4.17.2011

Sunny Santa Monica Quilt

Here's how the back looks:
Last week my husband and I visited Los Angeles, CA. Being a fabric-aholic, I searched for nearby fabric boutiques on my iPhone and stumbled across the Urban Crafts Center in Santa Monica. What a cool shop...it was like the Urban Outfitters of craft supplies instead of clothing. Anyway, while there I saw a quilt similar to this one. Inspired by the simplicity of the design and by their modern fabric selection, I eye-balled the quilt measurements, picked out some cool fabrics (the line I used is called Midwest Modern by Amy Butler) and made this lovely quilt. :) If you're a beginner quilter, or if you need a quick quilt that showcases some of your favorite prints, this is the project for you.

Materials (refer to the diagram below):
  • Fabric A - 1/4 yard (choose two prints)
  • Fabric B - 1/4 yard (choose two prints)
  • Fabric C - 1/2 yard (choose one print)
  • Backing - 1 yard
  • Batting - 1 yard
  • Binding - 3/8 yard



Step 1 - From your A, B and C fabrics, cut them so they measure the following and then arrange them as shown in the figure above.
  • Fabric A - 8"x32"
  • Fabric B - 6"x32"
  • Fabric C - 15"x32"

Step 2 -Sew all rows together. (With right sides facing together, pin along the length to keep the fabric in place and then sew a 1/4" seam allowance as shown below).
Then press open with an iron.
Continue until you've sewn all five rows together. That's it for the quilt top!

Step 3 -Form a quilt sandwich with your quilt top, batting and backing fabric and baste so that everything stays put. Click here for a tutorial on how to baste a quilt.

Step 4
- Using a walking foot, quilt it! Start by quilting a wavy line in the center of the quilt, and then work your way outwards (as shown below, I started in the center and then worked my way towards the right. Then, I simply rotated the quilt 180 degrees and did the same). I stitched straight lines but made them wavy by guiding the quilt in long, wavy motions beneath the walking foot. Remove pins as they get in your way.

Step 5 - Bind it! If any of you are interested in a binding tutorial, let me know and I'll post one sooner rather than later. :)
That's it! I told you it was fast. I finished this one in only 3 hours. It makes a great weekend project. :) Happy quilting!

7 comments:

  1. Very nice little quilt. And I really like those fabrics!

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  2. A binding tutorial would be awesome!

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  3. Jera has a great binding tutorial...check it out!

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  4. I love this quilt and Love the fabric too!! I might just make me a replica quilt :))

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  5. This quilting looks modern and seems absolutely doable with my normal 30year old sewing machine. Love that! Maybe I´ll leave the save field of straight line quilting now.

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  6. This is sooo pretty! Thank you for the tute! I've added it to my "list"...(I just might have to live to 120 years old to finish meee list!)

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    1. Hi Jera,
      where did you buy the fabric for this beautiful quilt?

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