Happy Friday, quilty friends everywhere! This week has flown by and I got a lot done, including the quilting and binding of this wall hanging I made for my grandsons. It began with my need to test the snowball blocks for an upcoming pattern. So, I decided to show you how to make a quilted wall hanging and made a tutorial.
[Edited June 13, 2020]
Upon opening a random fabric drawer I saw these fabrics (Trekking collection, remnants from a project I made for Michael Miller for last year’s QuiltCon). As I cut them I had the idea of turning this test-block session into a present for the boys.
I took photos as I went along and here you have a step-by-step tutorial to make a quilted wall hanging. It measures 22″ x 22″, the blocks are 10″, and it is perfect for novelty fabrics or other prints you want to show off.
What you’ll need:
(4) 8″ squares of different prints
(16) 3″ black squares
(16) 2-1/4 small print squares
(8) 1-3/4″ x 8″ solid white strips
(8) 1-3/4″ x 10-1/2″ solid white strips
(1) 2-1/2″ black square
(2) 1″ x 18″ strip small print for sashing
(1) 2-1/2″ x WOF strip of the same small print for sashing, cut into four 2-1/2″ x 7-5/8″ rectangles
(1) 1-1/2″ x 18″ black strip for sashing
(3) 2-1/2″ x WOF stripe fabric for binding
7/8 yard backing fabric
26″ x 26″ piece of batting
Here are my 8″ squares. Notice how they contrast to give interest to the quilt. Although they are from the same line, you can also use assorted fabrics, as long as they have different values to contrast well.
You can use one of each light, medium light, medium, and dark, for instance. Or, one of each color group if you are working with prints. Either way, if each one stands out from the others, you are good to go.