Sunday, January 18, 2015

Tutorial: Slice of Summer lap quilt

This is for my future reference, I am not a professional at this so am just recording the process for myself, so the instructions may not be perfect! For my original post about this quilt click here.

I started with five fat quarters and, while I didn't measure it at the time as I had such a long amount of yardage that I knew I would have plenty, I must have used about (making calculations...) 60" (is that just under 2 yards?) of white solid for the sashing and border.
 Cut each fat quarter into two strips of 3" and four strips of 2". I layered 2-3 fat quarters together to save time.

Cut each of the 3" strips into three 6"x3" rectangles. Should now have 6 of these per fat quarter.

Cut each of the 2" strips into three 6"x3" rectangles.
Should now have 12 of these per fat quarter.

 Mix and match the rectangles so there is a 3" piece in the centre with a 2" piece on either side of it.

I used pairs of the 2" rectangles.
 Chain piece the side pieces to the centre pieces.  Press towards the centre (or darker fabric, whichever!)

After both sides are sewn on, the block should measure 6" square.

Place the blocks, five across, six down, to make an arrangement that you like.

I rotated each alternate block by 90degrees.  They could have been left all the same way up.

Cut the sashing fabric: I cut five 3"xWOF strips, then cut each of these into five 3"x6" rectangles. Should be 24 of these. If the fabric is 42" wide (and depending if you have cut the selvedges off) you could maybe cut seven from each WOF and therefore only need three and a half WOF strips?

Sew a 3"x6" sashing strip to the right hand side of 24 of the blocks (not the ones in the right hand column).

Sew each row together.

 Now cut the background fabric into five strips of 3"x WOF.

Sew one strip to the bottom of each of the top five rows. Trim the excess.

Sew each row/sashing to the one below it until quilt top is assembled.

 I added borders: cut five strips of 6.5"x WOF.

I cut two of the strips to 38" and attached them to the top and bottom of the quilt.

I cut one of the strips into two pieces and used these to make the side panels long enough for the quilt top.

I made a big enough backing (and made and attached a label to the backing), layered and pin-basted the quilt.

I stitched in the ditch along the sashing between the rows and around the border first to stablilise it all and then I did the large stipple FMQ all over.

Square up and trim the edges of the quilt.

I used a 2.5" binding: cut five 2.5"xWOF strips plus another strip of about 15"x2.5" and sew together into one long strip etc.

Attach to the quilt using usual method.

Finished quilt size: 49"x 56"


  1. Thanks for the tuto! Great quilt.

    I'm running a fabric giveaway, you are welcome to enter!

  2. Thanks for this tutorial! It made total sense to me and the photos were helpful. This is a great idea for a quick quilt!

    1. Thanks for the feedback! I enjoy using other peoples tutorials so figured I would have a go at putting one on myself.

  3. Thanks for the tutorial, this quilt is lovely! It looks so nice and summery!

    1. Great to hear from you! What's even more flattering is that I know I have at least one person already having a go at making their own version!