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In October or the autumn generally, my mind turns to quilting. I love to sit down and make myself a new quilt. It might be your first quilt, or maybe you’ve always wanted to make one. Let’s do it the easy way; let’s do it accurately and quickly and in the most efficient way. This Scrappy 16 Patch Quilt is from Stuart Hillard’s new book, ‘Use Scraps, Sew Blocks, Make 100 Quilts’.
Scrappy 16 Patch Quilt by Stuart HillardView Now
Lay your fabrics on top of the 2 ½” strip die. It doesn’t matter if your fabrics don’t cover the whole die board because you are using up scraps. Cover just one of the strips.
Put a mat over the whole die. It’s important that the whole die is covered with a mat, but you can put fabric wherever you want to cut. Put it through the GO! Big.
Once you’ve got your strips cut out using your 2 ½” strip die, you’re going to sew them together in a pattern, plain, pattern, plain arrangement. Set up your sewing machine with a ¼” foot and a neutral thread for piecing. (Pick a colour that resembles shadows). Periodically check that your strips are still staying together and haven’t come adrift.
Sew your second pair of strips together in the same way, right-sides together so the patterned sides are facing each other. Make sure you match up the raw edges. If you’re using a ¼” foot, all you need to do is line up the raw edge of your fabric with the inside edge of your foot and sew. .
Now that you have got two pairs, sew them together. Make sure that when you sew them together, you’re putting a plain and a patterned fabric together. Line them up and sew using a ¼” seam allowance. This method is called strip piecing.
When you come to do pressing, leave the strip in place that you’ve just sewn together and run your iron over the seam that you’ve sewn. This is called setting the seam. This tightens up the stitches and makes the seam more secure. It’s important that you run your iron along the direction of the stitches and not against, or else you’ll iron bows into your strip piecing.
Finger press the fabrics back and manipulate them in the way you want them to go so that they stay in place. Press down with the iron in the direction of the seam.
Line up your strip pieced patchwork along the 90 degree line at the bottom of the strip die, and so the strips are running in the opposite direction to the blades in your die. Put the mat on top and place it through the GO! Big Fabric Cutter.
You need four strip pieced units, so lay the strip piece unit back on top lined up with the 90” line and pass through again.
Turn around every other strip pieced unit and push them together to create a checker board. Sew them together using the ¼” seam allowance, press, and you’re done!