I was asked to teach a class that allowed participants to learn a number of different quilting techniques. Usually this is done as a sampler set out with 9 or 12 blocks, each using a different piecing method.
I, of course, wanted mine to be different. Instead of setting it out as a traditional sampler of blocks. This uses a free-form construction technique that ensures every quilt will end up totally personalised. This is a favorite method of mine, you put your quilt together by adding random fabric pieces as the spirit and design moves you. This hones your ability to visualise and design your own quilts.
I have made two versions of this quilt and have put it together differently each time. When making this quilt, I urge you to explore possibilities and make it your own.
This is also a quilt which is very scrap friendly. My first one was made from my scrap basket. The second was made using scraps of Turtle Hand batiks. The largest piece you will need is one 12½ inch square. Have fun selecting your fabric choices!
Finished quilt size:
- 42 x 51 inches (orange quilt)
- 40 inch square (grey quilt)
Skill Level: new to intermediate, rotary cutting, basic sewing
Materials (provided by you):
This is a scrap quilt so there are very few actual fabric requirements. I would suggest you use the following:
- 10 –12 fat quarters
- Four fabrics where you can cut 1½ inch strips across the width of the fabric
- ½ yd or fat quarter (50cm) border fabric
- ½ yd (50cm) binding fabric
- 3 yds (3m) background fabric
- Batting to suit
All fabric measurements are based on pre-washed 42 inch wide cotton fabric.
All patterns are tested to ensure accuracy.