Stained Glass Quilt Tutorial
Melodic Floral Fat Quarter bundle 6032 from Craft Cotton Company
1 metre of black cotton for sashing
1.5 metres of blender colour for the backing
1.5 metre square of wadding
All seam are ¼
Quilt size 48 x 36” approx.
All blocks will measure 3½ wide by either 6½ or 2½ long and will have a 1½ black strip sewn onto the right hand side of the block.
Each ‘glass’ block will require 1 large and 2 small blocks.
This quilt has 4 full blocks across and 6 full blocks down, therefore you need 24 3½”x 6½”coloured blocks and 40 3½”x 2½”coloured blocks.
If you want to change the dimensions its pretty easy to recalculate the
1. Iron all fabrics and prepare for cutting
2. Black fabric: Cut strips 1.5”width of fabric (WOF) for sashing
3. Fat Quarters: cut into strips 3½”wide and using a ¼”seam, sew a strip of black sashing onto the right side of each patterned strip. (These will make the stained glass blocks).
4. Cut 2 WOF from the pale tone to supplement the variety mix for the blocks, sew a length of sashing to each strip.
5. Sub cut the strips into 6½”and 2½”blocks, each coloured block will have a black strip attached to the right hand side of it. Cut sufficient blocks for the quilt from the fat quarter strips and the additional WOF strips.
6. Prepare the main blocks by laying out 1 large block and 2 smaller blocks. These should be joined by a¼”seam. Seams can be pressed open or to one side, whichever way you choose keep it consistent throughout the quilt. Lay the blocks out on a flat surface and try and ensure you have a good variation in the mix of fabrics so there are not too many the same or identical fabrics side by side. Press the blocks once more to keep them flat and straight.
7. Sew these blocks together again with ¼” seams into rows of 4 across (or whatever size you have chosen to make) and then sew these rows on top of each other and keep the pattern consistent and the sashing running in straight lines horizontally and vertically until the quilt is the correct size.
8. Complete the black sashing by sewing additional strips around the edges of
the quilt top to create the grid as fig. 1. From the blender fabric cut sufficient 2½”strips (probably 4) to add a border. Sew these into position by attaching a strip to the top and bottom and then sew the left and right sides on to ensure crisp, right angle corners. You may need to join the side strips to gain the correct length. You are best to stagger the joins to give a more fluid look to the quilt, also you may want to join the strips with a 45o angle rather than a straight join, its your preference and whichever you want. Press the quilt top and press seams the same as throughout the quilt.
9. Layer the quilt up with wadding and secure with pins, basting spray or tacking. Sew these 2 layers together using stitch in the ditch or whichever stitching method you choose; (you can add the backing at this stage and stitch the 3 layers together if you wish). Whichever way you choose to layer these together make sure there are no puckers in the fabrics and that everything is flat and straight.
10. Using your ruler and rotary cutter trim the edges of the quilt and prepare it for basting.
11. Cut 2 ½ ” strips from the black fabric and join these strips using 45 o angles. Sew the strips into position with ¼” seams making sure that the raw edges are sitting flush over each other, mitre the corners and finish the quilt ends making sure all the seams lie flat.
Flip the binding over to the back of the quilt and hand sew the binding to complete. This link (From Missouri Star Quilt Company) will show you how to bind, how to do mitred corners and also how to finish the ends of the binding, its really useful and perhaps easier than reading how to do it
12. Lightly press the quilt to make sure everything is flat and there are no stray threads.
Hope you enjoy!
Made by Marie Pickles for the Craft Cotton Company 2017