Big Block Quilt
- Cotton quilting fabrics 1 1/4 yd each: dark print, medium print,
- Twin-size batting
- Rotary cutter, mat, grid ruler
- Sewing machine
- Basic sewing supplies
- Safety pins
- Iron, pressing surface
light print, very light print
4 yds backing
1 yd binding
DIRECTIONS: Refer to photo. RS = Right side(s). WS = Wrong side(s). WOF = width of fabric.
1. Cut four 10"x37" pieces from each print fabric. Assemble 4 quilt squares; joining the printed pieces side by side, from dark to lightest. Sew each square with a 1/2" seam allowance. Press seams.
2. Sew 2 quilt squares together to create a rectangle. Make a 2nd rectangle with remaining quilt squares. Join the rectangles to form a 72" quilt block top. Press seams.
3. Cut backing fabric in half lengthwise forming two 72" x WOF pieces Sew the pieces together side by side to increase the fabric width. Trim backing to fit the large quilt block. Cut batting to the same size as the backing.
4. Place backing RS down; lay batting on top. Place quilt block, RS up, on the batting. Secure layers with safety pins.
5. Quilt each seam, starting from the center of the blocks. Stitch in the ditch on every seam; work toward the edge.
6. Cut eight 4" x WOF strips of binding fabric. Sew two 4" ends together form a long binding strip. Make 4.
7. Fold & press 2 binding strips in half lengthwise. Pin the raw edges of a binding strip to the RS of the quilt. Trim excess. Repeat on opposite edge. Sew to quilt top. Press binding toward outside edge. Wrap folded edge to the back; press & pin in place. Slip stitch folded edge to quilt back. Repeat on opposite side.
8. Fold the edge of remaining binding strips 1/2" to the WS; press. Fold strips in half lengthwise & press. Begin with the 1/2" folded edge; pin raw edges to RS of the quilt. Trim binding 1/2" longer than the quilt. Fold under 1/2" to the inside; pin to create a neat corner. Slip stitch folded edge to quilt back. Repeat on opposite side.