Sunday, June 22, 2014

Summertime fun w/free pattern "At the Lake"

Hey quilters...hope everyone is starting to enjoy their summer. I know the heat can be a tad bit dreadful at times so here's a sweet design to take to the beach or lake. A bright fun/fast strip design makes this mat so easy you can have it done by the weekend! This versatile design would also make a great yoga mat or a fun mat for your child to sleep on. As's a grab some fun/bright fabric & get ready to have fun at the beach!
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                                                                    "At the Lake"
                                                                         38 x 74
Fabric requirements:
1 3/4 hot pink
1 3/4 orange
Backing/border: 2 3/4 yards of orange fabric or coordinating fabric
Batting: 46 x 82 (extra for machine quilting)
                or 40 x 76 (trim even w/ top piece before adding backing)
Cut hot pink strips as follows:
7 (4 1/2 x 36 1/2)
5 (2 1/2 x 36 1/2)
Cut orange strips as follows:
6 (4 1/2 x 36 1/2)
5 ( 2 1/2 x 36 1/2)
All strips have a 1/4" seam allowance.
Refer to the quilt layout to assemble the strips. Sew strips in order as layout & press seams in one direction after sewing. ( I like to have a portable sewing mat by my machine to iron each seam...great time saver). After sewing all strips together make sure your quilt is squared up.
Cut borders as follows ( or cut strips to your quilt size due to all machines sew differently...just remember to add your 1/4" seam allowance)
2 Horizontal strips 1 1/2 x 38
2 Vertical strips 1 1/2 x 72
Sew vertical strips to left/right sides of quilt top/trim sides even w/ quilt top
Sew horizontal strips to top/bottom sides of quilt top /trim all sides even
*Tip: make strips larger if you would like to use them as a border to fold over to backside of quilt to use as a border.
Quilting & Finishing:
Layer and baste together the backing, batting and quilt top. Quilt & bind as desired. Enjoy!
*Tip: Cat used a high loft of batting for extra thickness due to it being a mat. Also, she quilted in the ditch in each strip to accent the design. Do so if you wish. She also likes to make her border strips larger to do the turn/flip method as described above...then just whip stitch to the back or machine stitch.
*If you are running out of time do the turn/fold method (similar to pillow quilts) where you layer batting then top side of quilt (right side up) then backing (right side down) and sew all seams together but leave an opening large enough to flip quilt out...turn inside out/press and sew seam opening by me if you have any q's or the Internet has great step by step instructions for that method as well.
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