Quick 'No Bind' Quilt Tutorial
Finished size approx. 102cm x 78cm (40" x 30.5")
5 fabrics cut into 5 swatches each 22cm x 17cm (8.5" x 6.5")
1m Backing fabric 112cm (w) (44")
1m Cotton Batting 112cm (w) (I used Warm white 100% cotton batting as I had a light coloured backing fabric)
Thread in matching colour
Template (I cut a template 22x17cm out of hard cardboard)
1/4" seam allowance (unless otherwise stated)
1. Using your template, cut 5 swatches from each of your 5 fabrics. You should have 25 swatches in total measuring 22cm (h) x 17cm (w). NB. If you want to use up some fat quarters, you can cut 4 good swatches and then piece the 5th swatch together! (great solution if you don't mind the imperfections).
2. Lay your swatches out so that each swatch is represented once only in each row/column. NB. You may want to pin the swatches of each row together so you don't get the order confused when sewing.
3. Starting at the top left, stitch your pieces together to create a horizontal strip. Continue with each row until you have 5 complete strips.
4. Turn over and iron each strip with the seams to the LEFT.
5. Align the seams, pin, then stitch first row to second. Continue until all rows have been stitched together. Once you have finished, turn over and iron all the seams DOWN.
6. Find a nice large, flat surface. Lay out and smooth down your cotton batting. On top of that, lay out and smooth down your backing fabric RIGHT SIDE UP. On top of that, lay out and smooth down the quilt topper that you have just stitched, RIGHT SIDE DOWN.
7. Begin in the centre, and pin all 3 layers together. I pinned at every second seam throughout the middle, and every seam around the outside (see diagram below).
Starting at the 'pink' dot, stitch your way around the edge of the quilt to the 'blue' dot. Trim the excess batting/backing fabric so your seams are flush with quilt top.
8. Turn quilt inside out through the window you left, use a chop stick or something thin and blunt to poke the corners out, then iron flat. You can pin, or stitch the opening closed.
9. Lay your quilt out, and, starting in the middle, pin all 3 layers together again (this time pinning at every seam).
10. Using a 1/8th" seam allowance, top stitch around the entire perimeter of the quilt, then, starting in the middle, top stitch to the RIGHT of each VERTICAL seam, and to the BOTTOM of each HORIZONTAL seam. There is a lot of 'bulk' to handle, so I tend to roll the quilt in order to keep it flat whilst stitching.
11. Your finished! Admire your handiwork :-)