Buttercream™ Elizabeth Quilt
SUPPLIES & TOOLS:
- Sewing machine
- Ruffler foot attachment for sewing machine
- 1/4" seam foot attachment (optional)
- Serger for ruffles
- Basic sewing supplies
- Rotary cutter, ruler & mat
- 2 yards each of 10 different fabrics in collection for quilt top
- 3-4 yards additional fabric for piecing back of quilt and back of pillow shams
- 2-1/2 yards fabric for ruffle
- Iron & pressing surface
- 3 cone threads in coordinating color for serger
- Queen-size quilt batting
- Crib size batting for shams
Use 1/4" seam allowance unless otherwise noted.
For Quilt (83"x108"):
- Fold fabric WS together, lengthwise, so selvage edges are together. Cut four 4-1/2" strips down the length of fabric so you have 8 pieces that are 4-1/2"x72". Set aside extra fabric.
- Repeat for all 10 fabrics making a total of 80 strips.
- Cut 6 blocks 4-1/2"x9-1/2" one from each of 6 different fabrics. These will be blocks for the off-set rows.
- Block Assembly:
- Select 7 of the 4-1/2"x72" strips and arrange long edges side-by side in pleasing order. Sew RS together along long edges. Press.
- Repeat 8 more times using different combinations of fabric strips together. There will be a total of 9 groups that each have 7 strips sewn together.
- For each group, measure down 9-1/2" and cut across the WOF, perpendicular to the seam line. Repeat 2 more times so you have a total of 3 strips with 7 blocks in them. Set aside extra fabric.
- Repeat with rest of groups to get a total of 27 strips.
- Select 3 of the 7-block strips and arrange with short ends together. Sew RS together along short edge. Press seams.
- Repeat 5 more times to create 6 rows with a total of 21 blocks per row.
- Repeat 6 more times to form the odd rows, but add the extra 4-1/2"x9-1/2" block in each row.
- There will now be a total of 12 rows. 6 rows have 21 blocks and 6 rows have 22 blocks. Arrange rows to alternate from 21 blocks to 22 blocks. Repeat until all rows are used. Place RS together along long edge, matching center of block on one row, to seam between blocks on next row. Pin. This creates a “brick” effect.
- Cut off extra block fabric from the ends of rows having 22 blocks. These rows will look like they have a “half brick” for the first and last block of the row.
- Continue until all 12 rows are sewn together. Quilt top should measure approximately 83"x108".
TIP! When matching the long rows to sew together, use a ruler to find the center of each block at 2". Place seam of opposite row on this spot. The rest of the blocks should line up automatically.
FOR QUILT BACK:
Piece together leftover fabric with strips and large sections of fabric to form backing piece. Press seams. Back should be approximately 3" larger than quilt top on all sides.
Sandwich the backing batting and top together and quilt as desired.
Cutting and Sewing Instructions:
- Fold fabric WS together, lengthwise, so selvage edges are together.
- Cut 8 strips 2-1/2" each down length of fabric. There will be 16 strips measuring 2-1/2"x90".
- Sew all strips RS together along short end forming one long strip. Press seams.
- Set serger on rolled hem setting . Do a rolled hem along both long side of the strip.
- Attach ruffler foot to sewing machine and set ruffle length for widest setting between stitches. Do a test strip for ruffles to get the desired amount of gathering. Adjust stitch length on sewing machine if necessary.
- Refer to photo for ruffle placement. Pin ruffles in place with the rows closer together at the bottom of the quilt, getting further away toward the top. Sew down center seam of ruffle through all layers of quilt.
Tip: Change to a larger and stronger needle size before sewing through all layers to prevent breakage. Increasing stitch length makes sewing through multiple layers quicker and easier.
FINISHING: Trim edges and sew on the binding.
For Shams (to fit standard 26"x20" pillow):
- Use leftover pieced blocks from quilt top and sew together to form two sham tops 21"x28".
- From backing cut 4 pieces 17"x21".
- Sandwich the muslin, batting and top of each sham together and quilt as desired.
- Trim to 27"x21".
- To finish the shams, turn down one 17" wide side of each backing piece 1/2" and press. Turn down another 1/2", press and stitch.
- Lay front face down and pin 2 back pieces right sides up overlapping stitched edges.
- Stitch around in 1/4" seam. Bind as if a quilt.