Doll Quilt Sew-Along (Part 1)

Alissa designed an easy and fun Sew-Along for Fat Quarter Month. Welcome to Part 1 of our Sew,Mama,Sew! Doll Quilt Sew-Along. Today we’ll cut and piece our quilt tops. If you have any questions throughout the sew-along, let me know.

From Alissa: I hope you’ll join us in this simple doll quilt sew along!

Doll Quilt Sew-Along

If you’ve been wanting to tackle quilting, this is a perfect first project to learn all the steps. If you’re a seasoned quilter, perhaps this is an opportunity to try something new. What about using a color combo you don’t usually turn to or trying out a new quilting technique?

The sew along will be broken down into four posts over the course of two weeks. You’ll have plenty of time to keep up and make a cute doll quilt along with us!

Fun!

The finished doll quilt

Breakdown of the sew along

• Part 1: Cutting and piecing your quilt top
• Part 2: Embellishing your quilt top, making your quilt “sandwich”
• Part 3: Quilting your doll quilt
• Part 4: Binding your doll quilt

The finished quilt will measure 16” x 19”.

Materials Needed

• Variety of fabric for patchwork front – no piece is longer than 16.5”, making this the perfect project for fat quarters!
• 1 fat quarter for back
• 18” X 22” of batting
• 80 inches of binding, or the fabric to make it (about an 1/8 of a yard or half a fat quarter)

Tools Required

• Rotary cutter and mat
• Basting pins or spray
• Optional: Walking and/or darning foot for your sewing machine

Part 1: Cutting and piecing your doll quilt top

Use a rotary cutter and mat to cut your fabric

Cut

• 20 3.5” square blocks of different fabrics – choose as many or as few different fabrics as you’d like
• 2 side border strips of 2.5” x 15.5”
• 2 top & bottom border strips of 2.5” x 16.5”

Lay out your fabric in the design you like

Okay now that it’s all cut out, let’s start sewing it all together! While piecing the entire quilt top, always sew with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Sew the first two blocks, right sides together.

Continue sewing blocks into 5 rows.

Press all of the seams open.

One by one, sew the 5 rows together, taking care that your seams line up, to make up the center of the quilt top. Press all of your seams well.

Sew on the side borders, (the 2 15.5” strips) and then the top and bottom borders (the 16.5” strips).

Again, press all of your seams and you have a completed, cute doll quilt top!

Check back in later this week for the next step: embellishing your quilt top, and making the quilt “sandwich.”

See you then!

Doll Quilt Sew-Along (Part 1)

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