Learn about fabric choices for your quilt. This quilt can be made in different sizes; “rules” for making different block sizes are also discussed.
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ELEMENTARY (Quilt-As-You-Go) QUILT – Fabric Choices (4 of 16 videos) Page 1
When choosing fabric you want to remember that 100% cotton works best because it washes and wears well. You can use other fabric like this velvet here but you won’t be able to wash it and you will also have problems with making on it and pressing it, sewing it. So you could use this for a wall hanging that you are not going to wash but just remember there are some challenges associated with this.ent shapes as seen in this table runner but I will caution you that this usually requires some extra figuring on graph paper.
So I’ve given you directions for a small 2 color quilt but you can make your quilt any size using many different fabrics. I have used some coordinating monkey f abric to make the 42″ quilt on the left. There are 49 blocks in that quilt. In the smaller quilt on the right which is 24 inches by 24 inches, there are 16 squares.
Scraps can also be used to make this quilt. These 5″ squares were left over from my quilt group. We had used these to make another project. We decided then to pin them together, sew the “X” and we made a scrap quilt that we donated in one of our members, Sue Addiego’s, memory.
You can use any size block to make this quilt if you follow these rules: You are always going to need to sew with a ½ inch seam allowance; not a ¼ inch like most quilters use because you need the extra seams for cutting on the back of t he quilt to make that sort of chenille effect. The fabric – you pick any size. For example, we picked 5” squares. So the batting that we are going to cut – we subtract 1 inch from 5 inches and we cut out a 4 inch square.
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You don’t always have to use squares as seen in this table runner here. In this table runner here, I have used squares like this batting. I’ve used some rectangles like this piece and this piece. If you do decide to use different sized or shapes of blocks then I will caution you that you usually need to do some figuring on graph paper; drawing out what you want to do on graph paper beforehand.