Spring has kept me super busy. We live on five acres and have tons of weeding, mowing, cleaning and gardening to do. And we have been reading all we can and preparing for our chicks. They shipped from here today are will be arriving very soon - we are so excited!
Now on to some sewing and quilting. In the last post I said I'd share some quick instructions on how to make a random brick pattern quilt like the one I pieced for Abigail. This is a great beginner pattern because none of the seams have to match.
First, Cut fabric, selvage to selvage, into 6 inch strips. (The strips can be wider if you'd like - just make sure they are all the same width)
Second, Cut strips into random sized rectangles. I just lay the strips horizontally on my cutting mat, randomly position my ruler across the strip at any length between 5 to 14 inches and cut using a rotary cutter - no measuring.
Third, randomly sew rectangles together end to end into super long strips. I place all my rectangles in a bowl, randomly pick up two rectangles and sew them together - I only throw them back in if they are the same fabric.
Fourth, cut pieced strip into desired lengths and sew these strips side by side to create the quilt top. For instance, if you want a 5 X 4 foot quilt top, cut strips into eight 5 foot lengths and sew them together side to side. (you will need 8 strips because eight 6 inch strips make about 4 feet)
I'll illustrate this final step in my next post as I only had enough time to piece half my rectangles into one super-long strip. We spent the rest of the time reading about chicks, watching you tube videos on raising chicks, shopping at Tractor Supply and Southern States and preparing a brooder. Fun Stuff!
Happy Wednesday to you!