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Sewing BirdAssemble and finish the strip quilt

Supplies Needed:

  • iron
  • ironing board
  • scissors
  • tape measure
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • pins
  • sewing machine
  • blue painters tape
  • batting
  • hand sewing needle
  • white thread
  • sewing chalk or erasable marker
  • Large darning needle and pearl cotton included in kit.
  • 1. Piece the top

    Iron the embroidered strip face down so as not to crush the stitches.

    Piece the top
  • Cut along the grey line to remove excess fabric.

    Piece the top
  • Iron all fabric pieces and gently steam the batting to remove any wrinkles. Now you're ready to put the top pieces together.

    Piece the top
  • Take fabric 1 and cut off the selvage on one side evenly. Line the edge up to the embroidered strip. Take the measurement of the embroidered strip and cut fabric 1 to that measurement. With right sides together, pin strip 1 to the top of the embroidery strip.

    Piece the top
  • Sew using a 1/2" seam allowance.

    Piece the top
  • Repeat with fabric 3. Pin fabric to the bottom of the embroidered strip.

    Piece the top
  • Sew 1/2" seam allowance.

    Piece the top
  • This is how your quilt should look after sewing the three pieces together. (minus the dog, he wouldn't move)

    Piece the top
  • Press the seam allowances down toward the printed fabric.

    Piece the top
  • 2. Quilt sandwich

    Now you are ready to make a quilt sandwich. There are two ways to make this type of quilt sandwich. One is in our booklet and the other is below.

    Lay the backing fabric right side up. Tape the edges to a clean work surface to keep it from shifting.

    Quilt Sandwich
  • Lay the pressed quilt top right side down on top of the backing fabric, then lay the batting on top. Make sure all three layers are wrinkle free.

    Quilt Sandwich
  • Pin all three layers together along the edges of the quilt top every 3".

    Quilt Sandwich
  • Pin all the way around leaving a 12" opening at the bottom. You will need this 12" opening to turn the quilt inside out.

    Quilt Sandwich
  • Now that the quilt is secured, fold the batting over the pins and trim the backing fabric even with the quilt top.

    Quilt Sandwich
  • Flip the quilt over, onto the batting side.

    Quilt Sandwich
  • Trim the batting even with the backing fabric.

    Quilt Sandwich
  • 3. Seam the sandwich

    When machine sewing layers of fabric and batting, the walking foot is your best friend. It's worth every penny to own one.

    Stitch around the quilt perimeter using a 1/2" seam allowance. Make sure to leave a 12" opening to turn the quilt inside out.

    Clip the seam allowance corners diagonally and turn the quilt inside out.

    Seam the Sandwich
  • Push the corners out gently with the end of a scissor.

    Seam the Sandwich
  • Pin and whipstitch the 12" opening at the bottom.

    Seam the Sandwich
  • Gently press all the edges.

    Seam the Sandwich
  • Place a few pins in between the embroidery to hold it in place. Then top stitch around the quilt 1/2" to create a finished edge.

    Seam the Sandwich
  • To secure the embroidered strip, top stitch 1/2" below the seam.

    Seam the Sandwich
  • Lay the quilt on a flat surface, smooth the embroidered strip down with your hand and pin across the bottom.

    Seam the Sandwich
  • Top stitch 1/2" above the seam line at the base of the embroidered strip.

    You are now ready to hand tie your quilt.

    Seam the Sandwich
  • 4. Hand tie your strip quilt

    Using pins or sewing chalk mark every 3.5" creating a grid for placement of the ties.

    Seam the Sandwich
  • Thread your large needle with a 36" length of pearl cotton #3. Insert the needle down through all three layers and come back up 1/4" away from the starting point. Pull the thread through, leaving a 3" tail. Tie a square knot.

    Hand tie your strip quilt
  • Trim excess tails about 1". Tie remaining quilt.

    Hand tie your strip quilt
  • The quilt is done. (Ollie thinks it's his)

    Hand tie your strip quilt