Over the next few Monday’s I am going to share with you, from start to finish, how I make a quilt.
Most of my quilts are made very randomly, just piecing bits of fabric together here and there until I reach a size I am happy with. The ballerina quilt, well…it requires a little more thought.
When starting out on a quilt, the first thing I determine is how big I want it to be and I then work backwards. This may sound stupidly obvious but I cannot tell you how many times I have dove right in, only to be left with something that is less than ideal.
This quilt will be made for Maddie and although I am not too fussed about it covering the entire bed, I want it to be a decent size, one that she won’t grow out of too quickly. I have decided on a whopper: 80″ x 88″.
I find that at this point it helps to do a rough sketch of block types and placement. I generally do this in a notebook and then I draw up the individual blocks on graph paper. My math is appaling at best and the graph paper is a great way of getting the measurements correct the first time round.
There will be six different block types in this quilt, all made up of squares and rectangles. It is a simple layout but I am hoping it is really going to show off the feature fabric but more on the next week.
Pop back on the 21st of March for step 2 – fabric selection.
** I would like to make this series as interactive as possible. If you have ANY questions on fabric selection (or any other questions relating to ‘the making of a quilt’), please drop me a note and I will do my best to answer it next Monday **