My boys asked for a quilt and pillows for their play area under our basement stairs, so of course I was excited to make one for them (not that I ever really need a reason to make another quilt). I had a yard of flannel with a adorable cheater print that I had been holding onto for something, and I knew it would be perfect for a quick, simple quilt. This was the first time I used a cheater print because I had the slightly uppity opinion that they were taking the easy way out before. Boy, was I wrong! I put just as much love into this quilt as ever, and I just love the way it turned out. It’s one of my favorites I have done so far, definitely in the top 5.
This quilt was so easy to make that really anyone could do it. It would be perfect for someone wanting to explore handquilting without investing a lot of time in it, and the simple X quilting I did was so forgiving. To make the quilt you will need:
- 1 yard of “cheater” fabric (a print that look like patchwork)
- just over 1 yard of backing fabric (it should be about 2 inches bigger than your top fabric all the way around
- a piece of batting measuring the size of your top fabric
- 2-3 skeins of embroidery floss
To assemble the quilt:
- Baste the quilt, making sure to place a safety pin or basting stitch in at least every “patch” of the cheater print.
- Place the quilt sandwich in a hoop of your choice. Stitch a small X in the corner of each patch of the cheater print. I used 2 strands of floss.
- Once you are finished quilting, square up the top and trim away any extra batting.
- Trim the backing fabric so that it is one inch larger than the top all the way around.
- Press the backing fabric to form a double fold 1/2 inch binding with mitered corners. I use this method from Cluck Cluck Sew to self bind quilts and it never fails.
- Hand stitch the binding down about 1/4″(or a little less) from the inside edge of the binding. Use 2 strands of embroidery floss.
Note: this tutorial, while simple, is intended for people who are skilled in the basics of quilt making. For a more detailed step by step, feel free to email me through the Contact page, and I can walk you through each part. I love to share my quilting knowledge with others and would be thrilled to help you out!