilt project is finished!
Quilting Project #10:Zig-Zag Quilt
Welcome to your very last quilting project! Way to go! You have come so far, learned so many things and created so many unique quilts since you first started! For your last project, we will be making a colorful zig-zag quilt! For this project, you will need a bit longer as it is more time consuming but probably no more than a weekend. Although this quilt will be at the same beginner level as the rest, you may find this one to be more difficult, or the most difficult. That’s okay! This last project is meant to be a bit morechallenging but not too challenging. You should still have no problem with it and as with all the other projects, this one will be explained step-by-step and with the help of pictures. Here we go!
Before you start sewing, you will want to select ten different colors or patterns of fabric. One of these, however, should be a solid color. You will also want to choose a needle, thread, batting and backing for your quilt.
Now, you can begin! First, cut two 3” strips from 9 of the fabrics you have chosen. Next, cut 18 3” strips from the solid color of fabric that you have selected (see right). Now, sew your strips by twos. For example, take one patterned strop and sew it to the solid color strip. Use a 1/4” seam here. Once you have sown your strips together into couples, cut them into 5.5” rectangles. Each strip should give you seven rectangles. Now, lay out your two strips into a zig-zag pattern. Make sure you are only using one patterned fabric and the solid fabric at this point. Keep laying out this pattern with all of your different fabrics until you have used them all! Now, you can begin to sew it all together! Begin sewing at the top right corner of your laid-out pattern.
When you have sown your entire pattern together, use a rotary cutter to make a clean edge on the top and bottom of the front of your quilt. Your quilt should measure 46”x61” when it is completed! Now, all you have to do is lay out, cut out and sew on the backing. Don’t forget to put in any batting if you so choose before you finish sewing together the two sides.
Congratulations! You have now successfullycompleted ten quilting projects! Way to go!